'clarity effect'

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by CliqueUK, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. CliqueUK

    CliqueUK Guest

    I was making some recordings of bass frequencies to check the response of my controll room. While I was setting up the mic in different positions round the room I had a 100Hz sine I generated in soundforge running on my K-ROK monitors fairly loud. I was getting the expected peak & cancellation effect as I walked round the room...Anyway, after about 10mins I just paused soundforge and immediately played a track I had completed an hour earlier. The only way I can explain the effect is by comparing it to coming out of a cinema on a sunny day. The mix was bright - full of detail as I remembered it, but now the bass end sounded lousy. I could pinpoint the eq needed to correct the lack of focus on the bass & kick in secconds. The 'clarity effect' died away in a couple of minutes. Has anyone here ever noticed this?
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
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    It could be a couple of things. 1 would be that your ears became tuned to the 100hz and when you played the track you were able to pinpoint it a little better.

    The other reason could be that you were heating up your drivers. It's very difficult for a speaker to drive 100hz loud continually. You will most likely blow or seize a driver if you do this. If you are trying to tune your room, it's better to use a noise generator at lower volumes so as to not damage your speakers. you'll be able to hear the low end cancelation as well as other problems.
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