Mbox Recording Rap Vocals

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by bigpomp, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. bigpomp

    bigpomp Guest

    I just got an MBox for PC and I got a MXL V67 mic. Whats the best way to record rap vocals? What are the best levels as some of my instrumentals come in close to 0db? Do I need an additional mic preamp/comps or are the Focusrite pre's and plug ins good enough? Also, I want the vocals to "sit" in the mix well. All I am doing now is importing my beats (wav files) into a stereo track in pro tools, then adding mono tracks that are all vocals. Is that the best way to do that? The vocals just dont blend well......let me know if I need to elaborate or give more information.
  2. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    Your vocal level should be near the yellow zone in PT's...

    Getting vocals to sit in a mix is a work of art..

    I'd recommend eq'ing a notch in the stereo mix for the vocals to sit in..then riding the fader untill they sit perfectly..

    Might also try strapping a compressor on them to clean up the volume differences...it helps a lot....
  3. bigpomp

    bigpomp Guest

    Thanks, what about the levels of the actual music should they be in the same range? Slightly lower, slightly louder. Thanks for the advice....
  4. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    same.......just don't hit red....and you're fine...
  5. bigpomp

    bigpomp Guest

    One more thing, what about any external pre amps??
  6. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    If you want em..go for it...

    Getting external pre's is purely a sound preference thing...

    You don't have to have them..but if you want a different sound then go for it..

    To be honest though...I'd upgrade your mic before upgrading your pre's.....

    And when you do get a pre...see ifyou can save for a nice 2 ch A/D converter also....like the apogee mini me.......it will make a huge difference over the stock converters in the M-box..

    The box is a nice unit though..nice purchase..

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