Mic Recording Distance And Layering Vocals Like Eminem
If you are asking any of these questions, which are all the same, this article will answer it for you:
How close to the microphone do I stand when I record rap vocals
How close are you supposed to stand to the microphone when you record rap vocals
How far would eminem stand from the microphone when recording rap vocals
1) Depends on how LOUD your performance is going to be / Depends on your rap style. As I will mention in the next part a bit more, it depends on how loud your style is.
If you are screaming like Eminem you want to stand just a bit further back from the microphone. Thing is, it actually depends more so on what the preamp level is. But this is still a factor.
Especially with layering as I mention in #3 for how far to stand from the microphone when recording rap vocals.
Really this should be #1 instead of #2 on the list for how far to stand from the microphone when recording rap vocals. I just figured #1 would make more sense first to kind of understand.
Technically if the preamp is set to a low level of boost you can stand right on top of the microphone and scream and you would be perfectly fine. Actually the primary thing that determines how close to stand to the microphone when recording rap vocals is the preamps settings.
Here are some examples:
If you have the preamp cranked all the way up, you can literally hear the air in the room as if it is alive. You can fart on the other side of the room and the microphone will pick it up. You could re record the Ying Yang Twins whisper song with ease lol.
Now if the preamp is turned super low down, the microphone is barely going to pick up anything. It’s not AMPLIFYING the signal to the microphone. Hence, PRE-AMPLIFIER.
A rapper like Meek Mill or Eminem would need a lower preamp boost OR they would need to stand farther back from the microphone to record. Why? Because they are always screaming. pre amp settings
A rapper that has a lower voice and flow like Curren$y or Drake when he sings in order to hit the notes would have the preamp boosted much more.
You may ask why you can’t just record low and then turn up the vocals in the post mix right? Well when you have to turn up the vocals you actually increase ‘noise’ anything like air or useless noise is also being turned up along with that boost in the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation | Protools | Logic X etc).