Best Vocal Processors for Recording

Singer recording song with vocal processor in the studio.

Even if you have already done acoustic treatment in your recording room and have carefully selected the microphones for your vocal recordings, you would still find your raw vocal recordings not fit for public consumption and mass production. Why? Because you still need to engage in the vocal processing to come up with an impressive … Read more

Best Settings for AT2020 USB & XLR Microphones

Tips on AT2020 mic setting for better sound quality.

If you’re looking for an affordable microphone of high quality, you better check out the Audio Technica AT2020. The AT2020 is a quality cardioid condenser mic that has quickly become the go-to mic worldwide for home studios. This mic comes either in XLR or USB connection models; hence, it is pretty easy to set up with your PC.  With the USB … Read more

How To Set Up Karaoke At Home

Friends singing karaoke at home.

Whenever there is a karaoke system, enjoyment and fun are not far behind. This is because we love to sing, and we even want other people to hear and appreciate our singing. Setting up your karaoke system at home is no longer that difficult. Moreover, you don’t need to be elaborate with your karaoke system … Read more

How To Add Echo Effect To Microphone

Two singers singing on stage with the echo effects added.

Undoubtedly, echos can be a sure-fire way to infuse a unique edge to your music. However, before you can enjoy the artistic benefits echos offer, you need to know how to add them to your recorded tracks. On this note, we can help.  This article will explore how to add an echo effect to the … Read more

Best Autotune Microphone Systems

Female singing in recording studio using the vocal auto-tune processor.

You may be asking yourself why your voice is always out of tune when you sing, and you hate it because you are dreaming of becoming a band vocalist or a professional singer. Besides, you envy those who can sing on key, and given a chance, you would willingly exchange your vocal cords for someone … Read more

AT2035 Vs AT4040: Which is Better?

AUDIO TECHNICA AT4040 and AT2035 Microphones

Two of the most popular condenser microphones of Audio Technica are the AT2035 and the AT2040. These two microphones are professional-grade microphones that are great choices if you are looking for a condenser microphone that you can use for recording and broadcasting. Both share some common features aside from being produced by the same company. … Read more

Best Room Microphones for Live Recording

Mic set up for recording live performance in room.

If the time ever comes when you need to mic a room, you’ll undoubtedly want to know which room mics are the best. You see, while there are several mics available for capturing live recording in a room, not all of them may give you top-quality results. So, how then do you create a rating … Read more

Best Microphones for Beatboxing

Singer use beatboxing mic for creating music on loop station.

So, you want to become a beatboxer, but you are a bit confused as to which mic would best showcase your beatboxing skills. Well, there are myriads of microphones that you can use for beatboxing. But if you have the most recommended mics at hand, you can truly showcase your beatboxing skills and let the … Read more

Buffer Size For Recording Vocals

A female singer is recording vocal tracks in the studio.

While buffer size is not the rocket science of audio recording, it can be a technical concept to understand. Most people say that it’s because it is mostly abstract. But, not to worry, with proper insight, you’ll see the applications of buffer size when recording sounds. More importantly, you’d know the right buffer size to … Read more

Vocal Miking / Micing Techniques

For the past ten years, I have been engaging in many vocal recordings for others and my band, and one obvious truth I’ve learned is that the vocals’ quality is decided during the recording phase. Sans a sound recording, you cannot have good vocals in the final mix and even in the remastering process. Hence, how … Read more

Record Vocals In Mono or Stereo?

Several weeks ago, while mixing our album tracks, my bandmate asked me about which is best between mono and stereo for recording vocals. I had no straight answer to him at that time and casually dismissed his question. Yet, upon second thought, I think his query deserves a more in-depth analysis of the pros and … Read more

How Much Does A Microphone Cost?

Different types of microphones and its price.

Microphones vary in prices; the price range of a most affordable mic is around $15, and the most expensive perch at around $20,000. Thus,, we can say that a microphone would cost you around $15 to $20,000. Moreover, many factors dictate the microphone price. These factors include the components or parts of the microphone, the … Read more

Do Dynamic Microphones Need Phantom Power?

Dynamic mic with phantom power cable.

A question I get asked a lot by newbie home studio owners is about whether dynamic microphones need phantom power. They are wary that their dynamic microphones might get damaged if their mixing desks do not have a switchable phantom power for each mic channel. Of course, they have a good reason to be anxious … Read more

Best Settings For Blue Yeti Microphone

Optimal Blue Yeti configuration,settings and adjustments for better sound quality.

Blue Yeti microphone comes with various settings, and It has four pickup pattern options. My ignorance surely prompted me to research more on microphone settings, and I am sharing what I have learned in this post. Understanding Blue Yeti Microphone Settings Yeti is one of those plug ‘n play mics with PC systems and MAC. … Read more

How To Set Up Karaoke Using Youtube

Set up and connect karaoke system with Youtube.

Whether you would use it to add that extra oomph to a celebration or you would simply want to while away your time, a karaoke system will always prove to be valuable equipment at hand. Singing through the karaoke system, of course, adds life to a party. Moreover, it is a healthy way to de-stress … Read more

Best Portable Digital Recorders

Recording voice via digital recorder.

The small handheld digital recorders are suitable to be used in the interviews, meetings, presentation recordings, and to record other conversational voice contents. Furthermore, it’s particularly useful for singers, songwriters and composers to record his/her songs and musical ideas whenever the ideas emerged. Portable digital recorders, of course, are far better than the recorder of … Read more

How to Record Yourself Singing?

Singer recording his own voice in DIY way.

Have you ever tried recording your voice in a real studio? If ever you’ve already tried it, you’ll know that it is expensive. This is because a recording studio for rent is like a taxi equipped with a taximeter. You pay for every second you spend inside the recording studio. Thus, you need to be … Read more

Types of Karaoke Machines

A group of friends were singing karaoke.

There are two types of karaoke machines sold on the market; they are commercial and personal use; they have different features but work the same way. All types of karaoke machines can play the vocals of a music track and show the lyrics on a screen. The karaoke machine that is most used for home … Read more

What is a Shotgun Microphone?

Different types and sizes of shotgun mic.

You might have seen one of these unusually long microphones. You might have also wondered why it has a strange shape. Well, this microphone is called “Interference Tube Microphones.” they are also referred to as “shotgun microphones.”  The shotgun microphones are highly directional. You need to point it at the sound source if you are … Read more

What is a Ribbon Microphone?

Different types and models of ribbon mic.

There was once a time when the most popular mics were the ribbon microphones. The ribbon mic, of course, was the first directional commercial microphone that was successful. During the radio’s golden age, this mic lorded it over other mics. Yet, the ribbon mics during those times were too fragile. They were easy to break … Read more