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Software for Live Multi-Tracking Recording & Mixing

So I'm looking for a piece of software for recording multi-track live audio (PC or Mac is fine, I have system for both). That meets several key requirements: Can record at least 4 tracks Works with ...
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Software that actually produces instrument sounds

I'm a keyboardist (Yamaha PSR-2000), and recently, I've been wanting to replace my keyboard with a simple 'MIDI controller' keyboard connected to a PC, and have the PC produce the sounds. The reasons ...
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GarageBand: Create Apple Loop from m4a recorded piano files?

How can I import m4a files as Apple Loops? I love the concept of the loops but I can't always have my main pianist next to me recording and then storing it as Apple Loops.
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How to record one or several celli?

I have tried to record a cello with a Audio Technica ATM10 omnidirectional microphone with mixed results. As this is something I am likely to do regularly, I would like to receive advice. There ...
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Any plugins out there using GPGPU/CUDA/OpenCL for horsepower?

It looks like the dedicated hardware plugin boxes (UAD etc) use traditional DSP chips like the Analog Devices SHARC for their horsepower. Is anybody using graphics card processors via GPGPU (General ...
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Individual performing complete band performance (eg rock) by sequentially recording each instrument

Can a single person record a rock song on their own? Here is how I imagine it: A musician records one instrument (e.g. bass), then has the recording played and mixed with the sound of the next ...
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How do I mic a violin?

I have a Royer R-122 ribbon. My wife is a violinist, and I would love some tips on how to properly mike her violin for recording and mixing. I understand that ribbons are a little picky, so I would ...
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What is the best way to record Electric Guitar on heavy distortion?

I am striving to record Electric Guitar on heavy distortion. I'm using an SM57 and an Audio Technica AT2020 as a room mic. I'm getting a pretty good sound but is there anything i can do to, really ...
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Dubstep Whomp's on logic express 9?

I am looking to create Dubstep Whomp's on logic epress 9! anyone know of a good and easy to understand tutorial?
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Digital Kazoo Filter

I'm working on an iPhone app where I need to record audio, modify the audio to sound like a kazoo, and play it back. I don't need help with the coding aspect, but I do need help designing some sort ...
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Mixing Alnico and Ceramic on 1969 Fender Bassman

I am a classic amp collector, and have a great number of great pieces. I also run a recording studio and a reamping service. I found at a great price a 1969 Fender Bassman TEN (silverface) ... a 50W ...
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How can I record with Ableton Live ? My setup seems to be missing just one part at this point.

Objective I am trying to record my MPC-1000 as just a raw audio to Ableton Live through my MBox, But my output monitors are not picking anything up. Equipment I use an mBox. I downloaded the stand ...
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Can I place a DI box between my amplifier and my guitar cabinet to record my signal?

Could I put a DI box between my amplifier and my guitar cabinet, and then run the DI signal in to my USB interface? Or would that create issues? I'm using a Michael Kelly guitar, through a Bugera ...
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recording a rock band perfomance

Really basic question. We have the classic 4 person rock band. I want to record them. The procedure is to set up the mics on each instrument including the vocals and to do so in a way so that sounds ...
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Acoustic Violin Pickup : Fishman V-200 - possible setups

A violinist friend of mine is planning to buy this pickup, Fishman V-200, for his acoustic violin. Can it be hooked directly to a mixer for recording or live performance? Or, do we have to add a ...
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M-Audio FastTrack Pro levels are very low

I'm curious if anyone else has experienced very low levels from the mic pres on the FastTrack Pro. Whenever I use it, I have to crank the gain for the corresponding channel almost to its max before I ...
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Music/Voice/Notation editor

I looked around at other answers on audio stackexchage that are related to my question, but the answers seem to leave much to be desired. (At least, for my situation :P ) As a hobby, my wife is a ...
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Achieving uniform level in lengthy spoken word recordings

I often make lengthy recordings of spoken word for Internet distribution - lectures, public debates, etc. The resulting wave files have a highly uneven level - from whisper-quiet (questions from the ...
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Remixes, Sampling and The Law

I have been working on a great remix of a popular track by a very popular pop artist. However, im worried about getting sued/etc for using the original vocals from the track. So, what is the law when ...
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Audio Mastering Book Recommendations

I am in the initial stages of a recording project of my own and am interested in doing my own mastering work once it is finished. So, I am looking for books/reference materials on audio mastering as ...
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What specifications should I look for in a budget microphone to be used for capturing clean, electric guitar?

What should I look for in a budget-level microphone if I'm going to use it primarily for capturing clean, guitar amp tones? Can such a microphone capture both clean and distorted tones well?
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choosing gear and set up for recording live 16ch same time

I've just rented a house with a 30 sq control room and a 30 sq playroom. Both rooms need no work on the acoustics. I want to record simultaneously on 16 tracks and mix up to 32 not on pc but on the ...
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Micing a kick drum with a large diaphragm condenser?

In two days, I am supposed to record a rock (more like hardcore) band. I'm definitely no professional, rather doing it as a favor since I have most of the equipment. I am starting with the drums and ...
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Cubase Metronome silent

I've just bought Cubase 6 and installed it today. Managed to get my instruments coming out fine but for some reason the click sound is just not working. I'm enabling click and count in on the ...
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What key features should I look for when purchasing a mic for podcasting?

I'm looking to set up a podcast, and want to get started with the right equipment. My problem is I have no idea what I'm looking for in a mic, and what other things I need to record good quality audio....
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How do I remove echo from an audio recording?

I'm working with the audio file of a drama recorded in a hall where most of the dialog has an echo. Not as bad as a stadium echo, but significant nonetheless. Since it is in the foreign language, I ...
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How to hook up guitar to Mac Pro?

Besides the actual guitar, what are my options as far as hardware is concerned for connecting it to my Mac Pro? Is it possible to plug the guitar directly into the computer? Is it significantly better ...
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Monitoring multiple USB microphones

I am in the planning stages of producing a podcast consisting 2 or more people in the same room. I have a large diaphragm USB condenser mic, and another non-USB mic. At this point, I need to decide ...
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AMP > Mini-jack > PC mic port = ok?

I have a bass amp with a Jack output for headphones. I bought a Jack <> Mini-Jack converter, and a Mini-Jack <> Mini-Jack cable. I thought that I could just throw these things together, and put ...
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Quantizing audio

Quantizing MIDI is a piece of cake and every program/DAW that supports MIDI does it. But say I'm working with raw audio instead, say maybe a guitar line I just recorded, and the performer's timing is ...
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Voiceover workflow tips? (Specifcally, workflow and processing…)

Does anyone have any good tips as to how I might record good quality voiceover for a short video series I'm editing? I'm currently in the middle of editing together a short video project that needs ...
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Can a reverb processor compensate for a dead room?

Say a recording space, such as a simple isolation booth, has a very dead, overly damped sound, so there is little to no reverb trail on recordings made in that space. Is it possible to use a reverb ...
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What is the best way to mic a hammered dulcimer?

Looking for some suggestions on getting the most authentic recorded sound from a Hammered Dulcimer. The model I am mic'ing has 2 sound holes. What would be the ideal mic type(s) (i.e. dynamic, ...
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How do I fix USB Mic Static through a preamp?

I am trying to setup a semi-pro recording area for creating a podcast and I am quite new to audio recording. I have a KAM C3 (Bottom one on the site) Mic going into an ART Tube MP - Project Series ...
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Recording and processing backing vocals with only one singer

I'm recording a few songs using Studio 64 Linux and I'm wanting to add some backing vocals. As there's only me I was wondering if anyone had any good tips to make the recording sound more like a ...
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Doubling a track

I was reading an article about recording a guitar and the guy was recommending doubling the track by actually recording it twice. I realize that this thickens up the sound which is good but is playing ...
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Vocal mic placement, setup, and technique

I have AT4050 for my home studio that I'm using as a vocal mic. I have a rather powerful voice (not a screamer, just tend to be loud) and I'm trying to figure out the best way to position mic (...
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Better Options than M-Audio Keystudio

I have been a musician for years and decided a few months ago to record some music at home. I got the M-Audio Keystudio that came with ProTools SE because it was cheap and I wanted to make sure I was ...
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What is the best, but least expensive live recording setup?

I am a videographer first and a recording technician second. I've been trying to get better and easier to use equipment and software to record live bands (audio). My goal is to have a setup that can ...
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Help with mastering

I use Logic Pro. It seems like every song on the radio I hear sounds good everywhere. Headphones, ear buds, loud speakers etc. My music generally feels like it lacks dynamic range. As if a lot of the ...
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Modern rock bass drum recording techniques

In modern rock or heavy metal sound engineering and production: Is it possible to get a decent sound without triggers on the kick drum? Examples would help here :-) What triggers/drum machine ...
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What is “clipping” distortion? What causes it, and how to avoid it when recording audio?

What is "clipping" distortion? What causes it, and how to avoid it when recording audio?
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How to cleanly punch piano?

When recording piano I've always struggled to get clean punches. I usually try to punch just ahead of a downbeat when the pianist is lifting the sustain pedal, but I often end up with some remnants ...
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Recording gear for (small) children: Recommendations?

When I was kid, my friends and I had fun recording ourself on a cassette deck. For christmas, I want to get some gear for my kids (five and three) to record themselves singing etc. What is available?...
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Rendering vs. recording in ableton live?

In Ableton Live, it seems like I get better (clearer, louder, better dynamics) results when I route and record my master track to an audio track instead of using the "render-to-disk" function. Has ...
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How to judge preamp and A/D quality on a USB audio interface?

I'm looking for an audio interface for casual recording. There are things it's easy to tell from specs -- number of channels, connectors, phantom power, etc. -- but I don't know any way to tell if an ...
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Miking a grand piano

I have a SM57 and RHODES NT1 microphone and I was wondering what the best way to mike a grand piano was. I tried opening the grand piano and pointing the SM57 at the strings and then placing the ...
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Pedals in Recording

I'm looking at getting some pedals for my guitar (I play acoustic, and as I just recently got an amp, I haven't had any in the past) mostly for live performances, as it's tough to assume a bar or some ...
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Cheap DIY solutions, like using egg cartons

I record and produce as a hobby, so funds are limited. What are some nice do it yourself solutions people have found. As an example, you can line the walls with egg cartons instead of paying for ...
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Using stereo to re-create a stage effect, or to enhance the experience?

Last millenium with the advent of common Stereo equipment, recording engineers often used the stereo effects to re-create a 'stage' like presence in the recordings. I.e. the instruments would be ...