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Old 4 weeks ago
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Also, if it helps, I do not hear any rasp or issues with the recording. However, oftentimes when recording vocals, your monitoring levels will bring about drastically different results, especially if you’re an untrained singer and just responding pretty intuitively to what you’re hearing.

Without getting too much into it, my one recommendation would be to approach your vocal recording with an attitude of experimentation with the monitoring levels. Do some takes with the sound of your own voice lower in the headphones, louder in the headphones, maybe out of the headphones altogether with an earphone off one ear. Try a bunch of stuff and see what works best. This is perhaps one of the most difficult things singers have to deal with and getting a good monitoring situation is a bit of a moving target. Often what works for one song with a certain instrumentation and vocal range will totally not work with another song when these factors are different. We can’t feel our voices the same way during recording that we would feel them in a normal acoustical space and this is the challenge of recording voice.

The sound you’re making in the first recording is most likely happening because you’re monitoring your voice very loudly in the mix. You can hear yourself “too well” and so you’re listening to your voice too much while you’re singing. So do the exact opposite for a few takes– make it so you can just barely hear yourself and focus on the instruments. You’ll likely project more and get a very different recording. Absolutely none of this is tied to any issues with gear.