Recording with screams - sound very bad

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Member Since: May 04, 2017

Can anyone help me with this?
When I speak normal everything is okay, the only problem is when I scream ...
Here is a short example:

This is new stuff for me, please help.
I have this usb audio interface: ur242 and Cubase LE AI Elements 8 64bit.

Thank You!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 04, 2017 08:16 am

You need to seriously compress screams when you record them. You should have compression on at all times on vocals and set the threshold to only kick on at certain levels, so when the vox get too loud the compression kicks in.

Since: Dec 04, 2007

May 11, 2017 07:15 pm

If you're screaming right up into the mic, yeah, use a healthy bit of compression. Stepping back from the mic about a foot or so before the scream will also help, but might still need a bit of compression.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Aug 03, 2017 07:19 pm

I'm late to the party...but for posterity...

You may also benefit from looking at The Zen of Screaming. If you're screaming loud enough to clip a mic, you're screaming loud enough to do damage to your vocal cords. There are other ways to achieve the same sound at lower volumes, and with less damage. I don't mean the cop-out whisper scream, either. I haven't watched the Zen of Screaming personally, but I've coached some others and from what they've said, my technique is similar to hers.

I spent a few years as a whatever-core vocalist, and I'd describe my technique as feeling very restricted. You're pushing a small amount of air over a constricted path, rather than unleashing ton of air. When using that technique, you're certain to pass out before you run out of breath. In terms of volume, it's louder than my normal speaking voice, but much softer than my singing voice. Don't hurt yourself!

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