This past weekend I started voice lessons! I’m so happy to get back into singing again. I took lessons about 15 years or so ago, but it was only for a few months. If you read my 2016 Goals blog post, I spoke about reassessing my goals for the new year. I really want to focus on all the things I dreamed of doing growing up but never gave myself the chance to do. Singing lessons are first on my list!
My first lesson went great! My instructor said I have a very nice sound and a great range. We also talked about proper breathing, stretching, the importance of being properly hydrated, and what type of music I’m interested in performing. I’ve always been such a fan of pop and dance music since I was little, so pop and dance it shall be! I have a few friends in the DJ/production business, so who knows what could happen in the future!
With the help of my tech savvy husband (thanks Chris!) I now have my own little studio in my office to practice in between lessons. For those of you are interested in getting into singing, I wanted to show you my setup in case you want to learn how to build your own home music studio. I’ll show you each individual piece and what it does. Everything came from either Amazon or the Guitar Center. This setup works perfectly for a beginner like me. I use GarageBand for Mac so I can sing along to my favorite artists and record myself.
We’ll start with my microphone and Reflexion Filter. My mic is an MXL 770 Microphone with shock mount. We purchased it on Amazon. I’m not seeing this particular bundle available on their website now, but they do sell them each separately or you can choose from a few different bundles. The half-moon shaped piece behind the mic is The Reflexion Filter. Mine is the sE Electronics Reflexion Filter X. It’s a sound shield that eliminates echoes. This is especially important in my case because we currently live in a condo, and when you live in such close quarters with other people it’s best to be considerate when it comes to noise. I’ve gotten to know my neighbor’s schedules by now, so I know the best times to practice :)
This circular shaped screen is a pop filter. We purchased the Sterling Audio PF2 Professional Mesh Pop Filter at Guitar Center. It’s placed in front of the mic to eliminate distortions and noise from your recording.
My headphones are the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones. We found these on Amazon. These are used used to hear both the music you’re singing along to and yourself while recording.
This is an Icicle USB Mic Converter. It takes your mic signal and converts it to USB so your computer can record it. We found it on Amazon along with the headphones.
I had some equipment prior to this setup to experiment with singing again and see if it was something I definitely wanted to pursue. When I decided I definitely wanted to go back to taking voice lessons we just had to swap out a couple pieces of equipment and add the filter. I’m looking forward to improving my technique and possibly recording a track one day!
I hope this helps those of you who want to get into singing and design your own little space to practice. 2016 will be my year to explore all the things that I’ve always wanted to do and make me feel good!! Have you decided to pursue any of your dreams recently? I would love to hear from you! Here’s to a great start to your week, and the beginning of an amazing year!!