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Recording via microphone has no treble

New Here ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Experienced with audition, but haven't used it to record for a long time.

I just got an AKG P420, which is plugged into a Mackie 2x2 audio interface.

 

I'm using the ASIO drivers and I've tried enabling forced settings. I've made sure all the levels are 100% in the settings panel for the interface, as well as windows device settings.

When I record audio the track has no treble. This is visible in the waveform - bass and low-mid frequencies seem unaffected.

Aside from the USB cable connected to the PC, the audio interface has both a headphone jack output and a line output. I've monitored both of these whilst recording and the signal comes through perfectly clear from both outputs - so either the PC/Audition is interfering, or there is something broken in the audio interface itself, after the signal is processed but before it is sent back through the USB cable.

I haven't been able to find any similar issue in the forums, to know if there is any Audition setting which commonly affects this.

TIA!

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Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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What sample rate are you using? Can you provide a sample recording, please? Just a short one, in Wav format.

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Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Hi,

 

as mentioned can you please give us a short Sample File? Also Maybe you can share the Waveform Visualisation. I assume all Switches on the Mic are Ok and there is no High pass Filter set or anything (just to make sure). Also check if there are any Effects in Audition maybe from previous Session On.

regards,
Henrik

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Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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@SteveG_AudioMasters_ @Henrik Heigl  thanks for the fast replies.

It turns out I actually was over-processing it.. I was using voicemeeter potato to add more gain to the signal, because my preamp won't comply.. and switching that off made it balanced.

But now I'm not really sure how to solve the low levels issue. Without using some software to add more gain to the signal in realtime, I can only get the mic to around -30dB. Turning the gain up just a fraction more causes extreme clipping.

But maybe I'm just being too underconfident and adding ~20dB in post would be acceptable.

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Nov 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022

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But maybe I'm just being too underconfident and adding ~20dB in post would be acceptable.


By @Muckee

I think you are!

 

Assuming the recorded -30dB signal is "clean" (no distortion, no hiss, etc.,) using Effects>Amplification and adding whatever amount of boost you wish will achieve what you want. 

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