Recording with high gain and low source
Author: Eduardo Sterman
Date: 05/30/2017
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and would like to congrat everyone for the quality of the discussions over here!

I'd like to know your opinion on recording vocals in a different way, going against some basic best practices like gain staging and s/n precautions.

I feel that when we record with a higher gain, higher than usual, while having the vocalist sing up close to the mic in a very low or controlled manner, it seems to catch a very smooth, warm sound that can't be matched if the singer sings louder. It also seems to bring in less pops, more control of sibilance (by the singer) and a more dynamic character to the vocal sound

Do you think this is a good way to capture smoother, warmer vocals?

I mean a sort of exagerated amount of gain, and the singer performing with a normal expression, but emitting a very calm and low signal

Thanks for your opinions about this,

Eduardo ;)  
Eduardo Sterman
Martin Schneider/Neumann