All the time and effort you spend on practicing exercises to develop breath control, tone, range and stamina to achieve an emotion-responsive voice is important and should be done. However, much of it can be undone the moment you sing through a mic and your intrinsically acoustic voice becomes an electric instrument. Even with good voice technique a singer needs to adapt to the electronics of mics or suffer loss of the vocal quality they actually have.
11 Mic Tips and Tricks
1. Think of the mic as part of your voice: And think of the monitors as an extension of your ears. Don’t push your voice out, but rather, think of the mic as reaching toward you to receive and amplify your voice.
2. Choose a mic that fits your sound and style: Which model you use will either enhance or detract from the sound of your voice. Mics are designed with their own sound personality. If the mic doesn’t fit the personality of your voice, you can unconsciously tense up throat muscles in an attempt to compensate for the electronic alteration.
A high-pitched vocal tone such as that of DeAndre Brackensick (Top 8 of American Idol Season 11) needs a mic that will reproduce but not accentuate the treble in his voice while adding warmth via the mid and lower tones. A deep, darker voice such as Jermaine Jones (Top 13 of American Idol Season 11) will commonly need a mic designed to accentuate upper mid and treble sparkle so as to eliminate muddiness and help the voice project over the other instruments. Additionally, some mics have more power than others and are best designed for loud bands while others are more sensitive and appropriate for acoustic music or intimate settings.
3. Know how to angle the mic: If you sing into a mic from a wrong angle, your voice will be only partially amplified. Important tonal characteristics will be lost resulting in an inferior sound. Sing into the center of the nose of your mic––not the side or across the top of it. This may take practice, but it pays off in a fuller more present vocal tone.
That's what I think too...
It's not like I am deaf. If was, nobody would be asking me to record their shit.
I have some talent and every 4th or 5th try I can produce a "professional" sounding vocal or drum or harmonica performance. I am solidly "semi-pro" level.
Thing is, a "pro level" musician pulls it off almost every time. That's aint me.
The pro-level musicians deserve to work with pro-level musicans. It's pretty much neccesary for live work.
I think best to put my effort into what I'm good at--arranging vocals, and instrumentals, composing counterpoints, bailing the guitar player out of jail and sobering him up, buying the guitar player's wife a six pack and talking her out of pressing charges, sticking a microphone in someone's face, checking my levels, devising signal chains and riding faders