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Audio Mistakes 109 - 10 Common Vocal Recording Mistakes.
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When it comes to recording vocals...
old-timer engineers and producers from the analog era should always be brought in for vocal sessions
a careful setup and a relaxed vibe are the best bets for a successful vocal session
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all singers should be recorded with the same mic and setup-if it works for one, it'll be good for all
Things to deal with in the sound check include mic setup (position, distance, room tone), level check and monitor mix. True or false?
The excessive bass boost that can come from the vocalist being too close to the mic is called...
the Big Boom effect
the Basso Profundo effect
the Proximity effect
A little positive reinforcement may be a good idea in a vocal session because many singers can be self-conscious about their performance in the studio environment. True or false?
Auto-Tune (or one of its many clones) is ...
sometimes better used on only parts of a vocal track because it uses up too much CPU power if it's active for the length of an entire song
sometimes better used on only parts of a vocal track because it's better for the singer's ego
sometimes better used on only parts of a vocal track because it may "fix" subtle stylistic vocal gestures that might be better left alone
better to be used on all parts of a vocal track to get a perfectly tuned performance
Recording multiple vocal takes...
even if the first take is good can be useful in case of the need for Comping, and for any optional (real performance) doubling
even if the first take is good is good to break in the mic, and to make the track count for the DAW session more impressive
is not necessary. One good take is enough!
even if the first take is good is necessary to justify the the producer's salary, and to keep the singer from getting a big head
Two key considerations for the singer's Monitor Mix are:
using open-ear headphones, and getting a good dry/wet balance
making the voice in the phones as dry as possible, and choosing headphones that won't give the singer "headphone hair"
making the headphone level as loud as possible, and adding as much reverb as the singer can stand
using closed-ear headphones, and getting the right balance of (live) voice vs track
A Pop Filter is intended to prevent thumps called "p-pops", whose technical name is...
the Bass Boost effect
Good studio vocal condenser mics can be found...
only second hand-all the really good vocal mics are discontinued vintage models
only for $3000 and up
at many price points, from several thousand to a few hundred dollars
for $150 or less
is all about choosing the right plugins
will soon be an outmoded activity, replaced by virtual voice generators
is easy, just hand 'em a '58 and let 'em have at it
involves both technical know-how and people skills
It is important for an engineer to take a moment to place himself in the singer's environment to hear their headphone mix because ...
He may miss certain problems with the headphone mix that may hurt the singer's performance which may not be recognizable from performing a sound check and creating a headphone mix from the control room only.
The engineer needs to let the singer know he is complaining about a poor headphone mix to explain away a poor vocal performance.
To make the singer know the engineer's opinion of the headphone mix is more important than the singer's.
The headphone mix is a better indication of the final mix than what is heard in the control room.
A vocal track where the singer moves around too much in front of the mic may suffer from...
an excessively energetic performance, too "live-sounding" for a studio recording
the sound of the microphone hitting the floor in the middle of a take
distracting variations in vocal tone and level
A stage mic is not the best choice for a studio vocal recording because...
most stage mics smell of beer and smoke, and that's not good for the singer's voice
most stage mics are cheap, so the studio can't charge big bucks for the session
most stage mics lack the clarity and detail of the best studio vocal mics
most stage are too sensitive for studio work
Audio Mistakes 109
10 Common Vocal Recording Mistakes
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