Kurt Penner wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:22 pm
I dont believe there is any limiter or compression in my recording chain. If I'm being honest, I think the problem is actually that my playing has much less dynamic range than I think it does.
But the km184 into zoom h5 hears so much quiet detail that I find it a challenge to make a decrescendo or ppp the way that I hear it in my head. Perhaps this is what is meant by "playing for the mic". A stage actor's whisper is different than a voice actor in a studio.
In other words, I often perceive this but I think it's just my playing that is the problem.
Of course, I know this phenomenon of inhibition while recording. But that sounds different from compression in the sense of a compressor kicking in at a certain threshold.
I have two suggestions:
1. Don't use headphones while recording, just setup your recording system, check the levels, give yourself some security margin in the levels in case you get loud and then just play - no headphones or monitors!
2. As storage space on SDHC or CF cards has become cheap, don't interrupt yourself for switching the recorder on and off - play continuously, make repetitions of the piece in one go and try to forget as good as you can the microphones. It's difficult in the beginning, but works well with time and practice.
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