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 Post subject: Sibilance rivalry?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:22 pm 
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Hi all,

I'm new to this forum and new to recording on the W1600.

I'm in the process of recording a new album of songs and all has gone well so far - or so I thought!

On some of the vocal tracks there is a lot of sibilance - every time I sing an ess sound you hear an exagerated hiss. I've tried to get rid of this by playing with the EQ and the compressor, but have resigned myself to the fact that I will have to re-record the vocals. I cannot get rid of the hissy ess's!

I suppose I could go to the dentist and have my teeth extracted, but if I did that I guess I would have to get a bigger "pop" filter!!

Can anyone here give me some advice about recording vocals minus siblance using the W1600 - I've never had this problem with my vocals before, so I'm blaming the machine : )

By the way, I'm also using an MXL 990 condenser mike (which is new to me) could this be the problem?

Anyway, any tips would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:38 pm 
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Try changing the mic placement.

My guess is that the mic is pointed directly below your mouth and angled towards it.

Try placing the mic at forehead level about 6 inches from your head and point it down towards your mouth.

THEN sing straight ahead, not directly into the mic.

If this helps with sibillance, consider moving the mic a little closer towards your nose in order to get a richer tone.

Hope this helps a little.


"I'm not trying to play guitar, I'm trying to make music." - Michael Hedges.

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