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Old 08-08-2012, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Recording vocals HELP?!

Okay, so here's my problem.

I'm recording my usual vocals, but I feel that there is a really small echo whenever I record. I have knowledge regarding reverb & finding a room to record that is quiet and doesn't echo, but unfortunately I don't have the resources to use that kind of space.

So are there are any cheap tips to create a echoless experience during vocal recording? I heard that gluing egg cartons to the wall helps. Any other tips? It would be greatly appreciated, thank you :-)
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I know about acoustics, you just need something that will absorb the sound. Rooms that have lots of soft things in them and have less open space usually are less echoey.

There are all kinds of things people do for soundproofing. There's, of course, soundproofing foam (which I imagine probably isn't that expensive [?]), egg cartons, drapes etc., anything with air pockets to absorb the sound.... On a simple search for soundproofing solutions, it looks like you can get small sound isolation shields for microphones, too for around $20-30. But since I've never had experience with recording, I don't know how ell any of these might work.
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From what I know about acoustics, you just need something that will absorb the sound. Rooms that have lots of soft things in them and have less open space usually are less echoey.

There are all kinds of things people do for soundproofing. There's, of course, soundproofing foam (which I imagine probably isn't that expensive [?]), egg cartons, drapes etc., anything with air pockets to absorb the sound.... On a simple search for soundproofing solutions, it looks like you can get small sound isolation shields for microphones, too for around $20-30. But since I've never had experience with recording, I don't know how ell any of these might work.
The microphone guards can be really good

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if youve got a nice echo room with lots of reverb dont hate it embrace it if youre going to be using the room for more things like guitar and drums it could be really good so dont go mental on sound proofing having lots of furniture is a good way to absorb sound as well and a much cheaper option than adding absorbers if you dont have the money (just move some furniture in the room)
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you're in a small room, put some pillows around and you even hang curtains on the wall. This is very DIY but it works. You need some thick to adsorb the vibration.

There's also the matter of distance you're singing from the mic, the closer you are to the mic, the less you'll need to boost the input.

While not exactly the best solution, a directional mic will help in some situation.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had that problem in a basement setting, I used moving blankets (the kind used for padding when moving furniture and such). Cheapo solution, and it worked nicely.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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use your mattresses. if you are not cool with being that ghetto, than get a mic guard, for about $300.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi,

What you need to do is build a vocal recording box. This is a box about the size of the boxes that used to be behind public telephones.

You should build it out of fiber boards and then line it with egg shell foam. Then place you mic inside.

It also wouldn't hurt to cover as many walls as you can with blankets.

Also check out youtube videos on how to build these booths. Just google How to Build a Microphone Isolation Box - DIY Now
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get something like Auralex MudGuard Microphone Isolator or just make one they work great
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do you know what the polar pattern of the mic you're using is? because if it's a cardioid, you can probably get away with just curving a 4x4' piece of foam around the back of it at about 1.5' away. if it's a not a cardioid you need to isolate the yourself entirely from flat, hard surfaces. or like that other guy said, you can embrace the echo. you can also use an eq/limiter post recording to control it more to your liking.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Recording right in the corner of a room with carpet tiles or thick foam squares placed on each wall at the height of your head and the mic works well...kinda creates a box without needing to construct anything...
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