Working on a live recording, need some help

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Member Since: Jan 29, 2009

I recorded some live tracks last night at the bar that I manage, I'm looking for some help with cleaning up the recording.

Here is the set-up. Mackie 1604 VL3, The recording was done by simply pulling signal from the mono out port on the board into my laptop, Recorded through Adobe Audition 3. My problem is that I can only record one track this way. Which means the vocals are hot because of the nature of the live show in my venue, the vocals have to come through loud to project out of the mains. Is there any way to work on just the spikes for the vocals to try and bring their level down to match that of the instruments?

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 03, 2009 08:52 pm

You can try it, but odds are good it will not sound like you think in the end. What it will do is pull all the attack of the vocal out and leave kind of a sonic vocal soup that will probably simply blend in and not be very distinguishable.

You can certainly try it though depending on what type of music is backing it you may get a better result then I have heard before.

Since: Jan 29, 2009

Feb 03, 2009 09:19 pm

I spent a little time with it this afternoon with no success. I tried cutting the sound level of the spikes back a bit but since its all on one track, of course, it cut back the volume of the instruments as well. So I haven't had much luck as of yet. I'm very happy with how clear everything is, the vocals are just too loud. What can you suggest so I can record 2 separate tracks for live shows. One track with vocals and one track with instruments? I'm recording on a lap top with a Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 04, 2009 05:15 pm

If you can get 2 aux feeds out one with vox only and the other with the full mix would be the only other solution if you can't get a multi-track output from the board. I would opt for that next time and do as you suggested.

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