Without knowing what audio interface you have and what software your using, the following info should give you a basic setup to start recording, in a home studio.
Record Only with Headphones, no extra sound, so no speakers etc, turn your mic gain all the way off, turn the headphone level to say 75%, position your mouth approx 4-5 inches away from condensor mic, whilst your singing get someone to increase the gain on mic until you get a good level on your headphone, DO NOT have headphone blasting your ears, as your mic will pick up the sound bleeding from your headset.
Now record a test track, and analyze the wave form, if the wave form is all small, then you can increase the gain, a bit at a time, if the wave form is filling the track, you will probably have clipping going on, so reduce the gain, and increase the headphone level.
Remember record only a clean signal ie without and effects, you add the effects after you record, eq, de-ess, compress minimally to get sound, add delay, reverb etc. then a small amount of compress at end should give you a good start.
Remember to clean your recorded signal of any artifacts etc prior to an effects, else the artifacts also get the effects.
This is not a how to guide by any stretch of the imagination, but should get you started in the right direction.
Hope that helps.
Last edited by shoxproductions (2012-01-06 14:32:45)