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m-BOX Mini wont record with Logic

I am using an mbox mini with a macbook, it has been working fine. But all of a sudden logic won't record. I get nothing from either channels, microphone or guitar, so it's not phantom power, it's not ...
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How do monitor speakers not produce feedback?

I always see monitor speakers hooked into recording systems in example diagrams. There are monitor outputs on my audio interface. Can you really monitor recordings on speakers in the same room as ...
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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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Which equipments can i buy to record sounds of animals and birds?

My friend is doing a acoustic project related to his studies. He needs to record high quality sounds from animals and birds. I don't know anything about recording audio as i am a programmer. So please ...
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Zoom H2, any way to balance the stereo?

I just noticed that my Zoom H2 (using the 90° pattern) records the right channel with a higher level compared to the left channel. I have made several tests, positioning the recorder exactly in front ...
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How to amplify & clean up a weak reel-to-reel recording for converting to digital?

I am in the process of converting old reel-to-reel and cassette tape recordings to digital. One reel-to-recording from the early 70’s of my first band is real weak. When I amplify the sound the tape ...
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Buzzing sound when recording to laptop

I'm part of a church and we are looking to record sermons using a laptop and our sound desk. Everything works fine until we connect the laptop to mains power. Searching on Google I found this post ...
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Does correcting the speed of audio captured from vinyl at the wrong RPM degrade its quality?

I sent a record of mine to an analog -> digital conversion service, and the CD that came back sounded like chipmunks. They had played the record at 45 RPM on their capturing equipment instead of the ...
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A few questions about beginning to record

I have never recorded myself singing before. I have sung a couple times in weddings and in churches, but now I'd like to start recording myself singing at home. I want to start simple and then get ...
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Learning how to create, record, mix, and master audio

I've been messing around with digital audio production for something like six years on and off, and it's been a beautiful frustrating experience. I know very little if any "textbook" information and ...
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Will I need a mic preamp for my Zoom H4N recorder?

I've bought a Zoom H4N and a Heil PR-40 mic. Will I need to buy a mic preamp to go with that?
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Apple Hardware have Digital Output - do I need to get a high end audio card?

I've been asked a question which has got me stumped. Apple hardware generally has digital output, so what would be the benefit of installing a high end audio card? Thanks
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Lowering Headphone Output to Fit Microphone Input

I have a cassette recorder with a microphone input, no line-in. I'd like to record some audio coming from my computer. No matter how low I set the computer's output volume the recorded signal is way ...
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Sonar LE freezes when using MME (32-bit) driver mode

A few days ago I started having problems with Sonar in MME driver mode. Basically it freezes when I try to execute the most trivial operations, such as arming a track for recording. It had worked fine ...
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Noise cancelling solution near train tracks

I've done a lot of call center work in the past. Recently I've been offered a position working from home. I would like to accept it, but I live near a large intermodal and my house is about 200 feet ...
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Recording an instructor while filming him from a distance - Take II

I again have to video our Ninjutsu club's event using my consumer Canon HF10 camcorder. As I described in my question before the previous event, the instructor demonstrates a technique and then, ...
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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 do you make a phonograph for amateurs?

We are six students who search information about making our own phonograph. We have to make it completely by ourself and we have to use everyday components to make it. We want to base our phonograph ...
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Waterproof microphone

I want to shoot the following scene in amateur video: man jumps into the waterpool, swims under the water a couple of meters, and then floats back. The scene should be shot on head-mounted camera (...
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Imitate sound of coming objects

I am going to shoot an amateur video but have no idea how to create good sound. Here is my problem. I need to shoot some people who are coming into the direction of the camera. During this process ...
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Lavalier/lapel versus desktop mic for PC audio/video recording with Wirecast

A client and I are getting more serious about recording audio/video educational courses for presentation on the web, and we're wondering now about the ideal microphone to use with regard to price, ...
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Decode a-law stereo 8 -bit wav data to 16 bit lienear pcm data

I have this type of file: 8000Hz, 8 bits per sample, 64 Kbps, stereo, A-law wav file. I need to decode the alaw compression to 16 bit pcm linear encoding. I used a lookup table for this from this ...
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How do I improve the recording levels when rcording from mixer to laptop?

I'm an amateur when it comes to all things audio, but I've been put in charge of the audio system at our church. We're making the switch from recording sermons directly to CD to recording to a laptop....
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Voice recording for radio, what effects are used?

I'm recording my voice for my radio show. I used to record at the radio studio but we have a problem and so i'm stuck at home with Sound Forge. I record the voice with a Cobalt C04 Mic that sounds ok ...
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Improving audio quality of MIDI recording

I'm trying to connect my Yamaha Keyboard to my laptop through Midi to USB cable. But, I don't get a good result from that. One reason is that the sustaining is really awful, and another being the ...
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What's wrong with the EQ on this guitar

I'm taking a line in from my acoustic guitar. Here it is unaffected: In my opinion, this sounds terrible. I feel like there's some very offensive frequency somewhere ...
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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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Recording from Turntables to Laptop causes heavy distortion

When trying to record a mix from my vinyl turntables, to my laptop, I'm getting heavy distortion, especially during the heavy bass sections of the mix. I'm running my turntables into a 3 channel ...
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Help with Pro Tools recording issues

First off, I've looked through the Pro Tools help and such, and couldn't find an answer. I'm trying to record my guitar in Pro Tools 9, through an MBox mini. When I try to assign it to an audio ...
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Generating massive-sounding duplicated noises

I'm using SONAR 5 Producer (I know, it's old.) to record/mix/master my recording. What I'm looking to do is with certain sounds, I'd like to create the effect of having hundreds of instruments without ...
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Treating plosives on voiceovers

I'm doing some voice recordings and I noticed that sometimes certain letters sound louder than they should: K, S, E, et cetera. What they all have in common is that they send a huge wall of air ...
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How do I get a digital voice recorder to separate out multiple conversations taking place in the same setting?

When multiple conversations happen at once, the voice recorder can't recapture any individual conversations at all. Is there a way to separate out the two streams? Or are there any digital voice ...
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Change input source in sox when recording

I would like to change the input source when recording something in sox from the default input source to the speakers. Is that possible? If so, how can I specify the input sources in sox?
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Final mix still quiet after maxing volume and compression

I'm using Sonar LE to record a station ID for a little online radio station experiment I'm trying to set up. I've learnt to use a compressor to increase the volume of individual tracks without peaking ...
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Why do my DAW's reverb presets sound artificial and metallic on certain recordings?

Newbie question. I'm using Sonar LE in combination with a stock reverb effect. I've mostly used pre-programmed settings since I'm rather unfamiliar with audio production theory. On some recordings I ...
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How is compression different from normalization?

Newbie question. I originally asked this here in the comments but I was advised to post this as a separate topic. If I understand correctly, compression reduces the volume range of a sound so that it ...
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Recording heavy metal guitars with almost zero budget

Long story short: I've been producing electronic music for a long time now, so I have a very good amount of knowledge on mixing, special effects and mastering, but I have never EVER recorded anything ...
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Will Shure 840 prof. monitoring headphones double for location sound recording and listening to music/music production?

I'm looking at the Shure 840 professional monitoring headphones and was wondering if they will be the proper type of headphone for: location sound recording for video including dialogue and folly ...
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Can someone please explain to me what each bar of the equalizer means?

I mean I'm pretty new to sound engineering. Can somebody at least introduce me to what each bar on the equalizer of a music player stands for and how would they effect the quality and perception of ...
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Best sequence in a DAW to improve a poorly recorded voiceover?

I have a very specific production problem. The client has supplied voiceover clips for a video. These were recorded in a home office as 16-bit .wma files using, I believe, a headset, so there are ...
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How do below-freezing temperatures affect audio equipment?

I now have an attic to use for studio space. We've spent some time taping down noisy windows and sweeping and vacuuming, putting some pieces of carpet down, and we did some sound checks today. While ...
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Wireless lapel mic (for use with Canon 7D) recommendations

I am producing a documentary on a very small budget and am looking to purchase a wireless lapel microphone. I am pretty camera savvy but when it comes to microphones I have no clue. So what I'm after ...
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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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What's the minimum I need to make a (nice) recording of my guitar on my computer?

Preamp? Mixer? Receiver? Audio interface? External sound card? Breakout box? DAW? I've been trying to record audio of my guitar for a long time, with no luck. The microphone that came with my ...
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How do I mic a drum set for live recording a rock band?

I just got an 8-track (a Zoom R16) to start recording band rehearsals, work on original material, and get some quality versions of some of our tunes. At the moment, we're all in the same room, doing ...
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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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Weird Tempo Translation Between Digital Performer 7.24 and Reason 5

After researching the problem on line, it appears that Reason doesn't always do well with Digital-Performer-programmed tempo/meter changes when running in ReWire mode. It gets confused and stutters/...
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What is the bare minimum I need to experiment with recording my voice over a beat without so much latency?

I'm using the (I know, very sad) setup of Audacity on Windows 7 with an onboard sound card, and using the mic on a Microsoft LifeCam. I'm dragging an MP3 into audacity, and then attempting to record ...
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TV commercials that start with a voice over, and later cut to the narrator

I've noticed several TV commercials that start with a voice over, and later cut to the narrator. There is a unique audio effect, that makes the voice still sound like an overdub, but the lips are in ...
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portable player to replace minidisc

I've been using minidisc players for the last decade. Since that technology is as good as dead, and so will by my last player soon, I'm in the market for the latest and greatest portable music player ...

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