Learn How To Record Smooth Vocals
I really despise receiving sessions to mix and the vocals weren’t tracked well. I can’t count how many times I’ve gotten vocals that sound really boxy. It’s easy to tell if someone recorded in their kitchen. Sometimes people expect me to make them sound like top charting artists, but don’t understand the importance of an initial recording. In order to get a good mix, the vocals have to be recorded decently first. If you’re going to record yourself, first, invest in some equipent to get a good recording. Some basic (small budget) things to get are:
Daw (Pro Tools $599), Interface (Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 $149), condenser microphone (Audio Technica AT2020 $99), reflection filter (kaotica eyeball), Monitors (M-Audio AV42 4″ $149), Computer (something with at least 4GB of RAM, a 500 GB Hard Drive, Core i5 processor), headphones (M-Audio MTH 50 $100). This is just a very basic setup and should get you a good tracking. This setup is perfect for someone that is trying to record themselves, but send the sessions off to someone like myself to mix for them.