5 Vocal Recording Mistakes You Can't Fix in the Mix

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5 Vocal Recording Mistakes You Can't Fix in the Mix


28 Jan, 2023


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Whether you're recording an album, a demo or just a single vocal track, there are some things that can't be fixed in the mix. This article will discuss 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them.

  1. Mistake 1: Incorrect microphone placement

    The first mistake is incorrect microphone placement. If the mic is too far away from the singer, or if it's not pointed in the right direction, you won't get a good vocal recording. Make sure to place the microphone close to the singer's mouth, and point it towards the centre of their head.

  2. Mistake 2: Poor vocal technique

    The second mistake is poor vocal technique. If the singer isn't singing in tune, or if they're not enunciating properly, you won't be able to fix that in the mix. Make sure to practice with your singer, and help them to develop good vocal techniques.

  3. Mistake 3: Incorrect microphone type

    The third mistake is incorrect microphone type. If you use a condenser mic for vocals, for example, you might get a lot of noise from ambient room sound. Use a dynamic mic instead, which will reject more background noise.

  4. Mistake 4: Wrong microphone distance

    The fourth mistake is wrong microphone distance. If you place the mic too close to the singer, you might get a lot of distortion and feedback. Place the mic at least six inches away from the singer's mouth.

  5. Mistake 5: Incorrect EQ settings

    The fifth mistake is incorrect EQ settings. If you don't set up your EQ correctly, you won't be able to fix that in the mix. Make sure to adjust the low end, high end and midrange frequencies so that they compliment the vocal track.

The best way to avoid these mistakes is to practice, practice, practice. Record yourself singing in a variety of different environments, and listen back to the recordings. This will help you to identify any problems that need fixing, and allow you to correct them before you hit the recording studio.