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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #285 on: December 18, 2014, 12:00:07 am »
Congrats Hollywood! Enjoy! :)
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« Reply #286 on: December 18, 2014, 12:24:41 am »
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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #287 on: December 18, 2014, 12:39:52 am »
There's one thing though - clips or it didn't happen! ;)

Enjoy learning and recording, I'm sure you'll be sharing some of it with us. You will, right? ::)

Of course!   :) 

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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #288 on: December 18, 2014, 12:50:53 am »
Stay tuned...
... she said joyfully, to a forum filled with musicians. ;D

Can't wait to hear some better quality recordings from you. ;)
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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #289 on: December 18, 2014, 01:04:36 am »
Awesome, congrats on the purchase! I think you'll be happy with the interface, and the mic appears to have pretty solid reviews. I'm looking forward to hearing some clips!

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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #290 on: December 18, 2014, 02:04:15 am »
Oh shoot.... I was just getting ready to call Abbey Road and tell them you wanted to buy the whole deal.

Yeah, you will be happy once you get going with it.

I'll give you a warning up front.... Those green lights and orange lights and red lights on that dial....

The RED is not a GOAL to be sought and just backed off from. It is to be avoided at all cost.

The Yellow/Orange is actually HOT and you don't want  to be there either.

The GREEN lights come on at -24dB.. that means even if you just had the green lights on at their lowest you will get a perfectly fine recording.

The RED is not a speed limit sign that you simply don't want to pass. It's a SONIC NIGHTMARE that you want to stay way away from.

If you could keep the most of your playing, the bulk of what you play or sing somewhere between the GREEN just coming on and MAYBE every once in a while you see just a hint of YELLOW happen on a really loud peak... then you will be perfect.

DO NOT worry that your waveforms in your DAW look small. That's what ZOOM is for.

When you play the track back it should show a PEAK level NOT OVER -6dB and really you might want to consider -10dB your limit ( smaller number is louder ) and you want an AVERAGE around -15dB. Most of the videos you see on YouTube are done wrong. They are recording needlessly and harmfully way too HOT. It will make it more difficult to get a good overall final product.



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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #291 on: December 18, 2014, 02:12:09 am »
Good advice TB. I normally keep it in the -10dB to -15dB level, and often times the level will drop below -24dB so the green ring blinks on and off a bit.

Recordingrevolution has a good video on gain staging. I think it's this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enhcve9Lblc

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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #292 on: December 18, 2014, 02:32:04 am »
My master bus usually peaks at -12dB or so, I think -10 on the master is also suggested by Graham from the above video. I suppose that means that my individual tracks peak even lower than that. -10dB is a good rule of thumb.


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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #293 on: December 18, 2014, 04:52:46 pm »
Now for the silly questions... I can't figure out how to use it!  It's plugged into my computer, the USB light is on, and I've got the mic and guitar plugged in.  Now what?
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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #294 on: December 18, 2014, 08:52:31 pm »
Start making some noise (bash on some chords, tap on the mic) and turn the gain knobs next to each input up until the halos around said gain knobs start flickering green. ;)
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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #295 on: December 18, 2014, 09:10:12 pm »
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« Reply #296 on: December 18, 2014, 10:25:43 pm »
Now for the silly questions... I can't figure out how to use it!  It's plugged into my computer, the USB light is on, and I've got the mic and guitar plugged in.  Now what?

Yeah.. Install Reaper. Create a track ("insert" "track") There are shortcut keys. Ctrl-T on PC, not sure what it is on Mac.

After you have created a track, right-click on the led segments to the right of the fader on the track and where it says "input mono" click and select your interfaces first channel.

Plug your mic into the #1 input of your interface. Talk into the mic and adjust the level so that it's below clipping.

Go into reaper and arm your track by clicking the red 'record arm" button on the track.

Click the red record button on the transport and begin recording.

Press the stop button on the transport when you're done recording. You'll be prompted to save the take. Save it. Then you can rewind and play back the recording.

That should get ya started.
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Re: USB or mic with cheaper interface?
« Reply #298 on: December 27, 2014, 09:28:48 pm »
I just went against my own advice and purchased the UR22, to replace my E-MU that died a few months ago. If anyone's interested, I'll report back when I get it.
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