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Improving Sound (Advice)

Hello -

I've got a really basic and somewhat unconventional setup. I'm running a Yamaha MG 10/2 Mixer into the Line-In on my pc.

I record into Audacity... usually doing the guitar tracks separate from vocals. My guitar is run directly in, as well as mic'd.

However, on this particular track I wanted that live sound so I did the guitar mic'd and a direct line - then I used another mic for vocals... doing it all at once. (Some additional vocals were added on the chorus after the intial track was done and then the lead part... which is really choppy). Then sometimes I'll save the track as a wav and open it up in Fruity Loops for effects.

Towards the end of this song there are obvious pops and crackles (I think it's on account of poor cables - or not being straight... because it doesn't often happen). Aside from that I'd like to know if anyone has any constructive criticism on improving the sound and where you believe the sound is lacking the most. I'm noticing that each time I experiment I feel I learn more and my recordings are improving. however, I greatly appreciate and respect much of the advice received on here so anything would be appreciated. Thank you!

It's called "Amy" on


RemyRAD Sat, 03/25/2006 - 11:34
You've recorded some very nice tracks and mixed them well. The problems you're having are that of buffer settings. You can try either to increase or even decrease your buffer settings within your computer by going to control panels/audio and/or software settings. If increasing the buffer size does not help then you should try decreasing the buffer size. A very nice vocal and guitar sound I thought. You may want to try and remove your expletive every place it was something more generic and radio friendly like " screwed it up...." As opposed to the other. Expletives really don't add any impact to popular music, it just lowers the bar of its listenability.

So just knock it the F**k off
Ms. Remy Ann David

Member Sat, 03/25/2006 - 11:38
I highly respect your advice and am glad you took the time to listen to it and give me some feedback of substance. I'll be honest after finishing mixing this song I was disappointed in keeping that in there - simply for the reason of it doesn't necessarily "add" anything to the song and it only limits me in distribution locally and with the younger audience. So, I will be re-recording this song with "screwed" or "messed".

I'll mess around with the buffer settings and see if that will help. Without going into great detail what exactly will that help with, a "smoother" recording?

RemyRAD Sat, 03/25/2006 - 11:52
You won't get that skipping glitching popping crackling effect once you get your PC's tweaked. This is something many of us go through and it just takes a little manipulation of the computers/software settings to give you a smooth glitch free recording.

Ke p u p th e goo d wor k k k
Ms. Remy Ann David

It's obvious I need a manicure.