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  1. Enjoy... a beautiful song from Bonnie Raitt... Tracked it tonight while the Seahawks won their game to prepare for their 2nd Super Bowl win.
  2. Please participate in this poll... this "Poll" post has been opened up for discussion as well.
  3. ronws

    Mixing Strategies

    I once started a thought before on what are the perceived values in mixing? I have more than half a dozen books on recording. Yesterday,  I was going through the list of items for my Kindle app on my tablet, both on and off device. And was surprised how many books on the subject I actually had. And you would certainly think I would be better at it, right?   Anyway, so I have read the viewpoints of people who make a living out of recording, mixing, and mastering for others. And the upshot is that to have commercial success, you need to do or learn what they do. Well, here's the thing. Professionally, a singer or musician does not do his own mixing and certainly not his own mastering. Partially because of perspective and ear training. And partially because of equipment and gear. The mastering guy usually has preferred outboard compressors, eq boxes, limiters, sometimes actually printing to tape.   Stuff most of us won't have unless we want to be mastering engineers. Most of us are just singers wanting to sing on pitch with usable volume and sound good in a song. And that is within the reach of most of us. And some here are capable of all those other things and I would submit they are different skill sets that have to be learned. That is, just because you are a good singer doesn't mean you are good at mastering. One does NOT lead to the other, though you can certainly be both.   And that is the same in going from crafting your voice, to recording it, to mixing it.  And maybe later, mastering. Though, from what I understand, mastering is about bringing an album of songs to have similar tonality and volume, a sense of "flow," so to speak.   Who says we need to do those things? The people who make money doing that, of course.   And that cannot be discounted. We all have favorite songs and albums, basically recordings that were somehow done in a way that we are not really thinking about recording but that the song moves us. I think I agree with that perspective. A good mix, like good singing technique, can be known when you find yourself NOT thinking about it. That being said, I know that we in this forum and other forums centered on recorded sound do pay attention to that, if only to "reverse-engineer" what someone else did so that we can do it, too. My aim in learning to record properly, which is really a basic thing, and how to mix, a subtly more complex thing, is to make a recording that people in enjoy. One where, the response is about what the song makes them feel than how I recorded or mixed it.   I think that applies to a good mix. At the same time, we, as self-recording singers, me most especially, have to learn to pay attention to that.   Now, many a professional mixer, and even more importantly, a mastering engineer, have outboard effects. Physical units that are compressor/expanders, eq boards, limiters. I don't feel the need to have those but then, again, I am not a mixing engineer or mastering engineer. I am an operations manager for an electrical contractor.   Just the same, in my spare time, I sing, play, and record and still hope to one day produce something that is salable. It could be my retirement package. Why is that?   As my brother points out, touring is not feasible for everyone. And there are a few good guys and bands out there who record themselves and produce recordings and sell online. Sure, they don't make as much money because they are not also touring. The flip side of that, is that they are not spending money on touring. It takes financing suitable to a business to go on tour. David Lee Roth pointed out that in the early 80's, Van Halen would start a tour over 1 million in the red. It was usually 3 months on the road before finances were back in the black or greater than zero dollars total assets.   I don't have time for that. My job is 65 hours a week, including commute, sometimes more. On the map, you can see where I live. Now, look down in Dallas for the intersection of IH 635 and I-35 E. My office is about 1/8 of a mile from there. So can see the drive I have. I am at the office before 6 am. Try to leave by 4 pm. And traffic is way worse in the evenings. Commuters, road construction. I have to stop at the store to get stuff for the house.   The best I am going to be able to do is make recordings.   Which is not to say that you cannot tour. Guns and Roses took their first tour to Seattle, Wa., leaving Hollywood, Ca. in a beat-up old car pulling a u-haul trailer. And the car broke down halfway there. They hitchhiked the rest of the way and borrowed equipment to do the shows they were obliged to perform.
  4. KillerKu

    Raw Vocals Be Brave!

    My last topic seemed to disappear with the forum migration, but in it Ronws was talking about raw voice. It really seemed like a great topic. So I came up with the idea to post raw vocal tracks, acapella, fewest takes possible, no backing track of any kind. No computer effects allowed whatsoever, and comparing them to how you might use effects in a more final mix. And in it, you could post kind of where you're at, what you're thinking about working on.   I'll start: This is me singing Sarah Vaughan's Broken Hearted Melody acapella: This song:     One of my friends introduced it to me, and I fell in love with it. I'm gonna try to teach to her as best as a guy can teach a girl.   Transparency: I broke my rule on 'one take' (hint, there are two) cause I started singing about a dude halfway into in, mirroring her version a little too closely. A little gay. Sometimes I'll do that to channel my inner David Bowie. I support gay rights. But it wasn't what I was I was going for. Some things I feel like I could work on, is tightening up a bit of my countertenor here and there.    For comparison, this is how I'd personally use a few digital effects to to get a studio sound a bit more what I'm looking for. I put a mild reverb to cut some dryness of voice straight into mic (this dry sound isn't actually what voices actually sound like in a room). I scooped the bottom EQ spectrum below 60 khz cut out microphone popping (P, B, etc, as this is universally done all tracks for mic noise, even live, to just cut that popping sound). Otherwise I left the EQ flat, cause I'm really into natural voices. I put mild 2/1 compression for keeping some of the dynamic range while still putting a bit of compression. If you don't have it comprssions, it won't sound remotely 'studio' and all pop acts do it live as well.   Personally, I think Ronws is totally right and had a really cool idea. You can keep doing more and more takes and computerize stuff. There's tuning, (I hate the sound of auto tune and would rather be a bit out key for an earthier sound, but people frequently tune live and in the studio). If you got the courage, I'd love to hear comparison versions. It might help inspire people who maybe don't have a studio setup, and aren't familiar with studio polishing. Not everyone is a vocal god here with a perfect voices all the time, and might take an extra take here and there. It could just be inspirational and informative, right? Cause I'd be willing to bet a lot of beginnners first record their voices through a random mic in audacity and know nothing about recording. It's probably really intimidating and scary to hear immaculate studio versions of stuff here. I bet it scares people away from posting when we could help them. I think if we go raw, it'd helpful for people to feel comfortable stepping up, a safe honest, place for them to post their vocals.
  5. Hey guys!!   So i had a bit fun this morning and recorded me singing Fly me to the Moon. This was only for fun and i wasnt gonna upload it but here it goes. Ill explain how i recorded under the link.   I went out of breath near the end, but i didnt mean to upload this so i just left it as it is. Tell me what you think, all criticism is welcome       Recording: So i recorded vocals on my Cellphone just for my ears. But i then wanted to see how it sounds with the backing track. So i downloaded the backing track and i imported everything into Cubase.    I raised the pitch on the backing track by 4 semi-tones. Tinkered abit with volume, and added a preset to vocals that Cubase has (its just random compression and reverb).   I have no clue how to properly mix or anything so sry for quality   Thanks!!!   p.s. Sound better with headphones or proper speakers. Laptop speakers are kinda bad     P.s.s - just because im not easily embarrassed i uploaded a short highway to hell cover just so you can laugh a bit xDDD   Hint: 2nd verse goes horribly wrong xD enjoy
  6. 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
  7. Hey everyone!  I just released my newest collaboration video, this time it's Bat Country by Avenged Sevenfold.   All vocals are performed, recorded and mixed by me, including harmonies and backgrounds.   Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) - Bat Country - Full Band Collaboration Cover  >   I have about 45 more songs on my YouTube channel too, so feel free to check them out and let me know what you think.     Rock on my friends, and keep singin'! -- Dave
  8. Please participate in this poll... this "Poll" post has been opened up for discussion as well.   This is a hard question to answer... but for live work its a toss up between the Electro Voice 767a, Sennheiser e935... and live condensers, for sure the RODE M2.    Check all these mics out at the TMV World Vocal Gear Store, this is an original store we created for members here. It saves you time.   Here is a little interview I did on microphones on a show called "Gear Addicts".  
  9. Hi, I got an advise on how to set vocal room with: a rug/carpet. I followed the instructions and test it with a cover song.   Joey - Bon Jovi (cover)   It's definitely clearer audio than my previous set of room, but it's just my ear. What do you think about the result?     ps: oops, I can still hear some sibilance.
  10. So we have been turning this house, obviously not my house lol (I am married to a fuddie duddy ha ha). But turning this house into a recording studio, rehearsal place, the one i have spoke about a few times. Anyways, ass holes broke in when no one was there. Right behind me is where they broke in This sets things back some, least they were too st st stupid to take the expensive instruments.
  11. ronaldhutasuhut

    Some Recording Samples

    Hi, I have recorded some samples, focusing on the vocal recording; they are still on experiment level.   Please follow this link:   Advice and suggestion are welcome. The reason I record vocal is to find singers who willing to collab with me and re-sing the songs (it's easier than sending notation sheet to singers), the same reason I join this forum last year. Please, don't mind the vocalize and everything, it's just me singing an idea  .
  12. ronaldhutasuhut

    Home vocal recording package

    Hi, since I don't have a vocalist yet, I have to do the vocal track of my original songs on my own. I'm a songwriter and not a singer.    I have some microphones, all are Dynamic one (can't afford yet for the condenser). I've just bought Behringer Tube Ultragain mic200 preamp. These stuff still produce noises/hum; if I touch the mic cable or touch the mic, the noise getting louder (just a bit but louder), and even not touched the noise is still there.   The booth is fine, the distance (mic to computers, mic to mouth) is also fine. Should I connect the preamp to a mixer or should I change the soundcard (with what type/brand)..? or condenser mic is a must?   (I'm using Adobe Audition 3.0)   Thanks!