By Jeannie Deva
Just as a change of room size and acoustics can make it more difficult to sing (see Part 1), so can electronic equipment that is used to amplify your voice.
An alteration of your vocal sound can occur when the stage or studio mic is not properly matched to the tonal qualities or personality of your voice. Just as each voice has an audio persona so do mics have a “personality” by reason of their design. Proper mic to voice matching avoids unwanted alteration of your voice.
PAs and Monitors
Problems can also occur if you’re singing through speakers that do not have a wide enough frequency range to properly reflect all the tonal qualities and nuances of your voice. You’ll understand what I’m saying here if you have ever tried to sing through a guitar or bass amp. Electronically designed to reproduce guitars – not voices – these amps will often dramatically alter the sound of your voice, causing you to subconsciously tighten your throat and push for notes.
The same can occur with monitors if they are not equalized for your particular voice or are incorrectly positioned. Equalized or “EQ’ed” means adjusting the relative presence of the treble, midrange and bass frequencies. Even when you are singing well and sound great to the audience, if the monitors alter your perception of your voice, you may unwittingly change how you are singing and begin straining. Position and adjust monitors until there is a good balance of bass, midrange and treble and you’re comfortable with what you hear.
Note on Recording
Even the direction which you face in a particular room may influence how you hear your voice and consequently how you sing. This is particularly important in a recording studio and it is something to check if you are having difficulty after you make sure that your microphone is a good match for you and the headset mix is good.
If you still have trouble singing well in a vocal booth, try turning around in different directions to see if you can find a “sweet spot” for your voice.
Hopefully, these tips will help you avoid the pitfalls of room acoustics and electronic equipment so you can sing passionately and confidently. Good luck.
on March 2, 2018 at 3:04 AM said:I have always done my live video recordings through bass amp (the ones with mic, anyway) ! So what kind of 'speakers' would be suitable ?
on March 2, 2018 at 4:07 AM said:Just a bit more on that, which may be relevant. As always pre-amp with Zoom RFX-1000 on 'Boost' Setting. I assume that this should adequately compensate [?] Since feel fine, Myself (tho have had recent opinion to the contrary).
on March 4, 2018 at 10:43 PM said:For video recording on a budget, a lapel mic direct into the camera usually gives the best sound.
on July 31, 2018 at 4:12 AM said:Problems can also occur if you’re singing through speakers that do not have a wide enough frequency range to properly reflect all the tonal qualities and nuances of your voice.
on August 1, 2018 at 11:44 AM said:Thanks for your post, Amy. That is true.