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  1. I need some ideas why this vocals dont sound musical especially on hi notes, its me singing i think when i hit hi notes it sucks, is ther some vocal coach that can give me some advice i'm a bit lost here is the audio sample 
  2. Robert Lunte, founder of The Vocalist Studio explains what the formant and the significance of acoustics in singing. For the first time, a voice coach on YouTube can properly explain vocal formants. To learn more about The Vocalist Studio training program for singers, "The Four Pillars of Singing", CLICK HERE:   Formant is also used to mean an acoustic resonance. In acoustics, it refers to a peak in the sound envelope and/or to a resonance in sound sources, notably in singing. In singing pedagogy and phonetics, it refers to the resonance of the human vocal tract. Formant is often measured as an amplitude peak in the frequency spectrum of the sound, using a spectrogram (a special instrument or software that maps vocal frequencies) or a spectrum analyzer.  Peaks in the harmonic spectrum define the tone quality of sound color in a voice, distinguish the vowels and provide vocal ‘ring’, ‘presence’ or ‘quality’.    In the simplest terms  â€œthe formant is not the resonant space itself, but the measurement of resonant energy in the resonant space (for our purposes the vocal tract)”.  Most formants are produced by “tube” and “chamber resonance”.  For example, when singing, the upper vocal tract, the resonators, the pharyngeal space, soft palette, the throat, and the mouth combine to create this chamber resonance.   By no means am I pretending that this is a complete explanation of formants in singing, it is a very complex topic. However, this is an attempt to just sort out the main ideas for students of singing, so they can grasp some basic understanding of the topic, which is all that is really needed to get some benefit for your singing.   Singing Vowels & Formants - BEST EXPLANATION ON YOUTUBE!    I partnered with Dr. Donald Miller to offer a digital download of his Voce Vista Software as well.. which allows you to better understand vocal formants. It is an application that works on PCs ONLY... and it is for purchase. I thought I would place that here as well, given the topic. Hope this is helpful.   Voce Vista Formant Software For Singers
  3. David_kylie

    The Four Pillars of Singing

    I decided to buy the Pillars..but since I'm self sustaining student money is a relative issue so i wanna be sure in what im buying. A little backstory. 2 weeks ago my high note was E4 and by just watching Luntes free vids on youtube i am able to hit A4. Now im certain his program works but i would like to know how far can it take me. Its not only range that i want but ofc its kinda main thing. Breathing stamina performance less fatigue is all stuff im out to get... so will Four pillars of singing coupuled with few skype lessons with Robert be enough to transform my voice. Or do you guys reccomend any other programe... just note that i think SLS is complete bull and i hate their methodology... I am aware the question s kinda dull but to sumarrise in a simple question "If i buy pillars will i be missing anything that other programes will give me?" Thanks!
  4. incessantmace

    Head Voice Cracking   When my voice cracks like this, does it mean I'm not supporting enough, or haven't I strengthened my twang musculature enough yet? I thought it was the latter myself since I still can't phonate quack mode in headvoice. When I do try my voice cracks and goes all over the place as if I'm yodeling. Really weird sounding and not pleasant. I could record a sample of it if necessarry.   I've been practicing with the Four Pillars of singing for about 10 weeks now and recently I've started taking Skype lessons with a local TVS teacher here in the Netherlands.
  5. Robert Lunte

    Robert Lunte - "Blue Rain"

    There seems to be a lot of "How to sing like..." videos these days. Is the pursuit of "how to sing like" someone else really the main goal you should be focused on in your singing?  Every voice is unique and every voice has the ability to demonstrate its unique areas of power, tone, range and embellishments. To be inspired by other singers is inevitable and to learn from other singers is a worthy endeavor, up to a point. But if you are going to become a legitimate vocal artist, you have to present YOUR voice to the audience, not trying to sing like someone else. As a voice coach, I am interested in helping you to learn about training techniques, to enable you to find your voice and grow as an singing artist.     Having made that point, here is a song I wrote years ago that has been played in many different ways through the years. A lot of people have enjoyed this song through the years. If it is new to you, I hope you enjoy it as well. It is one of those tunes that just comes together in about 5 minutes that song writers experience from time to time... Some songs just "flow" out... others have to be "built" and take more work.    The less "romantic" explanation is... this is the result of new audio mastering skills for video production. I remastered the audio on this and then rendered a new, "fresh" file... repurposing old, but good content... Enjoy!    "Blue Rain" - Robert Lunte
  6. If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to contact me on The Modern Vocalist or send me an email at and we can talk your specific application. THE VOCALIST GIG BAG TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SINGERS: FROM ROBERT LUNTE & THE VOCALIST STUDIO: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TVS VOCALIST'S GIG BAG VIDEO OR WATCH BELOW! Microphones: - RODE M1 - RODE M2 - Electro-Voice 767a - HEIL PR-35 - Telefunken M-80 - Sennheiser 935 - TC-Helicon MP-75 - AKG D7 Processing: TC-Helicon VoiceTone Pedals - Create (EFX) - Doubler (simulates studio doubling) - Correct (compression) - Singles Pedals Wireless Microphone Solution - Samson Airline 77 Check That Mic Sanitary Wipes for Microphones VocoPro (HERO – RV) For Practicing and Writing: Extreme Isolation Headphones – X-29s: Vishudda Singer's Tea: Olympus Hand held Digital Recorder (The WS Series): Etymotic Ear Protection for Singers Hercules Mic Stand: PocketTone Pitch Pipe: *Add this code to save $1. Special TVS Deal! (TMV08pt) Lyric Writing Software: *Add this code to save $20. Special TVS Deal! (3059) Pen & Paper: Binder with all your bed tracks & lyrics: View full articles
  7. TMV World Team

    Top products for singers recommendations

    If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to contact me on The Modern Vocalist or send me an email at and we can talk your specific application. THE VOCALIST GIG BAG TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SINGERS: FROM ROBERT LUNTE & THE VOCALIST STUDIO: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TVS VOCALIST'S GIG BAG VIDEO OR WATCH BELOW! Microphones: - RODE M1 - RODE M2 - Electro-Voice 767a - HEIL PR-35 - Telefunken M-80 - Sennheiser 935 - TC-Helicon MP-75 - AKG D7 Processing: TC-Helicon VoiceTone Pedals - Create (EFX) - Doubler (simulates studio doubling) - Correct (compression) - Singles Pedals Wireless Microphone Solution - Samson Airline 77 Check That Mic Sanitary Wipes for Microphones VocoPro (HERO – RV) For Practicing and Writing: Extreme Isolation Headphones – X-29s: Vishudda Singer's Tea: Olympus Hand held Digital Recorder (The WS Series): Etymotic Ear Protection for Singers Hercules Mic Stand: PocketTone Pitch Pipe: *Add this code to save $1. Special TVS Deal! (TMV08pt) Lyric Writing Software: *Add this code to save $20. Special TVS Deal! (3059) Pen & Paper: Binder with all your bed tracks & lyrics:
  8. I'm just getting through familiarizing myself with the 4POS package (I've read the book, watched the lectures) and I have some questions:   First a document question – at 21:04 in the In the 42 minute video, 'TVS Warm UP & Foundation …', there is a quick shot of a table, I think containing Onset workflows. I have found the text document of onset workflows, but not that table view. If someone can steer me to this document I would appreciate it.   Second, In the same video (and in other videos) , at around 28:30 Robert is reviewing vowel modification and talks about modifying the EH to the UH. But there is a graph on page 217 in the ebook 'The Sound Colors of a Well Tuned Formant' which displays a tilted diamand with the 4 vertices being the vowels UH, EH, A, and AW. In this chart the UH vowel is the lowest and right-most, and the A vowel is the highest. I'd like to understand better the suggested modification from EH to UH, vs the contents of this chart.  I understand that the chart is not a prescription or formula and addresses a somewhat different topic, but still I would have understood the chart to imply that EH would be modified to A.     I think the package is really really awesome BTW.   Thanks, Greg  
  9.   Please be honest when you say what you think about my singing voice. And please leave some constructive feedback.   I feel like I rushed too much. I made this video a few hours before the song came out, and I have no idea how to use my microphone; sound like I was way too close.   THANKS!
  10. So I've been frequenting this forum for a while and there are a few questions that I had which maybe some of you veterans on here can help me understand:   A little bit about myself before I begin:   I've been singing for about a year and a half. My first teacher did the usual scales, breathing exercises, sing songs you like type formula to try and help me get better. I went to her for 10 months, but unfortunately I didn't improve at all. The only thing that got better was my range, but that didn't translate into better singing.    My second (and current) teacher has helped me leaps and bounds in terms of my progress. In only a month, I made more progress than I did with my other teacher in a year. I've been with him for almost 5 months now with good progress. The only thing is though, we don't do any scales, breathing exercises, nothing of the sort. We just sing songs. Now, I believe he does have formal education on singing and he is well-versed on the terminology, but none of that constitutes what we would call a "lesson." I've been making great results but my concern after perusing this forum is, won't my progress come to a halt sooner or later if I don't include vocal training exercises and just focus on singing? Or will I just keep "getting better?" I feel like singing is like any other sport, as you get better there is a greater amount of attention to detail as you get more proficient.    Anyways sorry for the long-winded story. My questions are:   Stylistically, I would like to have an R&B, Pop, Contemporary type of sound, but I also wouldn't want to restrict myself to just a few genres. So based off of this, would it really matter what vocal program I chose to work with? Cause I was reading Robert's earlier posts about how 4 Pillars isn't a "rock program" but training for vocal athletes and my goal is to sound similar to this:      Can this be achieved with 4 Pillars? Or is there another program which could help me out more stylistically speaking?   Second question:   I've heard that the exercises performed in most of the programs share similarities. So, with that being understood, would it matter which program I choose because the "training" is almost the same but the styles of singing people choose to approach are different?
  11. Hi! So sorry in advance, this is going to be kinda a long post. I just want you guys to best understand where I'm at with my singing!    My journey so far: I am definitely a beginner and terrible at singing. I've watched several youtube videos from "expert" singers and bought a couple books (Anne Peckham's book , Singing for Dummies, and Jamie Vendera's book) after hearing glowing reviews about them. While I thought all three books were quite good, I felt a lot was lacking. The Singing for Dummies/Peckham books had a lot of useful knowledge, but I felt they were sort of lacking in exercises. Peckham's book does have a workout section, but I've done that religiously for a couple months and only had marginal results. Jaime Vendera's book is a big book, but it seems that the vast majority of it is not particularly relevant to a beginner singer (I can totally see how it could be relevant to a professional singer though). Though it did have some good stuff on singing, I thought so much of it were like product endorsements and lifestyle guidelines haha    Basically, I've read all about like breathing and posture and massaging myself to remove tension(???) and stuff but I really just want to get into the singing, you know? I know these are all important topics, but I think right now actually strengthening and stretching my vocal muscles would be more useful.   I took vocal lessons for two months after the frustrations of using books, but that put quite a drain on my resources and wasn't particularly useful (I'm 100% sure my vocal teacher was entirely incompetent).     My current situation: I can't afford a vocal teacher, unfortunately. The only reason I could afford the one I previously had was because I saved up quite a bit and his cost was relatively cheap ($20 per thirty minutes), but you get what you pay for. I don't believe he was worth even half that!    This is why I'm hoping a vocal program will be a good middle ground between just books and the cost of a private teacher! I've already done extensive research and narrowed it down to Four Pillars, Singing Success (despite the hate that it receives on these forums), KTVA, and CVI.   I know the general consensus is that you can't go wrong with Four Pillars/KTVA/CVI but I was hoping if any of you could recommend me one of them based on my preferences!    Firstly, I'm not planning on pursuing singing as a career. It's something I incredibly enjoy and want to get better at, but I don't have an interest in learning every single anatomical term that relates to my voice. I just want useful exercises with useful demonstrations of how to do them. I'm also incredibly stupid, so long and technical explanations confuse and irritate me LOL   Secondly, I don't have the money to afford private lessons with any of these coaches. Which program is most self-explanatory and hardest to screw up?    Thirdly, this is going to sound like a terribly stupid condition. However, it's actually kind of important to me. I live in a college dorm, and I don't have an easily accessible studio or practice room. I can sing in my room, but I can't sing super obnoxiously loud and annoyingly (like some of the "wailing siren" exercises). I've noticed that SLS/Singing Success typically tends to have "lighter" exercises that aren't as loud or obnoxious (which would be kind towards my floormates). I can, from time to time, reserve a practice room from the music department but most days I'll be practicing in my room. Soo, essentially, a softer or quieter program would be slightly preferable.    These three things are the only things that's making me even consider Singing Success! Despite the negative sentiment, I heard it's the most "safe" (hardest for me to screw up), it's pretty quiet, and it's very beginner friendly. CVI is probably last on my list because, although it has song files, it seems to be just like another book, incredibly complex, and largely NOT self-explanatory? My concern with KTVA/Four Pillars is that without a vocal teacher for guidance, the more "hardcore" method might lead me to hurt my vocal chords in the long run? Or am I just being a total wuss??? Help me out!!   Thanks in advance to those who have read everything and giving me some insight!   
  12. I've recently made a concerted effort to lighten the mass of my phonation as I ascend. This has been a HUGE help as I kept getting "stuck" at A#4 and could never get past it to B4 in a light mass configuration.   I have no problem "pulling chest" and getting a more belty, beefy head tone B4 and above; in fact, it was much easier for me to access the notes above A#4 by using more M1 musculature. It allowed me to go up to D5 and even to E5 easier than the light mass way; now after trying to "shed the weight" as I ascend, I've been able to get bright, twangy head tones on B4 and couple of times on C5 as well.   As Robert has said before, the light mass way is MUCH less tiring on the voice, it almost feels effortless but sounds bright and connected. As of now, I can only sustain and "pull" M1 so high for so long before getting fatigued: not straining, as everything feels open and free, but my voice gets tired much easier than compared to the light mass way. Continuing to train the M1 "pull" should provide more stamina so I can utilize it for longer periods of time.   As for the light mass configuration, this is the sound I ultimately want, the James LaBrie/Geoff Tate/Rob Halford way, as opposed to the Bruce Dickinson way. Not that there's anything wrong with Bruce, he's one of my favorites, but it's not the sound color I'm looking for. I'm glad to have found both configurations and will train and utilize both of them.   Moral of the story is if you are looking for a light mass sound color, keep your phonation light and lighten the mass as you ascend. Robert has mentioned this before in his online videos but until I tried applying it yesterday and today, I didn't fully realize how big of a difference it makes. I feel as if my voice just "slots" into the proper place when slightly modifying the vowel and lightening the mass. It's a very delicate configuration.   Just figured I'd share my story and a bit of advice.
  13. A nice endorsement from one of my clients who came to Seattle to train in the TVS Training Intensive for 12 hours. Congratulations to Jeffrey Hunt... who did a great job! It was really rewarding to watch Jeffrey take in the methodology and get immediate results... the look of satisfaction and happiness he had all week was really a reminder of one reason why I do this...  
  14. 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 innovative 'Touch' series which builds upon the original Voice Live Touch. I'll be upfront and say that I never had the opportunity to try out the original Voice Live Touch so this review will strictly be based on my experience with the new unit: the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2. Gone are the colorful touch pads and diminutive LED screen. Instead, the Touch 2 is more serious wrapped in subdued grey with a much more usable LCD screen. Being this is a very menu driven device I imagine this is a welcome change to the original Touch users. TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2: Build This product can be purchased at The Vocal Gear Store. As with all TC-Helicon gear, the build quality of the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 makes it feel like every bit of its $500 street value. There are no manual knobs and buttons on the Touch 2. Instead, every control aside from a mic gain knob is a touch pad. It's an interesting design concept that is going to work for some but may be troublesome for others. The layout is generally straightforward and once you get a hold of the basics of how to drive into settings, the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is fairly intuitive. I wish TC Helicon had given thought to backlighting their pads as I can see having issues in a dark club environment finding the right pad to hit, especially if you prefer as I do to not stand mount it. As a workaround, I highly recommend using their 3 button foot control available for purchase separately. TC Helicon touts the VL2 as giving singers "unprecedented creative control of their live sound with state-of-the-art vocal effects and performance looping in an intuitive touch layout." This I agree with. The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 packs an enormous catalog of preset effects to get you started sorted by genre such as Rock, Pop, Alternative etc. that mock the vocal effects used on a large v ariety of hit socks. If that isn't enough they are continually updating the catalog that is downloadable directly to the VLT2's using VoiceLive support. The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 In Practice The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is pretty much ready to go out of the box. Built in is TC's fabulous adaptive tone which automagically applies adaptive EQ, compression and de-ess to your voice. It almost always sounds great and it certainly does on the Touch 2. Every effect is just about infinitely customizable on the Touch 2 including all the usual suspects of HardTune, tap delay, reverb, harmony, doubling, choir, and transducer. However, I generally found myself starting with one of the built-in presets and then customizing it to fit my sound. One of the more interesting features added on the Touch 2 is an effects "slider" that allows you to a choc tweak with your sound as you go. TC has come a long ways with their harmony algorithms by syncing them up with instrument input to ensure they are always on point and realistic sounding. The Touch 2 adds to the flexility of this by incorporating 8 total voices (more than you'd likely every need) and what they call "RoomSense". If one doesn't have an instrument to plug into the VoiceLive, the two onboard microphones take it the chord structures based off what its hearing in the room to decide how to apply the harmonies. I would argue there's no replacement for real harmonies, but this comes so damn close that admittedly even I have started using them. Another key feature to point out is the 6 track TC VLOOP performance looper. This is where things can really get creative with the ability to record your vocals on the fly for up to 30 seconds. The Touch 2 is so intelligent that it will even quantize those for you for perfect loops. One you have your loops you than then add Reverse, Filter, Slow Speed, Squeeze and Squeeze Auto to really make things interesting. Overall I felt that the looper was well done and simple enough that it could be used in a live situation. CONCLUSIONS about The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 The TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2 is without question an extremely powerful tool. At the end of the day, it does however, cater itself slightly more towards the studio and solo artist than it does to more of a rocker like myself. I felt the menu-driven design and touch interface left me spending more time in trial and error before finding a sound than I would have spent flipping a knob or hitting a switch on the Voice Tone series pedals. In my opinion, though, TC has found a niche within a niche market with the VLT2. If this looks like it might be your kinda thing I recommend you check it out. View full articles