Let’s face it, the vocals are probably one of the hardest things to nail when you’re recording because anything and everything will affect your voice. If you’re tired, if you are dehydrated, if you talk too much, if you sang too much that day already and the list goes on. When you’re paying for your recording session, time is money. How can you get the most out of your recording and nail your vocal tracks? We have some tips that will help you kill it!
Know your voice and when it sounds best. Some singers sing better in the morning or the evening. If your voice is strongest in the afternoon, book your vocal recordings at that time. You will feel the most comfortable and your body will be the most relax. There will be less strain on your voice. Don’t just say, “I’ll do it at the end of the session.” If need be, book another day to go in at your best time and nail your vocals.
Make sure you know your songs. Practice before you get into the studio. Make sure you know when and how to do your vocal runs if you’re changing it up a bit from the way you normally play it. If you are unsure of what you are doing, you will be able to hear it in the recording because your voice won’t sound as strong. Prepare yourself so you can take on these vocals like a champ.
Rest is a huge factor in creating a great vocal track. If you are tired, it will pick up on the recording. Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. Don’t get out partying until 3am the night before you are supposed to sing. You will regret it worse than a hangover.
When you’re in the sound booth, it is ok to tell the engineer that you need more guitar and less bass in the headphones. You need to be in control of what you’re hearing so your vocals come naturally. You don’t want to be out of tune because you can’t hear what’s going on. You also don’t want to be screaming over the music in your ears. Find the right balance and let the person behind the board know every detail.
With that said, go nail your vocal tracks!