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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001065.txt from 2000/07

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Listening for what's wrong
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 19:36:46 -0400

At 07:52 AM 7/30/2000 -0400, Tom Wood wrote:
>I have tried a little taping of my playing but there is a watery or
>fluttery sounding distortion expecially on the clarion notes. I am
>using a Radio Shack mike that sells in the $40.00 range or a little
>less. I wonder if the problem is the mike or the distance from the
>mike, etc........
>Speakers are high quality as is the amp. Tape deck, cassette, is JVC.
>Maybe it is the tape recording settings on the deck??
Probably not the microphone. The clarinet sound is notoriously difficult
to record, as it, like piano, is particularly susceptible to distortion
from flutter, small but rapid fluctuations in tape (or record) speed. This
results in the "watery" sound you hear. One of the advantages of digital
recording is that it all but eliminates flutter from the equation. On the
other hand, due to it's very slow tape speed, the relatively high level of
flutter is one of cassette's most severe limitations as a high fidelity
medium. Try a reel-to-reel deck at 7 1/2 inches per second or more, or MD,
or digital tape.

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