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How to Practice Singing with Amplification

Getting familiar with amplified dynamics at home will help your vocals onstage -says Tom Lang.

Technology has made it possible for singers to get control of their sound onstage – but you can prepare for this at home.

Getting your own personal amp and getting familiar with dynamics, proximity effect, mic movement and effects is perhaps the best way to understand the live performance environment. Tom Lang explains:

Tom reflects on how technology has changed for singers in recent decades:

Tom Bio

Tom Lang is a singer-songwriter gaining national attention with his newest album, Super Sonic, available at CDBaby and on iTunes and Spotify. By day he’s a product manager at TC-Helicon, where his singing experience and extensive use of audio products provides invaluable feedback on performance in diverse environments. By night, Tom regularly sings and plays guitar, keyboards and fiddle in several bands. See www.tomlangmusic.com

  • FL-Wolf

    I have been a performing singer-guitarist for many years and one of the most important aspects of rehearsing vocals (and any other instruments for that matter) is to take all rehearsals serious, as if you were on stage in front of a paying audience! Everything you plan to do on stage needs to be rehearsed at rehearsals – no exceptions! The goal is to bring it perfect – while making it look easy and unrehearsed.
    For singers in small bands without a sound engineer, I suggest using a personal monitor, which lets you hear exactly what your audience hears. Meaning, routing the entire music and your voice through that monitor. You need to get used to hearing yourself singing amplified and that’s a good way to accomplish that. It also allows you to get comfortable with your singing, as you can hear exactly how you sound to the audience.
    Usage of microphone: You need to experiment with singing into a mic. Up close (lips toughing the mic) will create a different sound than a couple of inches apart. Some mics sound better when they’re tilted a little, others when singing straight into them. As with any job, there’s a learning period and the more you know, the more you can vary your vocals and impress your audiences.

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  • I recently got the same advice from an engineer at a recording studio, and tried it….it is a VERY DIFFERENT WORLD! I am used to singing with amplification, as well as some effects, and also share your ideology on rehearsing. I was however almost blown away at the little things a vocalist misses just hearing his/her own voice on stage. I used to just make sure I had a monitor for my vocals right in front of me so I could hear myself (not always easy at a live venue), but adding the whole bands feeds to an earpiece along with my vocals, YOU HEAR WHAT THE CROWD HEARS, and some of the subtleties and nuances’ that you think you are delivering, is not always so. I was pleased that I (and the band) sounded good, but hearing everything as clear as I can now, I can emphasize more of what I thought was good delivery, to ACTUAL good delivery! Great advice over-all – Thanks FL-Wolf – PEACE ALL!!!! (BTW, it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to pull this off, spend your $ on the listening device, and how it can easily connect to the house P.A. or sound system)