6 Tips for Singing Into a Microphone – Record Vocals for Best Results – Felicia Ricci

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Here’s a lil video all about microphone singing! My best 6 tips for knowing how to record vocals for optimal results. They are:

1) Set levels so they’re not too high; otherwise you’ll max out and distort your vocal recording — and, worse, try to hold back or sing tentatively to accommodate this too-high setting. Instead, aim for a lower microphone level. You can always boost it later.

2) Get your live monitor/headphone levels right! Singing with headphones always presents its own set of challenges, so I almost always leave one ear outside of the headphones as I’m singing to get some live feedback.

3) Don’t forget your breathing DOWN BELOW! The microphone picks up what you’re creating up top, however, the work and effort happens via the rest of your body. Don’t forget your technique or become a “neck-up” singer in the studio.

4) Be mindful of how distance to the microphone affects the nuance, intimacy and volume of what you’re singing. Closer = more intimate. Further away = taller, more echo-y, for louder moments.

5) Learn how to breathe without harsh, noticeable gasps (super distracting — and I give you a quick tutorial on how to do this in the video).

6) Finally, experiment! Microphones are incredible tools, so don’t be intimidated! Just practice and see what sounds good, then trust your instincts. 🙂

In the video I also mentioned that I was using an Audio-Technica AT4040 condenser microphone for $299 –

Ooh! Even better — AT4040 plus pop-filter and XLR cable, for $299:

Other good condenser microphones….

AT2020 microphone is $99 –

AT2020 microphone with USB hookup is $149 –

MXL 770 for $75 –

My headphones are also Audio-Technica (see a trend here?) and you can find them here:

*Please note, these are Amazon affiliate links.

Hope this video and these resources are helpful!!
xo Fel

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xo Fel

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40 thoughts on “6 Tips for Singing Into a Microphone – Record Vocals for Best Results – Felicia Ricci

  1. do you push your stomach in or out when you sing?

  2. MooMoo HD says:

    Omg I love your channel bc me and my friend are going to start a music
    group and this is very helpful considering I’m going to be the lead

  3. Janay Chissem says:

    wow do more of these please i feel i sound good when recording but when its
    replayed back i just feel like it sounds horrible

  4. Ronnie Ray says:

    Your videos help me out so much. Thank you so much for doing what you do

  5. Please do a How to Sing like Melanie Martinez.
    That would be totally awesome! :D

  6. alisa Guerrieri says:

    Yes! I want to start my own home studio recordings. Please share whatever
    you learn to help. Thank you!

  7. Marcus Lutcavich THE SINGER says:

    hay i tried to sin up for your vocal worm ups but it was saying all my
    email were not valid

  8. Hongrun Zhou says:

    I’ve recently started using Avid Pro Tools to edit my vocals!!! Excited!!!
    Perhaps u can do songwriting tutorials too?

  9. 王夢婷 says:

    l love your videos ! Really helps me a lot😀

  10. IAmCourtneyOlson says:

    I love you Fel so much! Your videos are always so helpful and are always
    just what I need! You’re amazing!

  11. Tanini Runsh says:

    I love you Fel. I´m from Argentina, and i follow your videos since already
    more than an year!!! clap clap clap 🙂 Greetings and congrats!!! 😀 Steffi

  12. yeah go crazy underneath felicia ;)

  13. IAmCourtneyOlson says:

    How do you fix those “microphone levels” in garageband

  14. Isabella Lee says:

    Thank you for this helpful video!!! I know this is abrupt but can you do a
    “how to sing” for I Have Nothing by Whitney Houstin?

  15. Nghia Phan says:

    This video is so lovely and amazing. It’s super funny with the editing.
    Love it, and keep up the good work!!

  16. Johnny Sierra says:

    Is learning to sing the same thing as sounding good? My example is this,
    take the song “Happy Birthday To You” Lets say that there are 10 singers
    male and female. The all match pitch to the song 100% perfect. Even though
    they are singing along to “Happy Birthday To You” perfectly, they all have
    a different singing voice and it either sounds good or it doesn’t. How do
    you fix that?

  17. Rafa Dominguez says:

    I was gonna say “pardon my french, but you’re FCKING good”. But mid video
    you made me feel more like saying “the whole you is a ray of sunshine”.
    You’re so lovely. Great soul. Oh yeah, great video too ;)

  18. grace elizabeth says:

    Do you have any ideas for like a cheap setup because I want to do covers
    but my voice comes out wrong on camera

  19. katy pavles says:

    please make a video about choose your mic for your voice!

  20. Nullll1111 says:

    6:47 Did you just ‘move away from the mic to breathe in’?

  21. Literallymylife Ismcdonaldseverysinglenight says:

    Hey! You might not have time to answer this but I’m getting my first
    professional microphone soon so I was wondering if you could maybe give me
    some ideas of what one to get? It would be very helpful!

  22. Awesome video! Loved it thank you for the tips!

  23. lowcountryhooper says:

    Not annoying, hilarious. Your tips are great, but I would watch your videos
    for the entertainment value alone. You are amazing. More of your music, yes

  24. Gabriel Juarez says:

    This is one of the best videos I’ve ever seen. Im a VO and Voacalist. I
    have my own home studio. I also have access to a real studio which costs
    ($)lol. my buddy who is a recording engineer and a musician is always
    giving me tips on recording and of course I like to go in YouTube to new
    learn new things. Your video was hilarious and was very helpful. On my old
    recordings there was something about my recordings that I was not happy
    with. I was too close to the microphone and the vocals over powered the
    music. Watching your video was very entertaining and I learned something!
    Great work!

  25. Beautiful Monster says:


  26. clarice de leon says:

    do you have any cover? i really adore your voice 😍

  27. Anna Jean says:

    I use a blue snowball microphone and edit with Garageband. But it never
    does justice. How can I stop distortion? Also, how can I make my voice
    sound better when recorded with a microphone? It always sounds very
    “microphone” ish. Not sure if that makes any sense. I have tried recording
    in different places. However, my voice never comes out as it should live.

  28. lissybob alicia says:

    Can u do a cover, I would like to hear u sing

  29. Gabriella Diaz says:

    ok Fel my goal is get my singing better and i am so focus and its working
    on the singing but not on school or home chores what do I do?

  30. Midori Mizune says:

    When Recording with Mic… Does Room Temperature, Size, Openness, Shape,
    etc.. Matter?

  31. Handler Rezei says:

    I “Fel” in love with your lessons!

    TERRIBLE joke, I know. But I never miss any! :-P

  32. Im having trouble with always wanting to focus my voice in the back in my
    throat and I can’t sing without doing that i dont know how!!

  33. Midori Mizune says:

    What Room Temperature is ideal for recording?

  34. KenyaPerson 69 says:

    Wow you kinda look like Amy Poehler

  35. ARTWORK MUSIC says:

    Really go balls to the wall? 😐 Somebody had their Starbucks. 😂

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