. Interchanging Idioms: #TwtrTpc Tech Thursday:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

#TwtrTpc Tech Thursday:

Tweet your Q's to #TwtrTpc to answers from the sound engineer professionals of TwtrSymphony all day today.


They'll try to answer questions on Twitter, but all your questions will be posted here tomorrow - with as many answers as possible. Also look for future posted with more in-depth answers to the more difficult questions.


WOW, the conversations were fast and furious today. A HUGE thank-you to Felipe for fielding so many questions. Although, I have a feeling anyone reading today's discussion will only have more. That's OK - you can tweet them to #TwtrTpc OR email to TwtrSymphony. We'll get you an answer!



ails: What programme should I se for my recording. Been using mixpadaudio on my laptop #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: Hi: we have posted some options here… http://www.instantencore.com/buzz/item.aspx?FeedEntryId=215574

Jeff Freeman: #TwtrTpc I use a Zoom H2 as a USB mic into my Windows laptop. Mixcraft 6 is my software of choice.

Felipe Gonzalez: NIce recorder, but never heard of that DAW, is it good? #TwtrTpc

Jeff Freeman: I love it. acoustica.com and the value is amazing.


Janet K Bordeaux: #TwtrTpc I have no recording skills. Zycam digital recorder, no external mic. Copy that to computer. That's all I know to do.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc People: should we start with a basic article of sound and recording and move from there?,please let us know.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Some great condenser mics for less than U$ 200 Rode M3, M-Audio Nova II, Blue Spark, MXL 603, Audio Technica AT 2020, SE X1

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Some great condenser mics for less than U$ 200 Studio Projects B1, AKG C2000B.

Shana Norton: #TwtrTpc I use Logic (which I don't really understand) on my Mac; have very good headphones. Failing at microphones. Thoughts?

Felipe Gonzalez: What mics do you have? #TwtrTpc

Shana Norton: Have a Blue "Eyeball" USB mic (for Skype) & a Sure 57(not 4 recording) On the + side, use Sony MDR-7506 headphones. #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: Hi Shanna: what instrument do you want to record? #TwtrTpc

Shana Norton: Harp.

Felipe Gonzalez:  In that case, do a test with the 57, try 2 borrow a condenser, and try them. Then make a comparison and pick the best. #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Signal to Noise Ratio: the level between the desired audio signal against the noise. Noise is our enemy as is distortion.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Signal to Noise Ratio: in low level recordings, the audio signal is too close to the noise floor, hence hard to remove.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Signal to Noise Ratio: in high level recordings, the audio is very close to distort, and when it happens, can't be fixed.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Signal to Noise Ratio: get the best audio signal from your instrument, away enough from noise and looking to the peaks.

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc Signal to Noise Ratio: in all the DAWS, the level indicators shows Green when low level, Yelow with good S.T.N.R. and Red when max.

Eye Sack: more range in dynamics. quiet music can always be normalized or compressed; distortion fr excess volume hard 2 correct #TwtrTpc

Eye Sack: plus dynamic range is incredibly important in terms of tone, which is what helps makes orchestral music expressive! #TwtrTpc

Shana Norton: Thanks. I don't know what cables/adapters/audio interface I need with the 57; I only know how to plug in a USB mic! #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: Please never dare to normalize, it will kill your music. #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: Welcome to our world ;-) All depends no how much you can spend. #TwtrTpc

Shana Norton: Ha! I can borrow several good mics to experiment with & get a little pro coaching; sometimes Logic is beyond me! #TwtrTpc

Shana Norton: And, yes, the jokes about me struggling with Logic (and Reason) are legion in our household. #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: A DAW is just a tool. Learn to use it, but always let your ears to judge. There's no "miraclezer" plugin. #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: #TwtrTpc A great link…5 Things Everyone Can Do To Improve Their Productions

Shana Norton: #twtrtpc I have a learned helplessness w/sound engineering (amplification & recording). Working like a madwoman to overcome it. Thanks, all.

Eye Sack: more range in dynamics. quiet music can always be normalized or compressed; distortion fr excess volume hard 2 correct #TwtrTpc

Felipe Gonzalez: Please never dare to normalize, it will kill your music. #TwtrTpc

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