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Postby texas blues » Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:28 am

Lummo, I know you use the Krystal Audio software and I have a question I can't seem to find an answer. Using a SM 57 and going through a pre-amp everything is groovy recording voice and 1 guitar at the same time on 1 input. Problem is the playback is waaaaaay down in volume. Boosting the master and channel on playback helps some and it does sound good when I run it out to an amp for playback. Thing is, how do I get the playback volume higher. My computer is all the way up as are input and output levels but the playback is about 1/4 what you would want to hear it through headphones or speakers. Do you or anyone else have a hint? Maybe I am missing something real simple. Rather than going straight into the laptop mic input, should I get a 4 channel mini mixer and then go in?
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:40 am

I don't have access to any kind of recording set up at all right now - and my last recordings were done in hired Pro Tools studios.


I'm afraid I'm the wrong guy to answer home recording questions.
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Postby texas blues » Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:39 am

Dan, sorry I thought you had used the Krystal doodad before. I pity the fool who gave me that information. Still...level with me...you really don't have super powers? Your stuff sounds great by the way. Thanks heaps for responding!
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Postby slickcat » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:18 pm

Ok Tex..
Go to windows control panel; Sounds and Audio; click audio tab; Sound recording; click volume...advanced..check the little box that says 1 mic boost ....then close.
This will give you more volume for recording overall. Its like a mic boost in windows.
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Postby slickcat » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:25 pm

Woops...sorry. I just realized you needed sound output not mic level input.
I think your gonna need a good set of powered computer speakers.
I have logitech THX. (almost as loud as a small practice amp.)
You may be able to take the line out on your sound card and hook it to a small stereo.
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Postby NEONMOONY » Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:53 pm

Playback through an amp can be deceiving because you can amplify the signal so much. If you can't really hear it through decent headphones I question whether your recorded signal is hot enough. Do the highs and lows of the signal cover most of our panel. Maybe you need to boost your signal going in with your preamp or whatever.

Audacity, which is a freeware program, lets you amplify the signal after you've recorded it. It also has several other tools you can apply.
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Postby texas blues » Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:42 pm

I am pretty sure the problem is that there is not enough poop in the input signal. I suspect the software is fine and that I need to change mics and pre-amp. We'll see.....
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:36 pm

Well, the super powers I have are more, you know, sexual prowess and incredible good looks.
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Postby texas blues » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:30 pm

Dan, I can hear cheap 70's porn music playing somewhere. Remember, it ain't braggin' if you tell the truth. der duh der der wacka wacka der duh der der wacka wacka
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