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MusicManMike

United States
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since 1/23/15

05/19/2017 08:59:46 View MusicManMike's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Tried to do some recording on my little 4 channel Tascam today and everything came back with this strange warble to the sound. No matter what I tried it didn't help. Anyone else ever have this happen?

Tractor1

339 posts since 9/12/16

05/19/2017 10:58:58View Tractor1's MP3 Archive View Tractor1's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Did the meters look good through out the process.Was the mic hooked up good?Lines to amp,are they contacting good? A few things I would be looking at on mine.

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rudyPlayers Union Member

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10871 posts since 3/27/04

05/19/2017 14:06:14View rudy's MP3 Archive View rudy's Photo Albums View rudy's Blog Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by MusicManMike

Tried to do some recording on my little 4 channel Tascam today and everything came back with this strange warble to the sound. No matter what I tried it didn't help. Anyone else ever have this happen?


Are you talking digital recorder or an old analog cassette machine?

"Tascam" has made a lot of products over the years.  I stuck my old Tascam 4 track cassette recorder in a box for several years because I couldn't give it away.  I sold it on eBay a few years ago for what I considered a very surprising amount of money.  The cassette machines were just bad technology to begin with, but there's no accounting for the power of nostalgia.

If it's a recent digital recorder and you happened to purchase from Sweetwater they automatically extend manufacturer's warranty for an additional year.

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MusicManMike

United States
335 posts since 1/23/15

05/19/2017 18:30:04 View MusicManMike's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Its a newer model, and the levels look good while in recording. I've tried everything from external mics to using just the internals but still that weird warbling sound. I've read that it might the that the mis are out of phase. Does anyone know how to fix this, or if its even fixable?


Edited by - MusicManMike on 05/19/2017 18:32:44

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Tractor1

339 posts since 9/12/16

05/20/2017 06:39:01View Tractor1's MP3 Archive View Tractor1's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Sounds like a possibility Mike I have one of those cheap single mic pre amps that has a phase reversal.Maybe if you can put a mic on each stereo channel then turn one all the way down.I work with the the old Dp 1 8 track,I bought an extra from e-bay because the new ones don't have midi clock out to run my drum machine.I am trying to do the old school stand alone equiptment as long as possible, since that is what my effects etc.are.The Dp 1 will usb connect to tranfer wave files though

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loonsailor

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78 posts since 6/25/16

05/20/2017 08:41:34 View loonsailor's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

If it happens on the internal mic's it can't be a phase problem.  Also, out of phase mics are more likely to cause loss of bass - a very thin sound - rather than a warble.  As Rudy asked, is it a digital recorder or is tape involved?  If tape, it's likely something mechanical, maybe as simple as just a dirty capstan roller.

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MusicManMike

United States
335 posts since 1/23/15

05/20/2017 12:40:49 View MusicManMike's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Its a digital recorder. Thank you folks for all your imput so far

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banjo_bradPlayers Union Member

United States
3455 posts since 11/29/05

05/20/2017 18:07:22 View banjo_brad's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Don't know if this helps, but an overhead fan can produce a noticeable warble to a recording.

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Tractor1

339 posts since 9/12/16

05/21/2017 09:49:48View Tractor1's MP3 Archive View Tractor1's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

let us know,if you find a cure---tom

ps yep the phasing and flanging effects were first used on purpose by mixing 2 signals together but one a tiny bit later


Edited by - Tractor1 on 05/21/2017 09:52:30

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mikehalloranPlayers Union Member

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9218 posts since 10/27/06

05/29/2017 07:19:53 View mikehalloran's Classified Ads Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by MusicManMike

Its a newer model, and the levels look good while in recording. I've tried everything from external mics to using just the internals but still that weird warbling sound. I've read that it might the that the mis are out of phase. Does anyone know how to fix this, or if its even fixable?


Probably not the problem. I suspect power supply  — probably cannot be fixed but sometimes...

What model? How old is it? How is it powered? If battery, have you tried external or vise versa?

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RB3WREATH

United States
1306 posts since 11/27/05

05/30/2017 17:12:46View RB3WREATH's MP3 Archive View RB3WREATH's Classified Ads View RB3WREATH's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Mine does the same thing "distortion" no matter what I don't use it now and it is only 2 years old

Joe

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rudyPlayers Union Member

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10871 posts since 3/27/04

05/31/2017 17:34:34View rudy's MP3 Archive View rudy's Photo Albums View rudy's Blog Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by RB3WREATH

Mine does the same thing "distortion" no matter what I don't use it now and it is only 2 years old

Joe


"Distortion" and "warble" would not be congruous terms.

Have you set your input gain so the peaks don't rise above 0 db?  That's normally what causes distortion of an audio waveform.

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MusicManMike

United States
335 posts since 1/23/15

06/23/2017 06:44:36 View MusicManMike's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Hi guys, finally figured it out. I had set it up to record a jam party here at my home bar. Needing to cover about three hours or so I reduced the quality so I could get more time. Forgot I did this and that was ultimately the problem. As soon as I bumped the recording quality back up it was working fine again. I agree with Rudy about the distortation thing. If you set the auto limiter that may solve the problem there

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