I,m having a problem setting a vocal eq that I,m used to hearing on my previous p.a. Seems that to get a clear sound I have to puts loads of middle on ,take a lot of bass off.( which makes my voice sound very nasally) I am usually having sit on a bar stool just to the left, in front of the T1 and quite close to it.I am playing guitar and vovals. (Guitar sound seems easy to find) I have only done a couple of gigs so far with this system, so I would be glad of some tips.Thanks
What mic are you using and are you using a pre-set for it?
It could be partly your mic.
Not to sound rude, but it is most likely your voice that you don't like the sound of. An L1 puts out what you put into it. The mic & eq will color/effect the tone of your voice to some degree though.
What you are describing. "Needing more mids," is usually the frequencies normal PA monitors and speakers over exaggerate in vocals. I would guess your singing perception has been based on a regular PA. So, the reality is if you don't hear enough mids in your voice to cut through your voice is lacking them, not the system. While you can make up for this with eq, it's better if you just practice a bit and adjust your singing technique to a system, this L1 system, that doesn't color your sound overtly.
"Too much bass," is usually proximity effect of the mic. Different mics are better at not coloring your tone and have little proximity effect/bass boost. When eating the mic the vocal gets a bass boost and can sound muddy.
I recommend practicing your vocal for a while with the L1 to adjust to the new system. You will be a better singer for it.
I can say from experience practicing vocals with an L1 flat really helps your vocal ability. When I used to sing through a regular pa it was a struggle to hear myself in a loud setting and the pa colored my tone. When going to record vocals in studio I would struggle to adjust as I was hearing my voice stripped away of PA coloring and wall reflections. Now when I record, nailing a vocal is breeze, because it sounds pretty much like what I hear when playing through the L1.
Also, what mic are you using? I also recommend searching on vocal mic reviews on this forum.
HI, THANKS FOR THAT. I'M USING AN SM 57, AS I RECKON THAT SHOULD BE PRETTY RESITANT TO FEEDBACK, AND IT GIVES ME MORE OF THE 'THROATIER' SORT OF SOUND THAT I PREFER.
What kind of singing are you doing?
I do rock vocals that go from bass/baritone/tenor range. both soft and loud/raspy.
I've used an SM 57 in the past, yes great at feedback rejection. With that mic you have to be right on it or you won't get much of your voice picked up at all. I'm talking you might even have to have your lips on the windscreen at all times.
However, I would not recommend it as a lead vocal mic. A 57 is really for micing instruments and drums. The only reason I ever used it was because of being in a loud band in small practice space and finding the 57 was the only mic I had that could get loud enough without feeding back.
I highly recommend since you already spent a lot of doh on a great sounding L1 system, that you do your voice a favor and buy a good vocal mic.
Since you are using a 57, the lack of what you are hearing might indeed be the mic you are using. IMO a 57 is not a good choice for a lead vocal mic.
I've also used shure 58/beta 58. Other mics beat them badly now, they used to be the standard.
I've gone from a sennhieser 945e, to a EV ND976. Both of those mics are good at feedback rejection and deliver a great male vocal. The EV is the best live mic I've used so far. I even use it for track recording.
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