Recording singing: How to get the best vocals at home

by Kim Minton 05/07/2023

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Recording singing doesn't necessarily require a visit to a professional studio. With the right studio setup, dynamic mics and post-production tools, you can get started recording vocals at home anytime. But how do you get started?

Here is a short guide to recording vocals in your own space:

Getting a good performance

One major key to a great performance is a thorough understanding of the musical piece. If you're singing a song written by somebody else, put yourself in the same mental frame of the author when they wrote the song.

Ask yourself: How does this music make you feel? What happened to inspire the music or lyrics? Is the piece based on a real story? Whenever you hear or read someone's lyrics, try to imagine how they felt writing for an authentic vocal sound.

Step-by-step vocal recording checklist

There are some key steps to recording professional sounding vocals at home. In addition to the mental and emotional aspect of vocal recordings, you'll also want to do the following:

  1. Use the right equipment. Dynamic microphones, condenser microphones and ribbon mics are all common microphone types to investigate depending on your desired sound.
  2. Record in the right place. Choose a space with good acoustics but limited reverb.
  3. Record multiple takes and then take a break. Never underestimate the power of a thorough warm-up period.
  4. Leave effects until the end of the process. Focus on getting several solid takes with natural sound before adding in extra effects.

Home vocal recording mixing tips

Sound mixing is a complex process requiring both personal style and finesse. However, there are some simple reminders you can keep in mind for any home vocal recording session.

One thing experts recommend is to always mix the vocals within the context of the rest of the mix for accurate balance. Equalizing is the process of making the lead vocals as clear as possible, but you don't want to completely overpower the rest of the track.

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It is possible to achieve high-quality studio vocals in your own home studio. These tips will help guide your process and figure out the best possible way to record vocals in the comfort of your own home.

About the Author

Kim Minton

Having spent the last 23 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, Kim Minton has witnessed the tremendous change and growth that’s transformed the area into one of the sought-after destinations to live. Kim specializes in all facets of the Real Estate business, whether it is navigating the way for first time buyers, trying to score that perfect distressed property or helping a homeowner sell their home for top dollar. Kim also is very knowledgeable and sells in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. Having many clients in Law Enforcement and in the Film Industry she understands their hectic schedule and makes herself available 7 days a week and easily accessible by phone during off hours. Kim’s creative, enthusiastic, patient and caring nature is perfect for matching each clients desires with their dream home as well as skillfully featuring a home’s unique presence and character when listing. Her main intention is to understand her clients needs by listening and build a relationship that will last over the course of time. While orchestrating deals for her buyers and sellers, Kim is a strong negotiator and advocate for her clients, she is just as much compassionate, friendly and a humorous partner that eases the process that can often times be stressful.