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    Hello Greetings Everyone,

    I've Just started a New Recording and i am now in the phase of recording a vocal. The song has some soft vocal parts in the beginning and there is a little higher part afterwards. The problem i am facing is that when i sing the higher part, i have to scream little which makes the level to go very high and then the volume meter on DAW shows RED (sounding distorted). To stop this, I decrease the level from my interface and now the soft part sounds too low and the higher note part where i have to scream little sounds high...

    I hope if someone could answer the solution to this problem.

    Thanks a lot.

    cheers.

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    There are a couple way to deal with this.

    1. Record the quiet parts separately from the loud parts, adjusting the gain appropriately for each

    2. Lean into the mic on the quiet parts and pull back on the loud parts.

    Also, some compression during the mix will help smooth it out a bit.
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    #2 there is very potent. It addresses it at the source- Working the mic distance a little bit evens the signal out, means you might be able to skip #1, and need less of #3- compression.
    Also #4 - Look into 'Clip gain changes; reducing hot sections or bringing up low sections to even things out.
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    like farview said compression.
    maybe a lot of compression?

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    Another point to consider is recording a vocal track is not the same as singing live. Lessen the dynamic range of the volume when singing... ie, don't sing so soft and don't sing so loud. This is especially necessary if you want to capture the vocal performance in one take.

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    Just set the gain so the loud parts don't clip then edit/compress/automate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farview View Post
    1. Record the quiet parts separately from the loud parts, adjusting the gain appropriately for each
    I'm not sure why someone with multitracking capabilities wouldn't do this in the first place. That's the point of doing multitrack/recording at home. Smallish sections at a time, "best take" strategy. IMHO Recording 101.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky View Post
    I'm not sure why someone with multitracking capabilities wouldn't do this in the first place. That's the point of doing multitrack/recording at home. Smallish sections at a time, "best take" strategy. IMHO Recording 101.
    It's a matter of work flow. I prefer to get one whole take and punch as needed so leaving the gain unaltered works best for me. One exception would be using a fancy "character" preamp. Then I might do it in sections to get the gain right for each part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    It's a matter of work flow. I prefer to get one whole take and punch as needed so leaving the gain unaltered works best for me.
    Yeah...I do it like that too.

    There's also the two mic method...and set each for one kind of requirement. Then slice-n-dice later.

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    Just automate the louder part lower and lower part louder.

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