Recording Raw Vocals at Minimal Budget - Devs Music
Sound Engineering Department – Devs Music
Article - Recording Raw Vocals at Minimal Budget
What we need?
A Good Singer
A decent size Room – Not too big Not too small
A decent Microphone – Any condenser Microphone will do something like SAMSON nothing too fancy
A Pop filter
What is important?
Singer’s Distance from the Microphone
Almost all condenser Microphones are cardiod..meaning heart shaped polarity meaning the Mics pick up voice in front of it, so if you stand too close to it, the Mic will pick up too much of your voice and create a base buzz, which is annoying, makes the sound to clip. Conversely if you stand to further away from the mic then the Mic will pick up your voice plus the reflections and other sound in the room. So for a clearer better recording Vocals, one should stand about 4-
So the placement will be:
Microphone -- - ---
DisAdvantages of standing too close to the Mic:
Records a lot of Base voice, Not natural
Any physical movement of Singer i.e. variation in sound is magnified
Advantages of standing a foot away from the Mic:
Captures a natural sound of vocals
Any movement is negligible
Disadvantages of standing too far away from the Mic:
Mic captures all other sounds in the room, the reflections.
Dose not capture Natural Sound
Don’t keep Gain very high, keep the meter around 50%
Don’t Record Vocals very loud