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Where the singer is placed in the room makes a big difference in the sound that's why it's important to find the right place in the studio for vocalist before recording vocals can begin. In general, vocals sound better when we record in an open space that's why many vocal booths not only feel tight but sound very closed as well. Rooms with low ceilings can also be a problem with loud singers as they can cause the room to ring at certain lower mid-range frequencies. That's why it's important to move the vocalist in to the biggest part of the studio when recording a vocal overdub.
All vocals and instruments sound best when there is some space for the sound to develop. If the room sounds too big, and has too much ambience place some screens or gobos around the vocal. The right distance is 4 or 5 feet on each side of the singer or a little longer than the singer can touch with his arms outstretched. The bottom line is the more space the better a vocal will sound.
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