The vocal is the center of Country Music… the story is king. You need to have the right gear (and ears) to get the job done.
I have assembled a few tools over the years that help me in the recording process. At the center is the Lawson L47MP microphone. A mic that uses tubes (yes like your Mom’s old TV set from the 70’s) to provide a larger than life quality to every Paul Street track. Next comes the “Big Red Box”….A Fearn VT-2 Tube Microphone preamp. A mic preamp raises the volume of the source to make it louder and easier to record. Finally my vocal goes through a Cranesong Trakker compressor. A compressor’s job is to control dynamic range. From a whisper to a scream, it will keep the levels even as not to explode and distort the vocal performance. Through careful tweaking, I am able to record my voice so that you can’t tell any of these devices are working.
Recording vocals is by far my favorite and most difficult part of the record making process. In the end, if the story doesn’t translate to you the listener, it doesn’t matter what I’ve used to record my voice. The performance is what matters. With the right tools, the performance comes easier.
When a great story recorded with great gear meets up with a great performance… it’s like magic.
- Mic Preamps Universal Audio Solo 610 (gearslutz.com)
- The Difference Between A Pre-amp And A Recording Interface And Why It Matters (musicmachineshop.wordpress.com)
- Using a Compressor (thepantherlabmusic.wordpress.com)
- New XL48 mic pre: classic MIDAS sound for all (audiologicsystems.wordpress.com)