I recorded some vocals in a quiet room in my home using a tripod mounted Zoom H1 recorder. However, the resulting sound seems dead and dry, and seems to lack any "atmosphere". What changes to the recording environment (the room, mic position, etc) can I modify to fix this?
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The general idea with recording is to make a dry(ish) sound. Towards the end, after mixing, effects are put onto tracks, particularly vocals and reverb. I'm guessing the Zoom has no such facilities, so either use a reverb pedal, or brighten up the room. This can be done with lack of carpet, curtains and soft furnishings. Putting the recorder by a window (closed!) may give some slight echo effect, experimentation will be the menu of the day.You could try the recorder in a corner, which may give a slight echo effect as well, depending where the vocalist is situated. If you can sing through a mic/amp. with reverb, it'll help too.