8 Essential Vocal Health Items to Pack

Aug 13, 2019

Often glamorized in movies and television shows, the life of a singer is filled with a lot of physical and emotional stress.

From adjusting to time zones to getting ready for interviews, it seems to be almost impossible for fellow vocal athletes to find the time to relax your voice before a concert!

So before you jump on that tour bus and start promoting yourself, here are 8 essential vocal health items to pack prior to your next magical musical mystery tour!

1. A Mouth Mask

More than just a cool accessory for your next Halloween party, a mouth mask protects your vocal cords against the elements, especially during flights.

As a singer, being able to maintain your vocal health is super important. Unless if you’re one of the lucky few to either have a partner who can take your place on stage and/or have huge gaps in between your touring schedule and still make a decent living, it can be difficult to prevent yourself from catching a cold without having a decent mask on...

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Top 5 Famous Studio Microphones

Aug 12, 2019

Have you ever stopped to think what kinds of microphones the world’s top artists are using to get those pristine vocal sounds?

Shure SM7B - Thriller, Michael Jackson

The Shure SM7B is a large-diaphragm dynamic microphone that was originally created as a radio broadcast microphone. Now it is one of the most most popular dynamic microphones for vocalists everywhere. It all started when Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien decided to use it for all of Michael’s vocals throughout the album.

It provides a warmer and rounder sound than condenser microphones, perfect for those with high or nasal voices. Plus, this microphone has a handheld feel, making it great for capturing live performances too!

Manufacturer Website: https://www.shure.com/en-US

Shure Sm58 – Live Performance, Sheryl Crow

The Shure SM58 is a dynamic microphone that is made entirely for vocals. It is easily one of the most popular microphones for performing live, as well as for artists who are looking to get...

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Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Mic Review

Aug 12, 2019

With an entry-level design and an easy-to-use USB design, this may be one of the convenient vocal microphones on the market!

The AT2020 is easily one of the best valued microphones on the market when it comes to price. Since the original introduction of the original AT2020, the company has finally released a version that utilizes USB instead of XLR, making it easier than ever to record directly into your computer without an interface or preamp. If you are a singer who is just getting started with your own home studio, you might find that feature extremely helpful. Plus, the AT2020-USB works with both Mac and Windows, and comes with everything else that you need to get started, including a microphone mount, USB cable, and storage pouch.

The Good

This is one of the most convenient microphones around for singers who are looking to get their songs recorded quickly and efficiently. All you have to do is plug it directly into the USB port on your laptop or desktop and start recording on...

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7 Ways to Repair Your Singing Voice

Aug 06, 2019

In today’s world of instant gratification and constant marketing, it’s hard for today’s singers to be able to stand out from the crowd and keep their voices in perfect health. That is why here at The Vocalist Studio, we are here to help vocal athletes like you learn how to repair your singing voice, anytime, anywhere throughout the day.

So without further ado, let’s begin!

1) Get Plenty of Rest

As the old cliche goes, “your health is your wealth.” If you ever want to become the best singer that you can possibly be, it’s important that you learn to maintain your vocal health as best as possible.

Your vocal folds, much like the rest of the muscles in your body, need plenty of rest in order to be of use for many years to come. If you aren’t able to perform during the night of a concert, don’t panic!

Your fans would much rather see you lively and happy on stage then miserable and disappointed. So don’t see getting sick as a...

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Keep Your Folds Clear this Summer

Aug 06, 2019

When it comes to being the best of the best in the music industry, staying hydrated is one of the main things you should do. As professional voice athletes, it’s especially important that you take the time to learn more about your vocal health and how the foods and drinks that you consume affect them.

Singing is both an art and a sport. If you don’t treat it as such, you can never become where you want to be. With that said, let’s grab our pencils and paper and dive into the 5 Smart Ways to Hydrate Vocal Folds.

Shall we?

1. Know Where Your Water Goes

As you already know, drinking plenty of water is necessary in order to maintain a healthy voice. However, did you know that the water that we swallow never actually touches our vocal cords?

According to Dr. Rachel Gates, a voice wellness expert, “Everything that we swallow lands at the base of our tongue and travels around the voice box (larynx) and down into the food pipe (esophagus) just behind!”
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Blue Dragonfly Microphone Review

Aug 05, 2019

The Blue Dragonfly Microphone is one of the top studio condenser microphones in the Blue model line. Like many other condenser microphones, this one is perfect for instruments that emit higher frequencies, AKA the voice. In terms of tonality, it delivers a bright and crisp sound that is great for studio-standard pop vocals. If we had to compare it to any other microphones, we’d say that it is a cross between the Neumann U47 and the AKG C12.


Unlike those microphones, this one captures lows a bit better too, helping to add the necessary warmth to keep your vocals from sounding too harsh. It utilizes a cardioid pickup pattern, which is very common in vocal microphones, and runs off of +48v Phantom Power.

Design

The Blue Dragonfly comes with a rotating head that allows you to find the perfect placement with total ease. If you are looking to record instruments beyond your voice, such as acoustic guitar, this feature can be incredibly helpful. It comes complete with a classy,...

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Top 4 Ways to Maintain Vocal Health

Jul 26, 2019

When most singers begin their careers, they fall victim to many vocal issues that end up haunting them throughout their careers.

Here at TVS, we believe that it is important to understand these things now so that you can be an active singer for many years to come. Here are a few of the main considerations every singer or vocal athlete should take into account so that they can retain the best vocal health throughout their careers.

1. Stay Rested

If your body is tired, your voice will be tired. If your voice has not had the proper rest, it will be more susceptible to injury. You won’t have as much control over your technique if you are tired. That reduction of control will eventually end up becoming a bad habit.

Make sure to get enough sleep so that you can allow the voice some time to rest and recoup. If you don’t have the proper rest, your immune system won’t be as strong and your body will have less of an ability to fight off harmful bacteria and infections.

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5 Easy Vocal Health Tips for All Singers

Jul 25, 2019

When it comes to being the best vocal athlete that you can possibly be, figuring out a way to maintain your top-level vocal health is of utmost importance! You need to make sure that you’re at your best for performances or recording sessions. That is why here at TVS, we developed this list of 5 easy vocal health tips for better singing for all ages.

So without further ado, let’s begin!

Develop Routines

Whether it’s warming up your voice prior to rehearsal time or having a sip of warm ginger mint herbal tea after putting on a show, developing routines is critical to keeping your singing voice in tip-top shape! This is especially true since not all singers learn the same way.

Like an athlete preparing to run a marathon, it’s important to create a schedule that helps you better your singing. This way, you can spend more time on the things that can actually help improve your voice as opposed to the things that don’t.

Let’s say that you’re a...

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3 vocal health rules every singer should follow!

Jul 22, 2019

Many singers develop vocal problems simply due to negligence regarding their vocal health. Here at TVS we like to use the term “Vocal Athletes” because that’s exactly what singers are! We’re athletes. Just like a sprinter would, we take our muscles and physiology to the limit by performing high intensity activities. For us, It so happens to be that the activity we perform is done by smaller internal muscles instead of externally visible muscles like your legs.

For this, it’s important to remember that as singers we still need to take care of our bodies and our muscles (like any athlete would) in order to perform at our peak and prolong our singing careers for as long as possible. Follow these simple steps and you’d be well on your way to a long and healthy vocal career!

Rest, Rest, Rest!

One of the most important things you need to consider regarding your vocal health is to recuperate from all the training and performance time you put into your...

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How To Get Your Voice Back For A Show!

Apr 10, 2019

If you’re doing music professionally full-time, part-time, or even if you sing in public on a semi-regular basis… It is all but inevitable that there will come a time when you’re not feeling your best but you’d still have to put on a show anyway. Maybe that one really important gig or recital you’ve planned out for months is just a few days away and all of a sudden you’ve been hit with the flu/cold that’s going around town. The venue is ready, tickets have been sold, your musicians are ready, and you’ve told everyone and their mother to be there or be gone.You can’t cancel the show now so It’s time to swim or sink little fish, you’ve got to put on a show!

The first thing you have to do to get your voice back is to determine if your problem is due to illness or vocal fatigue. You can’t expect your voice to be in perfect shape if you’ve been practicing full voice for hours on end every day for the last few...

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