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Post by JoeHempel » November 16th, 2009, 11:43 pm

Okay, so here's the situation, I think I've got some good stuff going ....FINALLY!!

I'm using a Zoom R16 Mixer with 2 Samson C02 Condensor Mics

Now since I'm recording classical, it's going to be quieter than other guitars, so I've got a mic placed about 6-7 inches from teh 12th fret pointing toward the sound hole, and a mic right around the bridge area, pointing up and toward the sound hole as well.

In order to set my levels, I turn the headphones all the way up, and then set the levels to just when I start to hear some white noise hissing. I don't get extremely high levels, but I get enough that I can manipulate it so that I get good results when mastering. I was wondering if this is the right way to do it. Here are two files that I've recorded as a test

http://www.box.net/shared/zesdopplkv
http://www.box.net/shared/aepuhjlati

Any thoughts?

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Post by Nuno » November 17th, 2009, 7:06 am

Joe, I'm not an expert on mics and recording (in fact I should improve my own recordings...).

I'm using the speakers in my laptop and the sound levels seems very good. I can listen both recordings perfectly.I don't know if you used different settings but the second one seems brighter to me. Anyway the first recording sounds very good, too.

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Post by JoeHempel » November 17th, 2009, 1:55 pm

Well I'm glad to hear that, the 2nd file was mixed on my new mixer and I think I placed the mics better, still working with it though.

I'm getting a bit of noise when I turn up the volume overall, but it works for me!
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Post by bfloyd6969 » November 17th, 2009, 7:12 pm

Hi Joe. have you considered normalizing the recorded audio to help bring the levels up? Perhaps this way you can record at a level just before the white noise starts and then afterwards normalize the audio to bring the volume up. I haven't had the chance to listen to your clips yet (at work right now) but still the normalizing may be an idea to try...
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Post by JoeHempel » November 17th, 2009, 9:02 pm

Yeah I do a bit of processing afterwards to bring the volume up with iZotope Ozone.

It's hard for me to find a good level because with the classical guitar it's not very high. But I'm finding ways to get a good sound.
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