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Hi there! I need some tips about the overall song dynamic. I have read that dynamic is important, and that the wave image of the entire song should not be flat but change in volume to increase dynamics. In the song I'm recording I have some clean chilled guitar parts and then some boomy electric guitar parts with powerful drums where the song should explode let's say. So I have kept the clean guitars bus at -8 volume and set the electric guitars bus at -2 volume. Now an interesting point of view of a listener that doesn't know anything about recording, my wife in this case, is that the song pass from a low volume to a higher volume too much, her opinion is that the listener should not have to low down the volume because at a certain point the song gets all of a sudden louder, but should maintain the same volume pretty much. And when playing live for instance you play stronger but is not that you increase the guitar volume from amp, that make sense. So is there a way to understand what would be the right dynamic balance? Like for instance the wave image should increase maximum double or a quarter compared to the clean parts? or something like that?
Do you want perfect sound from your mic that’s as close to natural as it gets? If you own an SM57, AT4050, or MXL V67G, the following are EQs that will create a perfectly flat response. Note that you will need the LP EQ (a.k.a L-Phase Equalizer) as this equalizer has enough nodes for the task, has a non-linear setting, and has a high quality, transparent sound (esp., compared to the ProChannel EQ). First, place the LP EQ on an audio track FX rack (open the plug-in window for the LP EQ and click the Expert button, select Non Linear under Precision and Slow under Analyser for low latency recording); next, create a new aux track from the output of the first track; set input on the first track to your mic input and turn Input Echo ‘on’ (also 48V phantom power—only if you’re using a condenser mic, otherwise leave it off). Now, arm the aux track for recording. Recording with this input channel setup will produce some input latency, so go to Preferences and view your Input latency under Driver Settings. Write down how many samples are shown. After recording, set your Snap tool to Samples and enter this amount. Set Snap to ‘snap by’ and zoom in to the front of your recorded clip. Drag the clip left until it snaps by that many samples—this fixes your recorded latency entirely. You can use this method for any input channel FX in the future, such as compressors and so forth. Also, you can use these on tracks already recorded with the above mentioned mics by placing the EQ on the track’s FX rack. Here are the EQs both written (for those not using the LP EQ) and uploaded (for those using the LP EQ). Enjoy! Sincerely, Maximus, Rock Mojo Studios. I recommend using these on vocals when the most natural sound is needed or on tambourines, snaps, claps, etc.; try it on your guitar rig and you'll notice that the sound you get is exactly what was playing through the speaker(s) (perfect for when you don't want to change a thing about your settings!) SM57 Flat Input EQ (set each to Peak/Dip) 50 Hz, +10dB, Q 9.16 100 Hz, +5dB, Q 6.76 250 Hz, +2dB, Q 2.49 3,000 Hz, -2dB, Q 10.00 4,000 Hz, -4dB, Q 10.00 6,000 Hz, -7dB, Q 10.00 7,500 Hz, -3dB, Q 10.00 9,500 Hz, -4dB, Q 10.00 13,000 Hz, -1.5dB, Q 10.00 15,000 Hz, -2.5dB, Q 10.00 AT4050 (set each to Peak/Dip) 30 Hz, -1.75dB, Q 3.08 1,375 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 1,725 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 2,750 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 4,000 Hz, -0.8dB, Q 10.00 6,000 Hz, -2.4dB, Q 10.00 9000 Hz, -3.75dB, Q 10.00 10,000 Hz, -4.5dB, Q 10.00 13,000 Hz, -2dB, Q 10.00 15,000 Hz, -2.25dB, Q 10.00 20,000 Hz, +10dB, Q 10.00 MXL V67G (set each to Peak/Dip) 20 Hz, +11dB, Q 10.00 30 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 38 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 50 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 60 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 70 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 85 Hz, +2.13dB, Q 10.00 100 Hz, +2.06dB, Q 10.00 150 Hz, +2dB, Q 3.45 375 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 400 Hz, +3dB, Q 10.00 500 Hz,+2dB, Q 2.03 1000 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 1,500 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 2,000 Hz, +0.38dB Q 10.00 3,500 Hz, -1.25dB, Q 10.00 4,250 Hz, +2dB, Q 10.00 20,000 Hz, +1.5dB, Q 5.55 AT4050Flat MXLV67GFlat SM57Flat