static from hats mic

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by mugtastic, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. mugtastic

    mugtastic Active Member

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    hi folks - ran into a strange problem.

    recently simplified my drum recording setup (down to 2 dynamics snare and kick, 2 condensers on 2 toms and one large condenser for the room, but focused on the ride).

    i wasn't getting enough hi-hat so i stuck a 57 over there (i like less sizzle from hats than a condenser provides).

    because of a lack of inputs on my motu ultralite, i used the cable from my vocal mic.

    i'm getting static when the hats are being played (seems to build up after a few seconds) but don't get any when i plug the strip back into the vocal mic (which is a condenser).

    i tried a diff mic on the hats, changed the cable - no difference. also turned off the phantom power when going to the 57.

    the channel strip is mic -> fmr rnp (with the matching fmr compressor inserted) -> dbx eq -> motu -> macbook running ableton live.

    any ideas? thanks for any help.
     
  2. nmrecording

    nmrecording Active Member

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    my guess is the gain is too high or with the additional of the highhat, theres too much of a certain treble frequency thats clipping the sound as whole.

    Try eq'ing the highhat down at 10k (ish) range down a tad and see if it clears up. try looking at a spectrum analyzer to see if ur peaking a certain frequency

    you might want to eq down the treble of some of bass n mid range drums to clean up the cymbol highs.

    remember to accentuate the sweet spot of each instrumen/drum piece to blend and clean up sound
     
  3. nmrecording

    nmrecording Active Member

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    thought about it some more and could be the buffer too. if buffer is too low itll clip the highs n low thuds easier. maybe u had enough buffer for x instruments but not x+1, increasing the buffer could clear up as well, some things 2 try
     
  4. mugtastic

    mugtastic Active Member

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    thanks for the help. it wasn't clipping or buffer and the problem hasn't happened since that one time.

    it really sounded like actual static. the one thing i didn't try was putting the vocal mic (which didn't have static) on the hats to see if it would create the problem.

    if it is possible for a static or electric charge to corrupt an input signal, is there a way to eliminate it? like an audio dryer sheet?
     

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