I just recorded some dobro yesterday, with both a condenser mic and a DI input via a Jerry Douglas preamp. Both sound very good, though different of course. Now, I’m trying to figure out how to handle them, both sonically and routing/mixing in Cubase.
Both are mono sources, though I recorded them on stereo tracks, which may have been a mistake but I don’t want to re-record. I’ve got them in a folder, because I made a composite of several takes and that made it easy to keep the two tracks in sync. Thanks, Cubase!
So, now what? I’ve never done this, so several questions:
- The preamp track looks to be delayed about 5 ms relative to the mic, and also reversed in polarity (peaks going down instead of up). I see that I can fix the polarity with the phase switch in the pre of the mix channel - is that the only way, or is there some way to change the event itself so I can see what’s going on? Should I fix the delay by sliding the preamp forward a few ms? If so, how do I handle that with a composite track?
- Any suggestions for how I should treat the two tracks sonically? Should I pan them to the same place (basically just sum them), or to different places? Add any effects or treatment to either of them separately?
- How should I set up my tracks to mix? Should I put them in link group controlled by a VCA fader? Send them both to a group track, and mix the group in the output? Or something else?
I’m mixing the dobro into an ensemble with several other acoustic instruments, including upright bass, all recorded with single mic or stereo mic. I don’t want the dobro to sound too big, to overshadow the ensemble.
Thanks for any guidance on this!