4. Sing with emotion
Nothing is going to make a vocal track worthy enough to listen to without genuine passion and emotion behind it. The pieces will fall in the right spot as long as there is purpose and intention supporting it all.
It takes strength and dedication to nail a vocal performance. It’s very easy to become jaded or tired after singing the same vocal line over and over again—only the best vocalists are able to be in the studio for hours on end and repeatedly give the same amount of effort and emotion into every take.
If you’ve sung the take a couple times and it’s not sounding right, take a quick break to refresh your mindset. It’s not worth recording if it doesn’t have every inch of emotion that it was originally written for! Which leads us to the last and most important note…
5. Do it again and again
This one is simple math; the more takes you record, the more options you have when choosing the right one. Sure, there are some times when the atmosphere is right and the stars align, and you’re able to record a track that feels just right on the first take (like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” for example), but there is rarely a song in the music industry that is recorded without taking bits and pieces from multiple takes (or “comping,” as it’s called).
Try a combination of different techniques for different results: different emotions, mouth shapes, standing positions, rooms, even the time of day can affect how a vocal track will sound.
Sometimes, the strangest and coolest vocal anomalies find their way into the final production, so keep experimenting with your voice and your environment in order to bring out the best in every vocal track you record!