Mic and Pop Filter for the best vocal recordings at home


In today’s digital age, independent artists have more opportunities than ever to create and share their music with the world. As a music production service, we understand that many of our customers record their vocals at home. In this blog post, we will share some tips and tricks for capturing the best possible vocal recordings at home, so you can focus on making great music without breaking the bank.

  1. Choose the Right Equipment
    • Investing in a good quality microphone is essential for capturing great vocal recordings. Condenser microphones are an excellent choice for home recording, as they offer a wide frequency response and high sensitivity. Some popular options for home recording include the Audio-Technica AT2020, Rode NT1-A, and the MXL 990.
    • An audio interface is a crucial component of your home recording setup. It allows you to connect your microphone and other audio gear to your computer, converting the analog signal into a digital format your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) can process. Look for an audio interface with a built-in preamp and phantom power to get the best results. Some popular options for home recording include the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, PreSonus AudioBox USB 96, and the Steinberg UR22C.
    • Even though it’s possible to record vocals as a “voice memo” or similar, we recommend using a suitable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). There are various options available, including free and paid choices. For free DAWs, GarageBand (Mac only) and Audacity are excellent choices for beginners. For paid options, consider investing in Logic Pro (Mac only) or Ableton Live, which offer more advanced features and capabilities. For just recording vocals, the free DAWs work really well.

  2. Use a Microphone Stand and Pop Filter

    A microphone stand and pop filter are also important for a professional-sounding recording. The stand ensures stability while you record, and the pop filter eliminates plosive sounds (such as “p” and “b”) that can cause distortion.

  3. Create a DIY Vocal Booth

    It’s great to have a dedicated space for recording vocals for achieving the best sound quality. This doesn’t mean you need a professional studio; a DIY vocal booth can be created with a few simple materials:
    • Choose a quiet, small room with minimal background noise.
    • Use blankets or curtains to cover windows and doors, reducing sound reflections.
    • Place acoustic foam or mattresses on the walls to further dampen echoes.
    • Add a carpet or rug to the floor to absorb sound reflections.

  4. Experiment with Microphone Placement

    Microphone placement plays a significant role in capturing the best vocal performance. Experiment with different positions and angles to find the sweet spot for your voice. Generally, it’s a good idea to place the microphone 6-12 inches away from your mouth, slightly angled towards the floor to reduce sibilance (harsh “s” and “sh” sounds).

  5. Pay Attention to Vocal Technique

    Your vocal technique will have a significant impact on the quality of your recordings. Warm up your voice before recording, and practice good posture and breath control. It’s also helpful to know the lyrics and melody well, so you can focus on delivering an emotive performance.

  6. Record Multiple Takes

    Recording multiple takes of your vocals allows you to experiment with different styles, inflections, and techniques. This also provides you with a safety net in case you make mistakes during the recording process. When it comes to mixing, having multiple takes to choose from can help you create the perfect vocal track for your song.


Recording vocals at home can be a rewarding and cost-effective way for independent artists to create music. With the right equipment, a DIY vocal booth, and attention to detail, you can capture professional-sounding vocals without the expense of a commercial studio. Once you’ve recorded your vocals, our music production service is here to help you with instrumentation, production, and mixing to bring your musical vision to life. Happy recording!