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I want to know how to shout into my mic without distortion

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just wondering what I can do to resolve this issue. I have an Audiotechna AT2020 USB condenser microphone hooked up to my computer. When I'm recording sometimes I may shout or scream and my microphone goes all grainy and distorted. Just wondering how I can resolve this or anything helpful? Thanks everyone!

Yes I'm an audio beginner haha -_-

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I would definitely use a dynamic microphone like everyone else is mentioning, but I would also use a pad. I've done a few vocal recording for hardcore bands and a lot of times they are clipping even with the preamp gain at the lowest.

A 50db pad would be great and you won't have to back away from the mic all that much and introduce the room into the recording.

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Swap the mic for a dynamic if you can and give that a go. Try reducing the mic gain on the interface if you can. Using a compressor on the DAW won't help. And if you're in control and can ride the gain before you let rip that might help a bit ;)


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I want to know how to shout into my mic without distortion

up vote 14 down vote

just wondering what I can do to resolve this issue. I have an Audiotechna AT2020 USB condenser microphone hooked up to my computer. When I'm recording sometimes I may shout or scream and my microphone goes all grainy and distorted. Just wondering how I can resolve this or anything helpful? Thanks everyone!

Yes I'm an audio beginner haha -_-


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I would definitely use a dynamic microphone like everyone else is mentioning, but I would also use a pad. I've done a few vocal recording for hardcore bands and a lot of times they are clipping even with the preamp gain at the lowest.

A 50db pad would be great and you won't have to back away from the mic all that much and introduce the room into the recording.

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This is true as long as the mic diaphragm isn't the bit introducing the distortion. Otherwise, yeah, padding is another great solution. - JoshP Dec 4 '14 at 14:25

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