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Offline in2blues

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Auto Rec level
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:36:00 AM »
Does any one ever use auto rec on deck. I was in situation where band was cool but club said no. Didn't even let people record clips with cell phones. As band was cool I put Sony M-11 in pocket and hoped levels would be okay. Once deck in pocket couldn't take out to adjust levels. Ended up clipping a few times but not totally ruined. Was thinking maybe should have put on auto levels but never used and not sure how much of a difference it would have made. Any one?

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Re: Auto Rec level
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 02:54:03 PM »
I've used it on my M-10 from time to time.  I think it did a good job maintaining the levels.  A few times when the music was really loud the recordings were a little hot but not ruined.
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Re: Auto Rec level
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 01:01:24 AM »
Limiter on, level set between 1.75 - 2  with mic sensitivity on low, that's my "pocket" setting for EMTEN...

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Re: Auto Rec level
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 10:31:15 PM »
Yeah, you want the limiter, not auto levels. The limiter just flattens out the peaks to avoid clipping; auto levels tend to raise the gain during quiet bits and lower it during the loud ones, which is very much not what you want.

(The very first recording I made in the digital era, I managed to have clipping all of one set, and auto levels all of the other, thanks to not knowing what I was doing with a minidisc with Japanese-language controls. I think I mildly prefer the clipped set...)

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Re: Auto Rec level
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 09:22:09 AM »
Thanks, I think I will skip auto rec and use limiter if needed. It was the first time using deck without plug in mics. Knew I was going to have to turn levels down but wasn't sure how much. Thanks for the feedback. Don't have to many other tapers that I can ask questions to, Really thankful for this site and all you guys.

 

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