how to mix vocals for singing covers the right way?

hello, i just like singing as a hobby and i would like to become better at mixing my vocals (i have a blue yeti mic and record with audacity)…
i’ve watched many tutorials on youtube but i still don’t think that my mixing skills are good enough, so i attached a short singing recording of mine (which i tried to “mix”). Please keep in mind that i am really a singing beginner so i know that my singing is NOT ‘perfect’ either!

So to be more precise, i usually add the following effects:

  • noise reduction
  • compression
  • treble boost (where i deem it necessary)
    and very rarely reverb but i especially find it hard to use this somehow? i looked up many settings and stuff but somehow it is not really to my taste?
  1. I would be grateful for setting recommendations or your experiences when, where and how often u use this effect/ what for effects in audacity do use in general?

  2. sometimes i use only noise reduction and compression but i sometimes feel like it is underwhelming? what is ur opinion on that matter - more or less mixing? the thing is, i do not want to add too many effects as it makes my voice sound less like ‘me’ (if that makes sense…)…

  3. how do you really proceed? for me:

  • i record first
  • then use effects like compression if necessary
  • save the recording
  • sometimes i leave it like that or i open audacity again and use idk compression again to make it a bit louder…
  1. in what kind of format do you save ur recordings in audacity? and why? i usually save it as MP3.

any tips on that? i would be curious on your singing recording process!

I hope you could understand what i mean as i am not fluent in english…

All in all, I really would be grateful if you could take a listen and give me feedback on how to do better. :slight_smile:
I am grateful for any constructive criticism as well.

So thank you very much in advance to those who will try to help me with my problems/questions!

Step one. Stop using MP3. MP3 is a compressed, processed format. Every time you make an MP3 from an MP3, the sound quality gets worse and you can’t stop it. You can avoid a lot of those issues by Exporting as WAV (microsoft) 16-bit. Studios go for higher qualities, but they don’t have to worry about their computer running out of power or space.

After you get done processing and correcting the recording, make a WAV Edit Master and then, if you want to post on-line or send the song to someone, make the MP3, If you need to recut or make any changes, it’s back to the WAV Edit Master.

My impression is of you singing in the kitchen. The echoes and reverb immediately make you sound like a kid fooling around with a microphone instead of somebody trying to make serious music. I used to work in a building that had two possibilities. The main conference room was completely soundproofed and I shot many professional sound tracks in there. It had no echo. The other was a stairwell in the back of the building. It sounded like a cathedral and I wanted so bad to shoot a sound test in there.

Find a trio that can sing in Latin.

I know somebody with a very high ceiling living room that sounds exactly like a small theater. Just give me a microphone and go make coffee.

Are you playing and singing at the same time?

Are you overdubbing? Singing to your own backing track?

Do you have a quieter space to record in? Do you have a car?


The room you recorded in has reverb: to add more would be too much. IMO.

Your sample is in mono: it’s going to sound flat compared with pop-chart music.
Good news, there are free plugins to add pseudo-stereo effect …

Ditto what Koz said.