Tutorials / 16 May 2018

Tips and Tricks For Recording Vocals At Home

The actor, rapper and singer Daveed Diggs says that “recording vocals has the same kind of physical demands as you experience a lot in theater work.” Those demands aren’t just physical either! If you are thinking about of recording it’s most probably because you have a good voice. Recording vocal tracks to a high standard though, takes little more than just plugging in a mic and singing into it. There are a few things you should be aware of before you hit record, and we are here to help you get those LIT lyrics layered over the top of your next hit, to the highest quality you can. Read on to find out some simple technical takeaways and tried and tested tips for your next vocal recording session … now that was a tongue twister!

Popping

When singing, rapping or saying lyrics which have “P” sounds or “B” sounds, blasts of pressured air are expelled from your mouth into the microphone causing an unwanted sound called a pop. If you say the word “pop” into your palm you will even be able to feel it.

To prevent it, you can invest in a pop filter, or there’s a loads of advice online to make your own. Our favourite is most certainly the ladies tights/coat hanger combo!

Sibilance

just like popping, sibilance is caused by certain alphabet sounds – this time it’s the letters “S” and “F”, both of which can cause an irritating high-frequency hiss. While you could consider using an EQ to take some of these unwanted high frequencies, we always recommend putting more time into getting the recording right first time. This will limit your editing time and get you used to recording at a higher quality.

There are also a number of tips online you can try including using an elastic band and a pencil. Singing “off-axis”, or not directly into the microphone, is the simplest way to avoid these unwanted sounds, so that air shots don’t hit the microphone directly.

Room Acoustics

Whether you like to sing in your shower or in front of your mirror at home, every single room you sing in sounds different. This increases the complexity of getting the recording you want, anywhere out of the home studio. Your aim is to get the vocal recording as clean (without external noise) as possible. This includes vocal reflections caused by the room you’re recording in. As a rule, the harder the surface (IE tiles in your shower), the more pronounced the reflection, and the softer the surface (like a thick set of curtains) the more the sound will be absorbed. You want to aim for a room with softer surfaces, or if you don’t have regular access to a soundproofed studio, then try to invest in a reflection filter. You can always go makeshift, by hanging soft thick bed sheets or throws around where you intend to record. This will ultimately give you much more control over what is recorded.

Find Hot Beats

For rappers and vocalists, finding music to do your thing over can often be one of the hardest struggles, especially if you are wanting to create something that sounds original. This is why we have introduced Hot Beats! A curated selection of featured tracks which you are free to use however you wish! Just choose Hip Hip as your favourite genre, create, then select hot beats!

Record on Mobile

Recording directly onto your mobile phone with the BandLab app through your headphone microphone is a perfectly reasonable starting point. But if your voice is great and your’e really looking to show it off, investing in an Analog Link will really help to get the full sounding tones your looking to show off.  Recording vocals into BandLab is as simple as plugging a mic into the Analog Link and hitting record, so do be sure to check it out and get recording today!

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