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I need more clarity from my setup! MXL 3000 mic and Bellari processor

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Gravatar photo Brandon ??

I'm running my microphone on a PC. I have an MXL 3000 microphone and a Bellari Studio Tube Multi-Processor. I record on Cool Edit Pro 2.0. For some reason, the sound quality is equivilent to that of a landline telephone receiver. what can i do to get the warmth i need in my recordings?

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  1. Answered: 1820 day 2 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoCertain Sparks

    Here's a way to test and find out where the degradation in quality is coming from.First, download Audacity. It's totally FREE  and very simple to use.

    I say that because you can then eliminate the possibility that something is wrong in Cool Edit Pro.Next ditch the Bellari thing for this test.

    If you are getting an AM radio mic sound from this piece of gear you may not quite understand all of its features. (It looks like it has a lot of bells and whistles)

    Get a hold of a cheap mixer. Behringer has 2-4 channel mixers for about $50.00. Make sure it has phantom power!

    Connect the mixer to the line in on the computer & make sure the in/ out settings in Audacity are correct are correct (EDIT/PREFERENCES/AUDIO I/O).

    SORRY IF I'M BEING TOO OBVIOUS- SKIP THE STUFF YOU ALREADY UNDERSTAND. 

    Plug in your mic turn ON phantom power on your mixer. Open a new session and a new track in Audacity.Make sure you are not clipping and record a vocal sample.

    In my experience, even this crummy set up can yield good results. In fact I even made some damn good recordings direct to Audacity with the above set up.

    If it still sounds whack, maybe the mic is broken or the cables is bad. Start at the mic and work your way to the computer making sure everything is working correctly.

    If the test results sounds better than your other signal chain, try the same set up into Cool Edit Pro. Then add the Bellari unit and see if the problem comes back.

    I don't process vocals on the way into my DAW (Pro Tools). I pick the mic that sounds best and move it closer for more full sounds and back from the singer for a little less. I am careful to avoid anything even close to clipping.

    Here's the URL of an example from a recent vocal and guitar session. It was recorded live and mixed the same day. I think the vocal sounds pretty nice.

    www.myspace.com/certainsparks - The song is 'Windchimes'  

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