Monthly Archives: July 2015

Problems w/ recording vocals & clipping (Bluebird, M7 & Mbox 2)

Hello everyone, I have been experiencing issues with distortion and recording vocals recently. I’ve tried every trick up my sleeve and nothing gets rid of the distorted vocals (It only happens when My female vocalist or I sing very emotionally and with a lot of vibrato, etc.) I have tried using my blue bird, and an M7 going through my mbox2 and I experience clipping with both mics. Even when I sing far away from the microphone and with the gain on the mbox2 all the way down it STILL distorts. Do you guys know if this is a problem with my mics or my interface or both? Is there anything I can do to fix it or do I need to buy new equipment?

P.S. I’m recording into Logic 9 with my buffer all the way up in low latency mode and I have a pop filter.

Any input would be greatly appreciated and I will return the favor on your post to the best of my ability.

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Fruity Loops Phase Issue, Randomly playing Kick and Bass at random starting points.

I have been working on getting this kick and bass in FL to thump together nicely for a long time, and after a while I realized it was a phase issue. When I fixed that, I was listening through and found I hated the kick at certain times. I thought it was the off beats, but Then it would suddenly sound bad on the down.

With the bass and the kick soloed and me constantly hitting the space bar, I realized something was taking them out of phase. Like something was being modulated, but i made the bass myself in massive with no modulation, and the kick is just battery samples.

I bounced out a wav of me playing this same downbeat back to back, which means the midi timing is the same for every kick here. I put it in edison and bounced it back onto the track then bounced that out. Bass Kick Phase Problem.mp3

A couple of notes. First of all, I’m using sidechain compression on the bass from the kick, but that should be static settings anyway. Also, I’m using a lot of plugins and vst’s, but this is a fast comp and I have it set to 2048 for a buffer size. It shouldn’t be an issue should it?

EDit: After edison recording just the bass, i can see the waveform is not consistent when the midi phrase is repeated. Anyone know why? I again have no modulation.

Attached Files

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Mixing and Mastering a Blues Song Recorded Using Faulty Equipment. Help!

Hello! My name is MonsterKID and I’ve been stalking these forums for years! So thanks to all the tutorials I read and good advice. Anyways I’ve beend called to produce a Blues-rock album and I have 20 days to produce, mix and master and I’ve already encountered my first problem…

I spoke with the band and told them about a few good studios that we could record their songs in buuuut they didn’t want to pay so they spoke with a friend who has a studio. And this studio didn’t have amps and had faulty guitar cables, which created a distortion in the instruments that I was able to lessen by making a drop in the highs, starting at the 6kHz. It helped but everything sounds muddy. I just want to slam my head against the wall. Now there is also the issue of that microphone, I bet all my money it’s a Dynamic. Also the room was badly sound proofed. They said it wasn’t but it is. So much high end and no bass and we got a lot of clipping which is awkward since Izotope Rx3 and Audacity don’t recognize any clipping.

Another problem is the drummer didn’t come and even if he came there would be no way he could keep a beat. It’s like there’s no time signature. It will be 3×4 for 2 steps then change to 4×4 for a few steps then go back. I tried creating a beat in my DAW but I can’t keep the beat. I tried changing the time signature for my project but nothing at all seems to fit. And the tempo is correct.

What should I do? My producer friends told me to go back into a serious studio and record everything again.

Here are some files. One with the song mixed, vocals and instruments. One file is the acoustic guitar as originally recorded.

Misteriosa Mulher Acoustic Guitar.mp3Misteriosa Mulher Demo.mp3

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utilizing maximum Stereo field with few instruments


Please help me
i want to know i can fill whole stereo field which sound full with few instruments
like i have shared above

i think the vocal itself is filling the whole stereo field which is awesome to hear.
i tried putting reverb, delays etc, but i cant get that soothing feeling which the above song gives

Hope someone will help 🙂
thanks in advance

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CAN I: Microphone into Instrument Input OR Guitar DI to mic input?

I own a typical 2 channel budget interface. The Avid Fast Track Solo.

2 inputs:
1 Mic input and 1 instrument input (Hi-Z for Electric guitar or bass).

So if I buy an external mic preamp, for example the Behringer Ultragain MIC100, will I be able to connect a 2nd mic into the instrument input via the said preamp?

AND ALSO if I buy a guitar DI box with XLR ouput can I plug it into the mic input of my interface? Giving me the option to record 2 electric guitars/bass simultaneously.

I just want to plugin 2 mics (preferrably condenser) at the same time,
OR also possibly use 2 elec guitars at the same time without having to buy another interface with the given functions.

Has anyone actually tried this? I reached page 4 on google and no luck.
Will it sound bad? Am I better off just buying a new interface with 2 mic inputs/preamps and 2 instrument inputs?

I apologize for the many questions but I didn’t want to make a 2nd post for all the inquiries.

Thanks to those who will reply.

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HELP Beats audio messed up my track!

Hello. I have made a terrible mistake, and I hate myself so much for this. Yesterday I realized something. I was listening over my track (EDM), and I’m not going to lie, I think it sounded pretty nice. I was happy with what I made, and so I go ahead and make myself believe that i will finish the track in the next 3-4 days. But then out of nowhere, I remember something, and i feel so stupid for not realizing this before. The laptop I am using (Hp ENVY dv6) has the "Beats Audio" equalizer built in. All this time, I thought that my tracks sounded nice, bass heavy, clear and quite crisp. But once i turned it off and listened to my track, i wanted to throw my laptop out of the window, and bang my head against the wall until i knocked myself out. The track was no longer bass heavy, and just did not have that "pop" or really deep feeling that gets you into the groove. It sounded dry and boring. I realized that not every media playing device uses this "beats audio" and that my songs would sound like pure crap on anything but my laptop. I tried to re-make the effects of the beats audio Eq to get that same sound that i liked, but i never sounded the same. If i tried to raise the bass, the track would sound distorted, and hard to hear anything but that thudding bass. Such a great idea that i loved: gone to waste. I was wondering if there is any way to somehow get the beats audio eq into Fl Studio. I know that that would not be the right thing to do, but it seemed as if that beats audio was the only way for that track to sound the way i wanted it to sound. Or, maybe there is an Eq that i can use to put on my track that has the same effect? sorry i know its hard to understand, but I’m looking for ANY kind of help. Sorry if this is in the wrong category. Thank you!

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Great chance to have any production questions answered!

Hey guys,

Thought I’d like to share that trap producer/dj UZ will be having his first Reddit AMA today! He’s going to be answering all questions from heavy 808 techniques to mixing/mastering. Even if you’re not into trap, UZ is a very well recognized producer from all different aspects.…k_me_anything/

He also just released a bunch of tracks along with some other goodies for free!

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