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    Need a little help with your home studio? Ask the Edge Studio community! Someone may be able to help point you in the right direction. This is a great place to discuss equipment, software, acoustics, and soundproofing.

    Remember, this is a community forum that is centered around positive reinforcement – it’s not a place to criticize other peoples’ setups. Also, please do not negatively review any product or service on this forum.

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  • #72153

    Hello, I dont know if this is the right place, but I need a bit of help. Im trying to get ready for my demo recording, but they want an unedited audio sample, and I cant get rid of this persistent “hiss” that seems to be low level ambient noise. I am just recording out of a closet, but Ive done my best to sound proof it, and Ive noticed this noise seems to be consistent throughout my entire house, so Im not sure what more I can do. Can anyone help me get rid of this noise?

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  • #62807

    I am having the most difficult time setting and connecting all of my devices and software. I took recommendations for interface and mic from our Home Studio session as well as one of the Home Studio instructors. We even had a private session and he told me I got the wrong mic. Finally got the right one, but since my headphones don’t plug into the interface, they’re plugged into my Mac and I cannot hear anything. I have been trying to set this equipment up for months. How anyone does it on their own is beyond me. Has anyone else felt dumbfounded by how difficult the set up is? I have had to replace a mic and now I’m being told to replace my headphones that I’ve already spent so much money on.Any feedback or support will be helpful. I’m working with a MacBook Air, the Steinberg Interface with Cubase AI software, and a Sennheiser mk4 mic.

    • #63043

      In System Preferences you have to set the input and output, so it may be that.

      Go to the Apple icon in the upper left hand corner. Click and a pull down menu will appear. Select “system preferences.”

      In the third row, forth from the left you will see “audio.” From there you have the choice of sound effects, output and input. Select the Steinberg interface. It may just list the model, i.e. UR22.

      Also, the Sennheiser MK4 requires phantom power. Look on the back of the unit and there may be a button that read “+48V.” Push that in to engage. +48V refers to 48 volt power needed to power the microphone. It is often described as “phantom power.”

      Also, to eliminate a third variable, use Garageband. In Garageband, go to Preferences and select “audio/midi” second from the right. In the putdown for output and input select your device. See image below. I use an Apogee Duet USB, so that is why it shows that on the image.

      Also, this might help.


      If you ever need help with an apple product search “apple support (then problem). That should take you to the official Apple support articles.

      Hope this helps!

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      • #67592

        Thank you James! I had the same problem and now I can hear through my headphones! You’re a lifesaver.

  • #62588

    hello – I purchased all the equipment for a home studio
    AT4040 Condenser Mic, Behringer U-Phoria UM2 USB Audio Interface, 48v phantom power and recording studio mic shield

    The problem – I cannot get the Behringer interface to work with adobe audition on my PC (windows 10). I’ve googled to troubleshoot and know i need to install a drive. I went to the Behringer website, downloaded the Win_AudioSoftware and Win_Allsoftware. Both audio options list either Audacity or Podcast and no other program. I also read I should be using their 64bit drive but cannot find that driver on their website.

    Anyone else experience similar and have a solution.

  • #61993

    Starting to spec out the new recording booth so I can finally get out of my converted closet and into something a little larger, cooler, and quieter. Anyone have any suggestions around the carpet for the walls to help deaden the sound? I’m going to have double-layers of drywall inside and out with Green Glue in between, and insulation in the walls with offset studs to help really isolate the sound, but want to make sure I’m taking the room sound out. I’ll be hanging 2’x4′ panels of 2″ mineral wool in there to really get things squared away, but really want to make sure the sheetrock isn’t causing any issues.

  • #61704

    Hello my name is Lexi and I am brand new to the industry. I am having difficulty calibrating my recording levels from my audio input to -6 to -18 range. Any suggestions? My audio chain: PVC booth w/ moving blankets, Rode NT1-A w/ pop filter, PC, DAW is Audacity, Interface Scarlett 2i2. After I record and edit audio (noise profile>noise reduction>normalization) playback levels are always 0 to -6 peak range.

  • #61654

    Hi All,
    This is my first time on the forums!
    I’m recording in a bedroom corner with acoustic foam, currently using the Austrian Audio OC818 Condenser microphone to record my audio through adobe audition. The interface it’s connected to is the TC-Helicon GoXLR. The only thing I worry about is if background noise is being introduced into the recording.
    Is there an optimal gain or EQ setting when setting up a microphone to be “Perfect” if there’s ever such a thing?

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  • #60857

    My question is for my people just starting out with the humble beginnings of a studio. I need some advice (and honestly some encouragement) around getting audition-worth worthy recordings in less-than-ideal scenarios. I made an insulated box built around my condenser mic since I don’t have a workable closet. I’m still getting quite a bit of background noise and dealing with cars and planes and whatnot living in a suburban area. I also live with three family members and finding a good workflow is so frustrating sometimes while all of us are stuck at home. There’s so much noise! I have been using Izotope RX7 in order to help with the noise control. I’m just feeling pretty discouraged about being able to begin landing jobs so I can invest in a better space and equipment and actually be able to compete with the vo artists that have the “perfect room” and such and can turnaround auditions quick. (i.e.- being able to move out lol). I lost my job due to covid and have been at ground zero trying to build this business since July. What solutions have you found if you’re in a situation like mine?

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    • #71206

      Sorry I think I’m reading this very late. Hope you managed to improve everything. But if not, here are a few things to take in mind.
      The mic is too far away from where your mouth will be. You should place the mic between 3 to 5 inches away from your mouth, depending on the kind of read you are working on.
      The box you built might not work as you would want, but I would add a heavy moving blanket and this should cover you too when you are recording.
      Hope this helps.

  • #56762

    Do basements make a good recording studio, in a cubicle?

  • #56707

    I have been trying to perform scripts with my home studio setup that I have so far. But there is always a hissing sound or something in the background. Every time I send a recording to the feedback forum, or to the engineer, there’s something that isn’t quite finished that makes me sound echoed, or my voice bounces, or something like that. Anyone have advice on what to do? I’ve tried sound reduction. But it makes my voice go in and out, not sounding the best. Any advice is welcome. Here’s a sample recording of my magician character, featured in my demo I’m working on with my coach.

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    • #59852

      Hey superLuke, need more info about your studio to really try and diagnose the problem. Basements can be great spaces to work in, but like any space they need acoustic treatment. That might be what’s needed some thick moving blankets what ever can deaden the room. Also in the recording there is some clipping distortion when you are at your loudest part of the script. Setting your levels a little lower and or adding a little compression to even out the dynamics can help. Great performance though. Hope this may help.

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