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Recording noise level review

Post by nunobass »

Hi,

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I'm new here so Hello!

I'm writing to have an opinion about my recording noise level.
I'm using a phil jones bass buddy pre-amp with DI and a alpha-omega darkglass.

I took a screenshot of my spectrum analyzer of the noisy signal attached.

I thank you in advance for your feedback about my noise signal!

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Re: Recording noise level review

Post by Hugh Robjohns »

You have a noise floor from a bass DI sitting below -100dBFS. I'd say that was extremely good, so why are you concerned about it?
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Re: Recording noise level review

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The reason for asking was just to have a technical option.
I'm thinking on starting to offer as a session bass player and I want to be sure I'm can delivering a close to studio audio quality wav :)
Thanks for you feedback :thumbup:
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Re: Recording noise level review

Post by Hugh Robjohns »

Assuming your bass signal is peaking up to somewhere between -10dBFS and -20dBFS I don't see a problem. If the bass is only peaking -80dBFS there is a problem... :D
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Post by ef37a »

RTAs can give misleading results what you need to know is the 'resting' noise floor in dBFS relative to your average playing level.

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Post by MOF »

Do your bass guitar recordings sound noisy when played at reasonable levels?
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Post by MarkOne »

If I was looking for a session bass and I had to choose between something that sounded like Billy Sheehan on fire but with a bit of recording noise, or Joe from the band down the pub tracked at Air Studios on the quietest signal chain known to man, I know what I'd be choosing.

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Post by ef37a »

Some numbers: I plugged my rubbish Hondo bass into my MOTU M 4 and set gain for -20dBFS peaking to -10ish. I then stopped playing and oriented the bass for least noise pickup. Reading was a 'blippy' -66dBFS.

Chopped off the noodling part and just exported the noise to Right Mark Anny and the mid band level was -126dB but with a whopping 50Hz peak at -90dB, there was another lesser peak at 150Hz.

Certainly a better quality bass should be less noisy but I doubt even the best rig will get below -75dBFS and keep away from big transformers!

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