When singers enter the booth to begin recording a song, they may be hesitant to sing with background music. If a singer is used to singing acapella, singing with official background music may seem daunting. Background music has a consistent rhythm that the singer must keep up with in order to stay on beat. Ensuring the singer stays in tune is a top priority for producing a high quality record. There are some main focus tips that can help singers to sing with background music effortlessly.
The first aspect for creating a high quality record with background music is volume control. Volume control is very important for singers and audio engineers to keep in mind. As the background music gets softer, the singer should move closer to the microphone. As the background music gets louder, the singer should move away from the microphone. This process will help to level out the fluctuations in volume when recording a song. If this technique is applied properly, the audio engineer will not have use as much compression later on in the editing process.
Another important tip for signers is to avoid pronouncing words in the song with too much sibilance. This process can affect how the song sounds on a high-quality microphone that picks up slight nuances of each word. Another main factor at play when singing to background music is breathe control. It is very important to have proper breathe control when singing on the microphone. Improper breath control can ruin an otherwise perfectly recorded song. The reason for this is when the singer exhales too much breathe or too little breathe during a verse or chorus, the song sounds choppy and inconsistent with the overall rhythm of the piece. Ensuring that the singer has proper control of their breathe is very important. It is also helpful for the singer to sing the song straight through before recording anything, therefore they know where they will take their breaths in the song. If the chorus is approaching, the singer may need to take a deep breathe in order to sing the notes with enough vocal power.
Ensuring the background music is high-quality is also an important component of producing a successful record. The background music should be high-quality and without static. If the background track is causing distortion on the record, the overall product will be low quality. There are many ways to ensure you’re receiving the highest quality background music. There are countless websites that provide high-quality background music to choose from. Many singers want to sing to an instrumental version of a popular song to produce their own original cover of it. For this, the best way is to find the highest quality instrumental version of the song and play it on the studio speakers to determine if the quality remains consistent when played at high bass levels and volumes. Often times an instrumental record sounds adequate at low volumes, but when tested with powerful speakers it sounds distorted and fuzzy. Singers should be aware of all the important aspect to creating a successful and cohesive record.