[LAU] Snare drum mic too hot

Paul Coccoli pcoccoli at gmail.com
Sun May 10 11:14:17 EDT 2009

On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 7:14 PM, Scott <lau at troutpocket.org> wrote:
> I've seen some excellent threads lately on studio recording which reminded me of a
> problem I'm having which I'd like to pose to the list...
> My snare mic is way too hot while recording.  I have the preamp turned all the way
> down and it's still coming through nearly saturated.  First of all, is this normal for
> a dedicated snare mic?  Second, should I skip the preamp altogether and plug directly
> into my Echo Audio Audiofire12?  Final recordings actually sound really good after
> minimal mixing.  I only add a slight reverb to the final mix, but otherwise it's got a
> great studio sound.

At what stage is it getting saturated?  Is it the preamp or in your
converters?  Is the peak LED on the snare channel lighting up?  If
your preamp is really all the way down, it should NOT be "saturated."
Does your Echo have a mixer app where you can adjust gain?  Or

I'm not familiar with your hardware, so it's hard to say.

> Any tips to give my snare track more headroom?
> My kit:
> Dell XPS 1210 (1GB RAM, 7.2kRPM drive)
> Fedora 10: CCRMA
> Ardour+Jack
> Echo Audio Audiofire12
> (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Echo-AudioFire12-12Channel-FireWire-Audio-Interface?sku=247004)
> Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp
> (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-PRA8-Mic-Preamp?sku=185277)
> CAD PRO-7 7-Piece Drum Microphone Pack
> (http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/CAD-PRO7-7Piece-Drum-Microphone-Pack?sku=270749)
> -Scott
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