Thanks for the advice. It's really hard to know without experimenting with all possibilities. Another thing I noticed is adjusting the Master slider in garage band has no effect on the volume of the mix down when I export. That's weird right?I'm Painting Again wrote: ↑Thu May 23, 2019 3:16 pmit's probably not the softwareakpasta wrote: ↑Thu May 23, 2019 9:13 amThere's another thing I am just now noticing....
On the initial recording in question I was able to set the master on my garage band at 0db without any clipping. I think I was confused about something. It seems my initial transfer was done "properly." But I'm noticing something new...
I have some other demos mixed from the 388 to garage band just via the main RCA L/R outs to a computer via RCA to headphone jack and they are much fuller and dynamic than the song I transferred via 8 track bus-out to the m-track 8 to garage band, did overdubs on and mixed down via garage band.
- It could either be RCA L/R Outs on the 388 versus the RCA bus outs for each track, maybe going through the master channel on the 388 adds some punch and color.
- It could be a difference of running straight to the headphone jack on a computer versus running through the M-Track 8 audio interface.
- It could be a difference of computers/versions of garage band. The fuller 2-track version was mixed to a VERY old macbook that is using old garage band that exports to mp3 at 320kbps. The new computer with the new garage band only allows a mp3 mix at 256kpbs. A funny little devolution, maybe meaningless, maybe not.
I need to experiment a little more to see exactly where the difference is. Does anyone have any ideas?
hard to say what it could be - could be just the different material was recorded differently - ya know?
I do know that the 388 only outputs the EQ on certain outputs - that might be the problem ?
also headphone outs definitely sound different than line outs pretty much every time - I'd suggest just putting the same signal through each and comparing to see what exactly the differences are
and that's the thing..
to really get it the way you want you gotta spend time listening to every setting trying EVERYTHING - like no one can tell you a right way - especially with old analog gear - each unit sounds different and it's not about some "right way" but training your ears to compensate for what's going on in front of you in real time with the specific tools you have at in hand to achieve the results you want
Also my digital tracks are clip free after all, I pumped the master slider and it's clip free. I must've heard some distortion from what I was using to monitor once and it spooked me. Next I suppose I'll try increasing the volume of my individual tracks in garage band and seeing if that helps, they're pretty much all below 0db.
I'll also try the direct channel outs instead of the busses, maybe I get some more oomph there.