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Vocal recording My vox sound horrible! I'm not a great singer but not as bad as playback makes me out to be, is there any tips or tricks to make the vocal recordings fit in with the music better. ANYTHING WILL HELP.I am set up with a shure mic, not sure what kind. a tascam dp01 (no effects built in) and a audiobuddy box. please tell me anything you know about this subject.

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If you are trying to make your voice "fit in the music" better is there a sync button ? If it is the tone quailty as I was horrified at what I sounded like the first time I heard my self, then practice voice lessons and playback more practice. Remember to sing on the vowels.

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All my vocals are recording late oner my tracks how do i fix that?

you need to make sure that you are using the M-Audio sync and not your sound card to sync voice. I guess you could use your sound card but make sure your instruments are using that sync too. most sound cards don't do well at recording audio in an environment that includes instruments being recorded at the same time.. If you mic has line in or instrument in, use it instead of sound card to record your instrument.
If what you are doing is singing along to a sound track then use the same sync for both.

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When Im done recording and replay it, there are parts that have glitches and repeat itself. What do I do? I checked everything and everything seems to be ok. Im not sure how I can fix it.

Do you mean you're hearing reverb (echo) of recording? If your recording music or vocals make sure playback speakers are off when doing so. If you leave them on, you're recording multiple times IE: ECHO

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I have a st69 and every time I record, the vocals while recording sound very chorus like in the headphones, but they sound fine when I listen to the play back, please help.

Check the mixer settings to be sure you are not sending multiple mixes or effects to the monitor (headphone) output. The output used for recording does not necessarily have the identical sound sources and mixing path as the headphone, so make sure the headphone is monitoring the same signal as the recording output.

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Hi, i would like to buy some sharp microphones, two for lead singers and 6 for musician. can you give me some advice on what types i should get?

microphones broadly fall into 2 distinct types
  1. Condenser - requires a power source either a battery inside the microphone itself or remote 'phantom power' usually provided from a p.a. mixer.
  2. Dynamic - do not require a power source. Most famous of all is the Shure SM57 (instrument / vocals) and SM58 (lead vocals) used by many musicians and singers around the world.
Condenser microphones are used extensively in recording studios because they are very sensitive and have a better range than dynamic mics. However they are a bit fragile and good ones are expensive. There are plenty of cheap condenser microphones about but they give a rather tinny sound.
If you want the microphones for general band work, especially gigging you will get better value for money with dynamic microphones. These are much less sensitive that condenser mics and are intended for close up work - no more than a few inches from the mouth of the singer (use a pop shield to prevent unwanted noises) or hung close in to an instrument.
There are also 3 different pick-up patterns for microphones. Which ones you go for will depend on the use for which they are intended.
  1. Cardoid - cone shaped directional pick up pattern. These will only pick up sound from in front of the microphone in a cone shape of about 60 degrees. Suitable for general vocals and instruments. Good resistance to feedback. To effectively mic-up a big instrument like a piano you may need to use more than one mic.
  2. Hyper Cardoid - as above but with a much narrower pic-up sone - a cone of about 30 degrees. These are very good for lead vocals as you can drive them a bit harder without risk of feedback or picking up other instrument sounds on the stage (particularly useful if you have a singer who plays an a loud acoustic instrument or a keyboard with built in speakers). THese are okay for using to mike-up an instrument where the sound comes from a small fixed point (saxophone, violin, trumpet, acoustic guitar - provided that the musician stands still) but not much good for larger instruments like pianos or harps. They are also good for mike-ing guitar amps, but only if they don't have a separate tweeter.
  3. Omni-Directional . These will pick up sound from all around. Whilst they can be good for picking up large acoustic instruments or choirs they are very prone to feedback and are not really suitable for public address purposes.
Don't be tempted to buy cheap microphones with permanently fitted cables, especially ones with a standard 6mm jack-plug. Always go for mikes with a balanced (3 pin xlr) cable as they do not pick up as much radio interference on the cable (but only provided your mixer/amp also has balanced inputs too).
Although many professionals swear by the Shure SM57 and SM58 mics mentioned above I personally prefer the AKG D55 a hyper-cardoid which has a longer pick-up range and higher output than the Shures (useful if musicians or singers hang back a bit from the mic) and usually slightly cheaper too. It is really good for lead vocals but makes a good instrument mic too with a nice crisp but warm sound across the frequency range.
For larger instruments, or two backing singers sharing a mike, I use the standard cardoid version of the same AKG (but I'm afraid I can't remember the model number now).
If you want to mike up drums that is another subject all together.

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When i recored my vocals they are delayed so it goes over the beat instead of being on top of it and right on point

This is a common problem with recording multi-track sounds on a computer. It is caused by something that is known as 'latency' - basically it is down to the fact that the signal from your microphone takes a different route through the system to that taken by the audio playback. The AT2020 is a USB microphone and the signal therefore has to pass through the USB bus circuit of your computer. Despite claims of multi-tasking your computer cannot do everything at once so it naturally creates delays to make itself work properly. This will be more of a problem with a computer which has a 'cut-down' processor such as a Celeron (Intel) or Duron/Sempron (AMD). These processors are really only intended for basic computing (office type) use and are not really up to the high demands of video or audio recordings.
You may get some improvement by tweaking some of the audio settings for your sound-card to change the hardware acceleration.
This article may help you
If you are using a dedicated midi /music recording program such as Cubase then you may be able to correct the time lag using the 'quantise' function after recording your vocals. However the best solution is likely to be a hardware one Either buy a proper multi-track mixer/recorder designed for the purpose or get a second USB microphone - play your backing track on an external device - using one microphone to capture your voice and one to re-record the backing track (the only downside for this second option will be a gradual degrading of the sound quality each time it is re-cycled)

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Im gettin only one side when i record a vocal wit mixcraft 3

Make sure your recording onto a Mono track in your software, don't choose stereo when creating the track.

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Cannot record both mic and electric guitar in daw

Disagree with previous post. The GTrack is designed to record vocals and a mono insrtument at the same time. That's its main selling point. It should also allow monitoring of both the vocals and guitar alongside the playback from the computer. In your computer's Control Panel, go to sound preferences, select the usb microphone and click on advanced tab. It is likely yours is set up to record 1 channel at CD quality - this is how many ship for some reason. Set it to 2 Channels CD quality.
In Sonar, set your track input as USB Left for the vocals, and USB Right for your guitar.


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I bought a GXL2200 and i cant hear my vocals.

The GXL 2200 is a condensor microphone. It needs Phantom power to operate, and get the correct levels for recording. Your lexicon interface should have a button/switch that says +48V phantom power, or something similar. This needs to be enabled before the GXL 2200 will work.

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SE2200A "wind" noises during recording

Its very descriptive and is quite a common problem with less expensive condenser mics. It's due to dirt or contamination on the capsule insulator or front end circuitry of the electronics. SE should be able to fix it for not much money.

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1) if you are using the PC sound card to record this is where your hiss is coming from. you need to get a recording card that has low noise or some other recording USB input device to get CD quality recordings


2) if you have to use your PC sound card check your PC volume level for line in, don't let it get high or it will distort. you will have to experiment with the MD4 levels and PC sound card level to find a good middle ground with low hiss and no distortion
and a singer that sings away from the mic to reduce distortion.

hope this helps
thanks for your rating

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