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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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Where can I find piano samples (mono not stereo)

I just can't find this anywhere on the Internet! Google is drawing a blank! I'm looking for a set of 88 piano notes, preferably in .WAV. But MONO! I found: http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2010/07/...
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Purchasing A Portable Digital Recorder for Professional Video Work

I am an independent filmmaker. I already own a prosumer-grade camcorder and I am looking to complement it with an external audio field recorder. Perusing B&H, portable options with XLR inputs ...
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How to record myself djing with a pc, midi controller and a mixer setup?

I like making megamixes for fun but can't use pre-listening feature while recording. My setup: Virtual DJ software on PC, Denon HC-4500 midi controller, and a DJM3000 mixer. Currently the Virtual DJ ...
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Simple multi-track recording to a computer without tons of hiss?

I have a pretty standard laptop. I have been using the "sound recorder" program on Windows to record musical ideas I want to save. Of course it produces an incredible amount of noise, and not much ...
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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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Is there a good amp to power a set 5.1 set of speakers for use with computer?

I'm looking to improve my home studio setup. I mostly just record stuff in GarageBand for personal to semi-pro use at this point. I have a decent (though old-ish) Kurzweil keyboard, a professional ...
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How to improve recording signal quality/reduce noise?

I have an electric keyboard which has pretty good-sounding output. It has two headphone jacks which provide the same output which sounds good with my headphones. I wanted to record the output so I got ...
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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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Increased headroom vs resolution with 24bit audio recording

I've been doing a bit of reading on 16bit vs 24bit audio and came across this article that claims 24bit/192kHz playback is basically pointless (but, that's not what I'm hear to discuss). What I found ...
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Which functional specifications are most important in an audio interface?

I want to buy an external sound card, and I have two choices (because others are crazy expensive here) 1) Line6 POD Studio GX 2) M-Audio M-Track I want to be able to connect my guitar and midi ...
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Recording sound from another computer program

If I use audacity to record sound from foobar or itunes or vlc, do I loose quality? Specifically, i'd like to press play on the program and record on audacity.
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Long audio recording solution

I need to record some audio for a very long time (possibly several weeks). Why you ask? a slight (incessant) next-door dog problem which I need to collect data for. I am looking for a lightweight ...
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Record more than two external mics with Tascam DR-40 into separate tracks

Tascam DR-40 has two external mic inputs. I believe I can record two stereo tracks on each input. I've been plugging in an XLR microphone into each of the two inputs and recording a podcast with two ...
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Record audio separatedly

I want to record a music scene live, and I will be recording the audio of the event properly, for quality audio production. I also want to produce a video of it using that audio after it has been ...
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Dual sound cards in Mac OS X?

I have a Lexicon Omega studio but I need 2 additional inputs. I have read about creating aggregate core audio interface, but does anyone have experience of this in mac? I have now found a cheap mbox ...
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How can I record piano on a laptop without high frequency wahwah?

Example: http://soundcloud.com/andrewclow/phases-for-piano (That's particularly bad example, via mp3 and the built in mic, the effect is always there before converting and with a better microphone. )...
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Small and big membrane condenser microphone

I ask this trying to get words to what I have experienced and have seen as standard practice but without having words to back it up. What are the differences between big and small membrane ...
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Why do I get noise in audacity when recording?

When I playback with Cubase, the sounds are crystal clear and with no noise. Then I record with audacity using these settings: The result has a background noise like the noise level in my studio is ...
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Noise connecting mixer to PC

I've got a Xenyx1202FX that I am trying to use to record some stuff. I connect it to the PC throughout the stereo main out into the PC (win7) line in. I am also using a UK-> EURO power adapter. ...
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Keyboard CASIO CTK-5000 to PC Line In

I need to record whatever I am playing on my keyboard (CASIO CTK-5000) on my PC. I've looked up the Web for a place I could buy a USB interface cable that would channel the output from the keyboard ...
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How to record yelling?

I'm working on an audio drama and there are some scenes involving yelling. How do I capture this without distortion but also without it sounding like it's being recorded from a distance?
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unable to reduce noise from recorded audio using Audacity and other tools

I had recorded one audio using recorded. But I get lots of room noise in recording. I try to use audacity's default noise removal option. But still I don't get good quality audio. So I want to know ...
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Audio Interface > Guitar Pedal Chain > Audio Interface

I have a bunch of guitar pedals (stompboxes) that are sitting idle. I'd like to run a mono track of music from my computer through these pedals and record it back into the computer again. The audio ...
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Recording with a mixer

I've recently bought a small mixer (YAMAHA MG102C) for my semi-complex routing needs and have trouble incorporating it in my current setup. The mixer works flawlessly but when the time comes for ...
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Why does my sample become “choppy” when I change its pitch?

https://soundcloud.com/drew-blaisdell/low-sample-test I recorded a note on my guitar into Logic Pro. This is the first note you hear played in the clip above. It sounds pretty much like a note on my ...
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How can i download poor quality audio from youtube videos?

I stay in a underdeveloped area of India where only one telecom operator is available. The highest internet speed that I have seen in my computer is 11 KBps (as this operator supports only 2G). ...
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Highly Directional Close up Microphone

I would like to record specific audio for the following scenario. I have a piece of equipment that rotates a drum via an electric motor. The drum contains food product that is heated by air entering ...
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Audio interface to use with Korg KP3 and MIDI keyboard?

I recently bought a Korg KP3 hoping that I could use my YAMAHA PSR E403 as input to the KP3, to play with effects, and then record the sound on my computer. I also use Reason 5 to compose my ...
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Least expensive microphone for hiss-free PC recordng

I'm having difficulty recording hiss-free voice audio using my PC using a USB headset combo, at least I think the problem is my headset because the built-in speaker gives much better quality, but the ...
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Combining 2 Mono Microphones to 1 mono output with a 4 channel recorder in the middle

I have an 4 Channel recorder/mixer. As well as recording, it gives me 1/8" stereo out on a head phone output. One mike is on the left and one mike is on the right. I use a 1/8” to 1/8” stereo ...
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Mbox 1 as an audio interface into Live 8 intro is only causing a static hiss

I am running Ableton live 8 intro on an Imac running OS X snow leopard. My audio interface is an original Mbox, when i am recording audio and arm a track, all i get is static on the track and the ...
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Best software to record voice synchronously with a video (i.e Dubbing)?

I want to dub some videos, i.e. transfer them to another language with my voice. So, I need software to simply record my voice (one part after another), while showing me the original video and ...
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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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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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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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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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How to remove noise caused by very loud sounds in a recording?

I've recently recorded a choir. The choir was singing very loud and the recording sounds badly where high or loud notes are heard, perhaps because the microphone didn't support such loudness or ...
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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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Recording - Can you 'see' if multiple microphones are in or out of phase

Many input tools show phase analysis. Now, without going into what tool, at the base level, I think they do the same thing. They show a visual similar to My question is about understanding this ...
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What can I use to record a band with?

I'm the audio engineer for a local band, and we want to record a little album. So we don't want to spend too much money on this.. So obviously, I can't afford a studio mixer. And so I've looked at ...
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Tascam DR-40 for Lecture and Speeches?

I'd like to get either the DR-40 or the DR-100mkii but one of the things I would need the unit for is recording lectures and speeches. Are either of these sufficient without external mics and preamps? ...
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How to improve the effectiveness of a camcorder's built-in microphone

We video-tape work meetings but some speakers are quiet and we cannot pick up comments from them. We don't have the manpower to tape from the front and back and then splice the two. Also, my ...
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Can anybody help me get rid of the static from my compressor?

I got a new compressor, and everytime I plug my microphone into it, there's a lot of static. It doesn't show up in the recorded audio, but I would love to get rid of it.
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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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how to remove sound clipping in existing record

I have an old record that has some clipping effect that happened during recording. This is a song, so i can't just cut out all frequencies probably ... is there any smarter way around to get rid of ...
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Connect Line Level To Mic Level

I have a old video camera that has a mic level input for connecting stereo mics. When I connect a line level device (computer, etc.) to it it sounds horrible. Is there a relatively cheap way to ...
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Connecting a microphone to a camera with a 25 foot cable - is it possible?

I've been assigned to document our class's stage play and I'm having trouble with the audio. I only have one shotgun mic (3.5mm output) and I'm planning on putting it on a tripod and leaving it on the ...
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What equipment should I use for recording conference audio?

I need to record conference video/audio, and the audio is giving me trouble. Each hotel has their own type of PA (speaker) system, it is not universally compatible. Each conference takes place in a ...
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Phantom power and audio recorders and microphones

I want to get one of those ear microphone to used when recording cell phone conversations. I noticed on Amazon that one can get the Olympus TP-8 at a decent price. But from the reviews on Amazon, it ...