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Minimizing background noise in small studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Emendelzon, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Emendelzon

    Emendelzon Active Member

    I'm running a vs2480 24 track recording digital work station. I'm running this in a 12 x 12 room. I'm trying to record acoustic guitar using the following:

    AKG C414 XL II Mic using a Cardioid pattern with a DB setting of -18 and Hz of 160

    Rode NT 4 Stereo mic with no settings.

    I'm running the input of the mics into the vs2480 at about 50dbu, compression at 3.20 with a threshold of -24 and a level of 4.8 with no EQ.

    The akg is surrounded by an SE Mic baffle.

    No matter what my settings are I continue to get residual atmospheric noise and slight pick up of the noise from the vs2480. I even have a barrier around the vs2480 to try to reduce the noise from the device.

    Anyone have any suggestions to minimize background noise in general when recording an acoustic track?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    Evan M.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    There is a reason why pro studios have machine rooms...

    What does it sound like if you disable the compression? If the equipment noise is still audible, it could be that you would benefit from downward expansion rather than compression.
  3. Emendelzon

    Emendelzon Active Member

    Yeah, I've done a bit of that but getting the balance on instrument fades kinda cuts off a bit of the natural decay. I'll try no compression and see what I get on that. I appreciate the input.

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