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Requirements 4 good spoken vocal

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by JCM, May 11, 2007.

  1. JCM

    JCM Guest

    Hi every one!
    probably my question is quite easy, but my recording level at the moment is vary basic. I have a project which consist of some music and images put together with a vocal, which is spoken (not singing).
    The text of the vocal is the main thing and gives the emotional context that the music and images have to fit. WHat i pretend to say is that is the most important thing, and must be clear and with character.
    What sort of recommendation do you give...acoustic conditions, mics, and processing???

  2. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I have done a bit of voice over work. Generally I like to use a dead vocal both. My booth is 6 feet by 6 feet by 7.5 feet tall. The walls and ceiling are lined with sound foam of various sizes; the smallest is only 1.5 inches thick. The floor is rubber foam covered in carpet.

    I have a few mic's I use. More often then not I use an APEX 460 mic that I modified and added a cinmag transformer and Peluso capsule. I find it works very nicely on female voice and on a few male speakers. I have used the RE20 for some males before as well.

    As for processing a decent A/D is important. I am very happy with my cranesong, but I have used M-audio, RME and apogee in the past. The M-audio is pretty good for its price point, but there is very noticeable improvement in the cranesong.

    The Pre-amp has to be clean, but there seems to less and less noisy pre-amps out there. Some argue that color of the preamp is an extra spice to the recording, so have a bunch to switch up like mics is good. IMO I think the mic and how it’s used make much more difference than the pre-amp.

    Often I will add a bit of compression is the speaker is very dynamic. Lately I have been using my Pinky compressor, as it adds subtle artifacts that I think enhance the voice.

    Once it’s in the PC I will sometimes fiddle around with a VST compression or reverbs. I very rarely use EQ, I try to position the mic the way I want it during the session, but there are times when you don’t get it exactly right.

    Anyway I hope this helps.
  3. Pootkao

    Pootkao Guest

    Its all about the room and the mic, as the post above describes.

    Shure SM7b and EV RE-20 are both great mic choices. I know a couple radio stations that even use Sennheiser MD 421's.

    A clean pre and good converters are an added bonus. If you're experienced with compressors, heavy compression can yield some very 'personal' results.

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