Apologies if this is an egg-sucking post but it can be tricky to work out how much someone has picked up when they're new...audio_jungle wrote:James Perrett wrote:I'm with Sam - you probably don't need the Cloudlifter. Don't be afraid to turn the gain up to 50 or 60dB - you'll probably hear a little hiss if you listen carefully but the results should still be usable.
First off, based on what I said above, do you think my Cloudlifter is toast?
Or is my SM7B toast?
I just took the Cloudlifter out of the "chain", and did "Take 1,000,000".
It sounds okay, but I have to crank up the Gain to near max, and the signal is really weak.
BTW, when the Gain is cranked up, what exactly are you hearing?
Is that room noise or is it from your electronic components?
Here is what "Take 04" with my SM7B, hand-held, and no Cloudlifter looks like...
It doesn't sound too bad for a newbie voiceover guy, but the signal is so wickedly low I am blow away!!
Can I even work with a signal that small?
(It doesn't help that I am still without a broadcast arm, which is why some more preamp would help!)
Is it the size of the visual waveform that's bothering you here? You say it doesn't sound too bad but you're obviously still concerned about how it's appearing.
I don't know Audacity, but in Reaper, if you've recorded at a sensible level (peaks at minus 12) and you're at the default zoom setting, then the waveform will look similarly small. That's fine, just zoom in to whatever size allows you to do your editing. The key thing is the level not visual. Once you've done all your tweaking and you're ready to raise your levels for distribution you can just zoom out again.