05-10-2009 02:41 AM
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05-10-2009 04:37 AM
There are may factors involved: the skill of the vocalist, the acoustics of the room you are recording in, the quality of preamp. Each of these contributes towards the overall sound. Replacing the interface won't necessarily improve your recordings if that is not the problem area.
EQ will work differently for each voice I'm afraid, I wouldn't say there are many useful standard settings - depends what kind of music you play as well. There is no magic answer - the best thing to do is keep experimenting. Don't give up. I've been trying to find a vocal sound I like for years now, and while I haven't found that one setup that makes me go 'Ah, that's the one, my default is here', I have undoubtedly made a marked improvement in my recordings.
05-10-2009 06:00 AM
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05-10-2009 06:27 AM
- try different distances from the mic: try kissing it, try back an inch, back 3 inches, back 6, etc etc until you find a tone you like
- use a pop filter
05-10-2009 08:51 AM
05-10-2009 08:06 PM
are you talking JUST the vocal sound ALONE, or full production in the mix sounding like basement?
Commercial stuff has a lot of processing on it. For example:
SM7 > preamp > analog mixer > tube compressor/limiter > EQ > deesser > harmonizer > autotune > more eq > another compressor > another EQ > limiter and such. Then it is mixed in with many other vocal tracks and mult-tracks and reverb and into a polished mix.
Depending on your room, you might be picking up lots of extra sound making it sound badly. Try my tips, especially the compressor one, and see if it helps
05-10-2009 08:19 PM
Yeah. Line 6 is a synonym for "audio by the spawn of satan". There are soooo many better interfaces [Apogee "Duet" to name an affordable one] that you should be looking into that it is entirely unfair to blame anything less than decent results on an SM-7. Peace.
EDIT: It mght be my interface I'm using. It's a line 6 thing. Mic->Line 6-> USB out to laptop... Will I get better result with a better recording interface?
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