January 23, 2013 15:27

Beyonce 'did sing live at Obama's inauguration', claims sound production website

Production Advice claims singer performed live and was not miming

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A leading sound production website has claimed that Beyonce did sing the US national anthem live at President Obama's inauguration this week but that she was singing along to a pre-recorded backing track.

According to reports, Beyonce did not sing the US national anthem live at President Obama's inauguration on Monday (January 21). Watch her performance at the ceremony below.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band, which accompanied the singer as she sang the US national anthem on the steps of the Capitol building in front of the Obamas and an estimated 800,000 people, told The Times that Beyonce decided shortly before her performance to use a pre-recorded track.

The spokeswoman said that it was standard procedure to record a backing track and that Beyoncé decided at the last minute to use it rather than risk singing live.

However, in a detailed blog post, ProductionAdvice.co.uk have defended Beyonce to an extent and stated that she is clearly singing live at the inauguration, even if a backing track is also audible. The sound experts on the site state that there are three signs Beyonce is singing live, including that "when she starts singing, her voice is hard to hear – the microphone gain is too low. The sound-man quickly corrects this – but if we were listening to a recording this wouldn’t happen".

The Production Advice post also claims that signs of something known as "proximity effect" are clear to be heard and that when Beyonce smiles at one point in the performance her voice changes with the shape of her mouth.

Before Beyonce's appearance Kelly Clarkson sang 'My Country Tis of Thee' and James Taylor played 'America The Beautiful', accompanied by acoustic guitar.

NME.COM blog: So What If Beyonce Lip-Synced The National Anthem?


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