The problem is - very weak Mic signal.
I’m using a laptop “lenovo” with Windows 7; M-Audio fast track pro as a sound card; Microphone Shure Sm-58
And of course,i’m using a Cubase 5.
How i’m doing this:
- Create mono track (44.1/16)
- Checking the channel’s level = 0.00 dB.
- Commence a record.
When I’m playback what I record, i can barely hear vocals. Very weak signal.
Since, I never had any other plugins, to increase the level of the vocals, i tried to use a Guitar Rig as a plugin in the insert.
With a preset “Clean Vocal” or “Powerful vocal”, and with an additional pre-amp component “gain booster” set up in the begining of the chain, cranked up at 30 dB, i can hear myself pretty well (in solo), but still not enough. If i add even more gain, it’s ok then - the level is fine; but the sound of vocal is completely ruined with a lot of distortion, it sounds like an overdriven guitar.
Then, I tried to record a vocal, with a cranked up gain knob in the sound card. With the gain level on the sound card almost at full (~ 4 o’clock), and with the preset “Clean Vocal” in Guitar Rig as an insert, a pair of additional pre-amp component “gain booster” set up at 22.5 dB (in total ~ 45 dB) it’s just fine. Everything is ok, no distortion, no weak signal anymore.
Now the question is… Whats wrong? I’m sure, the way i’m doing it (especially with a pair of gain boosters) wrong. Maybe I should try another approach? I mean, i was watching a tones of video “how to record a vocal” in youtube, and everyone, had a fine level of vocal even without any additional plugins in insert, raw signal was fine. For sure, Guitar Rig is not the best plugin to record vocal, but since there are some presets, maybe it’s also ok. I think, my problem is somewhere in Cubase. Perhaps, i must switch “on” something, somewhere. Since i’m self-learner, i may not know something very obvious to all of you, guys, so please suggest even the most obvious and stupid things.