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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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How do you use gain effectively?

Have read a few descriptions and understand basically what gain is, but I am quite the novice with audio work. I've never heard gain or it's usage described by those who are really familiar with it ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any Audio Interfaces supporting USB 3.0? If not, why?

I like to record my sounds of my amp (VOX VT40+) using a microphone (e.g. the Shure SM57-LCE) and an audio interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4), but I did not buy one of these, yet. I was wondering ...
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How can I multitrack record my band practices?

I would like to start recording my band practices. Current configuration is bass, guitar, and drums. I would like to record individual tracks to my computer so that we can add other parts, work on ...
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What should I look for in microphones for home audio monitoring “nanny audio cam” system

When building a home monitoring "nanny audio cam" system, the main component seems to be microphones/sound pickups. The qualities that I think I need for such microphones for this system seem to be: ...
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Equipment setup for recording a podcast

I'm helping a non-profit set up a podcast and want to make sure I pick out the right types of equipment. The podcast will usually have 2 people talking. I'd like to put together two different ...
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Can I record a sound frequency I can't hear and play it back so I can hear it?

Can I record a sound frequency I can't hear and play it back so I can hear it? If yes, How?
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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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Can someone explain 'phase' and related terminology in audio production?

I've looked a lot of places for info about this, and I've never found anything that was clear and satisfactory. I've been working with various DAW software for awhile and I always run into 'invert ...
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How do you remove white noise from recordings?

Specifically from recordings that other people made.
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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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How to record from two PC microphones with one computer?

I am using audacity to record conversation between myself and a friend in the same room. I am currently using two instances of audacity on two separate computers to record each individual headset. ...
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Is it better to use a DI unit or USB audio interface to connect guitar to PC?

I'm looking for an economical way to play my guitar and possibly record on my computer without purchasing an amp. I'm hoping this will save me some money and still produce reasonable quality output ...
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Are dialogues recorded separately while filming?

Usually when filming, are the dialogues being recorded together with the scene of the shots or are the dialogues usually re-recorded by asking the actors to speak and record over the footages in a ...
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Why are all my recordings fuzzy and quiet!?

I originally thought I could just record my guitar using my laptop camera/mic, like I assumed many of the very-non-professional Youtubers I saw do. This (just the first part) was the result. I then ...
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What is the best order in which to record instruments?

I am teaching myself home recording using GarageBand. I play guitar and piano, and have a Korg padKontrol to enter drum data. My question is, what is the best order in which to lay down tracks? ...
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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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What audio interfaces/mixers work well under Linux?

I'm looking for an audio interface with about 8 inputs that serves as a mixer as well, so I could record several channels and play them back to a PA at the same time. An example would be the Behringer ...
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Voiceover drowns in music. How do I make it more dominant?

Total newbie here, not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm trying to record some station IDs for an online radio station thingamajig I'm doing. I'm using a Samson C03U. My voiceovers ...
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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 ...
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How to reproduce any sound

This may be a silly question, but it is one I don't know and I haven't found an exact answer to it. A speaker can reproduce virtually any sound through vibration sequences, using an electromagnet. ...
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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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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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Getting the kick drum to really come out in the mix?

When I get done with a mix, no matter how much I work on the bass drum it barely comes out. I'm mainly working with metal bands, so I was wondering if anyone could give me pointers/ suggestions/ ...
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In what units is a sample's amplitude value represented, and how it relates to the real world?

I'm new to digital audio signals and read about sampling rate on hydrogenaudio. What this doesn't mention is how a single sample's value, ranging from -32768 to 32767 in a 16 bit, relates to any real-...
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Imitating a phone call?

I was wondering if there was an easy way to do a voice over of a phone call with it actually sounding like someone on the phone instead of just a voice over?
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What's the difference between dynamic and condensor microphones?

When someone talks about a dynamic or condenser microphone, what do they mean? How do these classes microphones differ, and are they used for different things? Are there any more subdivisions of ...
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How can I get a basic transcription of an audio recording using voice recognition?

I like to record the older folks in my family. I put my recorder on the table and we just chat. Just hanging out. Most of the resulting footage is not interesting but occasionally, I get a gem. Some ...
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How to get line-level record-out on Behringer X2442-usb?

My band uses a Behringer X2442-usb. We have it wired-up thus: Inputs going along 10 of the channels (1-8, 9 & 11 -- we don't use the stereo input capability of the higher channels.) We use Aux 1,...
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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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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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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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Why does your voice sound different when you record it?

Is it just yourself, or can other people hear it too?
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

Just discovered a 2014 short called The Sound of COS. It shows two guys creating Foleys for a fashion commercial. The short being sponsored by COS, of course the two are dressed sleekly. However, I ...
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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 do I need to make reasonable quality amateur recordings of vocals/piano to put on Youtube?

I have been recording myself playing piano and posting to Youtube, just so friends can take a look at how my progress is with the instrument for the most part, but also to post tutorials for some ...
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How do I mic an upright piano to get a nice stereo effect

I have an old upright piano (slightly out of tune). First of all, I took the front off of the piano and put an SM-58 right in the middle and got a great sounding recording. I really like the sound ...
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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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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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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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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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Zoom H2 recording levels are too low

I recently bought a Zoom H2 and I'm trying to record my acoustic guitar at home. I followed the manual to set it up so the level never goes over 0db (in case you're familiar with the H2, I put the ...
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Why do my vocal recordings sound thin and muffled?

Hi there i'm a newbie in recording so i have a beginners question: I recently bought an Audio Interface (the M-Audio FastTrack Pro) and recorded some stuff, which was really fun, and seems to have ...
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How to learn about audio recording and production

I have little knowledge in audio recording and production. I wonder how I shall learn about it? As a beginner, some introductory material that give general ideas and big picture will be great. As ...
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How to pick drum notes for a song?

First, I would like to say that Im not sure if this question belongs in sound or music stackexchange since it is related to the musicality and the mixing of a song. I know that each part of a drum ...
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Do audio interfaces output sounds from my computer or only from the input devices?

I came across audio interfaces while researching for microphones with semi-professional recording quality. What wasn't clear to me, and I couldn't find the answer by reading the specifications of ...