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Rock Vocals!

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by xX5thQuarterXx, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Our recordings sound great IMO for what were using, but there missing some vocals. We have a guy thats capable of singing decent for the time being, but when i record him it makes him sound worse than he is, so. For one its partly the mic for sure. I need some help on

    -What mic to purchase
    -What kind of effects do studios use, or is it just a little bit of reverb?
    -Is there anything i should do to reduce echo or are there any vocal recording tips.

    This is what i got to work with besides the mic.

    -Alesis Multimix 8 channel USB Mixer
    -Mac G5 w/ OSX, im using Garageband 2 (waste of a Mac lol)
    -Reavey PA (doubt i should need it)
    -Of course stand and cables
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Can you say, "SM58"? That is a good start. Can you spend more? OK, A SM7b. Hang blankets (Like those padded moving blankets) around the vocalist kinda like a tent. Use boom stands to suspend the blankets. This will help kill "flutter echo" from the room reflections entering the mic. Is the singer overdubbing, as opposed to singing "live" with the band? Get a decent pair of "sealed" headphones for him/her. This will minimize leakage of sound from the phones back to the mic, which can cause feedback squealing. A touch of compression always helps keep the voice more consistent in the mix. And as for delay, stay away from long reverbs, but try a nice, clean delay at under 100 ms...experiment with the delay time vs the tempo, and print the delayed signal onto a seperate track from the original voice.
  3. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Thanks, yea, hes singing over the instrumental track. But i dont know how to set this all up with what i have. Garageband is fairly limited, so. If i have the Instrumental track in garageband and hit play/record then the instrumental track gets re'recorded into the vocal track. Do you get what im saying? So can you give me options on how to do this?
  4. mercurix

    mercurix Active Member

    Feb 21, 2006

    Honestly, i've never used Garageband...that re-recording scenario sounds pretty pointless...if that's what really happens, then the ppl who made Garageband must know something we dont (or most probably are retarded).
    What I'd recommend is getting a Protools set up. Get a digi002 on ebay ($700-$1200 on average) and learn to use it. As for mics, quality mics are getting cheaper everyday. Try any condenser options from companies like Studio Projects, some MXL's, etc. Definitely try conditioning your room like moonbaby mentioned. And try overdubbing the vocals after you record a scratch track along with the band playing.

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