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    "Sound Enhancer"?

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    I recently came across a device called a "Sound Enhancer" made by Acoustic Research. Basically, it hooks up to any audio device and enables you to hear sound more detailed. It brings out those tracks that have been lost in the mix.
    Here is more info about it:

    http://www.tdsaudio.com/consumer.asp

    I realize this is not extremely top notch, but I have a few questions if anyone knows the answers...

    I record drums, guitar, keyboard, bass, and vocals (mostly rock) through a behringer mixer into soundcard. I've been doing this for a few years, and have developed a good amount of knowledge with the equipment I have to get a pretty good sound for my budget.

    My uses for this device would be to use it as a studio moniter enhancer. I don't want to spend the big bucks for a pair of "neutral" or "honnest" speakers that gives you your exact sound without any "sweetening".
    Instead, I thought I'd use the Pioneer speakers I currently have mounted on my wall, with this "Sound Enhancer" to hear all of the details I may not be hearing (sounds that I want or may not want) so I can fix what's wrong.

    Is this a bad idea vs. just using my speakers without the enhancer?

    Q #2: Does anyone know if I could use this sound enhancer to make my recordings more exact and sound as good as I am hearing it in the studio on any stereo (as if they were listening to it anywhere and it sounds like they have a sound enhancer on)?

    I hope these questions are understandable....any help from anyone WHO KNOWS or WHO HAS HEARD OF this device or similar ones would be greatly appreciated!
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    BAD IDEAD!!! Spend the money on a good pair of neutral and accurate monitors. Then you'll be able to hear the deficiencies in your recordings caused by your behringer mixer and soundcard.

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    It would be a good idea only if.....

    It would be a good idea only if.....you could afford to buy the same exact "sound enhancer" for everyone who listens to your mixes. Oh...and they would also have to use the "sound enhancers" in the same exact listenting environment (equipment, room, etc...) as you.

    Two words: Neutral Monitors.

    Make your mix sound good in neutral monitors and you will be in good shape.

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    There is no such thing as a magic box that makes everything sound great.
    The reason your mixes sound different everywher is because ALL mixes sound different everywhere. There is no way for ths box to determine what amp and speakers you are using, how they are placed in the room, the dimensions of the room, how much sound is being absorbed and/or reflected and what frequencies and make the proper adjustments to fix the 'problems'. There is also no way for this thing to know what you intended the recording to sound like. It would have to do that to be able to take your mix and turn it into what it is supposed to be.
    If you cannot get your mixes to sound the way you want them to, you need to try harder or get the equipment that allows you to capture those sound...and try harder.

    If you keep wasting your time trying to find a way around doing the work, you will never get anything done AND you still won't know how to do it.
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    You mean.....

    There really ISN'T a Magic button?

    Sh*t !!!

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    Save your money for something that'll actually work. There are no majic boxes that bring out the hidden genius of your recordings.

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    on a similiar note.... I just purchased a behringer ultrafex pro.(sound enhancer).. how do you think I could best use it... here are my two ideas:

    a.: run two tracks through it as a pre-amp dealy then into my A/D (prob vocals and guitar)

    b.: use it as a mastering tool- send mixed project out to it and recording the output to a new track, hopefully giving me a shimmeringly execellent sound.(it is also a surround precessor)

    c:. neither, sell recoup for profit - purchase better mics


    thanks for any input....

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    I would go with C
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartman
    There really ISN'T a Magic button?

    Sh*t !!!
    There is, send me $100K and I will fill you in on the secret.





















    okay fine, I will do it for $100.

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