Recording: Chrono Cross - Another Guldove

Submitted Mon, 02/15/2010 - 15:41
by Ranulf

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Epic picture, right?

I recorded both rhythm and lead guitars

This is my first time using audacity as well as my first fingerstyle recording.

So, if anyone has any advice please share.

5 comments on Another Guldove

That sounds extremely low on

That sounds extremely low on volume man. Like, I can barely hear anything.

I suggest you try normalizing in audacity or um, buying a better recording device.

volume seems fine to me

volume seems fine to me

It's not--the peak is -21dB

It's not--the peak is -21dB and the RMS is -33dB.

0dB means max possible volume, -3dB means half as loud, -6dB means half as loud again (so one quarter of 0dB), etc. Every -3dB is another halving of volume.

If you normalize peaks to 0dB, then you bring everything up to as loud as possible without changing anything, though you can "normalize" to something else (e.g. -3dB, which I believe is the default in Audacity). But the peak loudness isn't how loud the whole thing is perceived to be--the RMS (a type of average) loudness is a bit more indicative of that, and it's still a bit lower, and perceived loudness is separate from both of those.

But yeah, it's quiet. Normalizing is good.

I had the rhythm set on -9db

I had the rhythm set on -9db and the lead on -3db but i can make another vid and delete this if you want

The volume is fine on my computer

Oh, it's actually not. It

Oh, it's actually not. It has nothing to do with different computers or settings. The recording itself is quiet.

If you record something and don't normalize it, then set it to -3dB, it's relative to the recorded volume, not to 0dB (the max). So if your peak was at -18dB, then you set the volume to -3dB, you actually just set the peak to -21dB. You should normalize the finished recording, or it will be too quiet.

BTW, just normalizing doesn't get everything as loud as it could be, because it only brings the peak (the loudest part of the recording, which is probably a transient i.e. very short) to max, with everything else still quieter relative to the peak. Beyond that you have to do compression or limiting, to make it louder with the same peak volume. And for example if there are pops from touching the microphone or such, normalizing might not work without editing them out, because there may already be very high peaks even though the recording is quiet.

Anyway, you don't necessarily have to do anything besides normalizing if you don't want to. Just normalizing is fine :-)