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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 ...

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