Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince was live on BBC One with Graham Norton together with his son Jaden. You expect with this amount of talent in the room a perfomance is inevitable. What isn’t expected is guests to bring on additional unannounced guests which take an A list cast to triple AAA.

Will and Jaden kicked off with some impromptu beat box and rapping. Last time, Will got 8 million viewers for his song with Gary Barlow. To trash the record this time he brought in the amazing Jazzy Jeff! This of course flow smoothly into the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. The crowd knew the lyrics better than son Jaden.

As if this was not amazing enough, Tom Jones’s from the Voice song It’s not unusual was played to introduce the ever amazing Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro). The three together with Graham did their Jump On It – the origins of Gangnam Style?

Will Smith’s original Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV Show was shown exclusively in the UK by the BBC in the 1990’s.

The live performance without his son but with Gary Barlow and Tom Jones on the sofa with Graham Norton hosting.



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It’s one of the mysteries that always fascinates me – how do you record your voice?

As with any sound you can’t see it, so you have to imagine the waves of sound like Disney and Fantasia did all those years ago.

We really are spoiled for choice today as we can record some excellent music using a computer and a simple set up with a USB microphone plugging straight into the computer. Amazing stuff.

Universal Serial Bus

I’m not going to go all geeky on you, but the choice is pretty overwhelming. When you speak with the kind people that are sound / studio engineers you realize that many of them take professional courses lasting years to pick the best mic for the job.

SL300 USB Mic

USB Microphone SL300

As that idea doesn’t suit most people, I looked for a kit that would also hide the sound of that annoying computer fan – which makes you sound like you’re talking underwater!

With users such as the BBC, MTV and Universal studios this basic set up must be doing something right.

The ‘trick’ is to have a vocal booth which screens out the background noise and concentrates the sound into the microphone. Sounds simple, but can be very, very expensive. Luckily the kit I found was only a few hundred to do what I needed and is significantly cheaper than hiring a recording studio every day  🙂

Makes your YouTube videos sound superb too.

So the microphone choice boils down to the SL150, SL 300 or SL600 with the Vocal Booth sound screen. That makes it a personal preference with whatever budget you’re working with.

Happy Recording.

USB Microphone and Recording Equipment

 Click that image above to see where to get my recomendation and see for yourself.

*yes I might get pennies from that but you can always search for things yourself 🙂



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