|Originally published: June 16, 2020|
How to Record Vocals at Home
Now is the perfect time for you to learn how to record your voice in high quality. Yes, you – even if you’ve always felt intimidated by the prospect of recording on your own. You can do this, and it’s worth it.
The most difficult step in anything new is usually the first one. So let us help you get started, and the rest will be smooth sailing ?. Below is a list of what you need. If you look at the list and it makes you break out into a cold sweat, just remember you can borrow many of these. Start asking around. If you are lucky enough to have a budget, you can order them online.
Items you’ll need to produce a quality vocal recording at home:
1. Cardioid Polar Pattern Microphone – converts the acoustic sound of your voice into an electrical (analog) signal.
2. Audio Interface – converts that analog signal into a digital signal.
3. DAW – recording and editing software. An example of a DAW is Logic Pro X.
4. Backing Track for the song you want to record – an audio file containing the instrumental backing to your song without the vocal.
5. XLR Cable – an audio cable that connects your mic to your audio interface
6. Your Computer – in some cases, you can use a smart phone or tablet.
Look at you go! You are killing it!
Did you know most people – even audio savvy people – use Google to find out how things work? This is because technology is always changing, so even pros need to look things up.
Now that you understand the gear needed to produce a high-quality vocal recording, we hope you’ll have the confidence to go for it! (oh and we just found an informative article on recording blogs which has much valuable insight that can be applied to recording singing at home – learn how to record your voice).
|To learn all the steps in the recording process, upgrade to premium and take Kaitie Sly’s course How to Produce a Quality Vocal Recording.|
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Kathy Alexander is VP of Curriculum for Singdaptive. She was a staff writer for 6 years at VoiceCouncil Magazine and works for the University of Victoria as a practicum supervisor. Kathy is also a singer, vocal coach and choir director. Career highlights include guest appearances in Europe with Quannah Parker jazz fusion band in Norway, and back on the West Coast with Vision TV’s Let’s Sing Again, The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victoria International Jazz Festival.