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Recording A String Quartet with Rode M5 in X/Y Coincident

This demonstration of the Rode M5 sounds pretty good.

I've own this RODE M5 kit and found them to be a great price but a bit metallic sounding. I tried them through a variety of tube pre's which helped soften the sound but still wasn't overly happy with the sound. They are a hell of a deal for the price though.

Its interesting how something sounds ok today when I don't have another option to compare against. I put more focus on the overall performance and simply enjoyed to whole video and the group performing. 

I'm a sucker for string quartets.


Acustica Nebula

This plugin is sort of a niche product, but could be the best sounding plugin available as far as hardware modelling. Its similar to a convolution reverb, but uses impulse responses from all sorts of hardware. The demos I've heard are quite impressive.

Here's a couple.

Summit TLA 100



TC Electronic 6000


Sound isolation - dealing with HVAC ducts

OK, so I'm planning a room. It's a 15x30 basement room. Along the 30 foot length, there are is one HVAC duct on each side running along the ceiling with vents into the living room above. I have the ceiling pretty much figured out except how to deal with these ducts. I have other ventilation plans so I won't be using them. I just can't figure out for the life of me how to insulate them for sound isolation. I can't move or modify them.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Hybrid Buffer in Daw

I've noticed several daws are implementing a form of hybrid buffer (reaper, studio one, cubase?, Possibly others) where there is a separate buffer for the audio playback tracks and the tracks record enabled. This allows you to have a low buffer on the record enabled tracks, for low latency, and high buffer on the playback tracks for maximum DSP power.

Just curious if anyone out there is using a daw with hybrid buffer, and how the experience has been.

I'd like to test the difference between say reaper and samplitude, to see how much DSP I get in both. If samplitude is significantly less I will submit a feature request to Magix.

Its remarkable to me that this feature hasn't appeared sooner given that the computer resources have been the limiting factor since day 1 of daws.

Background noise?

Hi, I'm kind of new to this. I am recording audio and getting a constant sort of noise. I've included a sample where the noise has been recorded by itself.

I'm currently running a setup where the audio comes from a wireless Shure microphone receiver, to a live mixing console. A Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI mixing console. The console is used for live sound mixing.

This console also sends a main output (via 6.5mm jack) to a secondary smaller mixer. A Behringer XENYX 502 mixer. This mixer is used to control volume for recording, as the main console can't seem to control for recording and live at the same time (with the outputs available for me to use). And if I have the volume from the main mixer go directly to camera, it is far too high a signal.

This smaller mixer receives from the main mixer and outputs to a camera (via 6.5mm output from mixer / xlr input to camera), which records the audio and video.

So the setup: Live mic receiver > Studio live mixer > Behringer mixer > camera records

But upon reviewing the recordings, there is this terrible noise. I have no idea what it could be.

Any idea what this noise could be?

It isn't in the live mix, I don't believe it to be room noise because of the setup, and the camera itself can record audio fine otherwise (via video mic etc.). 

Is it perhaps the smaller mixer not being able to handle the amount of signal input well enough? Or perhaps some other sort of electrical issue?

I have no idea.

Any ideas or possible remedies? 

Any help would be appreciated.

I know you're gonna hate this mix

Hey, y'all! My name is James I am new here, and new to mixing/mastering. This is not my original creation. I just remixed and mastered the raw multitrack from's newbie mixing section. Original Artists website here: https://www.bolzund…

It's my very first attempt at mixing and mastering anything. But, I have been researching for quite a while gathering knowledge, tips, and tricks, as well as the appropriate software for five years. So you could say I practiced a lot in my head! lol. 

A tasty jazzy guitar/sax duet

How did I do?

RME forced to use other chips for the foreseeable future

Global chip crisis with extreme never before encountered production and distribution challenges.

Apart from that, at the end of 2020 a fire destroyed AKM's production facilities for AD and DA converter chips. A resumption of production and thus availability of these components is not expected before 2022. Therefore, many manufacturers - like RME - are forced to either discontinue products based on AKM chips, or to use other chips for the foreseeable future.

The updated ADI-2 DAC uses ESS's ES9028Q2M in a special circuit variant developed by RME engineers that allows the chip to perform at its best. There are no significant changes in operation, features and behaviour compared to the predecessor, which is why neither appearance nor name have changed. All differences are explained in the detailed manual of the ADI-2 DAC.

ADI-2 DAC FS now ships with ESS Chips

Just released my first album (blues rock instrumental)

Hey All,

Super happy to announce that I’ve just released my first self-produced album - a collection of blues-rock instrumentals. I really appreciate the mixing feedback over the year!
Hoping you all agree it turned out ok!?

Check it out here:

Cheers and season’s greetings!

Will a microphone with a frequency response of e.g. 50-15000 Hz not capture anything at all above 15k?

Hello! Been a while since last time I posted here.

In all my years of recording I have never bothered to learn what the specified frequency response (FR) of a microphone really means. I have always thought it means that the mic wont capture anything outside of the FR range, but is that really true?

According to Shure the FR "defines the range of sound that a microphone can reproduce and how its output varies within that range". 

Is it like if you'd put a low pass filter with a slope of say 96 dB/octave at 15k?

Take the SM57 for example, will it not capture any sibilance of vocals at all above 15k? Or does it still capture stuff above 15k but lower than a mic with a wider FR would?

Have a nice day!

Where do most audio engineers live?

While searching for information on audio engineering, google highlighted this:

Although there are abundant audio engineer jobs in America, a large number of them are in the Northeast. Oregon is the best state in the country for audio engineer jobs, and Maine has the second-highest median salary in the country. Oregon is the best state for jobs for audio engineers, and Rhode Island is the worst.

I'm astonished there are that many audio engineering jobs. Jobs to me means people are actually earning a living and Oregon happens to be the best place in the USA.  I wonder why?

This might interest those with home studios

I thought that this might interest those with home studios like myself. I recorded my fourth solo instrumental album over the past few years and decided to film as many of the sessions as I could. It enabled me to put together a “making of” video using a lot of the footage that I captured during the recordings.

The video gives an in depth analysis of a few of the tracks and how these songs are constructed in terms of the instruments, parts, arrangement, production etc. Certain instrument parts are highlighted to provide the viewer/listener with an insight into how they fit into the final mix.

All the guitars parts were recorded with the Kemper Profiler directly into the DAW using my own profiles from my pedals and a Marshall JCM2000 combo.

The Hammond organ was recorded at the keyboard player’s home studio.

I hope that you enjoy!