I had been thinking this is due to my recent microphone being a bit older and having suffered in the past, but I now got a real monster of a Brauner together with a decent preamp, and still the issues persist, even more so as the microphone is able to capture more at a higher quality and lower noise. When I monitor the input, i.e. the pre-amped Brauner, there is a lot of clarity audible, just like Brauners have. I noticed after recording, the recordings sound rather dull, as if the process of recording cuts off a lot of action in the mid hi and high spectrum. It doesn’t matter which microphone, sample or bit rate (44.1 and 48k at 32bit) or DAW I use or if I go in directly or through the preamp - the difference between the direct monitoring and the recording’s sound persist.
Does this just have to do with a less-so-decent A/D conversion? Why can I monitor in much better quality, but the recording is mediocre?
Thanks in advance