They both sound the same
Cubase all faders at 0db and 2 separate tracks for each wave file panned L & R.
Those are going to a Master stereo buss metered and fader set the same way.
I see a couple db difference in the two Waves overall and a slight balance difference L to R.
So I don't know if the test is I like Sum2 because it's a little hotter or not.
If I could attach a HTML or .doc file of my screen save to show you the meters I would....but I don't think I can.
What are you using for metering when your summing these?
Nothing was mastered, never intended left or right to match the same. Shouldn't matter IMO because they are the same track summed differently. I stuck the mic's up, measured them for XY, set the pre's to where they sounded "good enough for jazz" and recorded a stereo track as is. One mic is closer to the wall so it picks up reflections more. Its the nature of the beast. But this isn't about my method as much as it is about how the two identical tracks summed in the end. At least that's how I see it at this step.
I have know idea how this is going to play out. I'm as curious as you. We're doing an experiment.
If I share much more, it may create a bias which I don't want to do.
I should mention, I'm learning here too, and you ask good questions plus I can tell you are hearing this accurate.
One track is a recording of the other but one is summed different. I shifted and adjusted their levels until they came close to nulling. Then bounced them to a wave file.
Did I do it accurately?
For those feeling inquisitive, I think its safe to try and do your own null test on these, Do whatever you like to see which one you prefer. Play with the levels. I'm very curious which track you like better after you've tried everything possible. They are identical tracks but one was summed different that the other. Nothing more added.
How am I doing?
A musician friend of mine told me he had really good hearing and I told him I didn't think mine were that great anymore and I was losing the high end.
But then I heard some flaw in a recording we were doing and he couldn't hear it....no matter how many times I went back and forth over it....then I tested our hearing and turned out I got around 12k and he lost it at around 10k....plus it's all about how healthy your ears are...
Good for you!
hehe, we are having our own party for now but others will come. I hear it exactly as you. I'm going to get my daughter to listen. I know she has better hearing than me.
Thanks for a great start!
I've never done a null test....I'd like to try it though!
I know you "invert" two wav files and you shouldn't hear anything....right?!
BTW on another sidenote:
I found you and hueseph on Soundcloud and clicked a "follow" for both of you.
Okay, I wasn't going to say anything that might bias a listener, but I also heard Sum1 as marginally clearer compared to Sum2, which seemed richer. That is, Sum1 had a bit more around 4-6kHz and/or Sum2 had a bit more at 200Hz. That was with the Soundcloud versions through HD280s connected to Creative powered computer speakers driven by the stock SoundMax sound card. I listened a bunch of times, finally playing a few seconds of one then the same bit of the other repeatedly to the end of the clip.
Just downloaded the samples and will listen again on a better system when I can. I just got through 11 sessions in 14 days plus the day job so my ears and brain need a break.
Excellent musicianship, by the way.