6 Tips for Singing Into a Microphone – Record Vocals for Best Results – Felicia Ricci

6 Tips for Singing Into a Microphone – Record Vocals for Best Results – Felicia Ricci

June 26, 2019 28 By Kailee Schamberger



hello my friends its fell today's video is all about how to record vocals in a recording setting so in other words with a microphone whether that's in your home studio or in a professional studio this is not going to be a technical video about like the technique of setting up a microphone and hooking it up to your computer and that sort of thing I can do future videos about that since I've been learning about it on the side to do my own recording but this is going to be more about when you are a singer and you're asked to sing what are some strategies that are going to give you the best vocals recorded on to a track really quick intro I'm Felicia you can call me FL you know me by now I'm a professional voice finder I help you find your voice through singing tips videos and videos like this and they've actually been finding my own voice lately doing a lot more singing a lot more recording and playing around and the reason I'm actually filming this video is I spent the weekend at my brother's apartment in Brooklyn and we recorded a concept album that he wrote so I had a ton of time to play around with microphone technique and as I was doing it I was taking notes and I was like I got to share this with my buds so well so I'll be sure to splice in some clips of that since that was kind of fun I don't understand why these days a condenser microphone which is what I'm using here are not that expensive I'll link below to a couple of really good condenser microphones that are available on the market that are not going to be super super expensive they'll cost you between one hundred two hundred dollars this one's a little bit more expensive this is an audio-technica 400 400 or maybe you say forty forty I don't know how the lingo goes in the industry but it's been really good for recording my music so highly recommend this as well the first tip I have for you is a little bit technical but I'm going to encourage you to work with your engineer or work with yourself to get your microphone levels lower than you think the worst thing you can do is keep your microphone levels very high and then worry about what's called like maxing out or in other words creating distortion so when you're recording you don't want to worry ivali that you have to hold back and not sing too loud that's going to translate to not enough breathing not enough support and not enough breath efforts you're going to end up being a really tentative above the throat singer that's one of the top I would say roadblocks to getting good vocals when you're recording in a studio is you think you have to be like so small so when you go to sing you're like I'm going for the high note and you can't truly let go for the high knob right you want to be able to really bust it out so when you're setting your levels before it's time to sing make sure that you practice at a maximum volume and that you truly bust out you're kind of top volume just make sure that the microphone indicator that the indicator of volume doesn't go beyond yellow into red that means you're gonna get distortion when you record and the great news is you can always boost your levels later so it's better to record on the conservative side make sure it's not too loud and then boost the volume if you have to after in fact second tip has to do with these babies I'm talking about headphones I'm talking about the ability to hear yourself it is crucial that you get a really good balance in your headphones that you're able to hear yourself saying I can't think of a single time however when I have recorded in a studio or a studio setting where I haven't left one of my ears out of the headphones and that simply kind of looks like that so you put it on you hear yourself oh hello I can hear myself but every time I record I need that actual live feedback I need to hear myself in the room live it's a personal preference but it really does apply to most singers so I simply tip one of my ears out just like this and again just as you're setting levels the beginning to make sure you're not too loud also encourage your engineer or work with your your software to make sure you find the perfect balance for yourself so you can hear yourself but also get a sense of the mix so that you feel as natural as possible while singing it's a pretty simple tip I think it's actually one of the most important parts to being a present and you know confidence singer is having a sense of your voice as a record my third really really really important tip has to do with something I mentioned in tip one which is that you don't want to go into the recording studio and suddenly think of singing is happening up here short a microphone picks up incredible subtleties and I'll talk about that in a second but as you're singing you want to think of this as the tip of the iceberg and the iceberg is the rest of your body as I was recording this weekend at my brother's I started off very clenched very tentative and wasn't breathing so going for all these big notes and I was like oh I'm recording and I had so much focus on this that I forgot to engage here and as soon as I shifted that mindset everything changed the power and the party happens below the microphone and the great news is no one's watching you so you can really go balls to the wall with breathing with digging in if you're someone who really likes to get grounded when you sang which is what I like to do would I encourage all of you to do you might even try doing a butt clench I'm obsessed with the butt clench but sometimes when you're singing and performing for an audience right you don't want to be like huh I'm punching my butt when you're recording you absolutely can't so you keep your face steady up here and as you're going for the night your butt so I'm able to create all this power in this localised way but only because I'm going crazy underneath my next tip is that you should be aware of the distance from the microphone to your mouth and you should use that distance to your advantage this is also obvious but it's something that we kind of forget when we're in the studio and it's time to record the closer you are to a microphone the more intimate you can sound and the more the nuance of how you shape your voice and how you use vocal fry' is really gonna come out so it's time to sing something really intimate get close to the mic and pay attention to the way that you shape the vowels influences it it looks like really annoying I hope not I'm just kind of like a riffing and explaining but you can kind of hear the effect of it can't you conversely if you're singing something huge it probably is best to back up and again you'll work with if there's someone working with you who's an engineer they'll give you good good advice about this as well but it sort of just makes sense right if you don't want something to be blasting but you still want to have that nice kind of tall sound to it you can back up really bad out next tip is about breathing and taking silent breaths when you're recording it can be really distracting if before every phrase you go like this and then you say and I'm singing and I'm singing right so there's two things you can do if you're someone who has trouble controlling that sound of your inhale you can turn away from the microphone when it's time to inhale like this and then you can sing that's a little bit of you know a lot of effort so what I encourage you is instead to actually learn how to take a nice quiet inhale and the way you do that is you can plug your ears okay and as you're plugging your ears practice an inhale if you can hear it I want you to silently laugh to yourself like and you'll feel your false vocal folds open your false vocal folds are right above your vocal folds okay so you plug your ears you laugh and then take an inhale what should happen is because your false vocal folds have opened you should now be able to take an inhale with it being silent and that's just going to be much better in general for your singing because it's not distracting and it doesn't create that extra kind of raspy sound but also for recording it's going to be amazing because you're not gonna have to worry about turning away every time you go to sing final tip experiment I know that this is like a kind of like nonspecific tip but it's been so crucial for me as I've been learning to work with a microphone in my home where I record and then at my brother's house this past weekend really takes some time to fool around with where you position your head how it sounds if you angle your head this way or you know take a step back how did the acoustics of the room change when you move your microphone it really is about trial and error and again this is a really general tip but I like to be a mad scientist when I try everything I'm not a professional sound engineer but just by going into the studio or going into my home and just taking a you know a couple of minutes a day to fool around with it you're going to learn how your voice sounds in a microphone you're going to get new insights each time you practice like any vocal technique that we learn a microphone is another tool in your singer toolkit and rather than be afraid of it just get up close and personal shy around just see how different resonances sound in the microphone and then listen back to yourself making sure that you have good audio feedback as you're recording just get in there practice experiment okay see what sounds good and most of all don't forget your technique I think the tip that I gave you about all the magic happens down below especially while you're recording is very very important okay so let me know what you guys thought if you like this video don't forget to hit like share it with a friend that you know who has been fooling around in their own home recording studio and let me know if you have any further questions would you like to know more about this topic of recording at home I've been learning kind of different software isn't I've been like you know slowly making my way through so once I understand it I'll be sure to let you guys know but I'd love to hear if this is a topic that interests you also do you want to hear some of my music soon I'm gearing up to start doing you know some more videos of me singing and some more I don't know audio files so where do you think about that I'm like already getting shy about it and any further questions you have about any singing topic be sure to leave me a comment below now it's my list of possible videos also really quick I teach a completely free belt singing course called belting crash course you could sign up at belt in crash course comm it's basically a video series that teaches you the quickest most effective way to belt sing and it's completely free so if you think we have a good vibe you like my teaching definitely sign up thanks guys for watching and I'll see you very soon but just do it like like body okay so yeah don't worry about doing it cleanly just be like oh yeah oh don't go too far out this but like shanna channels and Dave Matthews oh did you opposite channel a little bit Mackey's in your delivery outside but hey no but don't actually do it keep it with her okay good