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Hello Everybody!! Few questions about 4-track recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by mattallen, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. mattallen

    mattallen Guest


    I'm new to this incredible forum. I really like this one. I can't wait to do some searches and see what information is avalible. Since I started this topic here I have a couple questions about just getting the cleanest signal from my gear.

    I have a Tascam 424 MkIII, and a Joe Meek VC3Q. I realize I'm not going to get these great recordings but so far I'm getting pleasant sounds with little noise. As far as DBX noise reduction goes, does that cut out some of the frequencies and overall warmth of what I am recording?

    Also I have some nice guitar effects I like to use for modulation style effects. Is there an better way to mix them in the track without running them in like of the microphone because I really get noise then. Is that a nautre of the beast kind of thing?

  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Greetings and welcome to R.O.! We don't much 4-track postings here but you can still find a lot of good info.

    Yes and No. In theory it is supposed to retain all freq it affects. In practice it does affect the overall sound, depth and image. Using the dbx noise reduction has it's tradeoffs and if you have the ability to turn it off and on, you just have to evaluate what works best for you. Many times the noise isn't as bad to live with for rock and roll where the music is loud and busy and gives you better sound quailty at the cost of some noise in the quiet, start or end points.

    If your talking stomp boxes, they tend to be noisy to start with and when added to the input of the 4-track it most likey adds even more. If you have an effects send and return on the Tascam, try using that as it is meant to be used as the effects path. You might be better off just pluging in your guitar through your effects and recording your complete sound rather then trying to separate them. It's all about trying different things until you find what works best for you.

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