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Critique my dry vocals on quality aspects

Hello yall!

So ive been wanting to post cover songs on youtube for the longest time; ive done lots of research on the right gear and the overall process over the past several years. Ive pretty much gathered all I can (mic, preamp/audio interface, stand, monitoring headphones), and have attempted many recordings. Not surprisingly, my recordings have suffered from sounding extremely amateur and VERY muddy (recording in my bedroom). So I understand the importance of room treatment, and Ive recently constructed 5 Bass Traps (48'x30'x6'). I plan on putting together more traps when my budget allows, but for now these 5 traps are all I have to work with. So i havent actually mounted them yet, what ive done instead is have them around me while im recording. Ive noticed a pretty dramatic improvement in clarity, but it seems to me that theres much room for improvement. Id really appreciate anyones critique of these dry vocals in terms of quality, muddiness, frequency balance, and such. Im a massive newbie when it comes to this area, so I really appreciate any advice. The link to my dry vocals is below (its on youtube): Also it starts at 16 seconds, I forgot to trim it (my b)

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Davedog Fri, 03/05/2021 - 12:51

Your clarity is good. As well as your natural pitch.
The noise floor is pretty high.
You sound like you are being really careful rather than skilled with your voice and your natural vibrato and inflections. You have a good tone. Maybe some vocal coaching will get you closer to what you want from yourself. I've always found that the confidence a vocalist has in their ability to hit their notes on the mark will make up for any lack in gear and for the most part the environment.

theapprentice Fri, 03/05/2021 - 14:12

Davedog, post: 468080, member: 4495 wrote:
Your clarity is good. As well as your natural pitch.
The noise floor is pretty high.
You sound like you are being really careful rather than skilled with your voice and your natural vibrato and inflections. You have a good tone. Maybe some vocal coaching will get you closer to what you want from yourself. I've always found that the confidence a vocalist has in their ability to hit their notes on the mark will make up for any lack in gear and for the most part the environment.

Thanks for the response! Ill definitely consider getting vocal coaching. Hopefully that confidence will increase somewhere down the line :-)
and yes.. the dreaded noise floor :| I think its normally around -55 db, but with the ac its more like -45

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stevie_m Thu, 03/11/2021 - 21:51

This dry take sounds quite good honestly. Give it a little compression and wet fx and this would be awesome. Natural pitch is right on. Did you eq any bass out of this or record using a HPF on your mic? Sounds quite clean.

theapprentice Fri, 03/12/2021 - 00:22

stevie_m, post: 468163, member: 48189 wrote:
This dry take sounds quite good honestly. Give it a little compression and wet fx and this would be awesome. Natural pitch is right on. Did you eq any bass out of this or record using a HPF on your mic? Sounds quite clean.

I appreciate the feedback! I didnt use any eq, its a dry take with a bit of compression to help control the loud bits