audio distortion sample.mp3
on my nearfield monitor speakers this really sounds bad, or is it just me?
Your wave looks good and the overall sound isn't bad but there is a slight distortion (5 sec mark), which to me sounds like converter clip (gain staging) issue.
Depending on the ad converter (good better best), most sound better when the input levels are lower than optimal. Next time try tracking 3 to 6 db lower.
I'm a little bit worried about a couple of the things you have said concerning this recording.
The first was:
For safety reasons I used one of my Zoom f8n recorders parallel to the f6, the audiofiles sounded likewise.
Exactly how did you connect the recorders in parallel? How did you arrange the supply of 48V phantom power to the microphone?
The second point was that I think you may have read a little too much into the "32-bit float" specification. The F6 has two 24-bit fixed-point converters per channel, both fed with the same analogue signal but at different levels, and hence different sensitivities. There is a clever algorithm that sorts out how much of each converter is combined and sent to the storage and output system. This gives an effective dynamic range that is greater than that which a single 24-bit value can represent. The solution they adopted to get over this was a floating-point format, but this is used only for storing the data.
Just a thought - in the picture there are quite a few other microphones - what did they capture at the same point? Considering the closeness of the pair to the piano, the pair I assume you intended as piano mics would have captured the singers as would the ones on the tall stand near the light, to the left.I've listened carefull again in a different studio and I think I'm just hearing the mics struggling with the level, so the distortion (if you didn't pop a pad in) is pre-everything. What were those other mics actually doing.
The singers are in exactly the place I would have put the piano mics. If you put all your sound sources in the same place - maybe just an elevated co-incident pair would have been better? The room looks like it sounds - hard. If I was doing this recording space with those people and it was being video recorded, then I suspect I would have recorded a closer perspective and probably separated the piano and singers by at least 2m, and the singers from each other by the same amount, and then close miked the piano so you have control, and tweaked it in the studio. It strikes me as a room that probably will never sound quite right - so minimise the usual distance you'd use to advantage in say, a church or concert venue. Get it captured with isolation and definition and fiddle the ambience to suit.
I recently recorded in the same space, the same piano (lid closed this time) with a pair of octava's mk012 omni + a pair of Line Audio Om1 and it sounded a lot nicer. For the vocals I used a Schoeps cmc1 mk41.( +2 414 xls as room mics) As the performers moved a lot on stage it was a bit hard to get a consistent audio level but nevertheless the sdc mics did a good job. Next time I think I'll go for these in this venue: