How to Get My Vocals to Sound Clear & Not Muddy When Recording

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Vocals have a tendency to sound distorted and muddled if your recording levels aren't set just right. Find out how to get your vocals to sound clear when recording with help from an experienced audio producer in this free video clip.

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Hi. This is Aaron Wolpin with Awol Audio Productions here at The Track Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas, and I'm going to show you how to get your vocals clear and not muddy when recording. First step that you can do that I suggest for everyone is to put the high pass filter on. If your mic has a high pass filter go ahead and use that. If not, hopefully the board or the pre-empter you're using has a high pass filter. High pass is another word for low cut. They mean the same thing. So definitely use that. That will clear up some muddiness and get rid of that low end sound for you. The other is to put the pop filter a little further back from the mic. Let some of that air dissipate before it ever gets to the mic in the first place. On top of that what will also help is if the performer, the actual vocalist steps a little further back from the mic. You still want, sometimes you want the intimacy and you want that nice close sound. But if it's ever too muddy just step a little further back, have that high pass filter on, have the pop filter a little further from the mic than usual and it'll be as clear as day. This is Aaron Wolpin from The Track Studio here in Dallas, Texas. Thank you for watching.

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