Draven Grey

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  1. Is phlegm okay?

    I suffer from the same, but without smoking. It won't hurt you. However, it will sometimes make your vocal folds a bit swollen. Here's what I do:
  2. Spring is here! Annnd my voice is gone.

    I deal with pretty bad allegories myself. Besides an anti-hystimine (like Zyrtec, Allegra, etc) that's not too drying, here's what I recommend:
  3. Medical Studies show that taking Testosterone does not noticeably affect the voice after puberty, but there are plenty of horrible negative side effects besides that. Hormonal supplements should only be taken under the advice and monitoring of a medical professional. And taking hormones is rarely the answer for the results you're wanting without there first being a tested and known deficiency. As for you thinking that being a baritone is what's limiting your vocal range, we have told you many times, you need to train. Take lessons with a teacher that knows how to get you where you want to go with your voice. It's completely ridiculous, ignorant, and totally unnecessary for you to continue to be defeatist about a limited voice range, magically caused by being a baritone, and not be doing something about it that has been advised multiple times by singing professionals and many others who have overcome similar limitations.
  4. Vocal recording does not sound like me at all?

    @zijin_cheng I recommend Reaper over Audacity. You can use their fully capable demo indefinitely, until you're ready to purchase, and even then, they're still relatively inexpensive. Their plugins aren't as visual as other software, but that also make you learn each one better.
  5. Vocal recording does not sound like me at all?

    Yes, but you don't necessarily want to. What you want to do is process the vocals to sit best in the mix with the music - giving it a more polished sound and somewhat recreating the feel of hearing it live at a concert. At a concert, the spacial harmonics play a big role in what we think we're hearing, which adds a lot of perceived layers, harmonics, lushness, and "sparkle" to the sound. In a recording, where we don't have the same type of social harmonics, we do that through EQ, layering, chorus, compression, reverb, delay, and more. Here's the first video in a great 3-part tutorial on mixing vocals. I encourage you to watch all 3 and start experimenting with it.
  6. Vocal recording does not sound like me at all?

    That's not what I meant. Dry vocals rarely sound great. Closer to the mic, you'll get a more true sound to the mic you're using. Further away gives you more room sound, which are not controllable in a mix. In most situations, especially when the room isn't treated to have no reflections and absorb bass frequencies, it's better to sing closer to the mic and then EQ, compress, and add reverb to your taste. I personally prefer compressing the EQ and compressor happening before the interface into the computer, but most people don't have that option. Fooled because your ears easily get fatigued and you start hearing things incorrectly, including hearing things that might not even be there because of how acoustics,, harmonics, and human perception work. When mixing, I take a 10 minute break every 15 minutes. Les often than that and I start having to correct things in the mix later that I didn't even know I was doing. These days, I consult on mixes and put my energy into mastering instead. For mastering, I take a 10 minute break every 10 minutes. I also have absolutely incredible studio monitors, where you can hear every little thing with crystal clarity, and yet still have to take those breaks to keep hearing it all correctly. I've been through that course too. Perhaps it's because I had already been through Golden Ears, but I found Sound Gym to be unnecessarily playful, which seemed to slow down the process of learning, and also not as in depth as Golden Ears. Golden Ears, by contrast and perhaps to its detriment, feels like a college-level exam.
  7. Karakuri Pierrot - Japanese Vocaloid Cover

    @ReiKoko Beautiful song. Good choice. I think your voice would open a quite a lot with training. The issue is that you're currently singing from a speech position, which is keeping your from resonating well. Your pitch is on, but your resonance is not. Speech vowels and singing vowels are in very different locations. Speech vowels and words tend to start in the throat and the add sound colors from there and up (bottom up), where as singing is top down. It's essentially like learning a whole new accent, perhaps even a new language. Knowing how to resonant in the soft palate and out from there will definitely smooth out your voice, and bring out your true singing voice. For instance, the part where you sing... ...Your lower notes are dampening/dropping your larynx and completely changing your sound color. It can't be helped when you're in speech mode. However, place a finger on your bottom lip and sing "up and over" that finger, trying to place your vowel resonance in the front of your soft palate, rather than in your throat. The difference should be apparent immediately. I highly encourage you to check out The Four Pillars of Singing. It's by far the best singing course out there, and an amazing deal too.
  8. Vocal training software

    For training your voice, you can't beat the course linked to at the bottom of this page, The Four Pillars of Singing. No app is going to give you a solid training course too, beyond the very basics. And no course is going to beat training with a vocal coach who knows how to get you the results you want. And I would add, there's no other course out there that beats The Four Pillars of Singing (I don't get paid to say that, and I have plenty of critique for most of the popular courses out there, most of which I've taken). I recommend checking out that course, and possibly getting an app like Smule's Sing Karaoke app. That app shows you your pitch as you sing, and has a great community behind it. I often recommend it to help my students overcome stage fright. And if you're looking to train in pitch specifically, I highly recommend Holistic Songwriting's 30-day Ear Training course on pitch.
  9. Vocal recording does not sound like me at all?

    I mentioned one... Golden Ears Audio Eartraining. It teaches your ear to hear EQ, effects, compressions, etc., at an unbelievable level of clarity. On top of Golden Ears Audio Eartraining helping you actually hear what you need to, in order to know what effects and order to use, any YouTube tutorial from a trusted source about the vocal effects chain will do.
  10. Vocal recording does not sound like me at all?

    Proximity effect changes a lot of things in the sound. Closer to the mic means more bass in the voice. Further away thins it out, but adds more room ambience. Hang up quilted packing blankets to deaden the room when recording. I used to own a mobile recording studio, and that worked wonders for the sound. Also, learn to EQ properly. And remember, you can't EQ what's not there, so the mic definitely matters too. MXL mics are pretty bright and a bit on the cheap sounding side of things, but with some good EQ, the V67G is completely usable. Here's the best cheat sheet I've ever found for EQing. Training, such as Golden Ears Audio Eartraining would do you better, but you can still get quite a bit from using the info in this cheat sheet. Magic Frequencies.pdf
  11. Man against the World - Survivor cover

    While I don't currently have time to do a full review, I do like your voice. However, I'm really curious as to why you dropped the key? Are you training to be able to sing that high? Because simply not being a high tenor doesn't mean a lot when it comes to training. You can train to be a soprano and beyond if you want. I'm naturally a baritone, and sing with my soprano students all the time. Vocal categorization like that is to help people give you pre-written part for a musical, opera, or choir. When singing contemporary, it's more about range. And upper range can be trained and extended much higher than more people realize. Like I said, I'm a baritone naturally, but normally sing up to C5; up to C6 with a few students; and I'm working on E6 to G6 right now.
  12. At what point does too much practice become dangerous?

    You could be. And if you're serious about learning to sing, especially with your stated concerns and limitations, you need guided training. At the very least, check out The Four Pillars of Singing, linked to at the bottom of this forum.
  13. At what point does too much practice become dangerous?

    It depends on what you're doing. And even then, it's unusual for you to overuse your voice. With good technique from guided training, it's not something to worry about until you're tired and worn out from touring and performing night after night for months at a time. I teach up to 7 hours a day, and have been for years. Robert teaches 11 hours in a day sometimes, and has for decades. Both of us sing with our students. The top ENT surgeon in Denver seems to think my vocal tract is perfectly healthy. I've also performed professionally for decades, even when I pushed and strained, before learning how to sing with good technique. In other words. Find a teacher who knows how to get you where you want to be, and then train. Then, don't worry about it.
  14. Devin Townsend, Suicide - Cover

    Thanks! The photo is Devin Townsend, not me.
  15. Chest voice or head voice?

    Awesome! That's called bridging early and pulling chest, respectively. When you learn how to properly bridge and connect your voice, you can easily extend your bridging to a large range of notes.