Getting a good sound

If you’re new to singing you probably think that all you need to do when setting up your equipment for a gig is to put a couple of speakers up on a stand, connect them to a mixer / amplifier, plug in your microphone and backing track player and you’re ready to go. If you think like this, you’re in for a nasty shock!

There are many things which seperate the amateurs from the real professionals and one of them is their sound. You have to have good ears to be able to get a good sound (it’s no coincidence that the best singers usually have the best “ear” for music) and you have to know your equipment well. I’ve been to too many gigs where I’ve heard really good singers have their performance ruined by something which could be easily rectified such as a poor sound. Worse than that, if you don’t sound good you probably won’t get asked back to that venue so you are risking future bookings by not taking care of this fundamental and essential part of your performance.

Karaoke presenters are generally reknowned for having the worst sound I’ve ever  heard. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that karaoke presenters are rarely professional singers so, to be fair, just don’t have an ear for a good sound. Secondly, they usually buy cheap sound equipment – usually 2 speakers with a 12″ and horn in each, driven by an underpowered amplifier that distorts (not to mention that awful repeating echo on the microphone they usually use – even when they talk). The results are just horrendous.

So how do you seperate yourself from these karaoke kings and queens and all the amateur singers out there and make yourself sound like a real professional?

Well, read my article on getting a good sound. It takes you through the process of setting up your equipment, where to situate your speakers for the best sound, and how to set the volumes etc to make your backing tracks (and you) sound as good as possible