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need help with simple setup

Discussion in 'Recording' started by purebloom, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. purebloom

    purebloom Guest

    I have a Yamaha MG 10/2 Mixer, a Fostex MR-8 Digital Recorder, a decent computer but stock soundcard, an MXL 990 and MXL 991. Anyways, I've been running my mixer to my digital recorder as a line in and then just recording it as one track on the mr-8. However, when I listen through the headphones when it's plugged directly into the mixer it sounds WAY better than listening to the headphones on the MR-8. There is something in the transfer or my settings on the MR-8 that are making it add extra unwanted noise. It isn't extremely noticeable probably to the average joe, but it's just really really bothering me.

    I've experimented with the very few knobs that the MR-8 does have and I'm not sure if I'm just missing something simple. At this point any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Also, this is a pretty n00b question. But the MR-8 and MG 10/2 both have preamps I believe... so is it pretty crappy to run it through two preamps? Is there a way to bypass the pre's on the MR-8?

    Also, do you think I should just scrap the MR-8 and run the Yamaha directly into the computer and record that way?

    On an unrelated note: I have a Takamine EG 15-C Acoustic/Electric with onboard EQ. I've noticed just out of the blue that when I plug it in I cannot hear it being picked up like usual unless I turn my amp up all the way - even then it is very quiet (like I said one day it was working fine, the next day it wasn't). I don't think it needs a new 9 volt because the battery still seems to have juice. If you are familiar with the type of pickup on the EG 15-C maybe you could advise me. Possibly a short in the wires? I'm confused. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. kahalab

    kahalab Guest

    If you zero everything (all the faders and input knobs) and record a track - and then listen to it through something quiter than the very noisey headphone output from the MR8 you'll find it's pretty quite (certainly quieter than my US-428). What makes a lot of noise are the preamps. Get a decent preamp and keep the MR8 pres as low as possible. it should solve most of the problem.

    I find it an increadibly easy device to use. I get a lot more done than i ever did on my Fostex VF16 or my VS880 - both now sold. Even if the sound quality was subpar i'd keep it as a scratch pad. Best one i've had since my old tape porta days.
  3. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Not sure about the first part

    But I have a Tak with the built in pre and EQ also.


    remove 9 volt and replace, make sure it's seated properly..

    confirm the cable you are using is good

    and last pull the pre out of the guitar and make sure the connections to pickups are tight etc,,

    and last, if you have the pre with built in tuner, make sure it's not in tune mode as this drops the level out so it can tune itself.

    hope i could help

  4. purebloom

    purebloom Guest

    Kahalab thanks for the advice, I'll definitely look into that. Sanity Inn I don't have tune mode on my Tak's EQ so it's not that... but for some reason it still is giving a signal (very weak one) because when it's plugged in and my amp is turned ALL the way up it is picked up even though it's quiet (my amp works fine so it isnt this). I guess it must just be a lose connection in the jack or in the eq. putting new strings on today so I'm going to look around in there and see if I can fix this problem... thanks for your advice I'll check that stuff.

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