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Tools, Gear & Tech Recommendations

I've compiled a list of tools, gear and tech recommendations that I personally use or that have been recommended to me by my trusted vocal coaching peers. Please note that most of these links are affiliate links and I will get a small commission if you decide to purchase using these links.  I always recommend doing your own research to make the best decision that fits your needs and budget. 

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VocalEze Voice Saver Kit - $27.99

 

This brand makes honey and plant based products to help soothe the throat. Their Voice Saver Kit comes with 1 throat spray and 1 flavor of throat lozenges. They have 3 different flavors and each kit is $27.99. A gift like this will especially come in handy during the cold season. Use this link and code voicesaver15 to get 15% off your purchase: https://bit.ly/vocaleze15

Vocal Mist Nebulizer - $118

 

The most direct way to get moisture to your vocal folds is by using a nebuilzer. The singer would inhale the mist, which would go directly to the vocal folds. The Vocal Mist nebuilzer uses a special saline solution that helps to condition and relax the voice. Using the tool results in less tension when singing, less swelling after a vocally demanding day, and faster recovery times!

 

Sparkly Water Bottle - $25.99

 

Every singer knows it's important to keep your vocal folds hydrated by drinking water. Hydrate your vocal folds in style with this cute, sparkly water bottle! I personally own one of these and it is so fun! I get compliments everywhere I go. They come in a number of different colors, including the sparkly gold color shown here.

BELTBOX - $49

 

This BELTBOX is a contraption that will help any singer to stay consistent with practicing even when they are in environments where they can't be loud. Whether they don't want to disturb their neighbors or roommates, this vocal dampener can help them to keep singing while being less of a disturbance. You place the BELTBOX over your face while using it and it can lower the volume by up to 30 decibals.

SOVT Tool: Singing / Straw $49-69

 

The Singing / Straw is a semi-occluded vocal tract exercise tool that creates resistance when you sing. This resistance, also called back pressure, takes the load off of the vocal folds while singing and sets them up for the most optimal and efficent sound production. This tool helps with building chest voice, smoothing registers, balancing airflow and so much more.

 

Singing / Straw offers 3 different sets ranging in price from $49 - $69. If you want to learn more about Straw Phonation watch this tutorial. To learn more about the Singing / Straw products head here and use code singwithshari10 for 10% off your purchase: https://bit.ly/4arUdvt

My Voice Today Practice Journal

The mind, body and voice are all connected and any tool that helps practice positive mindset around singing will have positive impacts to any singer. We are our own worst critics! This My Voice Today is a daily practice journal that encourages positive mindset and gratitude around singing and can help singers stay focused on their vocal goals. This journal is offered by Singing / Straw and can be found in their accessories tab when you click this link: https://bit.ly/4arUdvt. Use code singwithshari10 for 10% off your purchase.

Live Audio Equipment

Dynamic Microphone - $99

 

Any singer who is serious about performing should own their own microphone. The Shure SM58 microphone is a commonly used professional grade microphone and is a dynamic cardioid microphone designed specifically for vocals. This microphone is not cordless so the singer would need a mic stand and cables and I've included a link to just the mic and a bundle.

Bundle with mic, stand, cable, microphone bag: https://amzn.to/3TtnMXr

SHURE PGXD24/SM58-X8 Digital Handheld Wireless System with SM58 Vocal Microphone - $389

 

A wireless microphone is a great tool for a singer who performs a lot and the one I personally use and recommend is the SHURE SM58 wireless mic and receiver. With a combination of superior sound quality, rugged construction, and an iconic design, the Shure SM58 stands as a solid investment for singers seeking a professional-grade microphone that consistently delivers exceptional results.

TC Helicon Voice Live Play - For vocal effects - $299

 

The TC Helicon VoiceLive Play is a versatile and compact vocal processor that enhances live performances and studio recordings. I use this in all of my live performances and it produces a professional, high quality sound.  This device provides a myriad of vocal effects, harmonies, and pitch correction, allowing singers to explore and personalize their sound. The VoiceLive Play is user-friendly, making it accessible for singers of all levels, while its robust features, such as looping capabilities and adaptive EQ, cater to the demands of diverse musical styles.

Recording Equipment & Software

Pro Tools Recording Software

 

The recording software that I currently use and have used for the past 15 years is called Pro Tools. Pro Tools is the industry standard and there are many different licenses and subscriptions available. To learn more about Pro Tools and to purchase a subscription or license visit

https://www.avid.com/pro-tools

AKG C214 Microphone - $299

 

I use this microphone in all of my social media singing content and it produces a smooth, high quality and professional sound. It is the baby brother to the AKG 414 which is a much heavier investment.

Digital Audio Workstation: Volt 2 Audio Interface - $169

 

For a professional grade sound going into your recording software you will want to have a quality DAW and the Volt 2 by Universal Audio is just that. It has a number of different settings including the vintage button that adds a unique sound to the vocal as it goes into the recording software. This unit comes with free Universal Audio plugins which enhances the vocal.

Sennheiser HD280 PRO Headphones - $79

 

I have owned this set of head phones since 2015 and have only had to replace the inside sponges once about a year ago because they started peeling. The sound quality is great and they have a comfortable fit.

Sterling Audio MX5 5" Powered Studio Monitor, Black - $79/ea.

There are a lot of options when it comes to studio monitors. I really love the ones pictured here. I use them in my home studio. They are aesthetically pleasing and the audio quality is great.

 

Content Creation

Ring Light - $29

This is a great ring light and is one that I own personally.  The light has different color settings to produce a different quality in your videos.  This is great for making TikTok, YouTube shorts, Instagram Reels or any vertical video using a phone.

 

Sony ZVE-10 - $698

I personally own two of these cameras and they have helped me to elevate my production value and enhance my social media presence by a LOT.  This camera is a mirrorless camera and can be used for live streaming, recording videos and taking photographs.  It makes great horizontal and vertical 4K videos.  It's compact and perfect for vlogging, talking head videos, covers, etc.  

Joby Gorillapod Tripod - $45

 

I haven't personally used this tripod but the one that I currently have by Joby is a bit unstable and this one seems a lot sturdier.  Definitely do your own research!

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