Where to record?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by alstonblues, Jul 14, 2009.

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  1. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    Okay so i am new to the recording business...im 16...been playing music for 12 yrs so i kinda know what im doin on the guitar recordings just not so much on the vocal tracks...should i record vocals in my (6'X6')closet where i have blankets on the walls an carpet on the floor, or should i record vocals in my (12'X6') bathroom...i have a john mayer style of singing and i sing into a mxl 990 condenser mic...thank you in advance..
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    What's your largest room?
    That one.
  3. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    Nah the closet is 6'X6' (already mentioned) but the room is about 15'X15' with carpet floor, sheetrock walls, and 2 windows
  4. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Code was talking about the (12'X6') ...you might want to keep up....it's the only way anyone can get any type of resolution in these types of things.

    Me personally, for a guy like you with Micheal Jackson type experience...use the 15' X 15'.
  5. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    ok so i'll try to keep up

    so would the 15'X15' would be the best for vocals? So just quit recording in the 6'X6' closet altogether?
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Welcome alstonblues!

    First, let me say, you're a credit to your generation! You type/speak intelligibly and you ask legitimate, topical questions. Thank you!

    Second, be cautious of rooms where the dimensions in any of the 2 directions are identical. in a 15x15x8 room, you're going to have some issues with standing waves, cancellation and other wonderful phasing artifacts. Having clutter in the room will help this but may create other problems of its own.

    If you do record in a square room, make sure you don't set up in the middle of the room or you're asking for sound troubles. Also, if possible, place some sound deadening devices (blankets over mic stands) behind the mic to help at least avoid a lot of standing waves in the frequency range that most affects the voice.

    Put up some samples of stuff and we'll try to help where we can.

  7. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    wow that was a good explanation...thanks a lot...im going to try and get some tracks done so you guys can critique them..
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