recording level

  • Greg
Posted: Sun, 06/01/2008 - 13:24
To give you background I have a hammerfall 9636 card, a digital piano, a guitar, and a microphone that I intend to do some recording with. Now getting the hammerfall to work and trying to record, an issue arose because the soundlevel of the recording was very low. so I need full output on the piano while recording to get a decent level, and also need to raise the level of the volume of the recorded wav, with lame, when I reach the stage of creating an mp3. I ask because I live in an appartment with neighbours and can not make too much noise late at night, also I like to record with low volume output because I like that better than having everything out. I have made some acquaintance with JAMin. JAMin partly does what I want but it becomes sort of complicated to record that way. What I need is either a virtual amplifier within 64 studio, or a separate multichannel hardware (preamplifier) for all channels. So:given a low input to the sound card, is there any way to increase/amplify the recording level within the applications in 64 studio? any advice very much appreciated. thank you and stay well Greg

"keep your monitoring levels down for the sake of neighbors"

  • Icemouse
  • 08/04/07
  • Fri, 06/06/2008 - 17:46
I'm 41 years old and since I'm 16 years old, I'm using the same AKG K 240 DF headphones for homerecording. There might be better once out today, but this AKG headphones have been tortured by children ;) and modern studio headphones will be damaged by looking at them in a wrong way. The AKG is still a good and not to expensive studio headphone. If you don't like headphones, search the net for RFT B 3010 HIFI, this speakers came from the DDR, I'm from western Germany but there never have been better speakers for low volume homerecording, all over the world, than these classics and they will cost something around 50,- EUR. :) Cheers, Ralf

Record it hot...

  • picothinker
  • 08/22/07
  • Fri, 06/06/2008 - 15:43
and keep your monitoring levels down for the sake of neighbors. I think 64 Studio has a Hammerfall HDSP mixer you can install. Use that to get your input levels up to a decent level during initial recording. Traditionally keeping peaks near 0 db is good. If you are recording 24-bit, -6 db may be better. You will still have plenty of headroom to turn it up noiselessly later. Modern digital pianos should have plenty of level on their line out. Looking up that card, it doesn't appear to have mic level input, so you may need an external mixer or a mic preamp to get mic levels up to par.

Sound levels

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 06/01/2008 - 17:48
You always want to record at as high a level as is possible. The moment the sound crosses over from analog to digital, you have set the quality of your recording, and by selling yourself short of resolution by recording too softly is a problem. You rather need a analogue preamp to boost the analog signal before it is converted to digital. Correcting (very) low level recordings in software is much like taking a picture with a high end digital camera, but using the lowest resolution. It looks ok until you blow up the image to print it on 10x15, and then you see the pixelation... my 2c