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ApplewoodRecording
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I have a home studio (read:bedroom). Next week I am working an accapella song involving six vocals. Two bass singers, one lead, two altos, one tenor. I have two AT3035s at my disposal. Unfortunately, I can't put everybody in separate rooms. Not enough mics and not enough monitors. I do not think it wise to do everything individually; I can't expect six people to stay on pitch that long by themselves individually. So do I just put the vocalists around the mics and get what I get, or is there some strategy that can be put in place; for example: lead/tenor together, two basses together, and maybe an alto on each. That's just an example, a lot of you know far more than I do and that's why I'm asking your advice.
I would really appreciate some advice on this
Thanks in advance,
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If they are decent vocalist to start with and know their parts, set up a metronome and track them individually. They will do fine. You will want to have control over individual Eq, panning, and levels.
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I agree with chuck. Although if your setup can to do it, you may have a more cohesive recording getting them all done at the same time, same room. In that scenario i would arrange them as if they were on stage, and put the two at3035s in a spaced pair arrangement in front of them and see what happens. I work out of a small room myself, and i try to keep my vocal as absolutely dead as possible. i hate the way my room sounds. i usually hang comforters from the ceiling behind the mics and behind the singer to keep any unwanted reflections at bay. then add some light reverb with Open Air afterwards. i would give a few setups a try before comitting.. acappella can be difficult as there isnt anything but the vocals to cover any shortcomings in the recording. best of luck to ya, hope it turns out well!
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Also, with a setup that small, consider going on location. Find a room with accoustics that nicely complement the sound of the ensemble and the beat of the song. It will help the singers stay in tune and blend for an overall better performance.

May I ask for the purpose of the recording? That usually dictates with how much or how little you can get away with...
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Thanks guys for the tips. I've already finished this project, but I will keep your comments in mind for next time.
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A trick I have used sometimes in a setting like this is to record the whole group first together and then, using the total recording as a click track, each singer is tracked indivudually.

If they perform first together and hear that in their headphones it not only gives the right timing but also helps to get in the right mood.
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tkk wrote:A trick I have used sometimes in a setting like this is to record the whole group first together and then, using the total recording as a click track, each singer is tracked indivudually.

If they perform first together and hear that in their headphones it not only gives the right timing but also helps to get in the right mood.


yes, this is also what I was going to suggest.
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tkk's the man. THAT is a good idea.
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