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My mic has low gain

I have an Avid Mbox 3 soundcard. It has a preamp built in, but it does not do the job for me when it comes to getting a respectable gain. the mic I'm using is a rhode NT-1A, pretty decent condenser ...
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How can I compress Mic input using a virtual sound card?

Is there a way to set up a compression VST on the default input of my mac? e.g. I want to make a skype call and I have my USB soundcard as mic input, is there a way to set up the default input as my ...
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Can an audio interface's gain control mute the input source?

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, and a Rode Nt1 Kit Mic. Up until today, I thought turning the gain controls on the audio interface all the way down would mute the mic, but today ...
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How to ensure uniform sound levels in multiple WAV files?

I require that the sound levels of all the songs for my project are uniform. The songs are from different albums and different artists, hence they are not uniform from the perspective of volume level. ...
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If I increase the gain, what will the listener hear? [duplicate]

I know that gain is an increase in the signal-to-noise ratio. What does that mean for the person who listens to my tracks? If I increase the gain on my guitar, for instance, do they hear more guitar? ...
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Audacity Recording volume too low

I've been using an AT2020 USB directly into my 2015 macbook Pro retina and recording in Audacity. I recently wanted to upgrade to a nicer mic. Every mic I try, the volume is super low. Increasing the ...
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Compress more than once? (VO multi-mix)

I'm a bit new to all of this, so I just wanted to get some advice from some pros. I'm doing VOs for different segments that are all going to be strung together into one final track. In stage 1 of ...
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Approximate the Sound Forge “RMS Normalize” function using Sox?

In Sound Forge (Sony), there is an option under the Normalize function to normalize on RMS. You can choose a desired peak RMS value and it will bring the gain up as necessary to cause that value to be ...
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A condenser mic gain tuning on a mixer

I am working with a pair of condenser microphones. My mixer's gain knob should be turned on about half of single step (almost "minimum") to adjust the sensitivity each of one. Is there a trick, how I ...
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How much of an effect does gain structure have on feedback?

When I was a beginner live sound engineer, I was taught that if my gain is set too high, my mics would run too hot and increase my chances of feedback. I experienced this in practice and would double-...
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obviate extreme gain noise

Anyone knows about the lack of preamps to provide extreme gain setups? Even my sound devices 702 gets very noisy at the end of the gain range. Today i stumbled across this little device. It's a pre-...
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Analog vs Digital metering

I mixed for 3 years on an Allan and Heath as well as several other analog consoles and was used to running my channel gain at 0db with the transient peaks never reaching above +6 (this is unity gain ...
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What is 0 dB in digital audio?

Everyone here should know that the reason decibels (dB) are unitless is because it is a ratio: So, I somewhat understand why decibels are "negative" in Audacity an other digital audio workstations. ...
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protools 10 clip gain line and volume issue

What is the real difference between editing the the clip gain line and the volume line in protools 10
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How do I know what volume to set my podcasts at?

Recently I have been making podcasts which consist largely of two to four people talking. I am a complete newbie to the process, and I know little or nothing about audio production. Volume is ...
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The 'Sonic' Planck

I've been in a philosophical kind of mood as of late, and I've been pondering this question/concept for the past few days and I've love to hear others' thoughts and ideas on it. Not really a right or ...
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Field recording gain staging - Desirable input level and processing

Hello, I am new to field recording and had some questions pertaining to gain staging for recording sound effects and ambience. What is the recommended desired input level for both sound effects and ...
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lack of gain, Zoom H4n with Rode NGT2

I have just recently purchased a Zoom H4n and Rode NTG2 and I am also having the same problems with not enough gain (recording in stereo, with or w/o channel 1 and 2 linked and with or w/o mono mix ...
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Pro Tools 10:Region Gain

I encountered an error this week after spending a week on a feature film dialogue edit where I was charged with leveling the audio using region gain within my dialogue edit. The mixer is not working ...
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Does the Signal/Noise ratio keeps constant as you rise the gain?

I have written about this question in my blog. I appreciate your opinions. http://javierzumer.com/en/test-niveles-de-ganancia/
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DIalogue editing and when you need more gain?

Quick little question. Doing some Dial editing and in some scenes the production sound guy recorded things way too low. The 12db of gain I get from the trim plugin in PT just is not enough. Do you ...
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Whats the purpose behind the gain switch on some amps?

I have been wondering why so many amps comes with a gain button/switch? It seems to boost the mids, but can someone please explain what's the purpose, reasoning and history behind the gain feature ...
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How do you use gain effectively?

Have read a few descriptions and understand basically what gain is, but I am quite the novice with audio work. I've never heard gain or it's usage described by those who are really familiar with it ...
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zoom h4+rode ntg-2(other external mic, too) = extremely low volume

greetings, I like field recording both in city and nature environment and have a question: I've been using Zoom h4 with its internal mics and really like it. I tried three different types of ...
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quick question need answer ASAP concerning the cannon 7d's audio features

I'm shooting a corporate video and we're using a canon 7d, I've got the mini jack connection, me 66, boom pole and all the works I just want to know very badly if the camera has an audio level setting ...
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What do sensitivity measurements of microphones really mean?

Microphone sensitivity is usually measured in mV/Pa. If one mic is say 25 mV/Pa and another is 13 mV/Pa how much more sensitive is it in application? How can I figure out how much more gain the mic ...