Hi there i'm a newbie in recording so i have a beginners question:

I recently bought an Audio Interface (the M-Audio FastTrack Pro) and recorded some stuff, which was really fun, and seems to have gone well. But when I tried to record voice, I didn't get the sound I wanted to. I have to say that my microphone is not the best one, and I am not expecting the greatest results, but no matter what I tried, it was always a bit muffled, "small" and not clear enough. It was like you could hear that it was sung through a microphone and not just the voice (Ok thats a bad explanation, but that was the first thing I thought when listening to the recording)

So my question is, how can I improve my vocal recordings? Should I buy a better mic (it's a bit obvious that i should, but I don't really have the money)?

  • Welcome to Audio.SE :) Don't worry about being a "beginner" - questions from all levels are welcome and we're all learning here. What brand/model of microphone are you using? – Warrior Bob Apr 15 '11 at 14:44
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    see: audio.stackexchange.com/questions/1104/… user decasteljau posts a link to an EA DICE video about recording audio. It is quite an eye opener the difference mike type and placement can have on a single sound – horatio Apr 15 '11 at 20:01
  • @Simil - What mic are you using now? – Goodbye Stack Exchange Apr 16 '11 at 6:28
  • I'm currently using a stage dynamic mic by fame... But i'm currently searching for a decent Studio Mic. – Simiil Apr 18 '11 at 12:08

There are other factors other than the mic itself.

This 2001 article, and another from 2004, both from S-o-S, give some of the reasons (and solutions) for muffled, boxy recordings ... though their solutions are often reliant on further processing, e.g. compression, EQ, reverb.

Hopefully they'll provide useful background.

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The only thing I would add to what's here is triple check your manual and make sure your settings are all correct. Also, check your bit rate/sample rate settings. Good luck!

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