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recording volume

Postby jpeek345 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 am

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone would help me get the most out of this Q:

"Would it be better to record all individual tracks at a lower-than-average volume if I know I will record more than 16 to 24 tracks?"

I hope I have put that out there well. :D






Thank-you very much.


Sincerely,

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Re: recording volume

Postby Mambo_George » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:54 am

Hi - not sure I quite understand the question but I would always get as much signal in as possible without clipping or distorting it no matter how many tracks you have.

In the old tape recorder days you would often get crossover between adjacent tracks with high signal levels but digital systems don't generally get that problem.

When it comes to playback / mixdown you may have to turn them all down but that's better than finding the superb guitar lick is so quiet that there is a lot of noise too!

Hope that helps . . MamboG

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Re: recording volume

Postby trevlyns » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:48 am

With utmost respect to Mambo George, that is one school of thought. The other is to keep things between -3 and -6 db for digital recordings.

Hope this doesn't open up a can of worms. :D
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Re: recording volume

Postby jpeek345 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:25 pm

Mambo_George wrote:Hi - not sure I quite understand the question but I would always get as much signal in as possible without clipping or distorting it no matter how many tracks you have.

In the old tape recorder days you would often get crossover between adjacent tracks with high signal levels but digital systems don't generally get that problem.

When it comes to playback / mixdown you may have to turn them all down but that's better than finding the superb guitar lick is so quiet that there is a lot of noise too!

Hope that helps . . MamboG


I raised this Q because I heard the "Tangled" demo that comes with Mixcraft 6.
While it was a real gift to us on Acousticas part and a well performed mix; there were some instruments in that expose that simply distorted when you "solo" them- and subsequently watch them red line (eek a peak).



Whats up with that?

Want to veer far + wide from that with my copy of Mixcraft.

Thks.

Jay
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Re: recording volume

Postby Acoustica Greg » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:28 pm

Hi,

Check out Acoustica Dan's post in this thread.

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Re: recording volume

Postby jpeek345 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:39 pm

Mambo_George wrote:Hi - not sure I quite understand the question but I would always get as much signal in as possible
. . MamboG

I am getting more of the feel of things and intrigued when Acoustica Dan says "But Mixcraft has virtually unlimited headroom internally" in the 3rd paragraph.

Are these two fine fellows contrasting each other or complimenting each other when it comes to delivering a circulateable/relateable (this is a producer mentality) final product?

Sounds like an emphasis on an intermediary- maybe ones soundcard influencing things?

Do we really get into signal-to-noise ratios and all?

There's a good deal I am learning from just the two words "Mixcraft + headroom" in this cool bulletin boards (Phbb?) search box so....

Thanks for all of your help.
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