Vocal Mic Selection and Setup
Here I am at our little makeshift vocal booth. We built this because there's actually no real iso booth that I know of in this studio, at least not in the one we're using, and as a matter of fact, lots of singers hate being in vocal booths because they feel claustrophobic so I will often end up recording vocalists right there with me in the control room. It won't work for this because we've got cameras and everything going on. It would be annoying, but sometimes you've gotta work with what you have, and what we have is this live room that sucks and pushes 300 like crazy and has all kinds of weird reflections, and it's no better than if you have to record in your untreated bedroom. There's just all kinds of weird stuff that'll get into the mic that you then can't really get rid of. So to mitigate that damage, we did build a little vocal fort here, and since the microphone will be rejecting what's coming from over there, at least there's gonna be no reflections coming in from here, here,...
here, and there are the panels on the ceiling. So we're gonna do our best to get rid of as much of this room as we can. Again, we also put a carpet on the floor to try to not get any of the floor in there. We're gonna shoot out of an RE which is a broadcast mic. It's good for a big radio voice. Chris sings in a higher register. He's got a, he just goes high a lot. So I figure maybe this will give some nice low end to his voice. We're going with SM7B which is your standard metal vocal microphone, and I've worked with him on an SM7B before on the Monuments record and he sounds fantastic through one, and then one Echo Classic with the U67. What's funny though is that just because that's the most expensive microphone here doesn't mean it's gonna sound good, and I think a lot of people get that wrong. Oftentimes the most expensive microphone will make a vocalist sound brittle, or who knows what. You gotta pick the right microphone for the vocalist, not the worst microphone for your wallet, and with that, we'll go in the control room.