Old 05-16-2018, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default I got a question about the correct setting for my MIC

In my case, I have a small 410 SQ apartment I am recording myself singing. There is not any treatment on my walls.

I have a Behringer B-1 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone that I got years ago but just never really learned how to use it properly

This MIC has a Low-Cut, a Flat as well as a -10db switch in the front.

To bottom line it ....... How do I decide which of these settings to use?

Please keep in mind, I am a mixing virgin when it comes to such topics.
I would be grateful for any 'Plain English' assistance on this issue.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:17 AM   #2
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Do you consistently find that your vocal recordings have way too much bass? Low-cut.

Do you find that your tracks are consistently close to peaking, or you're overloading the preamp/interface even with the gain really low? -10db.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:14 AM   #3
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There was an epic thread on this forum several years ago called "Why Do Your Recordings Sound Like Ass?" It's probably still stickied somewhere. One of the pieces of advice that the author, Yep, kept coming back to was to trust your ears. You should try putting the mic in different parts of your room, try it with and without the low cut, try placing yourself different distances from the mic. Just listen to the results and decide which sound you like best. Trust yourself.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:18 PM   #4
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What they said^^.

Experiment! Nobody gets it great the first time. Try out the switches. Listen to the results. Make mental notes of what you like and what you don't. Try it in a tiled bathroom. Try it in the kitchen. Try it in an empty garage. Try it with a curtain behind you. Try it in the middle of the room. Try it near a wall. Try it near a corner. If you're in a quiet place, try it outside.

I have a friend who took his rig deep into a local cave, and it came out pretty awesome.

This is supposed to be fun! So quit worrying about 'the proper way' and try stuff. There is no proper way. There is only what works for you and what doesn't. The experience and ear training you get from this is worth more than 10000 pages of advice.
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