A twist? Ah, a Judge's Save! Fantastic idea... or is it?[Fox TV's video recap here.]
I just activated a new account on myspace for my vocal experiments. So the next step is uploading my fresh recordings. I just thought I'd share my recording strategies with you all. My studio is a very small room in the basement, but fitted out for the task. My microphone is Røde NT1A, placed in an acoustically damped corner with a metal pop shield. This goes directly into my Presonus Firepod, and is recorded in Cubase, which is my DAW of choice, where I'll do the necessary processing using EQ, compressors, reverbs and some Melodyne for tuning issues.
I'll begin with a fitting cliche: hard work pays off. Well, sometimes. In this case, anyway. One general problem for most groups (mine included) is getting into the kind of mindset in which you are genuinely concerned with nothing but your sound and presentation. It seems a given, but try it in a classroom full of 16 girls and you've got a formidable challenge on your hands.
I won't go into detail about the reveals tonight, except to say I audibly cheered when Anoop squeaked in at the last minute.
When singing becomes detached from its reason for existence, it no longer nourishes either the singer or the audience. Historically, as in ‘from the dawn of time’, people have sung when emotions both good and bad grew too big for mere speech and then needed to be expressed in a form able to carry more emotional weight. When a song becomes subordinate to a singer’s ego, when the singer doesn’t connect with either the words or dominant feeling of the song, then it’s just a whole lot of noise and no heart. Virtuosic noise can be exciting, b