Vocal Mixing Tips for Professional Sounding Audio

Vocal RecordingOne great vocal tip for professional sounding audio is to make sure that the microphone is far enough away from the vocalist. Some people’s voices sound better closer to the microphone while others sound better a little farther away. To figure out where your vocalist sounds best, you need to experiment. You can also have your vocalist sing into the side of the microphone for different sounding audio.

Some singers like to tilt their head back a little while they are singing because it opens up their vocal chords. To get the vocalists to remember to tilt their head back you can put the microphone a little bit above their head angled down.

Although you do not want to hear the vocalist breathing, if you eliminate the breathing sounds all together, your audio could sound very fake and unprofessional. While editing tracks you need to think about what you can do to not make your audio sound over processed.

If you or your vocalist take a break during a recording you need to make sure that when you start recording again that you or your vocalist are in the same position when singing as they were during the last recording. Changing positions could mean changing the sound of the audio for many different reasons. If you start off singing further away from the microphone and come back from a break and sing closer to the microphone, this will change the tone of your voice and the audio will sound a lot different than the rest of the audio you have recorded.

Some musicians like to add a chorus effect to their audio to make it sound more professional. You need to be sure that if you are adding this chorus effect to the audio that you do not overdo it. The best way to add the chorus sound in the background is to record the same verse or line over and over again and then layer them on top of each other so it sounds like there is a chorus in the background. If this is done correctly you will have very professional sounding audio.

When recording a vocal you need to make sure that you have your lyrics written in front of you just in case you get lost or need some direction while recording. These are some of the most basic vocal mixing basics, but are also some of the most important