*** Help with Hip Hop vocals! ***

Hey I’m using a microphone made by Blue Microphones called Yeti. I recorded a track and need help making the vocals sound better. I will provide anyone the Audacity files so you can directly edit it. If anyone is interested please let me know.

1 You can download the editable Audacity file with my vocals by clicking here.

2 YOU WILL NEED: The instrumental, produced by Dov Rohan of JeeJuh. Open the vocals file and just Import > Audio and select the instrumental in this download. By importing the instrumental seperatly it significantly reduced the file size (1) from 92MB to 25MB! When you import the audio track, it should place it in synce with my vocals. I believe this is the best way to download this because it is two files, however it is over 4x smaller file size.

My custom pc is Windows 7 64-bit, and the newest Audacity version of course! :slight_smile:

Please help! The vocals now seem like I’m right up in the mic too close, can anyone make it so it has better quality? At least better then it is now!

The way I recoreded was just Importing the instrumental into Audacity, then clicking record and having my microphone plugged in via USB. This is nothing fancy, and I need someone to modify the vocals so they can be heard in harmony with the instrumental. Right now it is too loud, and no echo or nothing, it sounds like I am right in the microphone, not good.

If anyone can help please do and let me know!

  • Mike C

Yes, you’re too close to the mic, but that’s not dreadful because lots of people do that. You’re trying to mix a fully produced and posted backing track with your “dry” voice. You should probably start by adding a little echo and “depth” to put a little more “theater” into it. And I’ll tell you how to do that as soon as I can get the tools to work. This may need to wait for one of the other elves.


You’ve got a bit of clipping in places. Either back off the mic a bit or lower the recording level a bit. You can always increase the level post-production, but you can’t fully restore clipped audio.

Try adding a short “Delay” effect, something around 0.08 seconds and, say, 3 repeats.
Also try the Kjaerhus Classic Reverb http://publisher.brothersoft.com/kjaerhus-audio.html
See here for how to install VST effects: http://manual.audacityteam.org/manual/help/manual/man/effect_menu.html#VST_Effects

I will try doing this when I get home later, though I was hoping one of you can help because you seem to know whay you are talking about. I will try and supply you my results and if you can also try let me know. I would much rather you give it a shot with your expertise. I’ll post an mp3 soon and you can listen and see if you can do a better quality production.

I tried. I ran into tool and effects problems published in another thread.
I do like the way you prepared the work. I had no trouble reconstructing the show.

I will warn you about doing production and mixing in MP3. Don’t. MP3 creates small and efficient files by damaging the sound. Sometimes it’s hidden damage, like you get all the way through production editing and find you can’t export the show for your audience.

Many people learn new naughty words when that happens.


What format do you suggest I export my tracks as if not .mp3’s?

I have done the best I can, I exported a .wav and packaged it into an archive (.rar) so the download is smaller, you can check out my work by downloading this file.

It’s perfectly OK to use MP3 in the middle of a production if the work will never see light of day in the final show. The backing tracks are perfect the way they are because all I’m going to do is filter your voice and send the composite back – it doesn’t matter if the backing track is a little bubbly or honky from the MP3 damage. It’s just a reference. You’ll use the filter settings we used to produce the real thing from your WAVes.

We recently sent temporary “scratch” voice tracks to a client to poke into a television commercial in place of the real announcer who will be put in later. I shot it as a full-on wav file, although I could have done that as an MP3 as well. If the client complains that it’s “too good” and the files are too big, I can produce the MP3 on their orders. But I haven’t heard the complaint yet.


Interesting. If anyone can help me with what I asked please let me know!