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recording spoken word

johnsherry

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Hi, I'm looking for tips for settings on my mic preamp for recording spoken word. I using a Neumann KM184 into a Universal Audio LA-610 then through an e-mu 1820m and into cubase4. I'm trying to reduce the hiss. The sound of the voice is rich but the noise floor between sentences is much louder than I want. :?
 

imdrecordings

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johnsherry said:
Hi, I'm looking for tips for settings on my mic preamp for recording spoken word. I using a Neumann KM184 into a Universal Audio LA-610 then through an e-mu 1820m and into cubase4. I'm trying to reduce the hiss. The sound of the voice is rich but the noise floor between sentences is much louder than I want. :?
First things first. Take a piece of Tape and cover the 2 mic inputs on the 1820M. Those pres are 2 of the noisiest pres I have ever worked with. I hope you are coming out of the LA610 and into the back of the 1820M, using a balanced cable.

Do you have a lot of hiss or noise in your room? If so, make a little make shift isolation booth. (use packing blankets, foam or even an old stained,crusty mattress)
High-noise floor using a KM184 and LA610 means you aren't gain staging properly or over compressing. Which in turn is revealing the noise in your room. That chain should not have a lot of hiss. Make sure you are using good quality cables.

Because the the KM184 is a SDC, I'd start by using it On-Axis, with a pop filter.

The KM184 has a pretty hot output for the 610pre. You might want to throw in the -15 db pad or not. Switch your vue to monitor the input and get the input set to float between -4 and 0 (big knob right side). Then if need be, switch in the compressor to compress about 1-2db only on louder passages.
Next, bring up the output knob (big knob right side), untill you are hitting -6db peak on your Cubas4 input meter.

Done.

I'm suggesting this all off the top of my head. So, I'm sorry if it makes little sense....


You can also use a gate or cut the noise out, in between parts, after it's been recorded.
 
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