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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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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 ...
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How do you remove white noise from recordings?

Specifically from recordings that other people made.
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What is Mastering?

Can anyone explain mastering? What is it for and why should anyone care? Should I have all of my recordings mastered?
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Best setup for a portable studio?

I've often needed to record while at a musicians house/studio/practice-pad (same goes for podcasting on the fly). To do so I needed my studio (or part of it) to be very mobile. I always want to ...
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What is the best setup under $10K?

I've always wanted to have a home studio and I figured that with around 10K I could build a semi-descent setup. I'm interested in everybody's opinion on what is the best (Pro Tools preferably) setup I ...
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What are the most common newbie recording mistakes?

What are the most common mistakes that new engineers tend to make when recording and mixing down their tracks?
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Soft synth vs. hard synth

I did a lot of project work about 15 years ago. Due to a limited budget, I arranged most of the drums, bass and keyboard tracks on a MIDI rack synth. I became increasingly annoyed with the process ...
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What could be causing audible clicks in Tracktion 3 on Windows?

I've been using Tracktion 3 (on Windows XP) for a long time now, but I've started to notice audible 'clicks' in my recordings for the last couple of months. It's ruining things! The clicks are ...
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Record a live show on 6 tracks

I'm planning on recording a live show this weekend. I have free subgroups I can route freely to. Band is: Drums, Bass, Git, 2 Acoustic Gits, Keys 4 Backing Vocs, 2 Lead Vocs I have 3 stereo FX ...
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Headphones to block outside noise

In a live recording environment, what "style" of headphones should I use to monitor what I am recording - in other words which block out the outside sound best. Are in-ear headphones completely ...