[Other] Recorded a mix and then found the most minimal wave form. What did I do wrong?
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    Default Recorded a mix and then found the most minimal wave form. What did I do wrong?

    This is the first mix I've ever recorded-- I appreciate the help. This test mix has the most minimal wave form; is that a bad thing? If so, how bad? Here's a screenshot of the mix on the top left:

    http://imgur.com/MwNUpnH

    I reckon the opposite waveform is what mine should look like.

    I recorded my set to a Zoom H4n. The recording was encoded as 320 kbps MP3 at 44.1 khz. I used TRS inputs from my Novation Twitch to the H4n using the Master outs. The levels shown on the H4n didn't go above 3/4ths.

    Additionally, when I play the mix, the sound levels are extremely low.

    This mix is intended for Soundcloud listening.

    What should I do to improve my mix?

    Thanks.

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    I always record my mixes at a lower volume to prevent any clipping. I then use Audacity to normalise it to -0.1db, it's definitely not the right way to do it, but it's how I do things.
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    Its normal for a recording to come out quiet. Usually -12db - -15db is about right. As mentioned you then throw the recording into audacity ar similar to bring the volume up.
    I see you use a Twitch ... why not just record in internal mode and save yourself a hassle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester View Post
    why not just record in internal mode and save yourself a hassle?
    I used the H4n as I'd like to record all of the mixes played in a night. Also, I have reliability issues with Itch/Twitch so I didn't want to make it have a harder time while performing. So, I've turned the input up and now I see clipping; I can't hear distortion though. Is that a problem? Also is the size of the waveform an indication of volume alone or an indication of the quality of the encoding as well? Thanks, Jester.

    Would you like to have a listen to the mix?


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