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Very quiet recording

Hi,

I'm using the ECM-MS957 to record .wav files on a PC (announcements for our telephone system). We're running on Windows 2000, and I'm using the 'Sound recorder' accessory. What I'm finding is that the resulting recordings are very quiet - any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks,

Mike

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  • Mike Mc Aug 06, 2008

    Thanks - it turns out I'm missing a pre-amp. Appreciate your effort.

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Make sure the recording levels are as high as possible without going into red on the meter at all when recording, if the recording application has a compressor it may benefit to use it, if it does have one then there's probably a preset on it for voice. If the levels are adequate during recording then the problem lies in the output path.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

  • Brandon Belletieri Aug 06, 2008

    That would explain the low input levels, a mic needs a pre-amp to boost its very low mic level signal to line level signal.

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