Re: Perplexing vocal anomaly
- From: "Polfus" <nostringscouldsecureyou@thestation>
- Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 07:01:40 -0500
"FCS" <sipston_777@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:0e39699a-65f8-4646-8044-aad8390a54ff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Dec 2, 12:14 am, "Lamneth" <lamn...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:I'm hoping some of the more experienced musicians here can help me figure
this one out cos I can't. I am not the greatest of singers, I can usually
stay in key if it's not too high. However when I put the studio headphones
on and sing with both ears covered I noticed I can sing much better and hit
notes I can't usually hit. I thought well maybe I don't belt out as much as
I do singing in a live situation but that's not true at all, I belt it out
with the headphones on too. Then I thought well maybe I just sound better
through a large diaphragm mic so I hooked up an sm58 for vox and I can still
sound much better with it hooked up and the phones on.
Does anyone here know what the hell could be going on? I'd love to be able
to sing like I do with headphones but like I said as soon as I take em off,
I drop out of key sometimes and my range is much more limited.
It's not my imagination either, when I record singing the same song without
the phones on I sound like shit compared to with them on.
Well my first guess is that you're using closed-can headphones.
These block out pretty much all other ambient noises, including
your own voice, within a reasonable dB range (by which I mean a
truck coming off the road and crashing through your studio wall
is likely to be audible, but someone entering your vocal booth,
or sound stage, you'd not notice if you had your eyes shut). As
such you are then free to devote all your mental resources to a
refined source of real-time biofeedback--i.e., your voice along
with anything other signals which are coming through the cans.
Just like sounds seem "louder" at night, because so much of the
background noise of the day that we filter out (traffic, plant,
neighbours, animals) is absent, as well as that not only we but
many of the people around us are more focused with other senses
on the "back-burner"--people are lying down with the lights off
for example, it's possible you're either distracted or hesitant
by ambient noises you're not fully aware of but which are there
(well, until one gets into lossy formats 8?).).
As such, FWIW, you may wish to try using a set of open-cap, and
maybe later earphones such as accompany personal stereo devices
in order to move from reliance on closed can 'phones to singing
by way of muscle memory, regardless of what distractions may be
going on around you.
Certainly, plenty of live artists do use earphones for monitors
when on a proper stage (i.e., with band and FoH engineers), and
a good rule of thumb may be if you circulate a rider prior to a
gig already then maybe you should consider using one anyway...
If you're just stood in front of a couple of stacks and drumkit
in a few local bars it's maybe not such a priority though.
Hope this helps.
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