Vocal Distortion on Recording

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by bassplayer60, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. bassplayer60

    bassplayer60 Guest

    Am new to this forum...and am not sure if I'm posting in the
    right place, or if there has been a previous post of the same question. Tried to do a search for FAQ's but unable to come up
    with anything....or if someone could redirect me to the right
    place to post, I would appreciate it.
    Question: I am using a HD recorder / TASCAM 788 and was trying
    to lay down some Vocals, I'm using a standard SM58 Shure...all
    I have for now.

    But I get very bad distortion.

    I set my slider to 'unity gain', bring up my 'trim' level of the input, and as I'm raising it, I hear distortion coming in around half open on the trim setting....with not enough boost in the signal to have
    any real volume at all.

    So I'm getting distortion on the very low end of the scale, even
    before it's barely audible???

    Anyone else experience this, not necessarily on the TASCAM 788, but on any recorder or system...and how have you solved this

    Any help appreciated.

    I also thank all for allowing me to make this post possible.


  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Sounds like a bad connection to me.
    Have you:
    1. Tried a different mic?
    2. Tried a different mic cable?
    3. Tried a different input?

    Let us know.

  3. bassplayer60

    bassplayer60 Guest

    Hey Chris....

    Thanks for replying. Hmmm...oh yeah? you think it's the set
    up?...hmmm I'll try that.

    I will let you know.


  4. bassplayer60

    bassplayer60 Guest


    Sure helped out a lot! It's much cleaner..I think the
    only way I can get it cleaner is to probably invest in
    a better mic....and pre amp.



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