Making A Good Singer Great With Recording Technology

Oct 23, 2014 by

Have you ever heard a singer at a live concert perform an “unplugged” version of a song and wondered why he or she sounded less polished than on the CD you have played a hundred times? It could be that the entertainer was having an off day, or maybe he or she recently came down with a cold, but in all likelihood, you were simply hearing a vocalist’s natural voice for the first time. When making a recording, many singers have their music edited by sound engineers who can fix minor mistakes with technology. Here are several ways that a singer’s performance can be cleaned up for a recorded track.

Volume Adjustments

Some singers have beautiful voices that just aren’t very loud. Usually at a concert this is fixed by turning up the microphone or turning down electronic instruments. In a recording studio, engineers can set up different microphones to capture each element of a song on an individual track. Then the engineer can adjust each track on its own before putting them all together. An especially loud drum set recording can be turned down slightly and the vocalist’s recording can be turned up.

An engineer might also adjust the volume throughout the vocalist’s track. A soprano might have really powerful high notes and softer low notes. The recording engineer analyzes each part of the song and can turn the singer’s recording up or down as needed for a smooth, even sound.

Tuning Adjustments

Even the greatest singers don’t always have perfect pitch. A singer might hit a note slightly flat because she has a head cold. Another might go slightly sharp because he reached for a high note and was a little over-exuberant. When singing a particularly long note, the pitch might waver slightly.

Recording engineers can adjust these slight errors with an editing software that tunes voices automatically. It’s easy to see how this works if you first refresh your memory on the basic physics of sound.

How Sound Works

  1. You hear a singer’s voice when the sound waves he or she produced vibrate on your eardrums.
  2. The vibrations of a sound wave are counted in terms of frequency.
  3. High notes are pitches made by a high frequency sound wave.
  4. Low notes are pitches made by a low frequency sound wave.

The tuning software allows a sound engineer to adjust the frequency of the sound waves produced by the singer, pushing the notes slightly higher if they are flat or lower if they are sharp.

With these types of adjustments, a recording engineer can bring out the best in the singer’s voice and also fix the small errors that are bound to occur in any performance.

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Have A Teen Turning 18? Celebrate Their Coming-Of-Age With One Of These Unique Gift Ideas

Oct 19, 2014 by

It can be hard to figure out what to buy your child when they’re turning into a young 18-year-old adult. Video games are not very motivating, gift cards are boring, and going out to dinner just isn’t special enough for such an important occasion. Here are three unique gifts your soon to be ex-teen can gain experience, pleasure, and excitement from:

Spring for Flight Training

Paying for a series of flight lessons through a school like Parkland College is a gift that your child will not soon forget. Whether they’re interested in flying for a living, going into the Air Force, or just learning the ropes in the sky, flight training comes with a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Increasing self-confidence.
  • Opportunity for new careers.
  • Ability to rent and charter planes for personal use.
  • Better attention span.

Learning to fly is an experience most people don’t have the time to do once work and other adulthood responsibilities come into play. Giving your teen an opportunity to have the experience will only enrich their overall life.

Pay for a Dive from the Sky

Another fun and rewarding experience your teen can learn a lot from is skydiving. This is something that you can do together, or perhaps something that can be done with a group of close friends as part of a full celebration day. Like flight training, skydiving experience can lead to career opportunities such as becoming an instructor, going into the army, or being part of a dropzone staff.

Plan an Educational Road Trip

If your teen isn’t into adrenaline rushing experiences, consider planning a road trip for them instead. Rent a vehicle for two or three weeks so your child has reliable transportation that provides flexibility and freedom, fill up a cooler and supply some gas, food, and lodging vouchers, and plan an itinerary that you think they’ll enjoy so all they have to do is follow the map and enjoy the experience.

Choose a route that brings the new adult up close and personal with educational museums, iconic landmarks, and concerts that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.

If possible, renting or investing in a travel trailer will make the road trip experience even more exciting and freeing. It will cut down on lodging costs since camping would be part of the plan, and a kitchen would be available, making it cheaper and easier for your newly adult child to healthily eat while they are on the road.

These gift ideas will give your soon-to-be adult child real life experience and skills that can be used throughout the years in their lives.

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