Aardvark Q10 outs
Posted on Oct 06, 2004 02:32 am
Member Since: Apr 22, 2004
Anyone know about the outs on the Aardvark? I thought it was supposed to be 10 out but appears to be 4 pairs of mono linked in stereo and the monitor outs also appear to be mono linked in stereo.
We thought we would be able to assign an audio file to each out to go to mixer to mix down.
Set up - 8 channels recording to mixer to 8 ins on aardvark then wanted to use 8 outs from aardvark to mix down on channels 9-16 on mixwiz. Foiled? Please disagree...:(
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Oct 06, 2004 03:23 am PS...what other options do you think? All advice most welcome.
el musicoFreeleance Producer/Engineer/GtrMember
Oct 06, 2004 11:52 am Remember, the Q10 acts as a mixer... so you would have to use your software to mixdown.
Since: Aug 11, 2002
zekthedeadcowEat Spam before it eats YOU!!!Member
Oct 06, 2004 02:36 pm the outputs are assigned in the software control panel... and 2 of the 10 are the digital channels that I never use.
Since: May 11, 2002
Oct 06, 2004 03:25 pm Hey el musico! This may be a silly question...but are you saying we mix down in Cubase?
Thanks for taking the time zek...I'll check that out.
Oct 06, 2004 03:29 pm Yeah, Why route back out to the mixer? You can do it all within your computer.
Oct 06, 2004 04:54 pm Hey dB! Thanks for taking the time.
Another question...probably another silly one...but why does the mix sound acceptable through the monitors yet when burned to CD the levels are shot all to hell? Its like a horror-movie- effects-track-in-waiting...wah!!!
What's going wrong? What do we need to do?
Thanks always and cheers,
Oct 08, 2004 01:01 am dont burn your songs to cd until they are mastered, normalized, and ready to go.
Since: Apr 13, 2004
This means that in cubase, make sure the highest peaks in your final stereo mix are just at the peak. (use compression if that makes other parts too soft). Now convert the stereo cubase track into an mp3 to rip to CD.
playing a normalized song from cubase out of your monotors will give you a true volume. If your CD burner still gives you problems, i'm shot.
Noize2uCzar of MidiAdministrator
Oct 09, 2004 07:54 pm BoysMum, you will need to turn the main output level down a few dB's in cubase before you do the final mix down. What happens is the tracks sound mixed fine while playing in cubase but as they are all added together in the final mixdown they raise the digital level quite a bit. I usually as a rule in Sonar bring the maste output level down about 4 to 6 dB and that most often works.
Since: Apr 04, 2002
Another thing you can do is when mixing the track levels is make sure that none of them even hit the 0 dB mark on their respective meters, and then watch the main output meters and make absolutely sure they dont come near 0 as well. I usually shoot for about -3dB to -6dB and it seems to work out well.
Then I will worry about maximizing the level of the 2 track mixdown after words. This process allows the headroom needed for cubase to mixdown without much noise. And it also give you room for pre-mastering the 2 track mix as well, becuase as you add any processing to it it generally brings the levels up depending on the processor you are using.
Hope this helps a bit.
Oct 10, 2004 06:45 am Been away. Just home for a couple of days.
Thanks for taking the time Drake. Fancy me thinking you could just record then rip to CD...nothing is that easy is it?
But Drake, just about the compression...I don't actually know how to apply it. Like, do you compress everything or just vocals??
Hey Noize! This info should help take the frustration out of recording for my son. I'm very appreciative of the level of your advice :-)
Cheers again guys...
Oct 12, 2004 11:15 am there are some really nice articles about compression here on this website.
Since: Apr 13, 2004
and dont worry too much. recording is only as challenging as you want to make it. the more time you put into it, hte better it will sound. i just figured with all that gear you bought, you are going for something leaning toward the pro end. good luck and have fun!!
Oct 12, 2004 04:09 pm Hey thanks for that Drake. Recording is a lot of fun...and a little frustrating...but mostly fun.
My son and his band has already recorded 5 songs but wants to work on them more before posting here for further advice.
Oct 12, 2004 04:32 pm ""but wants to work on them more before posting here for further advice.""
I have the same thing going on when a song is finished
But on the other hand, when HRC can Hear the song, we can all help improve also
Oct 13, 2004 08:03 am Thanks for taking the time presley.
And thats a good point...the sooner my son can get something posted the sooner he can get feedback...
And HRC is a great place to get that feedback too!
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