Resources for the Recording Musician


October 7, 2011
Input level question

Hello!  I've not asked you a question in a long time, but now I have a silly question. I don't know if I am recording correctly on a very fundamental issue: input levels.  When I record I push the faders on the input "mixer" (these faders are in my Cubase software - so not real […]

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March 16, 2011
Decibel reference level

I just started using an audio editing software, and the decibels are negative scaled (zero is SUPER loud, -24 is no noise). I can't find anything in the software documentation about the reference level; is there a standard used in the music biz? Also, is there any chance that the decibels shown in the program […]

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March 3, 2009
Impedence and various inputs

Can someone explain to me what impedence is? Also, I have a Presonus Firepod.  It has three kinds of inputs:  mic, line and instrument.  What is the difference between them and does it make a difference for sound quality if I plug a mic into an instrument ijnput, etc? Impedance is an electrical term that […]

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April 13, 2008
Input recording level

I'm curious as to what level you record at?  Do you try to get the signal as hot as possible without peaking either on your software, in my case  Cubase SX3 input level or your interface, or do you leave some headroom on both?  If so, how much do you leave.  Let's assume that we're […]

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March 9, 2008
Mastering Levels Question

I was recently watching the Steinberg Internal Mixing DVD and, as a result, I have a question. One of they points they make on the DVD is that, when one is sending pop and rock music off for mastering, the output of the mix at the loudest part should be no more than -14dB. So […]

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January 30, 2007
Tascam 414 & 424mkII - unclean guitar recording

hi, after a few years of computer recording i decided to experiment with some tape recording.  i bought a tascam 414 and 424mkII off of ebay recently.   i've gotten some decent recordings of acoustic guitar with them, and also drums.  however, i cannot get a decent electric guitar recording with them.  the signal always distorts […]

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November 11, 2005
Quiet recording levels

Hi there, I'm fairly new to using recording equipment, and I have a problem I can't seem to track down.  I recently got a PreSonus Firebox with an Audio-technica AT4040 condenser microphone.  I plan to use these on my iBook G4, primarily with Logic Express, but possibly with either Garageband 2 or the Cubase LE […]

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