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Microphone Singing

Be aware of you’re the volume your are singing at and your proximity to the microphone. Ideally you want the microphone to be as hot as possible without causing distortion. Naturally that means if you are hitting a loud high note, you need to back away from the mic. How much you need to back off the microphone really depends on the singer. It takes a little practice to know. This holds true in the recording studio as well as on stage. Although producers can correct the problem, they would rather have a singer who can work the microphone.

Singing on pitch into a microphone takes some practice, especially if you are recording with headphones on so that the playback is not rerecorded as well. An old trick is to take one head phone of so that you can hear you voice as you are used to hearing it. On stage, you have to get used to the minor delay, and difference from when you hear yourself. The sound has to travel further to get back to you. That is why it is so important to have a monitor. Sound is very directional. If you cannot hear yourself, even the best singer can go off key. It happened to Kelly Clarkson in the super bowl a couple of years ago, and she is not the type of singer you would expect to go flat.

studio singing is much different that singing live. It’s the details that matter. The timing, perfect pitch, expression, even if you have all of these while you normally practice, you are under a microscope when you are singing in the studio, and every major flaw gets exposed. The best tool to overcome this is practice. The more time you spend in the studio, the better you will become. It will also make you a better singing if you have a good pitch recognition. Hearing your voice dry and magnified causes you to become more on point and acute to what you really sound like.

Make sure that microphone is level with your mouth or slightly higher. You do not want to have to tilt your neck down or you air flow will be restricted and you will lose tone.