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Verify my gear is properly set up

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Setting up audio gear can be tricky. It goes from fairly straightforward “computer mic” to very complex “NPR sound booth”. We are striving for something in between. Most egghead recording gear uses a professional grade microphone, connected to a USB interface with an XLR cable, and finally, the USB interface connects to the computer. Regardless of the specific, we need to verify that it sounds good! In this lesson we show how to keep your audio volume input levels as high in the green as possible without turning red (clipping).


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Setting up audio gear can be tricky. It goes from fairly straightforward “computer mic” to very complex “NPR sound booth”. We are striving for something in between. Most egghead recording gear uses a professional grade microphone, connected to a USB interface with an XLR cable, and finally, the USB interface connects to the computer. Regardless of the specific, we need to verify that it sounds good! In this lesson we show how to keep your audio volume input levels as high in the green as possible without turning red (clipping).

After the gear is set up, we need to make sure it's working. First, let's make sure audio is coming through the input source. Here's an example.

Testing, testing, one, two, three.

We want our audio levels as close to the red as possible when recording. This means the audio will be as loud as it can without clipping. Let's take a look at how this works.

Testing, testing, one, two, three. Testing, testing, oh, I'm clipping. Let's go back down. Testing, testing, one, two, three. Testing, testing, one, two, three.

HEY, QUICK QUESTION!
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