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5 Steps For Better Vocal Recordings

A good vocal recording is the foundation of any good production

A bad one could ruin your song

We know most of you guys buy beats online, and record your vocals at home,

and some of you are even mixing your tracks yourselves

In the following article we’ll give you some points to get a better vocal recording

Get A Decent Microphone

Depending on your budget, get yourself a decent Condenser microphone

Good condenser mics can be bought relatively cheap these days

And you can get great results on a budget

Some recommended brands to look for are - Shure, Rode, Sennheiser, Neumann etc..

Find the mic that suits you and your budget, and you’ll improve your recordings dramatically

Room Acoustics

Most rooms tend to sound bad untreated. The common issues are long reverb times, boomy or harsh sound etc..

When recording your vocals in a room that wasn’t treated properly, you can’t expect it to sound as tight and clear as you want

Remember, you’re not only recording your voice, you are “recording” your room as well

I would recommend hiring a professional acoustical consultant if you can afford it

Another cheap alternative is a reflection filter, that can dramatically minimize the room’s effect on your recordings


When pronouncing consonant syllables (S,T and Z) the mouth emits a high frequency

blast of air. This can result in an unpleasant tonal harshness centered in the upper mids

To avoid, or at least minimize this effect, you can turn your head a little to the side, not pointing directly at the mic but slightly to one of it’s sides

If you still get an uneven recording and your esses still pop out, try applying some de-esser on your vocals.

Don’t overdo it though, just enough to make it a bit more even and pleasant.


Popping sounds might occur when pronouncing aspirated plosives(P, B)

It can result in a boomy and unusable recording

To avoid this effect we use a Pop Filter

Singing off-axis might work as well if you’re a more experienced vocalist

Proximity Effect

When using cardioid mics, moving closer or further from the mic can result in dramatic boosts in the low frequencies.

Such inconsistency can be very hard and even impossible to deal with in the mix

To avoid, place your pop filter at least a few inches away from the mic, preventing you from getting too close to it.

That’s it guys

We hope this article was useful and will help you get better vocal tracks

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Love, Paper Tiger


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