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Robert Lunte, of The Vocalist Studio and The Four Pillars of Singing shares some details about the Audio VX5, condenser microphone. Purchase the Audix VX5 here: http://www.TheVocalGearStore.com.     Description T…

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David Hilderman reveals what matters most when you’re choosing PA speakers for a small or medium sized venue. There’s a lot of advertizing hype about speakers – especially in relation to “watts” – but what are the specs that really matter…

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Ever wanted to add some sparkle to your mic cable? Item: Neutrik crystalCON, Decorative Mic Cable Connectors Price: $18 (US), £15 (UK) (per connector) Mic Rating: 4/5 At A Glance: Neutrik’s crystalCON r…

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Hi all, I've been a-looking for a lo-fi mic for sometime now to use in the studio and, mainly, live (some of you may have read my endless posts on other forums). I finally came across the Wasaphone I on eBay and I absolutely love it. I just wanted …

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In my quest for the perfect recording setup, I was pleased to discover an audio recording solution that minimizes the amount of gear I require to produce my YouTube content. I create educational videos on an almost daily basis and having a simple an…

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INTRODUCING THE TC HELICON VOICE LIVE TOUCH 2 They call it a "Vocal-Designer". Interesting, I thought to myself while unpacking the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 from its box. As the name implies TC-Helicon has released a new version of its innov…

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INTRODUCING THE TC HELICON HARMONY SINGER I would argue that the TC-Helicons pedal style vocal effects are some of the best ideas to come out of their facility in Vancouver, BC. They are small form factor, intuitive to control and easy to get a …

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Recently a new platform for music professionals called Music Gateway was launched. Music Gateway is a business platform connecting music professionals from around the globe in one simple, easy to use website. It's not so much a LinkedIn of the musi…

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RODE Microphones brings the big guns to iOS with the iXY RODE i-XY Podcast However good they claim to be I've always been a bit leary of using iOS devices along with the loads of 3rd party plug-in devices for anything remotely related to audio.  M…

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Kick the nasties coating your mic to the curb with Mic Wipes INTRODICUNG MIC CHECK WIPES  If you ever find yourself in the situation of being at the mercy of using a crusty club mic then you're going to want to know about Mic Check Mic Wipes. B…

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Throw out your vintage effects, this mic does it better. You can find Placid Audio products on Vocal Gear Store.     Most of the time in either a live or studio situati on when I'm looking to give a vocal track a bit more of a distinctive sound…

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Could the TC Helicon Mic Mechanic replace all your live voice processing? Do me a favor to start off by closing your eyes and picturing two things:  Swiss army knives and sport utility vehicles.  Now ask yourself what comes to mind?  General all-p…

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PUTTING THE RODE PODCASTER USB MICROPHONE TO THE TEST While USB microphones have been out on the scene for quite some time now they've more or less been relegated to the lower pro-consumer end of the spectrum as multipurpose general recording…

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TESTING THE HERCULES MS401B STAND   Order Hercules MS401B Stand from The Vocal Gear Store  At the start of the 1900's when Henry Ford was introducing the Ford Model T, a "car for the masses" he once quipped during an interview that "A…

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USING THE NUVOICE PL-2 WIRELESS MICROPHONE PLUG -ON TRANSMITTER   In the course of a rehearsal, recording session, or live performance I occasionally find myself thinking wouldn't it be nice if I had an X. Letter X being fill in the blank for wha…

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TESTING THE EX-25 ISOLATION HEADPHONES FOR RECORDING In any recording environment, the elimination of unwanted noise is essential to achieving a quality recording. Undesired noise can often "bleed" or leak out of studio headphones during the recor…

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What Are The Effects Of Singers Tea?   Ask any vocalist what one of the keys to staying fresh vocally is and undoubtedly hydration will be on the short list.  While each has their own opinion as to what might work best IN said liquid, generally…

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SHOULD YOU PROTECT YOUR WIRELESS MIC WITH THIS GATOR CASE? Wit h the sheer amount of capital tied up into gigging  gear  it goes without saying that  p ortability and protection is paramount. When wireless mic systems can cost upwards and bey…

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  Putting The TC-Helicon MP-75 To The Test If somehow you hadn't noticed there has been an absolute explosion over the last 5 years of excellent professional quality vocal gear designed to give the modern vocalist absolute control over his or her …

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Testing The Lampifier 711 In a vast sea of dynamic stage mics, it's not often that a manufacturer stands out for being as practical and refreshingly innovative as Lampifier Microphones. Most microphone companies release new m odels which feature twe…

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When shopping around for a live vocal microphone, I had never really considered trying out a condenser mic, as the vast majority of vocal mics out there are dynamics. While I have used plenty of great sounding dynamic mics, I always thought it …

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Putting The TC Helicon VoiceTone T1 To The Test If you were following The Modern Vocalist Journal earlier this year with the debut TMVJ Product Reviews, some of you may recall the review of the  TC Helicon D1 VoiceTone pedal.  The VoiceTone Singl…

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Telefunken Company History And The CU-29 Copperhead Microphone Telefunken has long been a name synonymous with high-grade professional audio equipment. Dating back to the turn of the 20th century Telefunken was founded in Berlin, Germany in 1903 …

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Should The EV PL80a Be Your Choice Of Vocal Mic? Choosing a live vocal mic is a personal thing for most vocalists. Every voice is unique and different mics accentuate different qualities that can bring out the best or worst in a singer. In additi…

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    • Dear all, It has been a while that I have visited this forum. I have been very busy with my studies—having completed my BA in Musicology and currently finalising my MA in Applied Musicology. I did keep on working on my singing, however. Yesterday, “The Music of the Night,” a song that I auditioned with at the Conservatory of Rotterdam over a decade ago and that I had used for my singing lessons with many different teachers, was one I had never actually performed—until now! Indeed, there appears to be balancing issues with volume between me and the piano. On the other hand, I asked several attendees whether they felt there were problems with it, but they all did not notice them live. While I do think we could work on balancing our instruments, I believe the recording is augmenting the issue quite a bit.   I am really satisfied with the performance—especially my acting abilities, intonation, enunciation, and stage presence. I could be more confident with the fermata notes just doing them as long as I want, rather than thinking I might do them too long (I think the “soul”-note [2:32] is great, the “be”-note [3:44] is just about right, the ”night”-note [5:20] is executed pretty well, but could easily be five seconds longer). I could also definitely stabilise and pronounce my “ring” more. Manolito Mystiq
    • Hello! So I just recorded 2 tunes (first takes, lots of mistakes, but i just wanted to record something) Im looking to sing with my band and would like to know if im on the right track (since this is a type of register i've never used in a live/public setting so i dont know if the vocal placement for these songs is correct). These songs are somewhat outside my singing comfort zone and what we usually play (in terms of vocal range and registers), but i would love to expand my repertoire. To give an idea my most demanding song right now is toxicity (SOAD)(with some chest pulling here and there). I've been a musician for 11 years but only been singing for 5 years now, and only had proper vocal training for about a year (not currently) mostly focusing on pitch, correct breathing, chesty high notes, etc... but nothing of this kind, so there is this desire to get into these types of songs. Also, the "technique" im using for both songs feels (in my throat) the same to me, but it somehow feels more suited for the high notes heard in the scorpions tune, than in the skid row one. so I would love to know (if someone can give some input on this) why do i get two seemingly different results with the same technique? Feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you  Jesse  
    • Jarom; I don't want to sound disrespectful or rude as I know you are a professional musician But all your songs sound the same! and without you singing something a bit different with a different melody I just cant see you hitting the big time Have you tired covering/ practicing other artists that you have done nothing like before, songs that you never though about before that my give you some new inspiration and new art.
    • Hey guys, I'm posting this as a sort of "hey all, long time no see, I'm doing well" hahah EDIT :Also, I don't ask for critique or review, I'm just showing what I've been doing for others who want to listen or study. 
      I think someone posting about what they think the distortion is, or how it compares to theirs does not help my singing directly. I repeat myself "I posted this as a "hey all, this is what I've been doing" because the "tell your gains" thread is dead. If after this clarification my thread still belongs here, then I'm ok with that, but I just wanted to make it clear. I just wanted to debate singing and technique in general, or whatever someone wanted to ask ( about my vocal fold gap, reflux, etc ), cheers everyone!  .

      I've been working hard on my voice as always, carrying weight up and my headvoice twangy range.  My max weight is on B4 and headvoice range topping on E5 on good days, with a solid D#5. I have a vocal fold gap ( acording to my stroboscopy on 2015 ) and I don't know the current state of it. It's a lot better, sound, strength and stamina has gotten waaay better. I still feel my voice a lot different though, I don't know if its because of the vocalis muscle that's grown stronger or what, but I wouldn't give up the stability of my voice now or my sound, for the flexibility or -strained- range I had before ( 2014-2015 )

      Well, I come to tell you guys... I at last found some kind of distortion that feels healthy in my voice, and is sustainable. I've tried the "throat singing" type of distortion ( false folds and cartilage, Hetfield style ) but it hurts and always leaves me with air leak and poor stamina for days or a week or two, even. I've tried creaking distortion but as I already mentioned, my voice is kind of f***ed up in some way, and I don't know if it's normal but I have a hard time coordinating fry, lol. and when I manage, it leaves my voice very worn out if done for 20 minutes.

      This kind of distortion I found is probably like the rattle described in CVT terms ( kind of what Jorn Lande does most of the time ), where something ( I think arytenoid cartilage ? ) vibrates, but in a different way, I feel like the upper and side walls of my pharynx contracting, which makes something vibrate and produce this "overlay".
      I t's still a thin grit and I have to put quite a bit of effort in it to make the walls contract enough to make the sound but I guess with time and patience the strength will come and I'll be able to put more "anger" into it coordinated with vocal weight.  I must mention that doing this distortion makes my voice last longer, stamina is better, and closure is getting better too. I feel my muscles are working out and getting stronger, and I have an easier time mixing into my upper range. All this change in a span of 5 days, so it's important to note.

      I hope you guys like how it sounds, this is the fifth day since I found it, videos are from yesterday  

       
       
    • Avinash, Your kid is cute. And I can confirm for you that she has a gift for singing. You are not delusional or just the "over zealous parent". For her to even DARE to try to sing this song at 9 years old, and then actually ... sort of pull it off, is impressive.  It does need a lot of work, but that doesn't hide the fact that for her age, there is something here that is promising. For example: - Here pitch is not perfect, but for her age and the difficulty of this song, not bad. About 80% in. - Notes such as at 1:40, are very nicely resonant and pretty. Foreshadowing what she could do with a more mature voice , more consistently.  - She seems to have a rather darker tone to her voice which is unusual for girls. Girls tend to be very shrill and it is nice to NOT be hearing that ear piercing shrill from a little girl, but some more warmth from her sound color. Again, another hint at potential here. As far as competing for talent shows are concerned, I think she could be competitive IF she trained and got serious. Does she have a voice coach? Without professional coaching and someone to really raise the bar to prepare for auditions, she would not be competitive. I believe she can do it, but you and your family are going to have to make a decision to commit to hard work and serious training, not just singing songs for fun. Is she ready to make singing her "job" and study it like she does homework at school?  If so, she has a chance. I am available to help you and your daughter if you are looking for a qualified coach. I have a training program that would do a lot to clean things up and get her stronger and more serious about what she is doing. Feel free to give me a call or send me a private email. I hope this helps.
    • No worries. Please take your time.  Avinash  
    • Hello Avinash, I can't listen at this very moment, but I will tonight or tomorrow. I am back to back teaching today. Welcome to our community.  
    • Hi,  My daughter is 9 yrs old, likes to sing, she tries her best to take part in any singing opportunity that she gets. I would like to get some valuable and honest inputs from experts here about her singing. what can be done to improve here singing ability and voice quality.  What kind of songs should she be singing  when it comes to competition / performances, specially the songs that  can increase her chance of securing better position in  singing competition. Looking forward for your valuable inputs. Thanks, Avinash        
    • Jarom, The opportunity to request a review is FREE.   A guaranteed review requires a small reasonable fee of $10.  Here is the link for a guaranteed review.  http://www.themodernvocalistworld.com/store/product/12-review-my-singing/  Respectfully, Adolph
    • My song passengers was a quick filler song for my EP "Blink of an Eye" but has turned into one of my biggest "hits" being extremely popular at live shows. What are your thoughts on it?  
    • It has been a while since I have posted anything. If you have any comment good or bad let me know. Thanks.  
    •  I finally had the opportunity to record this again, Let me know if I did better or worse. Thanks.  
    • Here is the Webinar, it went great! ENJOY!    
    • Excellent. Diphthongs are one of the biggest culprits to singing problems and they are quite hidden and not noticed unless a good coach points it out to you. Often times, the "trigger" that is making the voice break, chirp or otherwise shit out... is the diphthongs. Why? Because if you examine diphthongs closely, you discover that they are all typically, closed vowels; /i/, /u/ &  the /r/ controlled vowels; /er/, /ar/, /ir/, /ur/, etc... these are the bugs in a lot of people's singing. Be aware. On top of that, I hate trying to spell the word diphthong.  Another really important insight. YES. Most singers will start their onsets low and scoop up and end their offsets with a slide down. Once or twice in a song may not be a big deal, but do this repeatedly on every single phrase and you have a major pitch problem. With a few stylistic exceptions, 90% of the time, get in clean and get out clean.  As a sort of general rule, ... "singing" happens on vowels/sound colors.... not consonants and diphthongs". So in a sense, get to the vowel and stay on the vowel as long as is reasonable. Get the hell off the diphthong as soon as you can. An exception might be singing low in your range, something that is more balladish. There are always stylistic exceptions. Because the "weight" not only darkens the sound color which is probably preferred, but it is also a symptom of more musculature engagement Joe. TA, higher closed quotient, more "fat" , surface area and probably some cricoid tilt which tends to also stretch and tighten down things. GO JOE!!