Have you ever heard actors talk about the difference between acting in a play versus acting in a film?
They often explain how they have to exaggerate their movements and facial expressions on stage in order to get their point across.
On the other hand, an actor in a film can use very subtle changes in their expression to make a connection.
How is singing for live streams different than singing at a concert?
If live shows are Broadway, then live streams are film.
Naturally, during live shows you have to project more. But, when you’re live streaming, you usually have the advantage of a high-quality condenser microphone and some good preamps to help you sound better.
Another difference is that in a live show you can use the stage and move around more. However in a livestream, you’re typically glued to one place and everything gets picked up by the camera and microphone. That means that your vocal and facial expression matters.
Think of live streams like you’re singing in a studio
This is a big tip for acing your live streams. If you’ve ever sung in a studio, you’ll know that less is more. And accuracy is everything. Often, all the excitement and drama that you might put into a live performance will be sacrificed for accuracy and quality in a recording session. The same is true for a live stream.
Since you can’t move around and you’re singing in front of a more powerful microphone, go for quality over quantity.
The main exception to all of this is if you’re playing with a full band that has amps, live drums, etc. In that case, you may want to consider having a friend mix your sound in order to get the best vocal effect.
Remember, just like in film, live streams are amazing opportunities to make a more emotional connection with your audience without having to run around a stage or belt your head off. So make the most of it.