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JohnSteele

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Recording Problem [distortion]
« on: March 30, 2015, 11:02:20 pm »
Very new at this, but I'm about 50 lp's into my project and just started to go over the files and split them into tracks.  I thought I set the recording meter to avoid clipping, but the files do have many clips and I'm hearing distortion in the files.  Will probably have to re-record them.

The sample files on the website are very much more compact than the ones I've produced.  Mine explore the entire range of amplitude in the "split tracks" and "cleanup" windows.

Should I not see any red in the meter when I'm recording?  The typical record value for every LP I've done is between 37-41.   

Thanks for any insights!

John

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 09:53:38 am »
Well, you can try reducing the recording level further, although what you are using sounds about right.

It might be worth recording and processing one album at a time...

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 10:49:48 am »
Thanks Paul,

Just to confirm, should the files look like yours in the examples?  Peaks at about half the available display? (When looking at the WAV files graphically in the split tracks tab)

John

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2015, 11:38:55 am »
Attached a jpg of what my distorted file looks like.

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2015, 12:14:34 pm »
Yes, it's certainly clipped, I don't know why.  Please just try reducing the recording level.

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 09:38:46 pm »
I did that, and eliminated the clipping, but now the files sound muffled.  I read in another of your posts that it might be due to the RIAA equilization filter being "on" during recording.  Thought that was a function of the phono stage in the receiver.  I noticed I have it turned on, so I'm recording a few records with it turned off to compare. I do notice that with it off, I need to increase the slider. 

Some of the lps have come across very well though, and the splitting/saving features in VS are very helpful..

Finally getting the hang of the editing steps.

John

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Re: Recording Problem [distortion]
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2015, 10:09:52 am »
Hi,

Yes, it should be turned off for most people.  It does provide a bit of gain, so having to increase the slider setting is normal.