Distorted recordings of live music
May 22, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
How do we fix the problem of an over driven microphone recording live music in bars.
posted by txmon to Technology (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My friend is recording live music (mainly in bars) for online radio pod-casts. She is recording directly to her MacBook via a Blue Snowball microphone. This does an adequate job in many situations, but when the music is loudly amplified, the microphone signal maxes out and the recordings are clipped and distorted. There is a gain adjustment on the microphone, but the lowest setting often does not do the trick. Is there software that will help? How about physically muffling the mike somehow? Any help would be much appreciated. Please assume we know nothing about the technical aspects of recording because we know almost nothing. Inexpensive solutions get extra credit!