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    Angel95 : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Hello everybody, just a few days ago i bought myself my 1st mic. its ok in my opinion but than again i really dont know anything about them since its my 1st mic. i tried it out and when i record it has some fuzz in the backround and dont know how to get rid of it!! so my question is what do i need to do to get rid of it? Is it the recording software, the mic. quality, or does it just that it needs to be mastered good?? HELP PLEASE!!

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    PatriciaEdwards : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    what kind of mic is it?

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    Angel95 : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Sorry i forgot the name, but its a Samson mic.

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    Peres : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    if it's a usb mic try to get as far from the computer as the cord will allow as the sound distortion is sometimes coming from the computer(being picked up).I have a Samson usb mic and it always has some amount of distortion ,I usually have to clean it up using software. I am actually going to get the Blue Microphones Yeti as it's the best usb mic out there and the most versatile. A good plugin I found for cleaning up vocals is the VX-64 from Cakewalk or Sony Sound Forge.

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    simmerdown : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    check your levels at every step of the chain too...incoming mic vol can be very low imo, works for me anyway, but its normal to have to do some cleanup post-rec

    + what peres said...i love cooledit for noise reduction

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    yeshintae : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago


    it'll cause this crazy hum around tha 60 Hz
    frequency... hehehehehehe

    Peace from LA

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    Rosh : Thu 21st Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Close all the windows and the curtains, make sure all electrical appliances in the room, eg TV and turn headphones down a little to prevent the music bleeding in!

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    HaxBox : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    When recording, i recoomend you should install Ausio4all drivers. they are magnificent.

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    SaintHeretic : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    if your recording in a closet vocal booth,or something like that,dont use any lamps or lights that require power from your home at all,make sure your cables are away from power sources as well as your interface if external and mixer if your running into it first, and last but certainly not least, go drop some cash on some real nice "shielded" mic cables,i use magneticlly shielded cables by mogami,they seem to work the best out of all that i've tried,when it comes to cables and mics,you get what you pay for,if it takes you an extra week or 2 to scrape the cash for the better stuff,wait the week or 2. what i use in my booth is the battery powered dome lights,make sure they are L.E.D cause actual light bulbs even in the small lights cause a hell of a lot of interference,turn off your cell phone when recording.

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    BlessedG : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    A channel strip will clean up your audio to a pro level, Focusrite make very good channel strips! That's what I use

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    alividlife : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    I cover my computer with fluffy pillows when I record.

    Noise gates are awesome if it's a ground issue.. It could be anything man..

    I know if your running a lot outboard analog gear (any tube-preamp) I am gonnna put money on that is the culprit.

    I buy super expensive cables tho.. I like Blue Waves.. ? I can't remember..

    +1 on focusrite.. I want a focusrite or RME Hammerfield NOW!

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    alividlife : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    If you try pulling any connecters in and out and see if it affects buzz you can check cables this way.

    Soldering is super awesome and you can get lotsa free chords from people who are too lazy to solder,.. Grounds typically go bad really quick on lotsa cables.. Cheap solder.

    I like Silver solder, but you gotta get that stuff to like 800 degrees farheinheit (sorry dunno Celcius, shakes fist at imperial system) but silver based solder will be like freaking WELDING grounds.

    I have actually resoldered a lot of my equipment and it's a good deal. I like the DIY aesthetic.
    Hope you get it figured out.

    I hope Mahlu chimes in lol cause I am a fan boy of his posts... but I have heard that you .. don't want all of your power running from ONE surge protector (if this is also the case..)
    I dunno if this is true, and I can't remember if it's the other way around.. but yea...

    I have heard that you want a lot of analog gear to be powered from a different outlet, then the computer on another outlet/surgeprotector.

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    Mahloo13 : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Well questions questions......Is it a USB mic? it an XLR cable connected mic going to an audio interface?....or just a dynamic mic connected to the input on your onboard soundcard?

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    Unknown User : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Given the keeping away of powered sources away from your mics, quality is key. If there was ever two things I would invest into when setting up recording it would be mics, and monitors. Cheap mics, are always going to hiss, compression is what I would use back in the days when a mic was that low of quality.

    White noise is your worst enemy in these cases. As well your surroundings, when doing vocals if you are not able to have a dedicated booth and this is a home setup, invest in some foam for the walls, or pillows if needed.

    Kill out as much background noise as possible. Neumann makes some very nice quality mics, if you have a buck to spend I would suggest looking into them.

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    alividlife : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    Hey.. can one of you guys tell me about inverting the pink/white noise to the EQ ratio of the microphone..

    I saw it happen and I know fancy shmancy M-audio monitors (others too) have little mics that do it ..

    But common help a brother out?

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    alividlife : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    errr "explain that to me"
    basically.. that still baffles me... to this day.. and I have been in studios where they do it...

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    Mahloo13 : Fri 22nd Jul 2011 : 9 years ago

    @Abe what exactly are you talking about?

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