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Old 6th January 2019
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Mid Range Vocal Distortion

Hello to all, I am hoping someone can help.

I am recording vocals using an AT2020 condenser, using a pop filter, and am positioned on axis at 7 inches from the mic. I am using a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 second generation as my DAC. I am tracking into GarageBand for iOS (current version as of today). My gain on my pre is set at maybe 30% gain with no clipping light coming on. I have an untreated 10 by 12 bedroom with hardwood floors. Only 2 walls are bare. Bed takes up most of the floor space.

My vocal tracks have a mid range distortion that can’t be eq’d out. I have eq’d -24db out of every frequency from 3-6hz. I have a dynamics plugin in the chain as well as compression. The distortion is also present when I run the vocals dry.

The higher end frequencies sound fine as well as the low mids.

I am singing rock style vocals.


Any advice trouble shooting this problem would be greatly appreciated.

Jay
Old 6th January 2019
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have you tried using the other input on the focusrite?
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Originally Posted by MartyAfterDark ➡️
have you tried using the other input on the focusrite?
The other input is 1/4 inch. Not XLR. I suppose I could try an XLR to 1/4 adapter?

Last edited by Jay_; 6th January 2019 at 07:01 PM.. Reason: More info
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The other input is 1/4 inch. Not XLR. I suppose I could try an XLR to 1/4 adapter?
huh? Im pretty sure that they can both be used as XLR or TRS.
Old 7th January 2019
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The AT2020 is not a very good mic. Try switching it out. it may not fit your voice well
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huh? Im pretty sure that they can both be used as XLR or TRS.
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/atta...1&d=1546836248
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The AT2020 is not a very good mic. Try switching it out. it may not fit your voice well
Thanks! I’ll give that a try. That’s helpful.

Thinking of a Rode NT1A

J

Last edited by Jay_; 7th January 2019 at 06:14 AM.. Reason: More info
Old 7th January 2019
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Just as a thought, how close are you singing into the mic? Maybe add a little extra distance. It could be the mic's diaphragm you are distorting. I wouldn't think this would be the case, it's just something that is easy to check.
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Ah I see, I was looking at the wrong model
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Originally Posted by simon.billington ➡️
Just as a thought, how close are you singing into the mic? Maybe add a little extra distance. It could be the mic's diaphragm you are distorting. I wouldn't think this would be the case, it's just something that is easy to check.
Will do. Thank You!
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Originally Posted by simon.billington ➡️
Just as a thought, how close are you singing into the mic? Maybe add a little extra distance. It could be the mic's diaphragm you are distorting. I wouldn't think this would be the case, it's just something that is easy to check.
I stood twice the distance from the mic than recommended and turned up my pre amp. Problem solved. You were right my voice was distorting the condenser.

Problem solved. Thanks again for your help.
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Originally Posted by Jay_ ➡️
I am using a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 second generation as my DAC
That's a solo not a 2i2.
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Originally Posted by Jay_ ➡️
I stood twice the distance from the mic than recommended and turned up my pre amp. Problem solved. You were right my voice was distorting the condenser.

Problem solved. Thanks again for your help.
Man that's great you got it figured out. All you have to do is just find a new sweet spot we're you're happy with the tone and the proximity, but you aren't distorting the signal.
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