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Singing with Webcams - March 9th 2011, 01:05 AM

So I have officially decided, I plan to pursue professional acting when I get out of high school.
Now a days, I've realized, that "triple-threat actors" are really common, and probably have a better chance at stuff then me. Knowing that I'll never be able to get dancing down, I figure I should start working to improve my singing ability.
I've been in one musical, with 3 solo songs. I suppose I was good, but I didn't have much competition to get compared too. But I've never heard a single recording of that show, so I really have no idea what I sound like to other people.
Using my webcam, I sang to an instrument of a song and recorded it. When I was singing it, I sounded on key as far as I knew. But when I played it back, it sounded a little off.

So my question is, when your record singing with a webcam, is it going to sound different? and does your voice sound different to you than it does to other people? If it really doesn't sound any different, does anyone have some tips on how I can get on-tune better?
   
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Re: Singing with Webcams - March 9th 2011, 12:45 PM

It depends on the quality of the webcam.

It will always sound a little different to you when you record yourself, because everyone hears themselves differently than others will hear them.

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Re: Singing with Webcams - March 9th 2011, 12:48 PM

I agree with Nicole, it probably depends on the quality of your webcam. If it's something you'll be doing a lot, I'd consider investing in a decent quality one so that you're videos/audio come out the best that they can.
   
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Re: Singing with Webcams - March 10th 2011, 12:17 AM

If you are using a built-in microphone on your webcam, then your voice may be dramatically affected. If you plan on using a microphone to sing in your videos, you need to buy a separate microphone of good quality. As far as video is concerned, video can affect the audio depending on what type of quality you record with. On my webcam, Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, I can record up to 720p video (however you can't really tell much of a difference between the audio and video considering it's a webcam).

If you plan on making singing videos, this is what I would suggest:

- Get a general knowledge about your editing software.
- Don't record the music in the background and sing at the same time. Instead, get some ear or head phones and edit the music into your video, that way you can hear the music a lot more clearer and you can edit your singing to be on que with the song.
- Use a good microphone.

Here's a good example of what a professional singing video looks like and what kind of microphone you should use:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uvzm...el_video_title

But if you're cheap and not willing to spend that much money on stuff, you have to keep in mind that you get out what you put in. Amateur quality results in amateur quality.

Also, in professional videos with people who sing, they don't actually sing in the video. They lip sinc their own music. They never just record and sing. It's all about editing.
   
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Re: Singing with Webcams - March 10th 2011, 04:11 AM

Yeah whenever you record your voice and listen back to it, it will sound different. I don't know why but it always does haha


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Re: Singing with Webcams - March 23rd 2011, 05:04 AM

Depends on the quality of the mic. Get a quality microphone and edit the sound using a software. Also I read some where you will get a quality recording if you record it in a bathtub (empty).
If you are good with editing you can later on sync the audio with a separate video.
   
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