Recording Vocals

Recording Vocals

So, you’ve got your keyboards hooked up to your computer, fully loaded with the latest and greatest voice recording software complete with effect plug-ins galore! You are already a whiz kid on the multi-tracking software and can edit, cut and paste, and put together hot bass’n’drum tracks.

So now you are ready to record your very first “live” vocal and/or guitar track in your new home studio.

Where do you begin? …….

Which microphone?
What polar pattern is best?
Valve versus FET?
Condenser versus Dynamic?
What EQ to use?
Free audio recorders?
How does compression work?
How can I avoid distortion?
What is the proximity effect?
How do I eliminate “popping”?
Reverb Versus echo. What’s the difference?
Stereo or mono?
How to get a great vocal performance?
Headphones?
Monitor speakers?
Preparing for final Mixdown.?
What is the best mic position on acoustic guitar?
What the two most important pieces of equipment you will need?
What is the secret “natural EQ” for that airy vocal sound?

Remember this. A song without a great vocal is like a Ferrari with no engine.
Sure, it may look good, have a good structure, nice lines; even a good driver….but it just won’t sing!

So this is all about recording great vocals and acoustic and electric guitars, and drums. It will assist beginners and pro sound engineers alike.

I began recording my own song demos on my first tape recorder way back in the early sixties, progressing to a full-blown professional 48-track recording studio that I ran for 21 years. Mandrill Recording Studios in Auckland, New Zealand recorded 3 Platinum and 22 Gold albums. What I learned took many years; lots of trial and error, supplemented with ideas and techniques borrowed (and stolen) from some the best sound recording engineers in the world.

The recording industry has changed dramatically since my days with Mandrill Studios. We had no free audio recorders, voice recording software and the like, but the laws of physics never change. And microphone techniques are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago.

Now, for the first time these secret recording techniques as used by the professionals are revealed. Many of these tips have been lost to the new generation of musicians and recordists, but now they are available to you right here on BEHIND THE MUSIC.

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