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5 things that will make or break vocal sound

13 Sep, 2018

5 things that will make or break vocal sound

We ill give you some tricks to get a better vocal sound. Money investing is not needed, time spending is low. You do not have to struggle to record or post-produce a better track. Just a couple of technique will help.


1.Pop filter

There are all kinds of pop screen out there in the market. The old school one, which you may need a boom arm to get it installed. Or the U-shape pop filter, which can be mounted on microphone body. But all those reduce the plosive sound, like B and P and the aspirated air blowing toward microphone. If there is too much sibilance in your voice, pop screen will also help to filter it out.


2.Recording Angle

If you do not bother to get a pop filter, another trick is to talk a little off-axis to microphone. So that capsule will not receive the direct breath blowing to ruin your track with the cracking noise.


3.Proximity Effect   

It is the relation between the amount of sound picked up by microphone and the range from mic to mouth. The more you into microphone, the more it captures and the more low-end-frequency sound it brings out. If you are not doing broadcast or voice-over, in which case you need that deeper and warmer sound, you had better not get really close to microphone. Because the issue of sibilance and cracking will exacerbate by the time. And if you are recording something huge and do not want the blasting, it really makes sense to back up. So you should be aware of the distance from the mic to your mouth. This can be obvious advantage you could take or deadly culprit you should aware.   



If you do not set volume level appropriate, you are going to mess up your sound. It’s better to keep it a bit low from what you expect and pay attention to the level indicator does not go from green to yellow and turn to red. Then your signal to noise ration will be kept very low. Besides staying from distortion, the other up side of keep volume low is that you can always boost your level later, so it is better to record on conservative side to make sure the volume is not too loud. And then increase volume after.


5.Audio Format

There are way too many to choose from. MP3 is the most familiar but also known as lossy format, which means it discards some information from original source. Some of you may dissatisfy with the lossy audio, the export the track as an uncompressed format, like WAV. will be a better choice. But it is not set in stone to be WAV. different audio formats make thing more optimized for different types of users. Just make sure you choose the lossless compressed formats.     


That’s it. Simple technique but really make the difference. If you would like to suggest any other useful methods, feel free to contact us!