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Recording Music on Location, 2nd Edition by Bruce Bartlett

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11Troubleshooting Stereo Sound

Suppose that you’re monitoring a stereo recording in progress or listening to a recording you’ve already made. Something doesn’t sound right. How can you pinpoint what’s wrong, and how can you fix it?

This section lists several procedures to solve audio-related problems. Read down the list of bad sound descriptions until you find one matching what you hear, then try the solutions until your problem disappears.

Before you start, check for faulty cables and connectors. Also check all control positions, rotate knobs, and flip switches to clean the contacts.

Distortion in the Microphone Signal

  • Use pads or turn down the gain trims in your mixer.
  • Switch in the pad in the condenser microphone, if any.
  • If your recorder ...

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