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  1. Specific frequencies can be compressed using a multi-band compressor, which is basically a compressor combined with an EQ. I don't think you necessarily need to use one. It's more of an advanced mixing tool. I would try experimenting with EQ first. You can also vary the tone by adjusting how far away from the bridge you are picking and also switching between fingerpicking and plectrum (guitar pick). Playing close to the bridge will give you a tighter tone, farther away will give you a looser tone. Fingerpicking with give a less pronounced attack compared to plectrum.
  2. Loose tone? I guess you mean a bass tone with less attack? You can do it by turning down the tone knob on your bass guitar. That's what I do sometimes too. This will reduce the high frequencies of the bass, which in way makes the instrument sound lower or deeper as a result.
  3. Hi ksl Welcome back from your hiatus. There actually aren't many choices for multi-pattern mics in the lower price range. The cheapest one I know is probably the Studio Projects B3 (~$160). There are other moderately priced ones such as the Rode NT-2a ($400) and Audio Technica AT2050 ($230). I don't have any personal experience with these models but I assume they have similar sound quality to each of their base models (B1, NT1-a, and AT2020, respectively). I do have the Studio Projects B1, its not the best mic out there, but it is good value for the price, I would use it in a pinch for a
  4. I've seen the grill covers for the SM81 on ebay. They're pretty expensive, I think they were used by some singers back in the day as stage mics. While I was recording my "Winter" song, I actually had to use 2 pop filters together to pull off using the SM81 as a vocal mic. Without them plosives would be unmanageable. I've tried the M5 on vocals before too, it sounds pretty good IMO, but similarly, you need to mitigate the plosives. I have a few SM57's but I don't use them on anything except for snare drum and toms. It is a decent mic for loud rock vocals though. Might be a good
  5. I'm thinking issues with supply chain might be affecting stock levels? Not entirely sure. My interface is capable of go up to 192K but the trade off between audio quality and file size isn't worth it. I briefly used 96K for a short while, but it's still not worth it. I have a friend who runs a commercial studio and he doesn't even use 96K and sticks with 48K. I tend to use 48K myself. I think high sample rates might be tough to deal with when track counts get higher. I can't imagine using high sample rate again. When I track drums thats about 9 individual tracks. By the end of a project
  6. Yeah, IMO the SM81 is a lot better mic than the NT5. The SM81 is a fairly warm sounding mic as far as SDC mics go. I actually used it for vocals on my "Winter" song (yes, quite unorthodox.. lol). As RoadRanger mentioned, the Rode M5's are great mics . I have them too, I actually prefer the M5's on acoustic guitar more than the NT5. The M5's sound more balanced and neutral compared to the NT5. I would use them more but my Rode M5's are dedicated drum overheads. They're worth considering too. It's basically two mics for the price of one, and you can do stereo miking. Like I mentioned before, its
  7. Hi Greg, In my opinion, I would go with 2 mics, especially if you're both vocals and guitar at the same time. If you're recording each separately then you can probably get by with just 1 mic. Personally, I would go with a small diaphragm condenser mic for acoustic guitar. And either a large condenser or large dynamic mic for vocals, depending on how it suits your voice. Personally I use a Shure SM81 on acoustic guitar and a Shure SM7B on vocals. I also have a Rode NT5, which I have used on acoustic guitar, but I prefer the SM81 over it, especially if you need more fullness on the acoustic
  8. Hi and welcome to the forum, I had a few listens to your clips. I think you sound not bad for someone who only started singing a few months ago, but there's definitely room and potential to improve much more. In my opinion, it's pretty difficult to make progress using exercises off of Youtube and websites. Not all vocal programs and techniques are created equal. Regardless I would probably prioritize vocal health above all else for new singers. I find it best when singers establish good vocal habits early on in their vocal journey. If a singer picks up too many bad habits, then it may tak
  9. Hi and welcome to the forum, Jennifer Singing is a great form of expression. Singing is as much an art form as it is a technique. Regardless if you're a beginner or a seasoned singer, its always good to keep on finding new ways to improve the voice. I had a listen to your singing clips. Though I'm not familiar with those songs, I think you made a good effort. My recommendation would be to work on the songs gradually, line by line. Focus on a few phrases at a time until you feel confident with it before moving on to the next part. Record yourself often, and listen back to the recording eve
  10. Very nice. Those are some nice classic mics. Is there a way to get your vocal mic closer? I feel like it might help with the recording overall. Awesome. Looking forward to it!
  11. Great to hear you singing again, Jordan. I always like hearing new and original music. Your vocals kinda remind me of the singer from the band Silverchair. Who are some of your influences? What kinda mic are you recording into? Any plans to develop this song any further?
  12. Hi there, I recommend uploading your video or sound clip to a streaming platform and then posting the link so others can view it.
  13. Hi Chicoi and welcome to the forum, I had some listens to your recordings. I think you sound not bad for a beginner. I think you could become a good singer with proper training. At the moment, the main things I would point out to you would be to watch your body posture and make sure your ribcage isn't collapsing on itself. The breath won't flow efficiently. Secondly, try to sing a bit louder. You may be holding back too much with the voice and trying hard to keep your volume low. But forcing yourself to sing quieter can actually put more tension in the throat. Hope this helps.
  14. Dizziness or lightheadedness isn't unheard of it for beginning singers. It either means you could have been singing with too much tension in the neck or it is an issue with breathing. In your case, it is probably the latter. The issue is called the stacking of breath pressure, it happens when a singer hasn't expelled all the leftover breath from the previous phrase and the singer gradually builds up too much old unused air in the lungs, causing the feeling of breathlessness. Focus on taking a slow and relaxed breath. Once you achieve the feeling of low and deep breath into the body then it sho
  15. Hi Misha, I had a few listens to your recording. I think your pitch is fine. Perfect pitch is a really rare trait and its not essential for becoming a good singer. Relative pitch is more important for singing. You may sometimes feel like your pitch wavers a bit, but that's mainly due to the result of "loose breath". Meaning the breath isn't flowing out evenly enough. In order to sustain a tone and keep its pitch the breath support needs to be more steady. It could be an issue with singing posture or simply the muscles for engaging breath support haven't been fully realized. I think you ca
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