The recording process for a single song can take several hours and sometimes days. So, I’m a give you an overview of what recording involves, and give you couple of techniques to employ next time you record. The recording process is probably the easiest part, if you are familiar with the content you’re recording. After your vocals are recorded you have to mix and master your raw audio tracks.
Mixing and Mastering
You are going to mix your audio after you master your raw audio recordings. The least you’ll need to know and do to master your audio is add compression, and equalization to your tracks. Compression makes your audio recording leveled and fluent sounding; synchronizes the decibel level to a mainstay. Equalization gives voice kind of a personalist and lively effect. Personally, I like to have treble in my voice tracks, so my words are heard clearly. General EQ for a vocal track has a high, mid, and alow setting that you can turn each position to be heard higher or lower. Too much treble, or high EQ, is a bad thing, as you can hear some people with a nasally and annoying voice. Since my voice is bold and boisterous, I can afford to have some treble to compliment my lyrics. Generally, each song must be treated differently, yet some engineering techniques can become universally familiar and frequently implemented.
Mixing is simply leveling the tracks, so that the levels sound even. Mixing is important because different compressions during the mastering can make raw audio sound louder or softer; mixing can be the final leveling of a record. Expert engineers, many times, do master a song after has been mixed. A very popular technique of mastering an already mixed, to a single audio file, song is to add more of a limiter to the full, mixed and mastered, song. Today, many world reknown engineers, of your favorite music artists, over limit the audio because when files are compressed to mp3, WAV, or any broadcast quality, some loudness can be lost to the compression of the original recording. So over limiting (boosting the overall track decibels) a full track can make up for lost volume during a song condensing and exporting to a file phase.
VOCAL RECORDING TECHNIQUES
A crescendo is the increase in a musician or vocalist’s volume during a set of bars; crescendos increase from small to loud. If the singer is able to crescendo or decrescendo (decrease volume over the course of bars) very well, then less time will be spent editing the audio levels of the recording. Hours can be saved if you record your music well and are a proficient performer. The biggest vocal recording tip is finding the right distance from or the sweet spot of the mic. If you’re fortunate enough to record vocals a lot, you’ll notice that sometimes, the audio sounds really vivid. You do not have to move back and forth to give the audio the affect of crescendo, simply work your voice. Have personalism, while knowing and listening to how you are impacting the mic. Personalism is important for music artists because a listener has a world around them that they can engage. As a musician, you want the audience or listener to be engulfed in your personality (how your saying your words), as well as your lyrics or theme of song. So have personality in each word that you possibly can express, find the sweet spot, or perfect distance to perform into the mic, and if you are singing, know about your crescendos, and when they are needed. Crescendos add a dynamic to your measures.
Be a vivid entertainer, and employ recording techniques when you perform, because the better you perform your music, the more potential your songs are going to have.
I’m soon to talk about the differences between a dynamic mic and a condenser microphone for vocal recordings.