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  • Mics – Go Beyond the Manufacturer Name

    To capture the true essence of the original sound at the source, find the perfect mic and the perfect preamp, and keep it simple –says Bill Gibson

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  • Take Control of Your Sound

    Do you wish you had the same control over your amplified effects as guitarists do? – asks Jamie Vendera

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  • Review: Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer, Effects Unit

    Can this vocal effects processor face up to the competition?

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  • Your Gig Bag Essentials?

    This week we’re exploring those items you just can’t give without.

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  • Review: Waves CLA Vocals Plug-In

    Need help adding a professional touch to your vocals?

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  • One Vocalist Language?

    When it comes to words for different voice qualities it’s “Vive la difference”! –says Kim Chandler

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  • Beware of the Breathy Voice….

    I’m curious – I have a friend who sings in a sultry, airy voice. My voice is more clear (I think both styles are great) – but what is it, exactly, that makes her voice sound “breathy”? And could I do that??? Ken Dear Ken, I am coming from a vocal coach angle – just […]

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  • To Scream or Not To Scream?

    This week we’re looking at whether or not screaming has it’s place in the world of music.

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  • 5 Vocal Effects Terms You Should Know

    Juliet Russell, a vocal coach on BBC1's The Voice, helps singers become savvy about FXs

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  • A Peek Inside IAMEVE’s Gig Bag

    IAMEVE let's us take a peek at the tech and personal items behind her live performances.

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  • The Ultimate Holiday Vocal?

    This week we’re looking at the Christmas songs that warm our hearts over the festive season.

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  • Surviving The Winter Blues?

    This week we’re looking at staying vocally healthy through the winter months

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  • How Michael Made His Vid

    Here is the audio visual nitty-gritty of the singing vid “One Grain More”

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  • Review: TC-Helicon’s Mic Mechanic

    Can TC-Helicon's latest device help you get great sounding vocals on stage?

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  • Are Extreme Vocal Sounds Healthy?

    This week we’re discussing the do’s & don’ts of Extreme Vocal Sounds

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  • Helping Others Find Their Voice?

    This week we’re exploring the ways we can inspire the next generation of vocalists.

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  • Mic Technique for Singers 101

    Use your mic to support your unique voice & style -says Jeannie Deva

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  • EQ Versus Volume

    Maybe it’s not the volume that’s too loud… -says Bill Gibson Very often, someone will complain about the mix being too loud, but what they’re really hearing is a particular frequency that is out of balance. Vocals that are piercing typically contain an abundance of frequencies between two and three kilohertz. To many people, especially […]

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  • Your Diet for Performance

    This week we’d like to hear your opinions about food and performance As singers, the way we treat of our bodies is vital for the success and longevity of our careers. Unlike other instrumentalists we must remind ourselves that our bodies are our primary sound source, thus factors such as diet, exercise and other habits […]

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  • Studio Mics for Singers – Basics

    Keep informed about your mic choices in the studio - say Juliet, Gaz and Buzz

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  • The Vocalist’s Worst Nightmare

    This week we’re looking at the vocalists battle with illness & injury.  It is the moment that every vocalist dreads: sitting in the specialists office and being told that we have somehow injured the voice. From polyps to nodules and from vocal hemorrhage to Dysphonia it seems there are a thousand ways the vocalist to […]

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  • Vocal Effects…Good, Bad or Ugly?

    This week we’re examining the world of vocal effects in live performance In the live environment it’s commonplace for a guitarist to be equipped with a myriad of effects and devices to enhance his or her sound, or for a keyboard player to even imitate an entire orchestra at the flick of a button. Yet […]

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  • What Do You Think of the X Factor, etc.?

    This week we’re looking at the phenomenon of the TV Talent Show TV talent shows such as American Idol and The Voice have divided opinion among musicians and vocalists across the globe. Sometimes these shows have opened our eyes to incredible talent – think of Susan Boyle. However, many have argued that the ‘fast track’ […]

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  • Get Your Riffing Right

    Knowing when, where and how much is vital –says Daniel Borch

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  • Should You Auto-Tune Your Vocals?

    Tweaking your tuning may not transform your performance -says Wes Maebe Back To The Future 1997 saw the release of an audio processor called Antares Auto-Tune; the following year it hit the market big time with Cher’s hit “Believe”. “And the rest,” as they say, “is history.” T-Pain regurgitated the effect with great success in […]

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  • The Case: Forced R&B Riffs

    Rachel Bennett probes a case of unnatural, forced singing The Singer: Tanika, 19 years old performing at open mics and wanting to go solo and get gigs as an R&B singer Case Summary: Tanika was concerned that her voice was ‘tired’ a lot of the time with a slightly ‘raspy’ sound on production. She had […]

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  • The Best Warm Up

    This week we’re looking at how you prepare for performance. Recently on ‘VoiceCouncil.com’, Vocal Coach and Rehabilitation Specialist, Dane Chalfin has been talking us through his great Gig Day Warmup, However, as every voice, and indeed every person is unique, it’s important that we experiment to find the routine that works for us. This week we’d […]

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  • Review: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX

    Is TC-Helicon's latest effects pedal the perfect device for singer-guitarists?

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  • Plug In Properly

    Did You Know That…Your Soundboard and Effects Should Be on the Same Circuit? After you’ve surveyed the venue, the staging is in place, and the stage lay-out is solidified, find a good power source and set up the AC distribution system. This is a very important part of the setup—it is often overlooked, poorly planned, […]

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  • Condenser Mics: First Choice For The Studio

    Did You Know That…Condenser Mics Are the First Choice For Recording in the Studio? -asks Bill Gibson Condenser microphones are usually the first choice for studio vocal applications. Commercial sounds may vary, but most professionally recorded hit vocals are recorded with a good condenser mic set on cardioid pick-up pattern, from a distance of 6 […]

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