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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    Probably would need to hear the sound to offer good suggestions, can you link to it? – Rockwell Rice Jan 12 '17 at 23:13
  • what do you mean by "dead" and "atmosphere"? – Lyd Jan 12 '17 at 23:15
  • I realize these are subjective terms - but dead in the sense of totally lacking reverb. By atmosphere I am referring to the characteristics of the room: to oversimplify it seems the recording has absolutely no reverb. Hope that helps. Unfortunately I don't have a recording I can share at the moment. – kabZX Jan 12 '17 at 23:54
  • I'm not sure it's the recording environment, so much as the production. In my home studio days (long gone) a bit of reverb and compression would work wonders on vocals. – peterG Jan 13 '17 at 1:03
  • If you really have a 'dead' recording you're lucky! Run it through an audio sequencer and add a bit of delay, echo... the usual tricks recording engineers use to tart up a dry recording. The problem with home recording is more often that you CAN hear the room, in a nasty 'boxy' way. That's harder to correct. This question all hinges on just WHAT problem your recording has. Can you post it somewhere and give us a link? Otherwise we're just guessing really, and relying too much on what may be a loose description. – Laurence Payne Jan 13 '17 at 1:30

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.

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