It was late at night, at a live-in-concert recording session in Germany. As several thousand fans waited anxiously, the vocalist walked onstage, and picked up a set of headphones. I saw him plug them into the mixer, and figured he was going to make one final check of his vocal sound before the band kicked in. He then turned the preamp gain control up full...not too unusual, as mics don't have a lot of gain. But then he held the headphones up to his mouth and -- started singing. He had plugged the headphones into the mic in, not the headphone out...and he had done it on purpose. Is this what recording vocals in the 21st century is about?Read the article
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