- This one’s for those who don’t have a vocal booth to record in: Before you start recording, clap in your vocal tracking room to get an idea of the room tone and reflections are. It’ll impact your voice when recording. Try NOT to record in a room with a lot of windows or reflective surfaces. The more padding, the better!
- If you have trouble finding a room, try the bathroom or the closet. Test the room to see which one you prefer.
- Don’t go into your recording expecting to fix your mistakes in post. Rehearse before you record! Recording is a captured performance, so you should rehearse for it MORE than you would a live performance.
- This one’s for the engineers: System overloading when tracking Vocals? Freezing and low latency mode not working? Bounce everything into one track to conserve CPU usage.
- Please, please, PLEASE make sure you’re not clipping. Best way to do this is to sing or rap the loudest and/or strongest part of the record as if you were performing it, while the engineer sets the gain below the red.
- Avoid COFFEE, SODA, DAIRY, BLACK TEA and ICE WATER before a recording. All of these things mess with your vocal chords. Drink plenty of (not too cold) water throughout the day. Herbal teas are fine in moderation.
- If you have a pop filter (which you should), keep a thumbs distance between it and the mic. It’s a basic sweet spot for it.
- Vocal rest is important throughout the day, especially if you’re recording at night. I don’t care if you’re doing rock, pop, r&b, or even rapping…your voice is an instrument that needs care and preparation before hitting the booth.
BONUS TIP: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY! If you have a piano or a drum set , you kinda don’t mind other people playing it because it’s a community instrument. If you have a guitar or bass, you’re a little more protective of it because it’s more of a personal instrument. Your body is the MOST PERSONAL INSTRUMENT IN THE WORLD. Take care of it with that in mind. Don’t take what I’m saying for granted, because it’s very easy to forget this in the midst of everything else going on in your life.
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