HELP on how to deal with nasally vocals

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by mdb, May 2, 2011.

  1. mdb

    mdb Active Member

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    How do you deal with a nasal sounding speaker? Is there a certain frequency range that can be tweaked to fix it without damaging the timbre of the voice? I had a real problem with this on the weekend. The vocal was really nasally and hard to handle. I have an awesome chart listing fundamental frequencies and the frequency ranges for warmth, tin, mud, etc, but nothing for "nasally vocals".
     
  2. song4gabriel

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    the best way to deal with nasal singing is to try a different microphone. one that has a dip in the midrange.

    if you cannot re record the track you can try to use eq to fix the problem. use a narrow bandwith and try scooping around at different points to find the culprit frequencies.
     
  3. song4gabriel

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    also- is it a male or female singer?
     
  4. JohnTodd

    JohnTodd Well-Known Member

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    Try a ribbon mic. My voice is naturally thin and nasally, but the ribbon mic I use counteracts that (somehow). I use a Nady RSM4 for my vocals, but I hesitate to recommend that mic here because it's not exactly "good enough" for this board. Works for me, though.
     
  5. mdb

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    The vocal was male and the mic was a Countryman wireless headset type that attached to one ear (used a Shure transmitter/ receiver). Really small cap and taped to the face just in front of the ear because it has a tendency to wander and swing about. The sound source was also speech, not singing.

    Using a ribbon mic in this case is not an option, but that's my fault for not giving enough information.
     
  6. Jeemy

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    OK no offence but what application was this - live or studio? It sounds like its a live situation and you've posted in the right forum, although I am the wrong person to answer. But two answers present themselves.

    Firstly, a headset type mic is going to inherently have limitations in what the housing can handle - a tiny diaphragm like that is just going to exarcebate your problem.

    Secondly, I've suffered from the same issue (to the extent I thought my Neumann u87ai was bad) with male vocals. There is a very definite nasal presence from some post-pubescent male singers with attitude that really pushes what I would say was about 12kHz - but in fact from studies turns out to be much lower - 950, 1000, and 1200Hz, all being multiples which push 12k, are bad and common nasal frequencies - and unfortunately all of these are going to over-stretch a head-mounted housing.

    Is this poetry? State your application and we can help....the solution for me has been a Shure SM7, 57a Beta, Heil PR-40 I think it is, or KEL HM-2. Radio - app dynamic mics, but do you need some kind of movement?
     
  7. mdb

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    Jeemy,

    Thanks for the response. Yes, it was live sound and movement was necessary. It was a preacher in a church.
     

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