Hey everyone- I don't know where else to post this, so this seemed as good a place as any.
Anyway, lately my biggest frustration is singing into a microphone. Of course anytime I'm singing with family, or friends, or whatever- they tell me I'm a good singer. That's an inherent thing about friends and family, right? They're a never-ending source of positive reinforcement.
I've been taking vocal coaching for the last few months and it's still incredibly frustrating to listen to myself sing. Everything sounds great to me in my head, but when I'm playing the recording back to myself, everything sounds unemotional and like I'm just sitting in a corner humming to myself- no matter how loudly or how much I'm pushing my voice. I'm on pitch when I sing, but something about the quality of my voice when it's captured onto a mic is so horribly frustrating. I don't know what's causing it- whether its the microphone (which might actually upset me more if I wasted money on it), or the acoustics of my room or just my singing voice sounding bad.
I've tried tinkering with the microphone, recording at various distances, tried adding some reverb with software, but no matter what, whenever I hear how uninspired my voice sounds, it's all I can do to keep myself from ripping the mic off the stand and bashing the walls in. I can both hear and feel the differences in my singing these past few months as I develop better singing technique, but it's like the moment my voice enters a microphone, it becomes a horrible, mangled, ugly audio nightmare.
What am I to do? Is it the microphone? Is it my surroundings? Am I just an inherently bad singer? I'm at the verge of ripping my hair out trying to get ideas of what I'm doing wrong, but I honestly don't know what the problem is. Is there anyone that might give me some insight as to what might be wrong?