"Boxy" vocals regardless of treatment

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"Boxy" vocals regardless of treatment

Post by prodbyogchiboi »

Hello all,

I am hoping to get some help or at least a clue as to how I can improve on my studio space. Right now I am struggling to get pretty clean sounding vocal recordings that sound open, not boxy. I have attached example recordings going into two different preamps. Forgive the horrible singing. You should be able to hear that there are some serious issues between the 400 Hz to 1200 Hz region.

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/oqe4az3v ... 2gyui6ptqh

I also attached a video so you can see the treatment I have in the studio. It's in my basement. It's approximately 8 (W) ft x 21 (L) ft x 7 ft (H). All the treatments are about 4" thick. I have done my best to get the mic away from walls. Do I just have a room that is incapable of producing good vocal recordings?

I do not want to spend hours EQing vocals. I invested in all that treatment to avoid that. I have a Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 + WA73 + RME Babyface FS Pro. All Mogami gold cables. I don't want to have to "fix" my recordings, but rather get to "mixing" them.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Post by resistorman »

Try the Atlantis in figure 8 pattern, rotate until you find the sweet spot. Works great for me.
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resistorman wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 6:13 am Try the Atlantis in figure 8 pattern, rotate until you find the sweet spot. Works great for me.

Okay thank you. I'll try this ASAP.
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resistorman wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 6:13 am Try the Atlantis in figure 8 pattern, rotate until you find the sweet spot. Works great for me.

Well i'll be damned.... Literally doing that sounds like I am 80% of where I am trying to get to. How in the world... like... so you can take advantage of undesired polar patterns because of the frequency response of the mic changes... interesting.

Thank you! Guess I have a lot more tinkering to do with this mic...
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You're welcome, I overlooked the usefulness of figure 8 for way too long ;)
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Post by Wonks »

You could also try the standard trick of hanging up a duvet behind your singing position. And I'd try moving the mic position so that you are towards the rear singing towards a corner with a bass trap in, with a duvet behind you.
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