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Subject: RE: Archos Recorder V1 - Recordings Clipping

RE: Archos Recorder V1 - Recordings Clipping

From: Christopher Woods <>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 10:25:28 -0000

Sounds like either the dynamic range of your little microphone or the JBR
isn't working on the same scale as Soundforge.

Dynamic mics that small? Hmm, I'd be a bit dubious of the potential full
range of frequencies you could get from that, though I guess if you're happy
then that's fine.

One thing though - make sure you save the original raw recordings you make,
I've had it in the past (before my recording skills matured to the point
where I realised this) where I've made a recording of something, dolloped
effects, verb, chorus onto it, then months or years later gone back to it
and thought, bloody hell, it sounds awful with all that reverb on, just
completely ruins it - I wish I could notch it down so it was only _just_
perceivable (and I've since learnt that the best applications of reverb are
in situations where you don't notice it), or possibly get rid of it

So, I always keep a copy of the raw audio alongside any processed versions I
make, too... Hopefully you already learnt to do these kinda things yourself
(it's just common sense really, ain't it) but if I'd saved the original
recordings of some of my earlier stuff it would've made my life a WHOLE load
easier more recently. I sense something about learning the hard way being

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mat holton []
> Sent: 07 December 2006 09:15
> To: Rockbox
> Subject: Re: Archos Recorder V1 - Recordings Clipping
> Bluechip wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I somehow feel that my question is most likely not about
> Rockbox, but
> > about the Archos Jukebox V1 itself - but I could always be
> wrong (it
> > has happened before <shhh>).
> >
> > I have an official Archos stereo collar/clip-mic: A pair of
> condenser
> > mics in a little tube with a battery box mid-cable. The
> battery box
> > holds a 1.5V AAA cell and a small amplifier circuit built out of
> > transistors (two per side if I recall correctly). There is also a
> > "volume" wheel which I leave on max.
> >
> > My girlfriend asks me to record a particular song for her
> [how cute is
> > that?] ...So I plug it all in, clip the mic to the washing airer at
> > about chest level and aim me and my acoustic guitar (?my acoustic
> > guitar and I?) at it.
> >
> > The recordings are INCREDIBLY clean given the nature of the whole
> > setup (cheap mp3 recorder, cheap mic, poor room acoustics,
> etc.) ...A
> > little chorus+reverb+eq (in that order fwiw) and I'm not
> the only one
> > to be impressed at the quality of the recordings. (The less
> said about
> > my musical skills the better, possibly.)
> >
> > So there I am ...just about to tweak the gain to maximise/normalise
> > the track so that the final volume is 'acceptable' ...and I noticed
> > something which strikes me as strange ...There is clipping on the
> > original recording at "-6dB" [Says soundForge v8]
> >
> > I'm used to working through a PC where you have considerably more
> > headroom than that.
> >
> > What am I missing which may help me understand why this clipping is
> > occuring?
> >
> > BC
> >
> >
> >
> >
> Let's hear it!
Received on 2006-12-07

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