Why does my recording sound so low?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Sleightofhand, Oct 18, 2007.

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  1. Sleightofhand

    Sleightofhand Active Member

    Apr 20, 2007
    My band and I have fiddled around with mics and things in order to get desired tones -- and we're pretty happy with what we've got in that department. However, when we compare it to other CDs (we know they use $1,000s of equipment, engineer work etc. but...), we find a major difference: volume levels.

    The discs we listen to are much louder and have more--how should I put this-- clarity and ability to jump out of the speakers and not just be a sound contained in a speaker.

    I'm wondering what are some possible ways to get closer to the sound levels and punch of a normal CD. We have 4 shure sm-57 mics, 52 beta drum mic, and an oktava 318 condenser mic run through a presonus firepod into a macbook garage band program.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    That's exactly what I said... in the other one. Only a little bit more in depth.

    Could the mod lock this one and reference the one in "Recording Studio?"

    Bos - you can feel free to add that comment to the other one as well.


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