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How far should I record vocals away from the mic? Dynamic Microphones
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How far should I record vocals away from the mic?

Hey guys so I've been recording a singer for my EP and I'm noticing that once the vocals are input into heavy compression I'm getting more mouth clicks/pops than I'd like.

The sm7b has a pop filter already built into it so I assume this wouldn't really been an issue. I've been recording vocals for maybe 2 years now pretty regularly but only recently have I begun to get really picky about the tinier details.

My question is... How far should I be recording away from the mic?

For a long time I've just had vocalists basically hug the mic. They're usually right up on their and it works for rap vocals pretty well but on pop vocals I'm thinking this must be the reason why I'm getting more artifacts than usual.

Would backing off from the mic help remove these vocal artifacts?
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Hey guys so I've been recording a singer for my EP and I'm noticing that once the vocals are input into heavy compression I'm getting more mouth clicks/pops than I'd like.

The sm7b has a pop filter already built into it so I assume this wouldn't really been an issue. I've been recording vocals for maybe 2 years now pretty regularly but only recently have I begun to get really picky about the tinier details.

My question is... How far should I be recording away from the mic?

For a long time I've just had vocalists basically hug the mic. They're usually right up on their and it works for rap vocals pretty well but on pop vocals I'm thinking this must be the reason why I'm getting more artifacts than usual.

Would backing off from the mic help remove these vocal artifacts?
I would suggest a separate pop filter, 6" diameter is fine, and position it a couple of inches from the mic. The vocalist would do well to stay 6" or so away from the pop filter and also learn to "work the mic" by turning slightly away on words that tend to have plosives such as words that start with "p" or "b" and so on. Good luck!
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I would suggest a separate pop filter, 6" diameter is fine, and position it a couple of inches from the mic. The vocalist would do well to stay 6" or so away from the pop filter and also learn to "work the mic" by turning slightly away on words that tend to have plosives such as words that start with "p" or "b" and so on. Good luck!
If I get a separate pop filter should I remove the foam over the sm7b?
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If I get a separate pop filter should I remove the foam over the sm7b?
I would leave it. I think you'll be amazed at the improvement in your recordings if you do those things I suggested earlier. Also, you'll lessen the bassy boominess usually associated with being too close to the mic.
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