I tried the Eyeball and it doesn't sound right. What do I do?
The Eyeball is designed to isolate your microphone from the external environment and capture the full vocal spectrum of your voice. All recording spaces vary, some spaces are more reflective and can create additional echos. The Eyeball can be quite effective in reducing these reflections and ambience, it just may take a little extra time to set up and test.
Follow these instructions to achieve optimal sound quality:
· Make sure you are actively speaking/singing into the Eyeball.
· It may be necessary to turn down the input gain when using the Eyeball by 2-5db. The projection of your voice towards the microphone allows the Eyeball to capture the true tonality of your vocals, amplifying them.If you are using a USB mic, adjust the gain on the mic, software, and interface.
· We recommend using Cubase, Protools, Luna, Logic, Ableton, Reason or Studio One to record your vocals. We have found that the processing engines in other software are not adequate in reproducing a high-quality sound.
· If you are using a XLR cable make sure it is of high-quality a low-quality XLR tends to degrade in time and will cause anomalies by exuberating certain frequencies. This will sound like ambient noise within your signal chain.
· Ideally, the Eyeball and microphone should be centered in the recording area to allow for space, so that the reverberations can disperse through the air. Try setting up in different areas of the room to see what sounds best for you.
· Vocal microphones are specially designed to record vocals. Using microphones which are designed for both vocals and instruments will pick up your entire space. You most likely have a vocal microphone as they represent 90% of the microphones sold.
· If your recording space is less than ideal (concrete, windows, bare floors and walls, etc.) minor tweaks and additions could help. Try adding a rug under your mic stand, extra sound dampening objects or insulation around the recording space.
· Adjusting the space between the vocalist and the Eyeball will affect the sound. Play around with different distances to determine what works best.
Remember, you can never eliminate all reverberations - even the best studios may have room reflections. The Eyeball will not eliminate all unwanted reflections or natural reverberations but will vastly reduce the need to treat your recording space.
Can I be featured or cross-promoted on your social media sites?
The Kaotica community is a colorful tapestry of artists, their stories and shared ideas. We are honored to have such loyal supporters and appreciate all content curated with the Eyeball. We welcome you to share your photos with us, but please note that we receive hundreds of these requests. Although we will try our best to post your photo, we cannot offer a guarantee. Also, we do not typically post videos that are not curated by Kaotica and our marketing team.
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Why do my recordings sound louder when I use the Eyeball?
The Eyeball channels sound directly into your microphone, sound which otherwise would not be picked up. This results in a perceived increase in volume of the overall loudness in the recording. Make sure to turn your pre-amp or input level settings down. The input gain should register about three quarters on the scale.
How will the Eyeball affect my mixing and mastering ?
The Eyeball lessens the need for excess equalization and post-production processing. It provides a clear tone, vastly reducing reflections and the ambiance within a recording space. The Eyeball captures the complete spectrum of your voice and reduces much of the external environment, giving you clear and concise vocals, free of coloration.
How do I pack, travel with, and clean the Eyeball?
The Eyeball can be packed without its original packaging. If it becomes deformed, re-attach the pop filter and allow for it to expand back to its original shape. In addition, you can leave your microphone inside the Eyeball to help protect it during your travels.
Due to the porosity of the foam, the Eyeball will naturally collect dust and debris. The best way to keep your Eyeball clean is to gently use a sticky lint roller. If you've stained the Eyeball with food or a hard-to-remove substance, use a bit of water and gently rub it out with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
Can microphones be positioned sideways or upside down within the Eyeball? What if my microphone has knobs?
Yes, the Eyeball can be set up in any position. If your microphone is long-bodied, when installing the microphone, make sure to insert it through the top, sliding the microphone’s capsule down until its diaphragm is vertically centered within the Eyeball cavity. To prevent damage to the Eyeball, take extra caution when inserting and removing a microphone with knobs. The Eyeball’s base should sit just above the knobs on most microphones.
Why do some artists use multiple pop filters?
The Eyeball includes a custom-fit pop filter. To achieve your preferred sound, you can double-up or replace the Eyeball’s pop filter with your own. Ensure you place the additional pop filter right against the front opening of the Eyeball.
Will my microphone and shock-mount fit the Eyeball ?
The original Kaotica Eyeball is designed to accommodate most side-address microphones with long/short-bodies within a diameter of 38mm to 63mm / 1.50” to 2.50”.
The Kaotica Fatboy is modified to accommodate larger diameter side-address microphones with long/short-bodies within a diameter of 63mm to 95mm / 2.50” to 3.75”.
The Kaotica 7B is designed with a rear microphone opening to accommodate front-address microphones primarily used in podcasting and live radio applications.
The Kaotica 800C is designed to physically accommodate high-end tube microphones, such as the Golden Age and Sony 800 series.
Please refer to the compatible microphone list on the purchase page to see which Kaotica product is best suited for your type of microphone.
For side-address microphones, the Eyeball can be optionally paired with your existing shock-mount. If you choose to do so, the Eyeball sits freely on most shock-mounts without the need for any attachments. Short-bodied microphones sit decoupled from your shock-mount, and long-bodied microphones screw onto the shock-mount. It is not necessary to screw your microphone onto its respective shock-mount, especially ones that are short-bodied. All microphones held within the Eyeball are naturally decoupled, regardless if they are screwed onto a shock-mount or not.
Can I customize my pop filter colors?
The standard pop filter color combinations are as follows:
Each Kaotica Eyeball product in the series comes with its corresponding pop filter color and cannot be substituted for an alternate color. Additional pop filter colors may be purchased separately or as an add-on to your order.
Please note that all pop filters offer the same performance and only differ aesthetically.