For most up and coming Hip Hop artists finding the money to rent a major studio to record vocals can be a daunting task. Many professional studios are extremely expensive and insist on a booking to be made months in advance, as well as a cash deposit up front. This explains why Home Recording is a growing trend gaining increased momentum in the Rap and Hip Hop industry.
Home Recording is not only affordable but artists are more relaxed, and comfortable in their own environment. They have the luxury of recording at their convenience and if they use their money wisely on equipment and the appropriate design of the room, then they can find themselves profiting from renting their own home studio.
These tips and suggestions will help Hip Hop and Rap artists achieve the highest quality recording from their home studio.
The number one factor in producing high quality sound at home is the room. A blanket or thick curtain hanging over a wall or tall bookshelf is a simple and affordable way to ensure high quality vocals. Carpets should be used to cover tiles as these help to dampen the reflective noise and improve sound quality. It is important to avoid hard surfaces such as hardwood floors and concrete walls. Also, closets make great vocal booths, they are usually carpeted and the clothes can be used to absorb sound, lessening the likelihood of an echo.
Microphones should not be close to the wall but not in the middle of the room. This might sound a bit complex but the mic position in the room affects the buildup of frequencies. If there are thick bass frequencies it will produce highly defective audio recordings.
Proper Mic Techniques
Recording vocals at home, if done accurately can produce high quality and professional vocals that can rival any major studio sound.