I am helping a friend (very talented aspiring singer songwriter in the folk music genre’) by making some free demo recordings of her music to promote her talent.
She has a nice voice but it’s on the higher end of the spectrum.
When instruments (particularly violin) are playing while she is singing, it’s hard to distinguish the vocals from the instruments on the recording and you can’t understand the lyrics she is singing.
Obviously I could lower the volume of all the instruments but I think the balance in volume between instruments and vocals is not really the problem. I suspect it’s more of a situation where certain instruments ( particularly the violin) occupy the same tonal frequency range as her vocal.
What can I do either in the recording process or post production or mastering process to better separate or differentiate the vocals from the instrumentation so that her voice comes through prominently in the mix? Should I adjust the EQ settings on the vocals or the instruments (or perhaps both – in opposite directions)? Should I use compression on the vocals or instruments? Should I try a different microphone on the vocals? Any suggestions are worth trying.
My question is specifically about separating vocals from instrumentation so that the lyrics can be understood. The input source for vocals with be a microphone and could either be a dynamic or condenser microphone. Some instruments might be recorded with a microphone while some could be direct input through an instrument cable.
It will likely be a trial and error process- and ultimately the best results may come from combining several different solutions - but any advice on some things I might try first would be greatly appreciated.