Recording Vocals with 1 Microphone

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How to Place a Mic for Recording a Singer

Fab Dupont explores the most important aspect of recording a singer: microphone placement.

Learn how to take your vocal recordings from average to professional as Fab shows you all of the classic techniques as well as often overlooked details and tricks.

  • What should the distance be between the singer and the microphone?
  • What are the pros and cons of recording right up on the mic?
  • Is there an efficient way to get rid of pops and other disturbing vocal noises?
  • How truly amazing is Chester Gregory?

All of these questions and more will be thoroughly answered in this video. Watch as Fab and Chester experiment with various mic placements, singer placements, microphone angles, and so forth. If you ever have to record a human being singing into a microphone, this video is for you.

For more music by Chester Gregory, please check out his website, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2022 Oct 09
got a better understanding about this thank you
2022 Feb 01
Thank you Fab!
2021 Nov 28
Does anyone know what pop filter is being used here? I like it
Pisko Music
2021 Feb 17
Fab makes it fun =) Pd. Is he somehow related 2 those FabFilter plugins? lol
2020 Dec 19
Amazing! thanks!
2020 Jun 14
Algo que parecía sencillo y resultó genial, gracias Fab.
2020 May 05
2019 Nov 23
Thank you! Incredible demonstration of the "varying" degrees of mic placement. Just what the doctor ordered. I appreciate this, very well done!
2019 May 23
PS 2 : oh and also Fab describes really bad the proximity effect and other onomatopoeias like "krkrkrr" but neither do I ! xD
2019 May 23
PS : "usually up, and rarely down" this one made me believe in the experience of the guy ^^ nice video :)
2019 May 23
Really useful, Fab is a super great teacher, Always keeping the viewer's attention with humour and explaining things clearly. With bonus tips that are welcome. Thanks a lot, et voilà ! ^^
2018 Mar 14
Awesome Just awesome! Headphone bleed even disappeared.
2017 May 16
cheers Fab for (briefly) pointing out the cue is THE most important thing. Creating an amazing HP mix is always time well spent.... happy, confident artist= convincing, powerful takes
2017 Apr 18
I saw that this video was 17min long and thought "Oh boy, here we go" but it actually flew away very quickly... The video is engaging, well-presented and easy to follow!
2016 Jul 28
2016 Feb 06
That's great thank's a lot !
2015 Nov 28
I'm a teacher as well as a pro engineer; your teaching skills are top class and I know the things you've imparted yet it's great to be reminded in such a correct , engaging and humourous way. 5 stars
2015 Aug 17
Nice! Some very good tips. While he's singing, I'd love to be seeing what the meters were doing in the control room. ;)
2014 Nov 30
2014 Sep 25
Bloody great! I would like to know if there are audible differences between different brands of pop-filters, heard some great things about this Håkan P110 pop filter. Maybe a shoot-out would be interesting?
2014 Jul 04
Excellent !
2014 Mar 08
Awesome tips in this video. I use a pop filter and an acoustic frame around the mic, but i never thought about using a separate mic stand for easier positioning of the mic. Hearing your example i can see how that works well to get good volume without the noise artifacts. I will definitely try this in my next vocal session. Thank you Fab!
2014 Mar 07
Thanks for another great tutorial, never thought of positioning the mic in an angle. And maybe in the future we can use a Google Glass instead of a music stand? I always have trouble positioning the pop filter and the stand, so the singer can still read the lines and not make something up.
2014 Feb 16
Hey. Many Russian-speaking, watching your lessons and listen to your conference. It would be very good if you are in their video lessons organized titles, transfer your videos to the world's languages​​. I am sure that the activity of real subscriptions to your website will increase. Always yours Soini.
2014 Feb 16
Привет. Многие, русскоязычные, смотрят ваши уроки и слушают ваши конференции. Было бы очень хорошо если бы вы в в своих видео уроках организовали титры, перевод ваших видео на языки мира. Я уверен что активность реальных подписок, на ваш сайт, повысится. Всегда твой Soini.
2014 Feb 04
Amazing! Learn something new again, I always had a problem with my vocals being to sharp. Tried that last method and voila! Sounds beautiful. You`re a great teacher Fab :-)
Becky Jo Benson
2014 Jan 29
Hahahaha!! Fab! You are so FUNNY! I truly love to watch your videos because I always learn so much from you, and I am thoroughly entertained at the same time! Excellent video. I am getting ready to record the group again and I needed that! From your teaching me to 'listen' in the mixing part, I know that I can really improve the recording part to make the mixing part easier. Thanks for being there for all of us, Fab! Keep up the good work! Becky Jo Benson
2014 Jan 22
Well done Fab! I like the angle trick, gonna have to try that.
2014 Jan 20
I learnt something new. THNKU again.
2014 Jan 19
fantastic video FAB…thanks so much for sharing!
2014 Jan 19
Hello, great video. When available is it recommended to use the low cut filter on the microphone?
2014 Jan 18
I love your work fab, great video! hi from France!
2014 Jan 18
Great video
frank van dee
2014 Jan 17
Again a great video, thx Fab & team! I wonder whether putting the mic from a lower/higher position, still aiming at Chester's mouth (instead of left position) would give the same effect. Ok, yes, I'm gonna try...
2014 Jan 16
Nice. Been waiting for a vid like this one. Perfection !
2014 Jan 16
Thank you!!! Great video.