Noise, Why?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Charles Cook, Mar 19, 2003.

  1. Charles Cook

    Charles Cook Guest

    I am new to recording, and woundering why there is alot of noise in the CDs I'm playing around with.The music and mastering has already been done in other studios.I am just getting these CDs from friends,who give them to me to listen to and tell them what I think.I use the Mackie Hr824 monitors in my studio,and they seem to pick up alot of noise in the 5Khz and 10khz areas.I use very narrow band widths and alot of cut in the Eq and the noise is gone and the quality of the Cd is a hell of alot better.

    So is this a problem with the engineer leaving to much noise in, or did the person doing the mastering not go back after compression and do a proper job of EQing.Or is it fare to listen to these CDs on studio monitors that pick up alot mistakes.

    Thanks Charlie
  2. lowdbrent

    lowdbrent Guest

    Did all of CD's come from the same place? Can you describe "noise?" The Mackies are said to be flat. I have a pair. To me they are harsh from 1-3kHz. Maybe that is what you hear?
  3. Charles Cook

    Charles Cook Guest

    The Cds are from different groupes and studios.

    The noise at 5KHz seems to be guitar or bass amp hiss.And the noise at 10KHz seems to be guitar and mandolin pick noise,floor noise,hiss etc.There are alot of SSSSS and TTT noise from the vocals on some of the songs.
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

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    These are common problems in low budget recordings. Poor mic placement, incorrect gain staging, noisy ventalation. Then it's run through compressors and this noise becomes very apparent.
  5. Charles Cook

    Charles Cook Guest

    Michael,Thanks.I was thinking the same thing,I just needed a second opinion.

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