A question has been haunting me - perhaps you can help or at least commiserate? I've noticed on a lot of live recordings or on practice room recordings that the vocals (my own included, alas) sound flat and slightly out of key. I admit to not being the most gifted singer in the world, but I do work at it and I feel like I do a stand up job. Case 1: A few weeks back, one of my bands recorded a scratch practice demo just to hear what we sound like. We used a Rode K2 perched far enough away from the band to get a good signal and hear everything without it killing the mic. We go to listen back and the vocals sound a touch flat. (2 guitars, 2 vocals, drums, bass, btw). Recording doesn't sound bad otherwise. The guitars are a bit raunchy, but both of us decided it was strat night so we were fighting for sonic space for sure. Like I said, though, the vocals sounded a touch flat on the recording...however in the room during the performance, it sounded just fine. No one else had any complaints during the performance, either. Case 2: Last weekend, a different project was rehearsing and decided to make a couple of videos. Different singer, same thing. I wasn't singing, but during the performance, I remember thinking, wow that sounds bang-on. The rest of the band had similar feedback for him. I should mention that this vocalist has a bit more experience than me. He's better at his thing, I'm better at mine, but the bottom line is that he SHOULD be able to sing in key. And it sure sounded like he did. However, when I listened to the videos, his vocals sure sounded a bit flat. It was recorded on a digital camera, btw. Quality was decent - enough to hear everything, peaking and distorting occasionally, but all in all, not too bad. Is this the recording? THe product of too much sound into mics that can't handle it? Does the Sure 58 and Beta 58 cancel the frequencies that are in pitch and leave the ones that are slightly flat? lol Are my ears stupid? Anyone?