If you're not using a pop filter (sometimes called a pop shield) when recording vocals, start right now! And even if you are, do you know the optimum way to position it for the best results? In this short video from the course The Art Of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals, Singing Canary Productions show you exactly how to do it!
You'll learn about the problems associated with "plosives" - b and p sounds that cause air to rush into a mic's diaphragm and overwhelm it. By correctly positioning a pop filter around 6 inches from the mic (depending on your singing style) you can mitigate this problem, even avoiding it altogether. There's also guidance on coping with different vocal styles, effects and more. Check out the other videos in the course for a full guide to recording vocals.
The Art Of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals
Capturing crystal-clear vocals is one of the most important and most overlooked parts of song production. So how are vocals best recorded? Let the experts at Singing Canary show you the way!
This tutorial starts with an explanation of room acoustics and microphone placement. Next, you’ll learn some important tips about how to transform any room into an optimal vocal environment. With your room set up and ready to go, the tutorial moves on to a deep discussion of the different types of microphones, how they are used and how they shape the sound of the human voice.
You’ll also learn about the proximity effect and how you can use it ... or avoid it! There’s even a lesson on the different polar patterns from hyper cardioid to figure eight and how to employ them correctly in your recording environment.
From there it’s off to pop filters and their placement, compression, & EQ. This is followed by a comprehensive section on vocal tuning and vocal alignment!
So if you want to learn about vocal recording, or if you’re looking to improve the sound of your vocal tracks, this Recording Vocals Tutorial will set you down the right path to recording perfect vocals, every time.