Sometimes all you want is a nice, clean recording of your voice. Spire Studio can do that for you and then some! But on occasion, you may want to take things further and create a truly unique and original sound.
In a recent article, I showed you five unusual places to record with Spire Studio. But what if you want to go deeper than that? Here we’ll explore the various ways you can sing into musical instruments to create unique new sounds.
What you'll need
As any recipe, let's go over what you'll need first.
- You already have the first ingredient with you at all times: your voice
- An instrument you want to sing into (more about this in a bit)
- Spire Studio to record yourself
Why would you want to sing into an instrument? Most instruments have interesting shapes that are built to resonate and create sound. By singing into an instrument rather than just playing it, we'll be able to make use of its unique acoustic properties to create a new effect with your voice.
How do you go about finding the right instrument(s)? There is no right or wrong sound. It's all about what you're trying to create! So experiment with the instrument, where you're singing into, mic placement, and the space you're recording in.
This one will probably the easiest instrument to find. Whether you own one, or a bandmate does, grab an acoustic guitar. You want one with a hollow body. Why? You’ll be singing into the opening in the guitar. The hollow body is naturally resonant, so you’ll be trying to make use of that and letting your voice resound in it. Depending on how close to the guitar strings you may be singing, those may vibrate as well creating some secondary ringing as well.