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Posted On: Feb. 02 2006, 12:09 AM
Zachmo
 

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Well i finally got the guitar ive been working for for so long. The Martin DC-16RGTE. Its awesome n' such but i hit a problem when i record. I compressed this recording of Knock on Wood that i did. Whenever i do slap harmonics or strum loudly, my recording gets all fuzzy and muddy. At first i thought it was the volume so i turned it way down. But then my recording is too quiet. Any suggestions would be great. Heres the rough take on the song.
Knock on Wood
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Feb. 02 2006, 1:44 AM
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If you have an outboard compressor before you go into your soundcard, that can help tame the peaks and also bring the quieter parts up a bit to be more audible.

Obviously will affect the sound so use judiciously and experiement a bit till you get a good balance between a nice sounding guitar and controllable levels.

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Rich
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Feb. 02 2006, 2:06 AM
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Hey Zachmo....nice tunes. How are you recording the tunes? Are you using a microphone or just "plugin' in"? How are you compressing the signal? When I record practically anything, I always put the recording in "clean" with out any processing. Once it is in the computer, I process the signal anyway I like. The problem is that you have to be pretty precise with your original recording setting this way or you can end up with either distorted junk or a signal that is too low. Careful setting of the input volume should take care of any problems. Make sure that you do not peak past -3db during the loud strums or slaps.

Good luck

PS...

Nice guitar.  My best friend has the OOO size version of that same guitar.  I have the 000-15 (as you see in the avatar) the M-38, a backpacker and the newest addition is a 1920 Martin Style B mandolin (just this past weekend).
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