need help with recording vocals for hip hop

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by HoodMusikEnt, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. HoodMusikEnt

    HoodMusikEnt Guest

    I am having some trouble here. First off, here is my specs...
    1)Behringer B-2 Microphone plugged into a phantom power box which goes to the input jack of...
    2) dbx 266xl compressor/gate (need to know whats a good setting for the threshold, ratio, attack, and release for a good strong vocal for hip hop) which the output jack from the compressor goes to...
    3) Behringer Eurorack UB1204FX- Pro Mixer mic input (need to know what are good EQ settings like the Hi, Mid, Low, etc.) which is connected via RCA plugs from the Tape Output to...
    4) The mic input jack on my C-Media Wave Device 32-bit sound card on my computer...
    I use Sony Acid Pro 5.0 Music Studio to record my vocals. Its like Im not getting that good sound like I want. It sounds OK but when I start recording my vocals it kind of sounds muffled or like its too loud at it seems to fade a little bit in and out. I dont know if my threshold is too high or what. But I had a weak Boss BR-532 Studio Recorder that made my vocals sound better. I dont really know what the problem is here. I need someones help immediately. Thank you for your assistance.
  2. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I think you have your chain out of order.

    First, I would just ditch the phantom power box and use the phantom power on your mixer. Unless you really like the separate box for some reason. So plug your mic into your mixer's mic XLR input, switch the phantom power on the mixer, send that channel out through an aux send (I guess, since you don't have direct outs on that mixer), aux send to your DBX's input, and DBX output to soundcard input.

    You might have to get some different cables or adapters to match everything up, but this should be a much purer signal. There's a few other ways to do this I'm sure someone will recommend.
    Make sure you don't have your gain staging goofed up; don't overload the compressor with too much gain from the mixer, or don't send a low level signal out of the mixer and boost it a ton with the compressor.

    PS: If you are unsure of what compressor settings work best on your signal, it might be wise to just leave it out of the chain for now and you could compress later in the software or something.
  3. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    Lay off the compressor for now. If you want to mess with it much, just wait until you're in mix phase.

    Also, a lot of the "muffled" sound is probably the behringer mic going through a behringer mixer. There's other mics in a similar price range that will give you better results. You don't have to buy a Neumann but you might want to upgrade just a little.
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