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Breath through the NOSE or the MOUTH?
September 10, 2014
2:57 pm
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DeffStarr
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So,

Breath through the nose or the mouth?

Why do engineers wish to hear an inhale whilst recording tracks? I was once told to record an inhale because it didn't sound natural to note have one in-between a phrase so it didn't sound punched in.

Let's discuss...

September 10, 2014
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I never knew that it was a preferred recording effect? I don't have a comment that adds to the discussion but I can tell you that I don't care for the sound. I have always noticed that on allot of Kelly Clarkson's recordings there is a very distinct, and to me annoying, inhale.

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September 10, 2014
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I've find it easy to gasp a quick breath through the mouth than the nose. For me it keeps the mouth more engaged. Never felt the need for such a loud inhale though. I've always silent inhaled because I hated hearing the sound of loud inhales from people around me or myself.

September 10, 2014
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Depends,

After breathing is well coordinated, from the technical point of view it should not matter. At first it may be a very good idea to breath through the nose, even sniffing instead of just inhaling. Breathing through the nose also avoids getting dry, which can happen depending on what you are doing.

But, it should not matter much on the singing itself, for some phrases you can't really just breath just through the nose, and on more complicated passages, it may be a very good idea to keep the posture you are going to use right from the inhale, which will involve keeping the mouth open, etc.

As for the recording thing, there is the aspect that Tommy mentioned, which is something I would consider more as an effect. And there is also the aspect of making it sound more natural, it does not need to be in evidence, but if you take it off or don't breath it can sound a bit artificial, depending on the context. If the producer/engineer feels it is missing a breathing sound, then it's indeed their jobs to fix it, there is no precise science to determine this.

The difference in loudness from the audible inhale to the sung phrase can also help give notion of dynamics and proximity. Since the breathing should be quiet in relation to the voice, if it's very audible, it will give a notion of a very close, probably lower intensity voice.

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September 10, 2014
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DeffStarr said

I've find it easy to gasp a quick breath through the mouth than the nose. For me it keeps the mouth more engaged. Never felt the need for such a loud inhale though. I've always silent inhaled because I hated hearing the sound of loud inhales from people around me or myself.

I to take a quick in breath through the mouth. Actually I don't really focus on "inhaling" anymore. Not in the sense that I take a deep in breath. I just more or less open the lungs or release the lower abs or whatever reference is suitable. Whatever it is...the point is that with the diaphragm is lowered and more room for the lungs, the air comes in naturally. without me having to draw it in.

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September 11, 2014
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breathing through the nose is healthier (the hairs filter gunk), and the effect of the inhale has the tendency to be deeper due to a vacuum effect, but as Felipe said, for the most part for singing it won't really matter so much.

I personally inhale in the nose at all times.

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September 11, 2014
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I use whichever is most suitable for my situation, on a phrase by phrase basis.

As for recording breath; coming from a Metal background, I've noticed that leaving in some stress-y breathing to certain passages will give them a nice frenzied veneer, but overdoing this is just about as annoying as it gets... especially if there's any form of distortion in the signal path.

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