Recording Vocals

Posted on May 1st, by Matt Seay in Recording. 350 comments

Recording vocals, vocal 101, rva, richmond studio, full circle recording, virginia studio, local music, vocal recordingHere are some tips for recording vocals. In our experience, a vocalist usually sounds better later in the day. This is because the vocal chords are warmed up after a full day of activity and talking. Lukewarm Ginger Tea can help loosen up the esophagus for better vocal takes. Some people add honey to their tea or warm water. A singer must be well rested and psychologically ready (ie. know all the parts including harmonies, low stress level etc). It’s a great idea to have the singer run through a few sections while you are dialing in their settings in order for them to warm up. To get the best out of a vocalist, we recommend recording the vocal lines in separate sections. Also, record doubles for choruses to add bigness and double all vocals for aggressive vocal styles. A tip for a vocalist struggling to hit a harmony is to record the line as a piano or synth part, play it back in the mix for them and after a few times they will be nailing it. Lastly, a great way to expand your mix is to double all harmonies and pan them wide for a really big sound. This tip works especially well for creating a bigger chorus.

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