Mixed up over mixers

by Doc Coleman on September 25, 2013 · 1 comment

in Voice Work

The last time I posted about my voice work, I had been approached for three new episodes of voice work in addition to the work on P.C. Haring’s Slipspace Harbinger. Now, it is about a month later. I’ve completed two of those episodes, but now I’m going to have to put the last one on the back burner in order to concentrate on my Harbinger commitment. I would have started recording this earlier, except that I’ve added a mixer to my recording set-up. Of course, the mixer itself is what is causing the problem.

You see, I’m having some difficulty getting the mixer tuned in properly.

The problem I’m having is noise. When I amplify the signal from the mic sufficiently to get a good responsive waveform, even using compression, I get a really thick noise floor. Maybe this is normal, but it just doesn’t seem right to me. I’ve learned enough about Reaper to know I can digitally remove that noise floor from my recording, but I’m also concerned that with a noise floor that thick, I’ll also end up carving out chunks of my voice. Also, it seems wrong to generate a huge amount of noise and then try to digitally remove it.

I feel like I’m missing something.

So, while I’ve gone back to studying up on audio techniques care of J. Daniel Sawyer’s Making Tracks, I’ve also had to move ahead on recording for Harbinger in order to keep up with production deadlines. Without using the mixer.

This is a bit of a disappointment, but at this point my hands are pretty much tied. P.C. has approved my pre-mixer audio quality, so I’m not concerned with meeting quality standards for the production, but I keep having this nagging feeling that if I knew better what I should be doing with the mixer, I could raise the quality of the work to a higher level.

And maybe I can. But it isn’t going to happen for this project.

And I guess that is about all I’ve got time for this week. I’ve got to lines to record.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Talk to you next Wednesday.

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