No matter what level you’re at, recording your singing voice at home is something I advise every aspiring pop singer to do.

Of course to impress your friends with your professional sounding covers or original songs.

But also to get a clue as to what you really sound like to people as well as track our progress as you learn to sing with the sounds and flavors todays pop singers sing with.

If you’re still learning to sing, start simple.

A webcam microphone, headset, or inbuilt microphone on your laptop will suffice.

However, at some point you’re going to want to have a more detailed picture of your singing voice.

The more sensitive your microphone is the more accurate and detailed the recording of your singing voice will be.

That’s where studio microphones come in.

Using a studio microphone will help you record your singing voice at home as well as make it sound professional because of its accuracy.

To use a studio microphone at home, you need a couple of things.

  • the microphone itself
  • an audio interface
  • recording software
  • headphones

Let’s go over them one by one.

The microphone

Studio microphones come at many different price ranges.

Anywhere from 150 to 5.000+ dollars.

However, it’s possible to find a good studio microphone around 100 USD.

There are different types of studio microphones for recording vocals.

The most common types used for vocals are large diaphragm condenser microphones and dynamic microphones.

Dynamic mics are the most affordable, durable and a good starting point for sure.

However, condenser mics are more sensitive so that’s why I’d advise you to go for this one.

There’s only one thing that complicates the finding of a good studio microphone.

This is that every microphone highlights different aspects of the sounds they record.

Which means that although these microphones are sensitive and give you detailed recordings, your singing voice will sound slightly different on each one of them.

If you’re just starting out and still in process of activating the sounds todays pop singers sing with, this is not something to worry about.

But once you’re ready to record your songs or covers you might want to test which microphone highlights the aspects of your singing voice that you want to highlight.

Many studio microphones come with pop filters like, for example, this one.

These are placed between you and the microphone to prevent rushes of air due to ‘p’ and ‘b’ sounds from distorting your recording.

The Audio Interface

Once you’ve found a studio microphone within your budget you need to connect it to your computer.

For this you need an audio interface like, for example, this one.

Many audio interfaces come with free trials or light versions of the recording software you need next.

Recording Software

Most home studios opt for a DAW (digital audio workstation) which is the software version of a fully equipped recording studio.

Some of the biggest ones are:

  • Ableton Live (Mac and PC)
  • Apple Logic Pro (only for Mac)
  • Avid Pro Tools (Mac and PC)

These programs cost around 350 USD for the full version, but some of them have tiers starting at 100 USD.

Others charge a monthly subscription fee around 30 USD.

There’s also a free DAW called Cakewalk by Bandcamp (only for PC).

Headphones

Just as with microphones headphones can have different amounts accuracy.

Therefore, I recommend studio-headphones.

Just like studio microphones these headphones are made to provide the most amount of detail, giving you an accurate representation of your singing voice.

That’s it!

Those are the tools you need to record your singing voice at home.

Since I’ve only experienced the products I use myself and haven’t tested many others I don’t feel comfortable recommending anything.

However, to give you a starting point for your own research my setup looks like this:

  • Rode NTK Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm Studio Headphones

I hope this was helpful.

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