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  1. Hey guys, I was wondering if I can get some advice from you. I’m a male singer in my 20s, typically sing in a similar register as people like Gavin DeGraw. I typically do 3 hour (sometimes 4) acoustic gigs with a break or two in there. Ive always off and on had some issues with mucus and post nasal drip. But lately, over a lot of this year, it’s been much worse. There’s just an overload of mucus build up, sometimes I feel it more as a drip and sometimes it just feels like my nasal passages are tight. It has made my usual 3 hour gigs MUCH more tiring....it’s like the mucus is affecting my technique. Like there’s something blocking me when I try to bring my voice up into mixed voice and incorporate my nose for proper technique. Like there’s a wall blocking that area off or something, so I’m forced to use a not as healthy technique to hit the higher register which wears me out so much quicker. Basically, singing in my upper register/mixing doesn’t feel nearly as easy as it has in the past. Ive been allergy tested and have a dust mite allergy, i now take an antihistamine at night, Flonase in the morning and Mucinex as needed. I don’t have a ton of dairy and especially try to avoid it around my gigs. I drink a lot of water. I also run a lot and consider myself to be in good physical shape. Does anyone else have experience dealing with this, and if there’s any ways to deal with it?
  2. In a world full of manufacturers who offer various dynamic microphone models, a handful of proven classics rule the market. Many will agree that the design of this type of instrument has been pretty much perfected and completed over the years, so is it worth paying attention to similar products that still pop up from time to time? We chose one recent entry that has made quite a big name for itself, the JZ Microphones’ HH1, and tested it to see whether it really is an improvement of age-old microphone technology. The HH1 is a handheld dynamic microphone made by a European company called JZ Microphones. It’s their first product to feature a dynamic capsule. They claim it is “developed in best traditions of JZ Microphones” and provides users with “extended frequency range to suit most vocal and instrumental needs.” Neodymium magnet equipped cardioid capsule is housed in a handcrafted metal body with a special shock-mounting technology. It comes with a rather elegant pouch and a microphone clamp. Lighter and brighter That’s the thing with JZ Microphones: it seems that everything they make has some unique visual twist. As you can see, the same goes for the HH1. One has to admit that the microphone looks awesome: matte black coloring, a fancy logo, and diamond-shaped flat-fronted grille. It is the size of a typical dynamic (58 x 172 mm), has an XLR-3 connector, and an extended frequency response (50 Hz – 18 kHz). Weighing 280 grams (9.8oz), it is a bit lighter than the SM58. The frequency graph that comes along with the microphone shows a noticeable peak at 5 kHz and shelving-down right before 200Hz, meaning that it’s lighter and brighter than most standard dynamics. The simple geniality of a flat grille JZ Microphones says that the HH1 is a perfect fit for vocals, drums, and guitar amps. We tested it in various scenarios for all three applications. We started by trying it on both male and female vocals, and were impressed instantly. It turns out this mic needs little to no EQ. Gone were our fears that the HH1 would have a cheap brightness you get from low-quality mics. Instead, it had great clarity on male as well as female vocals. The HH1’s flat grille has to be mentioned here as well. It keeps the sound source on-axis while avoiding tone and level variations. It was the same story when it came to the acoustic guitar, which produced just the right amount of brightness even at close distances. The flat grille also made for easy, spot-on guitar amp miking (obviously). It was a good fit for a snare drum as well, providing much-needed definition. Among all the pros, the only con I could think of would be a mild self-noise (the HH1 has a pretty strong output). To be frank, it is not even close to being a real problem (at least for us, in our setting it wasn’t) but it is a bit more noticeable than that of other classics. HH1 – a dynamic with distinct studio mic pedigree In conclusion, the HH1 easily fits among the best sounding industry standard dynamic mics. It has its own sound but isn’t a black sheep or avant-garde in any way, and if the market for dynamic microphones wasn’t so oversaturated, this little piece of technology would make the competition worried. It is hard to be completely blown away by yet another dynamic because there are so many to choose from. However, there’s no denying that with the HH1, JZ Microphones has managed to raise the bar for sound and design. It is very apparent that this dynamic mic was made by people who mainly specialize in high-quality studio microphones. It is elegant yet very well built and should withstand the punishment of live performances. If you’re ready to try something new, don’t hesitate and get one of these. This can be an excellent choice for rehearsal studios, live performances, demo making, and bedroom studio projects. Find out more about JZ Microphones products.
  3. Is it a PA (powered amplifier)? What wattage are usually suggested for rehearsals and or playing live shows? I'm just curious.
  4. My band, Mannequins By Day performs with two backup singers whom are limited in experience and technical training but have overall pretty good pitch and technique. Due to time constraints, we usually do a separate vocal practice from the rest of the band. These vocal practices have been more or less acoustic and generally are pretty pitch on. By recording our live set, I've found that the backup singers pitch is mostly very off when they are on a mic and monitor set up. Essentially, the acoustic practice isn't translating to the stage. We have solid monitoring, so that's not the issue. I think it's a combination of show energy and not being comfortable with a mic. Any tips to help get these singers sounding as good as they do in the living room on stage?
  5. Nordic Being

    Backing tracks wanted

    Hello there I am looking for some good quality backing tracks (professional use). What I have see about are some poor quality karaoke tracks, that the recording is not of the same quality and parts are missing from the original track and some have a computer generated voice that we definitely do not want. So any recommendation please?
  6. Hi Folks, I am not an accustomed live singer. I have slowly built up my voice over the years. I am used to singing in my home studio where it is a controlled environment and I am always having my headphones on. I have been trying to do some live gigs. My band mates tell me that I am flat(which I possibly am). It is surprising for me, because I don't use any auto-tuning and my recordings are decent pitch wise. Why I am I facing this issue only when I sing live. What can I do to overcome this problem...
  7. Learn more about the RØDELink Performer Kit: http://www.rode.com/wireless/performer ***Or get one for free at the Vocal Athlete Intensive in Seattle, May 14-18, 2018.*** https://VocalAthleteIntensive.com Along with our current registrants, the next 10 participants of the Vocal Athlete Intensive receive a RØDE Microphones Wireless Performer Kit (a $500 value!) and a set of Direct Sound Studio Plus+ Headphones (a $170 value!)! ***What else do you get when attending the event?*** 30% Off the original price! A week of intensive voice training with Robert Lunte and Draven Grey, giving you results, confidence, and mastery. Attendance is limited to 20 people, which means lots of personal attention! Private Training Rooms with PA Systems provided by American Music! Spend a day at Ann Wilson's Studio X! * Spend the week in beautiful and musical Seattle. A RØDE Wireless Performer Kit worth $500! A set of Direct Sound's Studio Plus+ Headphones worth $170! ***That's like taking a vacation, taking your voice to the next level, meeting some really awesome new friends, and getting some great new gear, all rolled into one!*** When are you signing up? Our limited registrations are going fast, so register now! https://VocalAthleteIntensive.com
  8. Yo TMVW People, Pals, and fellow lovers of sangin'! If you watch this video (starting after 5:05) past the alien stuff, the author explains some impressive voice technology advances made by Google. It's interesting, ... and I thought it was funny that the first thing I think of is how now ( soon ), any person who can mimic the singing mannerisms (a good impression of their articulation) of a famous singer, and has decent rhythm (those are "some" of the most basic skills), could turn on the effect and now, out of the speakers comes the Artist of their choice (on a drop down menu no doubt ) Dio, Mercury, Jackson, Elvis, take your pick! Actually having vocal cords that sound like the artist no longer required to book a tribute band gig! feels like a step beyond pitch correction to be sure. Just fun with toys to me however, I know there are purists who might find this a disgusting perpetuation of a digital cancer on musicianship. anyway, just a crazy funny thought I had after watching the video.
  9. A big problem with my live shows is that I can't move as much because I am stuck to the piano. I want to be able to jump around and have fun like I do when I sing without a piano but I can't afford to hire another band member at this time. I have been seriously thinking of doing some shows entirely with minus tracks that way I can jump all around the stage and perform without being tied to an instrument and also keeping down the cost of hiring the musicians. However, a huge worry I have is that it might seem to cheesy. like i'm some guy at a karaoke bar. Say what you want about 21 pilots music but have to agree that they are one of the best live acts today and they use quite a bit of minus tracks, the only thing "real" being the drums and a little piano.
  10. Hello, Not sure if this is the right section to post this but hoping someone could help me out. I am a solo performer (guitar/vocals) looking to find the best app for viewing lyrics on my ipad. I have memorized most of the songs in my set but some I can never quite remember. I have been using Dropbox for the past 4 years but they keep needlessly updating it. It has now become unusable. Before I could pull up lyrics to any song in under 5 seconds through a list of 500. Now it takes much longer.. And time in between songs is precious. I was saving lyrics in MS Word and loading them into Dropbox. Perhaps this is an ancient technique but it worked well for me. Anyone have any recommendations? Ease of use and timing is huge for me. Don't want to be searching & scrolling for too long. I would prefer to not have to re-write all the lyrics documents I have saved if that's possible. And I don't need any guitar tab or chords, just the lyrics. Thanks for reading! Cheers
  11. Ruth Alexis Jack

    Have I damaged my voice?

    Hey guys, I'm new to the site. I am really worried about my vocal health. I have just graduated uni after years of specialising in vocals and two months ago I began my first proper singing contract in a different country. Because of the change in climate I got ill and ended up with laryngitis. Unfortunately I still had to sing and do shows with laryngitis, however, I had to almost scream to get a sound out. My voice kept getting worse and the laryngitis developed into pharyngitis and guess what... I still had to sing every night. No voice rest for me It has now been two months and although I do proper warm ups before my shows, afterwards my voice is gone because of the amount of strain I am putting on it. I still have to shout to get the notes out and I cannot sing effortlessly like I used to. I'm getting so fed up of it. I live with other singers and I feel unworthy to join in with their songs because my voice sounds so bad compared to what it used to be like. The other singers in my company must think I'm talentless. I just want my voice back. I cannot do runs clearly; it sounds like I am sliding around the notes and my head voice is completely non existent. I know now I should see a voice therapist but finding an English speaking one may be difficult out here. Does anyone have any advice on remedies or exercises that will help me get my voice back? Almost importantly, do you think I have permanently damaged my voice?
  12. The USAF Band of the Golden West is having an audition for ALL (SATB) vocalists! Materials due 12 May 2017, live round 19 June 2017. Audition information and requirements can be found at http://www.bands.af.mil/careers/ Questions can be sent to bandofthegoldenwestauditions@gmail.com
  13. Hey guys, I have a 45-minute show coming up and I'm worried I won't be able to fill it seeing how I only have 5 maybe 7 performance ready songs . What are some techniques to stretch out performances?
  14. VideoHere

    Respecting off nights

    Folks, This is not meant to be mean or to poke fun at singers. In this case it just happens to be Bobby Kimball of Toto fame. It's just a video that points out that even the greats have off nights and that we need to be understanding of it in ourselves and in others. This section is just plain challenging for any vocalist, especially in a full TA dominant production. As you can hear, Bobby is just unable to get those notes on that day (1:25 to 1:35). If you try to put yourself in his shoes you have to just bounce off of it like it never happened and move on. I know he's had hearing issues as well lately. As they say, the show must go on. I know for myself, I need work in this area where after the show I'm not beating myself up over some mistake.
  15. Beatles final concert. Aug 29, 1966 Candlestick Park Revolver had just been released 3 weeks earlier. They were burnt out from touring. Of course they continued to make studio albums with a little help from George Martin. Just up ahead lay the summer of love and Sgt Peppers
  16. Hi guys, as some of you may know I am the happy owner of a vocal effects unit by Digitech (Vocalist Live FX), which I rely on to get a great sound when I'm performing or during band practice. I am not disputing which brand is the best/worst, but as I just stumbled on this short list from 2016, I thought it would be cool to share it with fellow members. I hope you enjoy it. Keep on Rocking! https://www.gearank.com/guides/vocal-effects-pedal
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  18. Hey there we require an experienced vocalist male or femal for our active acoustic band. We are hard to describe but things like Gypsy, classical, alternative, Neo folk have been used. We gig regularly and are keen to play as much as possible and get into the festivals here and overseas. We are Double bass/ violin/ classical guitar/ djembe. We have had a few vocalist but other projects have gotten in the way and we are looking for someone who is reliable, versatile, and enjoys playing shows. We are very original and engaging. Make contact with some info about yourself or links and we will hook you up with some of our music. Thanks.
  19. Robert Lunte, founder of The Vocalist Studio International offers some insights regarding the TC-Helicon, Performance-V processor for singers. VISIT THESE SITES TO LEARN MORE: http://www.TC-Helicon.com http://www.TheFourPillarsofSinging.com
  20. ZachDelaroaster

    Adderall Vastly Improves my voice?

    Has anyone else noticed this? When I'm on Adderall, my singing becomes much more tension-free and fluid. Everything about my voice just seems better. I thought this may be placebo, so I taped myself during it and it definitely does help. Makes it much easier to hold notes.
  21. Not sure if this fits here hope any ops will be kind enough to move it to a more appropriate place on forums. Hi today I am looking for a small portable mixing desk. With 2 or 4 channels and hopefully battery powered or at least 9v or 12v so I can mod it for battery when out and about. That said there is this Behringer XENYX 1002B This is kind of big for my portable busking setup but if it's the only option will save After thinking about things it would be handy if I could get a small desk that was usb as well as battery and having outputs for speakers too. Then I could use it for recording in pc ans take in my busking setup. Any ideas would help