Have you tried recording your own singing voice in a recording studio? It usually doesn’t sound anything like you thought it would the first time you hear it. It can almost sound… bad. You know you sound good and other people have told you the same thing. So what gives? Don’t worry. Just like many singers, you may sound horrible the first time that you studio. But that’s not how it has to be forever. You can significantly improve your sound through these tips and tricks on better vocal recordings.
- Prepare Before Recording
Do not rush into the vocal booth before you are ready. Standing in a music studio about to record vocals can be very intimidating for new singers. So practice a lot before recording. And even before you practice your singing you should be taking online singing lessons.
Singing lessons will help you better prepare your voice. Once you learn how to sing better and with a proper vocal tone and projection strength you’ll be able to record the absolute best vocal track you’ve ever had. This is so important. You’ll want to definitely try out something like an online singing lesson. We prefer Superior Singing Method or Singing Success as lessons to learn to sing better.
Also try recording yourself prior to hitting the studio and listen back to note what you like and correct what you don’t like. Establish the right key and smooth out any range difficulty. Your vocal technique should be good enough to avoid wasting time in the studio with lots of takes and auto-tuning. That also means it’s better to have your lyrics and melody memorized so you’re not fumbling around.
- Microphone Technique
Your preparation should also include standing in front of a microphone. In the studio, microphone to mouth distance remains constant. Since you will be standing relatively still as you record your song in a studio, it will be better to get used to it beforehand. Singers with little experience behind microphones make fidgety head movements, which can ruin the recording. Common microphone techniques are:
- Volume Control
Move closer to the microphone as the volume gets softer and farther as the volume gets louder. This will help level out volume fluctuations, which can help reduce the amount of compression needed later on.
- Avoid Popping And Sibilance
Pronouncing words containing P’s and B’s that produces extra bursts of air is known as popping. Sibilance is the excessive hissing when producing S’s and F’s sounds. You will not notice these extra bursts of sound in daily conversation but will be painfully obvious in recordings. Adjusting your angle and distance from the microphone can help reduce traces of popping and sibilance.
- Control Breath Sounds
Turning your head to the side with each breath will help avoid those breathing sounds that need to be edited out later on.