Recording Your Own Singing Voice

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You can use audio recording software to capture a recording of your singing.
You can use audio recording software to capture a recording of your singing.

You can record your own singing voice in many ways. All you need is a microphone and an audio recording device. Even a cell phone with a built-in “voice record” or “voice memo” feature can be used to perform this task -- it just wouldn’t sound good. If you’re looking to create a high-quality recording of your singing voice, this narrows your options a bit. One option is to hook up a high-quality microphone to a computer, then use audio recording and editing software to record your vocals.

Things You'll Need

  • Microphone
  • Microphone preamp
  • 1/4 inch to 3.5 mm stereo male cable
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Instructions

  1. Connect Microphone to Computer

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      Purchase a high-quality vocal microphone. The Sure SM58, for example, is generally regarded as an excellent microphone for live vocal recordings.

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      Plug the microphone into the “Mic” input jack on the mic preamp.

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      Insert the 1/4-inch end of the stereo cable into the mic preamp’s stereo output jack. Connect the other end of this cable to the line input jack on your computer.

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      Connect the mic preamp to an electrical power source. Turn on the microphone and preamp.

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      Plug your headphones into the computer’s headphone jack. If your computer is equipped with external speakers, turn the speakers down to prevent audio feedback during the recording.

    Record Using Audacity

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      Launch the Audacity application.

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      Select “Preferences” from the “Edit” menu. Open the “Recording” drop-down menu on the “Audio I/O” tab. Select your computer’s sound card. Click “OK.”

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      Click the "Record" button when you are ready to begin recording.

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      Sing into the microphone. Click the "Stop" button when you’re ready to end the recording.

    Record Using GarageBand (For Macs)

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      Launch the GarageBand application. Select “New Project” from the left pane. Select “Voice” from the right pane. Click “Choose.” A dialog box will open. Fill in the designated fields then click “Create.”

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      Open the “GarageBand” menu. Select "Preferences.” Go to the “Audio/MIDI” tab. Open the “Audio Input” menu. Select your computer’s sound card. Close the preferences window.

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      Open the “Monitor” drop-down menu. Click “On.”

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      Click on the “Male” or “Female” track to select it. Click the "Record" button when you are ready to begin recording.

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      Sing into the microphone. Click the "Play" button when you are ready to end the recording. GarageBand does not have a Stop button.

    Record Using Cool Edit Pro

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      Launch the Cool Edit Pro application.

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      Click the red “R” button next to “Track 1.”

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      Click the red "Record" button when you are ready to begin recording.

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      Sing into the microphone.

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      Click the "Stop" button when you are ready to end the recording.

Tips & Warnings

  • Monitor the signal level in the recording application as you sing. Your levels should come close to, but not exceed, 0 decibels. Adjust the gain on the microphone preamp if needed. Adjust the volume input level of your computer’s sound card if needed.

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