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    In regards to the hiss, it seems to be the dbx; I bridged the RE-20 and the dbx286s with a Cloudlifter equivalent device (SS-1 gain booster). This made it easier to get it to line level, but any further gain increases beyond 30 at that point results in unacceptable hiss. Disconnecting the microphone and listening to nothing but the dbx itself at max gain also results in hiss. With the microphone connected at max gain, hiss is still present. I can't tell though. Disconnecting the dbx from the Scarlett Solo and turning the gain up on it results in strong hiss as well; Ultimately, I'd like to get this to be hiss free if I can (see sound clip in previous post for example).

    When the microphone input is set to stereo in Windows settings and Audacity is set to record in stereo, audio will input through the left channel. When the microphone is set to mono in Windows settings, nothing works. This also means that using Windows 10's built in Voice Recorder app does nothing.

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    Setting up the input in Audacity should have nothing to do with Windows if you have the proper ASIO driver installed and selected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snow lizard View Post
    Setting up the input in Audacity should have nothing to do with Windows if you have the proper ASIO driver installed and selected.
    "Audacity, as an open source program licensed under the GPL, is therefore currently unable to support ASIO, despite being ASIO-capable (providing the user's sound device is similarly capable). If ASIO support were distributed in Audacity builds this would either violate Steinberg's licence agreement if the code were included, or conversely would violate Audacity's GPL Licence if the code were withheld."
    ASIO Audio Interface - Audacity Wiki
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaxis View Post
    "Audacity, as an open source program licensed under the GPL, is therefore currently unable to support ASIO, despite being ASIO-capable (providing the user's sound device is similarly capable). If ASIO support were distributed in Audacity builds this would either violate Steinberg's licence agreement if the code were included, or conversely would violate Audacity's GPL Licence if the code were withheld."
    ASIO Audio Interface - Audacity Wiki
    Thanks, I didn't know that. I've never spent a lot of time with Audacity because of not being able to run plugins in real time. No ASIO support would be another deal breaker for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parin View Post
    In regards to the hiss, it seems to be the dbx; I bridged the RE-20 and the dbx286s with a Cloudlifter equivalent device (SS-1 gain booster). This made it easier to get it to line level, but any further gain increases beyond 30 at that point results in unacceptable hiss. Disconnecting the microphone and listening to nothing but the dbx itself at max gain also results in hiss. With the microphone connected at max gain, hiss is still present. I can't tell though. Disconnecting the dbx from the Scarlett Solo and turning the gain up on it results in strong hiss as well; Ultimately, I'd like to get this to be hiss free if I can (see sound clip in previous post for example).

    When the microphone input is set to stereo in Windows settings and Audacity is set to record in stereo, audio will input through the left channel. When the microphone is set to mono in Windows settings, nothing works. This also means that using Windows 10's built in Voice Recorder app does nothing.
    if you have the compressor setup a certain way you can really increase the lower noise levels.
    set the comp for a 2:1 ratio and short attack and short release and see if the hissing is there.
    I dont know the DBX specifically but it shouldnt be adding all that noise.. My Symetrix is very similar and has none of that.
    If I crank the compressor though it will boost the quiet and squash the loud peaks though so the noise is increased.

    have you tried just using the preamp and bypass the comp and eq?

    those low Mv/pa mics like RE20 and SM7 are a lot of work...and cash to get their gain right.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    yeah just load Free Reaper.....run another test.
    dump Audacity.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-HG

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    Reaper is great. Never used Albeton but it comes bundled with the Scarlett, so there's another option. I'd like to suggest Pro Tools First but the online/cloud requirement and huge install seem to be overly complicated.

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