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Best time of the day to record a vocalist
Old 17th July 2007
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Best time of the day to record a vocalist

Let me know what everyone finds is the best time of the day to record lead vocals. Morning, Afternoon, night? I'm finding that the vocals I have been recording later in the day with the vocalist I'm working with now are much better than if he just woke up like an hour or 2 before. Chime in...Would like to have the perspective...
Old 17th July 2007
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Let me know what everyone finds is the best time of the day to record lead vocals. Morning, Afternoon, night? I'm finding that the vocals I have been recording later in the day with the vocalist I'm working with now are much better than if he just woke up like an hour or 2 before. Chime in...Would like to have the perspective...
They should be up from sleep at least 4 hours, and eat a meal no closer than 1 hour before recording.
Old 17th July 2007
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Just finished the pre-production process with a band that has LOTS of vocals, harmonies, oohs' and ahhs', ect. 2 main singers, and 2 back-up. We never really even attempted at doing any vocals till about 4-5 p.m. or so.

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eat a meal no closer than 1 hour before recording
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Old 17th July 2007
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It's different from singer to singer, however most of them like to "wake up & warm up" a little.

A real pro should be able to nail it whenever, though..

Another thing I find varies a lot is food. Some need to eat before singing some definitely not.
Old 17th July 2007
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You should definitely talk with the singer(s) and find out what time of day they are used to singing as a part of their normal routine; i.e. the band's rehearsal time, vocal lesson time, etc. This generally helps with both the physical and mental preparation aspects of tracking vocals.

A good night's rest and ample hydration (starting at least 3-4 hours prior to the session) as well as a good diet and healthy habits never hurt anyone either.
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But if you need a good deep bass voice, get him in as soon as he has a chance to wake up!
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But if you need a good deep bass voice, get him in as soon as he has a chance to wake up!
+ 3 gazillions!!!!
Old 17th July 2007
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Ive found if the SInger does a lot of live gigs then later at night works best

Also also a lot depends on a songs sentiment Ive had a singer perform when they
were totally kanckered and didn't care anymore.
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Isn't what happened to a person during the day or what they did, at all relative.

I vote late morning, early afternoon.
Metal? After 10pm.
Pop Country? After 9am
Radio Pop? After 4pm
Jazz? Whenever it's the right time......
Electronic/Techno Music? doesn't matter. Use samples.
Voice Over? When the director pays you up front.. around Noon

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Curious what your reasoning is for putting pop country at 9am and pop/rock metal after 4 pm...Of course these numbers are all relative...but why the morning for pop country and not the rest...


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Isn't what happened to a person during the day or what they did, at all relative.

I vote late morning, early afternoon.
Metal? After 10pm.
Pop Country? After 9am
Radio Pop? After 4pm
Jazz? Whenever it's the right time......
Electronic/Techno Music? doesn't matter. Use samples.
Voice Over? When the director pays you up front.. around Noon

late
Old 17th July 2007
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Any time the singer wants to record. They usually know their instrument better than I do.
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