Deep voice...tracking tips?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by ShutDownProductions, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Hey, I have been rapping, recording and mixing myself for a couple years now and I am always looking to better my ears and my technique. Even if you may not like rap my questions are pretty general. First of all, we only have one vocal chain available to record through (very basic home setup) and we record in a treated room so the vocals are pretty dry (no room acoustics). We use a Blue baby bottle mic with the Focusrite Platinum preamp recording directly into cubase using a m-audio card.

    The problem always seems to lie in my voice. I have a somewhat deeper voice and alot of the times it comes out sounding hollow and hard to understand. Along with my deep voice I rap pretty quickly so it makes it even more difficult to understand. Even though I strive hard to announciate every word it doesn't seem to come through in mix down.

    I have had some success in a few songs so I do get it right every once in a while but it seems to be a hit and miss. I guess what I am looking for is tips from poeple that have delt with an artist with a deep voice...tracking tips....mic position....eq tweaks. Again, I know it is different for every voice but maybe you can share a few things that would apply to me. The ideal result would be clear vocals but still have that power from the lower tones without being muddy.

    You can hear me on the first verse of "fall in" on our sound page. Beware there is explicit lyrics.

    I know that the myspace streams sound horrid but it might give you and idea of what I sound like. Thanks

  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Hey it sounds good, I think you could compress the vocals a bit more and bring the over all level up, it sounds good 3-4db above the mix will sound fine.
    The other thing to try is notching out abit at 250hz to 400Hz(try it and sweep it) in the bed tracks in that range cut a hole for your vocals to fill in.

    But If i were you I would no problem boosting the level abit.
    Hope this helps.
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    If you are not married to the "Blue baby bottle mic " then try something else. The voice I heard was clear enough and the eq notching mentioned above should help. But maybe you just need a different mic that is better suited to your voice?

    Good luck.
  4. yeah, I will try notching out a bit for the vocals and see if that cleans it up. I would like to try some different mics but we live up in the sticks. I can't just cruise down to the local guitar center and test them out which would be nice. Some mentioned I should try the AT 4033, the said it worked well for there deep voice. Anyways I am going to play around with some different tracking positions and see what I can come up with.

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