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April 24, 2014 10:48 PM

Very hesitant to let anyone hear this one.

I tried to do some vocals again. I don't think I can really stand the sound of my own voice and maybe I need to find someone else to sing on my stuff in the future. But in any case, for better or worse, I thought I'd upload it here and call it done. At least I tried ;)

posted by cicadaverse (5 comments total)

Well, I don't know what you think is wrong with your voice! Your pitch sounds good and you've a nice tone.

I'm not sure if you've mixed the vocals so low because you want them sitting well below the rest of the mix, or because you don't have any confidence in them. If it's the latter, please feel free to mix them up next time :)

Also, I like the arrangement here. Good song altogether. I'd tinker with the mix, but that's just me :)
posted by greenish at 6:57 AM on April 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

I agree, your vocals are actually really good, you're just burying them a bit in reverb and through low volume. I remember I commented on another vocal performance of yours. I think this attempt is even better than that one -- it's clear to me here that your voice can perfectly suit your material, and as greenish says, you don't appear to have any pitch problems or anything. Just keep recording yourself singing, don't give up on it, because I genuinely mean that nobody's going to do a better job than you+practice+confidence. You can totally get there from here. I already envy the voice you're going to find.

1:44 -- the vocal production gets boomy and even more overly reverby here, to my ears, though I understand the change in sound is intentional and does achieve the effect of separating it out as a section.
posted by edlundart at 12:56 AM on April 26, 2014

thanks guys...
Yeah, still very much lacking vocal confidence. The reverb was my attempt to "disguise" characteristics of my voice that I probably just dislike. I didn't even consider it was too low in the mix! I thought if anything it was too loud but again, that's me just unconsciously trying bury the vocals I suppose.

I really was thinking I'd give up on vocals after this one but I'm glad I posted it now and got feedback from both of you. These vocals took me many many takes, probably about 3 hours worth, and I still thought the result was terrible. Maybe it's not as bad as I thought after all. Though I'm well aware I'll need a lot more practice.

I do lose pitch somewhat often but I at least know it when it happens and do another take. I probably need to do some training exercises or something to get better control of that.

I'll keep trying for sure.

Thanks again.
posted by cicadaverse at 4:55 AM on April 26, 2014

No reason to fret, honestly. Turn yourself up! I think you might be judging your voice by different criteria than the song requires. Emotional honesty seems more important here than Celine Dion-style pitch precision.
posted by umbĂș at 6:59 PM on April 26, 2014

Hey, this is a great track. And your voice sounds great when I can hear it. You should totally turn it up. The reverb in the middle was pretty jarring and you've nothing to hide.
posted by Roger Dodger at 4:52 PM on May 7, 2014

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