One thing that I have learned over the years is that you can’t hear that well in headphones while recording. You also don’t want to turn them up too loud because then you will get headphone bleed into the mic. There’s 2 methods that work wonders though. The first method is the “one ear off”Continue reading “One ear off or press headphones firmly….”
Tag Archives: vocal performance
Singers, you have a bigger range than you think……
This is a huge debate with vocal instructors. Some think you are limited to a certain vocal range that you were born with and others believe you can have a 5 octave range! I follow Brett Manning and he believes we are able to have that 5 octave range… male or female…it’s possible! He isContinue reading “Singers, you have a bigger range than you think……”
Can mood really affect a vocal performance?
So here’s an interesting topic…can a singer’s mood affect their vocal performance? It absolutely can! I have worked with singer’s before that were going through things that weighed heavy on them and they really couldn’t find the technique anymore. It’s like the singer had a wall constraining them from singing. This is sad to see,Continue reading “Can mood really affect a vocal performance?”
Can some simple encouragement result in a better vocal performance?
Let’s talk about something not so technical. Let’s talk about something psychological. Have you ever recorded a singer or yourself and felt like the singer was getting stuck in a rut? Like no matter what each and every take is progressively getting worse? This happens folks. Singers lose the energy mentally. They can even startContinue reading “Can some simple encouragement result in a better vocal performance?”
Panning techniques can create tons of width in your vocal mixes!
I was hesitant writing a blog about panning because it’s a no-brainer. Most of you are probably like “yeah yeah panning is easy”! It is very easy but let me open your mind a bit! In my early days of mixing all I ever seemed to do is hard pan everything. One vocal all theContinue reading “Panning techniques can create tons of width in your vocal mixes!”
Performance vs Pitch
I wanted to talk about a very unique outlook on vocal recording. Many singers will hate almost every take that they record. Why is this? Simply because of pitch. It is extremely hard to stay close enough to perfect pitch that we are satisfied as humans. Our ears can sense if it’s off pitch, evenContinue reading “Performance vs Pitch”
So what is multi-band compression?
I had a request to chat about multi and compression so hopefully this clears things up for some of you. A multi-band compressor is a very simple concept but setting it up properly can take some good ear training. If you read my new ebook called The Ultimate Vocal Handbook, it may help a bitContinue reading “So what is multi-band compression?”
Have trouble getting the vocal to sit “in” the mix?
I had a request to talk about getting the main vocal to sit “in” the mix and how to guarantee it’s “finalized” aka “album ready”. So first off, what makes it not sound finalized? Well, actually a lot of things. Pitch correction is huge, if it’s not pitched right then it will never seem toContinue reading “Have trouble getting the vocal to sit “in” the mix?”
How do you know how much compression to use on a vocal?
There are a lot of opinions when it comes to vocal compression. I was taught in recording school to never get more than 3 db of gain reduction. Although that may work sometimes, its definitely not always the case! Odds are, a singer will belt a high note 15db louder than the previous note andContinue reading “How do you know how much compression to use on a vocal?”
Compression is cool, eq is too, but dynamic eq is awesome!
Vocals are unlike any instrument ever when it comes to mixing. I’ve heard problem frequencies in almost every area you can think of! Sometimes singers sound really muddy, or super harsh, or the sibilance on an “s” word can cut right through glass! Others sound chesty and don’t have any brightness in their voice. TheContinue reading “Compression is cool, eq is too, but dynamic eq is awesome!”