by Bruce Bartlett Copyright 2011To make CDs “hot” or loud, it's routine to apply peak limiting and normalization. The peak limiting knocks down the level of the transient peaks -- leaving the average level untouched. The normalization brings the limited peak levels up to nearly 0 dBFS.
Copyright 2011 by Bruce Bartlett Chffffft! That’s the sound of a wireless-mic dropout. The microphone makes a burst of noise or cuts out. That happens because the mic’s radio signal was lost, either by a weak transmitted signal, a weak received signal, or interference with other radio waves.
Recording engineers and musicians in different cities can work together on a common project by sharing files -- sending digital audio files to others in wave, mp3 or wma format. For example, you can send a song mix to a studio musician in another city, who overdubs their part and sends it back to you as a wave file to import back into your multitrack project.
Most condenser microphones need phantom power to operate their internal circuitry. Let's explain what phantom power is and how to use it.
Phantom power is electrical power that is sent to a condenser mic through its mic cable. The cable must have XLR connectors to pass phantom power.
Although a vocal is a challenge to record well, you have lots of control over the sound of it. Some tools that affect the tone of the vocal are mic choice, mic placement, and EQ. A compressor can keep the dynamic range under control. Here we'll offer some tips on using those tools so your vocal recordings will sound great.