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Why am I getting Negitave Peaks????

Discussion in 'Recording' started by maximushead, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. maximushead

    maximushead Active Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    I am curious to know what actually causes negitave peaks in a waveform. I seem to get heavy negitave peaks when i used a few certain distorted synths. My ears don't seem to be hearing whats causing it. I really like the sound of the synth so am reluctant to change it. I presume these peaks will cause problems to the mastering of the tracks as the wave will look very unbalanced.
    Can anyone enlighten me??????
  2. AlTheBear

    AlTheBear Guest

    I'm assuming it would be the filters or envelopes of the synths you are using. I don't think this will cause any problems when mastering because I don't believe they are looking for a visually perfect waveform, but one that sounds good. Just use your ears.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    Audio is asymmetrical to begin with. If you're seeing a definite flattening of the waveform on the bottom side, it might likely be that you are trying to push the output of your synthesizer too hard?

    Symmetrical Flattening at the top and bottom would indicate transistors style third harmonic symmetrical clipping which doesn't sound good. Flattening of only the top or the bottom generally indicates a heavy second harmonic content and associated second harmonic distortion which is musical sounding.

    So are you listening with your eyes or your ears?
    My eyes are wide shut!
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    cool little piece of info....thnx... and dont ya just love Kubrick???
  5. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006

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