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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:02 am

As they say in Wales when discussing REW ... There be dragons!

It's a phenomenally powerful system, but it's only ever as good as the data that goes in and it requires a lot of skillful interpretation to understand the data that comes out.

Moving the measurement mic a few inches can generate completely different plots -- which is as it should be, but it can confuse the heck out of anyone not fully conversant with acoustic principles.

And the output graphs will often look atrocious when the room may well actually sound impressively good.

As Drew says, it is a useful tool to identify specific problems and assess comparative improvements, but tread carefully... At the end of the day, its the ears that matter, not the lines on a computer screen.
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby blinddrew » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:49 pm

Right, as promised, some audio files:
https://soundcloud.com/blinddrew/sets/a ... es/s-HVSbu
The first one is a mono file of spoken word. Recorded with an omni mic (with the HPF applied I discovered afterwards - oops), with the acoustic baffles moved to the 'recording' position and the duvet down, but no other processing applied. Basically it's as close as I can get to the unadulterated damped-room sound.
The second is a stereo file (M/S) of guitar recordings. Two different acoustic guitars playing two pieces and one semi-acoustic through a small amp. Again, no processing other than the M/S decoder. The mid mic was set on cardiod for this one, the duvet was up and the baffles were in the normal 'listening' position.
I apologise for the state of the guitar playing, my finger is really only just healed up enough to start playing again so I'm really quite rusty.
Any comments or thoughts on the recordings very welcome.
Sarky comments on the playing from a caped rabbit, less so. ;)
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby blinddrew » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:22 pm

Hmm. Listening back to the spoken word file i don't think the mic had warmed up properly. Maybe ignore that for now and I'll re-record it at the weekend. Sorry about that.
Guitar recording is ok though.
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby mellowsouls » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:05 pm

Nice to see it’s all come together! I think some pot plants will really set the white off nicely.
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby blinddrew » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:44 pm

Yep, that's on the list too. Bit of greenery and oxygen generation never went amiss. :)
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:52 pm

mellowsouls wrote:Nice to see it’s all come together! I think some pot plants will really set the white off nicely.

Pot plants help a great many things. :bouncy:
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby blinddrew » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:03 pm

Ah. Now what we have here, is a failure of communication...
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:16 pm

Not in Amsterdam or Canada!
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Re: A Long List of Compromises - new music space

Postby blinddrew » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:11 pm

Here's the re-recorded spoken word bit (this time with the mic warmed up and without the weird watery phasing affects):
https://soundcloud.com/blinddrew/as-the ... -2/s-UDkOD
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