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highs are harsh when recording through micpre

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by tempus fugit, Feb 6, 2004.

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  1. tempus fugit

    tempus fugit Guest

    Hey all;

    This is actually a design question so please bear with me:
    I've been recording some classical guitar (using Shure BG4.1 mic => homebrew
    SSM2017 micpre => Echo Mia soundcard at 24 bit => computer) and get pretty
    decent sound but have noticed the highs are a little brittle. Not hideously
    distorted or anything, but definitely unnatural sounding.

    My electronics question is this: To get a high enough input to the
    soundcard, I have to set the mic pre pretty high (probably 80 - 95% of the
    maximum 60dB gain). The 2017 is designed to be a complete pro quality mic
    pre with a maximum of 60dB of gain. Even so, is it possible that this is
    what is trashing my highs? I ask because I'm thinking about adding a 2nd
    stage of gain if this might help the problem.

    Of course, it's quite possible that the mic may be at fault, but without
    bringing in a few different mics, it's hard to tell. The soundcard is fairly
    high end (designed for recording not gaming) so I doubt it is at fault.

    What do you guys think? Is is worth trying a 2nd stage, or should I go the
    mic substitution route?

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