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Re: Post recording setup advice

Subject: Re: Post recording setup advice
From: "Dan Dugan" dandugan_1999
Date: Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:52 pm (PDT)
>  >>I'd like to side step the Receiver amp completely except for playback
>>>through the attached speakers.
>Dan Dugan responded:
>>Sure. Just feed your recorder's output directly into the RCA Line
>>Inputs on the back of your M-Audio Audiophile interface.
>Dale  Hoffman answers:
>I'd like to be able to change volume, tone, balance settings.

Aah. Most of us transfer in flat, and do modifications in software. 
That way preserves the original as an archive file.

If you're going to do it analog on the way in, you'd like a mixer or 
processor that includes a parametric (sliding) high-pass filter, that 
being one of the staples of nature sounds mixing.

The challenge is finding a unit that has a rich set of controls 
without having to buy a board with 16 inputs! One approach that I 
used in my starving-artist days was to use a hi-fi preamp (first a 
tube Dynaco, then a solid-state one) for filters and tone controls. 
You could probably find an old one on eBay for a song.

But preamps usually just have one fixed high-pass (rumble) filter, or 
at most two steps. In nature work it's often necessary to snuggle a 
high-pass up as high as possible, just under the sound of interest. 
And modern parametric equalizers have great flexibility in pulling up 
the frequequencies of interest, or suppressing unwanted noise.

Have you considered processing in the computer? Great plug-ins cost 
less than great analog equalizers.

-Dan Dugan

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