Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

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fantasyvn
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60 posts since 19 Jul, 2012

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:22 am

Due to the limited space, I'm looking for a portable microphone stand.

Apparently, a desktop microphone stand is the smallest type available. It looks very good for podcasting.

But is it alright if you sit and record your vocal for a song with a desktop microphone stand?

My sincere thanks,

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Distorted Horizon
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3197 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:28 am

I'm totally wrong person to answer this so I'll just say that IMO you can yell to your phone and record the vocal with that. From the mix, most people can't tell what did you use to record your vocals..

Of course a vocal room with proper stands, mics, treatment etc etc is different than a mic on your table. But IMO again.. As long as people don't come back to you saying "I really liked your song, but the vocals sounded bad.. Just like they've been recorded on some cheap gear", I think you'll do just fine with desktop mic :D

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J. Smith
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56 posts since 2 Jul, 2014 from Finland

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:33 am

It’s okay, but I would suggest not sitting when recording vocals.

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fmr
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9157 posts since 16 Mar, 2003 from Porto - Portugal

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Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:38 am

J. Smith wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:33 am
... I would suggest not sitting when recording vocals.
^^^ THIS ^^^
Fernando (FMR)

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an-electric-heart
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2011 posts since 13 Jun, 2008 from Napier,New Zealand

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:20 am

A desktop stand wouldn't negatively effect the mic's recording quality in any way.

But, like the others said; Proper singing technique requires you to stand, with your heels pressing into the ground and a bit of bend in your knees. You're range and your breathing will be limited sitting down. Surely you can get a cheap proper mic-stand for under $20... shop around.
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Saffran
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Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:35 am

...and you should have the mic over your head pointing down. That way your head will be forced to point upward and your throat opens up and makes it easier to get the breathing right.
But, if you're a welltrained person with good working diaphragm, sitting down could work.

fantasyvn
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60 posts since 19 Jul, 2012

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:59 am

Thank you so much for your kind replies. This is great information.

I was struck by this comment: "and you should have the mic over your head pointing down. That way your head will be forced to point upward and your throat opens up and makes it easier to get the breathing right." I did not know about this, and may try.

Thank you.

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crimsonwarlock
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2291 posts since 18 Apr, 2001 from The Netherlands

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:14 am

Saffran wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:35 am
...and you should have the mic over your head pointing down.
That seems a bit excessive to me. It would certainly strain your neck more then what should be comfortable for the duration of a vocal session. However, a little bit upwards from normal front face alignment is indeed a good thing to keep your throat open.

There are plenty videos on youtube that show vocal sessions in professional studios, there's a lot to learn from those.
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vurt
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58741 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 am

a lot of people sit and sing.
pianists, drummers and so on...

whether it works for you, only you can know

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Aloysius
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26092 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

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Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:29 am

^ They are small penists who are actually standing.
Hi-de-Hi!

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vurt
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58741 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:35 am

Aloysius wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:29 am
^ They are small penists who are actually standing.
elton john ill agree, hes about 2 foot four.

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Aloysius
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26092 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

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Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:39 am

:hihi:

A little penist
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vurt
addled muppet weed
58741 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:42 am

that is little if you ask me...

flugel45
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Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:57 am

vurt wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 am
a lot of people sit and sing.
pianists, drummers and so on...
I can only think of live performers singing this way. But when recording in a studio, these same folks (at least the vast majority of them) are standing.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
58741 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is it alright to record vocal with a desktop mic stand?

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:04 am

flugel45 wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:57 am
vurt wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:25 am
a lot of people sit and sing.
pianists, drummers and so on...
I can only think of live performers singing this way. But when recording in a studio, these same folks (at least the vast majority of them) are standing.
this may well be true, for the majority
however, most of those old blues legends (howling wolf, bb king, robert johnson...) sat, one mic catching everything and still sounding great all these years later.

we make do with what we have when our situation demands it, if it works great, if not then you try the next level up

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