I'm sure you've noticed: vocal lessons are not cheap. In fact, lessons with a well-known coach can be prohibitively expensive. It makes sense, then, to ask if they're worth it. What can you learn from a vocal coach that you couldn't learn on your own? And is what you learn worth paying so much for? We'll answer these questions and more. By the time you get to the … [Read more...] about What Do Vocal Lessons Teach You?
You are what you eat. We've all heard that saying and while it's not literally true, what we put in our bodies affects our performance in all areas of life. Singing is no different. The food you eat (and, more importantly, the food you don't eat) makes a powerful impact on your singing voice. Eat right and you'll sound better and be able to sing for much longer. Eat … [Read more...] about Diet Tips For Singers (What To Eat Before Singing And What To Avoid)
Shopping for presents can be tough, whether it's for Christmas, a Birthday, Mother's or Father's Day or some other occasion. But shopping for someone with a strong interest in something makes it easier. And since you're here, you must be shopping for a singer. Singer can mean many different things. It can be someone who simply enjoys karaoke or someone who makes a living … [Read more...] about Gifts For Singers (All Vocalists Need Number 3!)
If you're wondering what microphone gain is, you've likely noticed the gain control knob on your preamp or mixer. Or perhaps you're wondering what the difference is between gain and volume. Or how to correctly set gain for the best possible sound quality. Or you're wondering what mic boost is and how it relates to gain. Whichever it is, you're in the right … [Read more...] about What Is Microphone Gain?
The word "dynamic" sounds cool. But is it a good thing when it comes to microphones? The answer is vague: sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. There are applications for which a dynamic mic is better suited and others for which you will get better results with a condenser mic. We will look at various situations where a dynamic mic is preferable and others where you … [Read more...] about What Is A Dynamic Microphone?
If you need a microphone, you will have to decide between a condenser mic and a dynamic mic. So which one is better? The answer is: neither. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, making each better suited for specific applications. We will give a definition of a condenser microphone and examine how one works and what makes it different from a dynamic … [Read more...] about What is a Condenser Microphone?
The terms sound similar, but the two devices perform different functions. If you're setting up a studio, whether professional or just for fun at home, you have undoubtedly come across the terms amp and preamp. And naturally, you're wondering what the difference is. More importantly, do you need one, or both, of them? Good preamps and amps are not cheap, so you definitely … [Read more...] about Preamplifier Vs. Amplifier: What’s The Difference And Do I Need Both?
So, you've read you need a preamp for your mic. You're trying to set up a little recording studio or simply trying to use a microphone to record your voice or an instrument. Whatever your purpose for getting a microphone, you've just learned you're going to have to spend even more money on a mic preamp. Quite a bit of money, in fact, if you want a quality model that … [Read more...] about What Does A Mic Preamp Do?
Let's clear something up right off the bat. There is no best preamp for rap vocals. In fact, there are no microphone preamps made specifically for rap. They key for rappers, as for any vocalists, is to find the preamp and mic combination that best suits their voice and vocal style. Personally, I prefer to use a transparent microphone preamp. Transparent preamps … [Read more...] about Best Preamp For Rap Vocals
I'm going to state the obvious.When you get a budget microphone preamplifier that costs under $200 (and actually, all the models on this page are often sold for under $100), you have to make some sacrifices.The key is: finding a model that sacrifices features you can live without.Most of the more affordable mic preamps are cheaply made and do not last. Those are the ones you … [Read more...] about Best Budget Mic Preamp (Under $200)