Hey there, I’m a guitarist/vocalist and I’m completely new to recording my own stuff. I went out and bought a Samson C01U and I’ve been using it for my acoustic guitar and voice, I can’t emphasize enough how little I know about recording and mixing though. Anyway, I’ve got a question about the input volume while I’m doing vocals. A friend of mine told me that generally I should set up my mic position and input volume so that when I monitor the input, the red bar comes close to topping out, but doesn’t actually hit the end of the bar (please forgive my lack of technical terminology). This is a pretty simple task with guitar, because the volume generally stays the same throughout the take, however, when I’m doing vocals, my voice naturally gets louder when I’m trying to hit a high note. What this leads to is the vocal track overloading the mic at certain points, but I can’t lower the input volume any more or the softer parts would be too quiet. How do I go about resolving this? The tracks I’m currently working on fluctuate pretty sporadically between high and low, so I can’t really just put different parts on different tracks.
Any advice at all is very much appreciated! Try to keep it pretty simple if you can, I’m very, very new to this.