Originally Posted by mrface2112
1. yes, nose spray and vocal technique--learn to sing from the chest and not through the nose.....and get the gunk out of the nose. alavert works well and rather quickly.
2. mic selection. find a mic that plays to the "good qualities" of the voice, and tones down the "bad" (nasally) qualities.
3. mic position. hang the mic high and aim it back down towards the vocalist's chest. hanging it high forces them to raise their head and open their throat when they sing. aiming it at their chest emphasizes the chest sound.
contrast, if you have them singing down into the mic, you will exacerbate everything that's bad about a nasally singer--their throat will be closed and they'll be singing down their nose at the mic.
obviously, if the vocalist is you, work on #1 first and foremost. if you're just the recordist, concentrate on #2 and 3 and suggest #1 to the vocalist if the moment is right.
Everyone is different, so do not read this as right vs. wrong, but your comment about the mic being high does not jive with my experience.
I was taught and have seen in my last 20 or so years of non professional singing that many singers sing up, stretching their necks and vocal chords in order to reach higher notes. It was pointed out that I did this in high school choir. The instructor was dead set on keeping your head level and instead of stretching the vocal chords, relax them and push more air over them. She was big on breathing from the gut, not the upper chest, and conviced me that more air over the chords is better than stretching them.
Since then I have seen this in other people too. If I can get them to lower their head (by that I mean keep it level) and push more air that their voice opens up and sounds more full or round.
I watched a bit of American Idol and saw a bit where an opera singer was having guys lay on the ground to sing and I kinda wondered if he was doing a bit of the same thing, or accomplishing the same results.
Again, ever person and situation is different, but I have only moved the vocal mic higher when I wanted to eliminate sibilance, not to make something sound less nasal.
Regarding your suggestion to point the mic at the chest, it is something I have never done. That is the first I have heard of it.
Again, not right or wrong... Just sharing different ideas.