|Originally published: April 14, 2020|
Updated: December 18, 2020
Singers Distancing with Smartphone?
If you record your singing on your smartphone to share with friends or a vocal coach, the most important way to get good sound quality is to sing at the right distance from your phone. The right distance will depend on your type of phone, the space you are singing in and how loud you sing.
You can find the sweet spot by recording yourself singing a short phrase at three different distances from your phone and seeing which one sounds best. Choose the recording that sounds true to your voice and in which you don’t hear the sound of the room too much.
To learn more of Kevin Alexander’s teachings on acoustics and audio for singers, subscribe and take his online course, “Recording on Your Smartphone and Mics”
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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.