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what to use-vocals

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by dougray, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. dougray


    Apr 16, 2002
    western maryland
    (i dont know if this is the right forum?)
    need to know what would be best for a female vocalist,who sings kinda "low",(but is able to hit the high notes),what i mean is what would be best to use_i was thinking of a vocal pre-amp,this would be used for "live" sound and rehearsels,, also can someone tell if there are any message boards that has live sound do's and dont's, that i can post this type message...thanx.
  2. Doug, there are many pre's that can be used for vocals.

    First you need to find the right microphone for your vocalist, then worry about the pre-amp.

    Most likely, you are using a Shure SM 58 for live work but sometimes vocalist needs a better mic to suite their voice.

    Purchase a microphone that suits your voice plus experiment with e.q. settings and microphone techniques to enhance your natural tone.

    I suggest trying as many as you at your local audio dealer, try before you buy!

    Yes, check out http://www.recording.org/cgi-local/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi

    You'll find many Pro Producers and Engineers to answer all your recording needs!

    This site below also contains many tips for vocalists!


  3. dougray


    Apr 16, 2002
    western maryland
    we are using a shure beta 58A,its a decent all around microphone,($149). its just when she sings "low-soft",she gets buried in the mix,we are talking live situation,we have no problems when she sings high-or with power.
    i am looking at he presonus "pretube",this is an inexspensive preamp and see if it helps,i'll keep ya posted if it does,thanx for reply.
  4. Doug, preamps help with tone, you sound like you need something in the compressor/limiter department!

    See a compressor/limiter keeps loud notes from blasting and soft notes from being buried, much like we use on our bass to keep the notes even. Vocals are the same.

    Preamps are great tools but you need a limiter/compressor to smooth out your singers vocals.

    There's a great article on compression/limiting .....


    I do not know everything there is to know about music, but I have had plenty experience with vocals in the studio and live, I am a singer too!

    Think about these suggestions before you purchase something that your PA/board should already beable to handle!

  5. dougray


    Apr 16, 2002
    western maryland
    i was also thinking maybe a compressor/lim. is the way to go...
    thanx for reply.

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