You’re not alone! Most singers hate the sound of their own voice when they hear it recorded for the first time. Trying a different microphone can sometimes make the world of difference.

The Neumann mic pictured here is probably the most used vocal mic in the world.

Neumann mic

If that doesn’t work you don’t have to run off and take singing lessons! There are many things we can do to make it more appealing:

Equalize it.
Compress it.
Add reverberation or echo to it.
Double it or add a harmony to it.
Combine it with an effect such as chorusing or flanging.
Make it totally in tune with the band.

All of these changes can be made even after the vocal has been recorded. There are various plug-ins that are specifically designed to take care of every one of these modifications. (There are many more pages about vocal recording in our course).