If you have tried recording your own singing in a studio but felt a bit frustrated about the result, you are not alone. As with other singers, you may sound bad the first time you do it in a studio. However, it should improve sooner than later with constant practice. Improvement is especially more possible and quicker when you follow the tips below:
Practice Before you Record in a Studio
Go into the vocal booth only when you are ready. As a new singer, it can be intimidating to stand in a studio to record your vocals so practice a lot before your record. After recording yourself before going to a studio, listen back to the recording and note what you like and fix what you don’t. Practice should help you wasting time in the studio with plenty of auto-tuning and takes.
Get Used to the Microphone
In a studio, the distance between the microphone and your mouth will be constant. You will be standing still while recording your song in Songmill recording studios, so try to get used to it before your actual recording. Without much experience behind microphones, you may make unnecessary head movements that can only ruin the recording. When practicing, keep the following in mind:
- Level out volume changes. When the volume gets softer, move closer to the mic and when it gets louder, move farther. Being able to level out fluctuations in the volume can help in minimizing the amount of required compression later on.
- Avoid extra bursts of sound. When you record your vocals, you may pronounce words with P’s and B’s in a way that produces extra bursts. This is also possible when producing S’s and F’s sounds. You can reduce traces of these bursts by adjusting your angle and distance from the mic.
- Control breath sounds. Breathing sounds are produced when you sing without moving your head. Thus, you can control them by moving your head to the side. This will reduce the amount of editing to be done later on.
Connect with the Listening Audience
Whether you have an audience or not, record your singing like someone is in front of you. When recording, let your recording present your voice and emotion to the heart of the listener. Record like you are in a live performance with maximum energy to create an emotional effect. Sing in a way that directs the lyrics at your imaginary listener.