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Difficult problem

Discussion in 'Recording' started by lipmanaj, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. lipmanaj

    lipmanaj Guest

    A thorny problem that happened tonight. Would appreciate your ideas and expertise.

    What happened:

    I was fiddling around with my electric guitar plugged into a smokey
    amp. I had my 16 Track Korg Digital recording on a single channel with a mic plugged into the channel. Inspired, I recorded a series of 8 songs--vocals and music-- straight into the mic.

    Stopped. Listened. The amp overpowers the vocals--you can hear the vocal throughout but can only sometimes hear them loud enough to make out the words. I wrote them as I was singing them, so can no longer remember what they are--but I like them, and would like to be able to hear them so I can write them down and rerecord the songs properly.

    So, I've been fiddling around with the eq on this thing--I'm a relative novice--trying to bring up the vocals. This has some useful effect but not quite enough to bring out the vocals, although I don't think I have exhausted all the possibilities. It has an eq that you can apply per channel as an insert effect, as well as an eq that you can use on the channel as a master effect. I've also been toying with other effects--exciter, reverb--trying to bring out the vocals. I am extremely new to eq and effects in general

    I have a tenor voice. Any clever ideas on how to bring the
    vocals or subdue the guitar on this thing so I can hear the vocals? I just need to be able to hear them well enough to distinguish the words.

    Your creative ideas are appreciated!



    Dr. Alan J. Lipman
    Washington, DC
  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    i'd transfer the things to a computer and use software like cool edit pro! use the vocals removal effect and then invert it! i usually do this to the noise! i try to keep only noise and hiss! then i invert and the track stays clean!
    i think this approach might be possible!
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    One post per topic is enough ... you don't need to "flood" the site by "crossposting" your question on multiple forums. Most people here use the "posts since your last visit " function and they will see your questions .. mmm-kay? Thanks,
  4. lipmanaj

    lipmanaj Guest


    I realized this, and I have only posted once--the one you responded to. Kind of shutting the barn door twice after the horse is already safely back in I think.

    Many apologies, and thanks for the double reminder. It's important to reinforce these things even after they've already been fixed. Mmm kay?


  5. jobu2u

    jobu2u Guest

    I just wanted to note that condescending comments from people are not warmly recepted by anyone. Even though Kurt's "mmm-kay?" was directed at someone other than myself (and frankly has nothing to do with me) it still contributes to the descent of a good vibe on any forum--which this forum typically has (a great vibe, that is)

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