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    Does this recording sound right? Audio files and pics in here

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    Hey, I'm having a bit of trouble getting a good electric guitar (distortion) sound through my mics. I'm using 3 different mics, and I've tried all the different positions that all the guides give you. Yet something just sounds wrong with it. The mics are the Audix f5, Shure SM58, and an AT2050 condenser set to cardioid. I was hoping to just use the f5, but I threw in the others just to see what I could get. In these recordings, the f5 is sorta mid-edge on the cone, the SM58 is off-axis on the edge, and condenser is about 1.5 feet back. Each mic individually sounds pretty bad, and that's not as expected. See the pics for details on how I placed them. I provided the audio mixdown, all I did was pan in appropriately and turn some stuff down. I also provided all the tracks in case someone wanted to put it into a DAW or something.

    So basically I'm asking why does this sound so bad and how can I fix it? Should I move a mic?

    (UPDATED with correct files)
    Rough Mixdown: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/54393172/mictest.mp3

    Audio files (.zip): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/54393172/Mictest%20Audio.zip]





    Last edited by whirlwindRA; 12-23-2011 at 16:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GazEcc View Post
    your dropbox link 404'd
    Might have to right click on it

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    Leave it with me for a while, what processing did you do so far?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GazEcc View Post
    Leave it with me for a while, what processing did you do so far?
    Thanks, I haven't done any processing at all yet. I was trying to find a good sound first

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    In your rough mix, either the 3 mic tracks are not lined up correctly, or you have some stereo delay/fx going on there. The first possibility could means you have some phase issues. Not sure the sound you are going for, but when recording distorted guitars, everyone advises: Less distortion is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    In your rough mix, either the 3 mic tracks are not lined up correctly, or you have some stereo delay/fx going on there. The first possibility could means you have some phase issues. Not sure the osund you are going for, but when recording distorted guitars, everyone advises: Less distortion is better.
    Yes there is some phasing issues, but I just figured that was due to mic placement. And I have no clue how the tracks wouldn't be aligned when recorded simultaneously. Mainly my concern is that even using only one mic doesn't sound very good

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    I DL'd your files. Seriously dude? 58 tracks of guitars? That might be part of your problem. Also, look at where you have the mics. Edges of speakers always sound dark and muddy. Also, you've got phase disaster written all over that setup. If you want a room mic, use a room mic. Put it out in the room. A mic one foot away is a phase nightmare. Some of your tracks sound decent by themselves, but like shit once you pile them all together. Again, phase problem. Simplify, dude. You sabotaged yourself with all these shenanigans and tracks. And cut back on the gain.
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    Crap... I think some extra takes got mixed in there. Thanks tho

    EDIT: I took out all the extras. Now it's down to 12 or so. And they aren't all meant to be used, it's more or less of a test. And I did the condenser that way because that was the setup when I went to a studio once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whirlwindRA View Post
    Yes there is some phasing issues, but I just figured that was due to mic placement. And I have no clue how the tracks wouldn't be aligned when recorded simultaneously. Mainly my concern is that even using only one mic doesn't sound very good
    Can't say, not knowing the signal path, but some short mic cables and long cables all being used at once could make incremental differences, then the phase issue (not all mics at teh same distance from the speaker) would do it too. Listen to your rough mix in mono. Mute tracks 1 at a time to figure out where the problems are.

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