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Loud singing/screaming vocal recordings, HELP pls =O

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Guitarfreak Sun, 07/19/2009 - 11:29
A lot of people including James Hetfield of Metallica use the Shure SM7B for screaming vocals.

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The Shure SM58 is a great vocal mic whose versatility is only topped by its durability.

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As for Preamps, skip it. If you don't have the right setup you don't need a dedicated preamp. Actually, it's not that you don't need it, you can't use it, you won't gain anything from it. Look for digital interfaces instead, they have built in preamps and also work as an external sound card 100x better than the ones that come built into computers.

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That model comes with Cubase, a nice piece of recording software. As for taking the vocals out, there are ways of doing it by copying the left track over the right track cancelling out anything panned center. Bounce it, do the same by copying the right track over the left track. Bounce it. Combine both files and pan them left and right, you will have more or less what you are looking for. But finding an 'instrumental' version of songs is the recommended way to go. Most DJ resource sites will have them although I'm not sure if you need to pay for them.

If you don't need something that expensive, go for this. This is the model that I use and it's great for the price. Also comes with Cubase.

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TheJackAttack Sun, 07/19/2009 - 12:34
Do you have an interface for your computer? If not you will have to allow for that expense as well.

Two of the most often used microphones in the industry are the Shure SM57 and SM58. The SM7B is another heavy but not as versatile overall as the 58.

A basic two channel interface that happens to have excellent preamps is the Konnekt 24D. If/when you decide two channels isn't enough the next level of decent gear is (some) Presonus or (some) Mackie or possible a couple of Allen Heath things. Of course there is better gear but generally more expensive.

I have used and still do: Tracktion, Audition (main DAW), ProTools, and Reaper. One of these days I will purchase and learn Cubase due to the frequency of questions on this forum, but my tax write off dollars are already spent for this fiscal year. Any mainstream DAW will get the job done for you. Reaper is a free fully functional trial and the non-pro license is VERY reasonable.

I'll ultimately give the advice I espouse everyday on this forum. Don't go the cheapest route available. It inevitable breeds heartache and despair and worse yet, more money expended to replace gear you never should have bought in the first place.
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