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Zoom H2 recordings with two different mic settings. How can I match them now?

I have a dilemma. I recorded live flute in a concert hall yesterday using my mac and the Zoom H2. I used the 2-channel setting that uses both the front and back mics, creating a stereo file. When I ...
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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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When should I use a separate preamp or field mixer when recording from a mic?

I'm quite new in sound recording - I'm only starting out with this as a hobby, and have yet to invest in (most of) the equipment... Let's say I should record voice with a microphone into a mobile ...
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What does GarageBand have compared to Audacity?

Apple sells GarageBand for about $15/£10 currently. At this price point, what do I gain over something free like Audacity? My use-case is recording myself singing and playing guitar for home use, or ...
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choosing a portable sound recorder and microphone

I am a musician and I want to record pub sessions etc. I am looking at voice recorders on eBay but it appears that all the ones with decent recording quality are very expensive (£100+) and to justify ...
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Does hardware DSP help with plugin processing?

I'm thinking of purchasing the UA Apollo, and run it using the optional Thunderbolt connection. I currently am using a Mac Mini with Komplete Audio 6, which is a major step down from the Apollo, and ...
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Mixing and Recording a Telephone Conference Call

For a podcast project I'd like to hook up two phones with my Mixer. In essence this works, however callers do not just hear me and other callers but also themselves which is obviously very annoying ...
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What equipment do I need to record the audio from my piano keyboard?

I've been wanting to use acoustic piano in my songs, but the MIDI sounds available in my recording programs (Garageband, Ableton LIVE) don't cut it. Good ones like Pianoteq cost upwards of $300. I ...
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Fix for terrible “Hard Drive Noise” Audio Interference?

When recording direct input instrument audio using Ableton, my recording is plagued with a terrible noise interference that sounds like the clicks and movements of my PCs internal Hard Disk drive. ...
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what is an A/D converter? and a recommendation about it

So its an analog to digital converter that uses sampling and quantization? I understand all of that but it sounds to me like it would change the outputted sound. How exactly is this performed? The ...
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recording with Shure SM7B is surprisingly quiet

When recording with my new mic, the Shure SM7B, everything that gets recorded is extremely quiet and gets a ridiculous amount of static after upping the gain and using a compressor. I recorded it ...
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What equipment do I need to mix and monitor my recordings?

I am a complete Newbie when it comes to mixing and multi-channel Audio. I have two instruments I would like to record simultaneously - a Roland HD-1 V-drum set (outputting a 3.5mm PL connector) and an ...
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How Do I Publish My Own Song

I'm recording my own blues number this morning on someone elses album. They will be giving me credit but what's the easiest way for me to publish this and protect my copyright?
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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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microphone for recording naturally occuring random noises

While I already have a condenser mic for vocals, I'm looking for a microphone that would be good for recording random naturally occuring sounds out in the open or inside as well. There would probably ...
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starting an effects rack, but not sure where to start or if needed

So I've been interested in starting an effects rack for months now after seriously getting into music production as a way to stay out of trouble. Don't get me wrong, music has always been a major ...
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How can I record my singing voice the way I hear it?

When I hear myself sing, which I only do in my car to and from work everyday now just to practice (which is about 2 hours total), I actually like the way my voice sounds. It is at least tolerable. My ...
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Using a digital filter as a replacement for a wind screen.

I read that foam windscreens are effective against breathing. However, what it does is just filtering. Shouldn't it be possible to do the same thing with a digital filter? It should be as easy as ...
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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 ...
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How should I start recording my band?

For a while now I have been playing music with some of my friends. The style like a mix of Zepplin and The Strokes. Now we'd like to start recording, but I don't know how to go about things. I bought ...
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Capturing Wedding Vows

So I am starting into wedding videography for a company, and we are having a lot of discussions as to the best way to capture wedding vows. The way they are currently doing it is a zoom h1 set to auto ...
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How do I record multiple mics to a computer without a mixer?

I am trying to record two USB mics as separate tracks on our MacBook Pro. I don't want to purchase an expensive mixer, as I don't have the money. I'd also rather not have two separate programs running,...
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Connecting the iRig mic to a mixer or microphone input

I have a IK Multimedia iRig Mic that I want to plug into a standard TS 1/8 inch mono microphone connector (such as a computer). The iRig mic has a iPhone 1/8 in connector (4 way), which transfers in ...
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Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic XLR cord doesn't fit all the way and won't work

So I bought a Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic on Monday to record vocals for some of my songs. the mic I bought it used from Guitar Center but they said it worked fine and obviously tested it. As ...
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How to remove noise/hissing sound while recording from a Dynamic Mic

I am using the Panasonic RP-VK21 which is a Dynamic microphone. Every time I record a video tutorial I have to edit the sound to remove the hissing sound (The background noise). What can I do to ...
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Wait to unplug with phantom power

When I use a mixer (Behringer 4-track), the instructions say to wait about ~30 seconds after turning off the phantom power before unplugging anything. They say not doing that could damage the ...
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How do I fix the latency issue when recording through M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface?

I'm having trouble using the "M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro" USB audio interface to record with. I've tried to manually adjust the latency in the M-AUDIO Fast Track Pro Properties but the slider is locked ...
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App for recording ASIO line in

I have a PC running Windows 7 and a 4 channel external ASIO audio card. I thought I could record line in with Audacity but it doesn't suport ASIO. What other options do I have? I need a simple ...
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Cardboard boxes for room echo reduction?

I have a large amount of not-broken-down cardboard boxes that I need to hang onto, and they are piled just outside the door of the small basement room I am trying to use as a (admittedly incredibly ...
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What quantity of hiss/muddiness should I expect give various studio setups?

I'm trying to get into home music recording of music that will now and then have some very quiet passages, quiet vocals, acoustic guitar--delicate stuff in addition to louder sections. My current ...
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Options for hobbyist audio-recording?

I met today a good guy, an artist D. McDade here, to whom I showed a song and explained about reverberation and noise -problems in small-room -recordings. He mentioned some tools such as German -tools,...
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Easiest way to convert audio tape to mp3?

I have a few hundred of audiotapes; I am looking for an easiest way to convert them to mp3; I would like to find a software which would 1) adjust recording level automatically (and do it gradually - ...
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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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Can I apply effects directly on my FireStudio Project?

I have 6 mics plugged into my FireStudio Project audio interface. I like the zero-latency monitoring available by plugging headphones into the interface, but I can't add simple effects, like reverb. ...
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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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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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Are there any non-weighted key MIDI controllers out there with 76 - 88 keys?

I've recently purchased Kontakt 5, and I'm exited to start using it, but I'm thinking that my current MIDI controller (an 88 weighted key digital piano) will probably be difficult to play on for non-...
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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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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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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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Playing a channel whilst recording another in Sound Forge

Basically, I'm doing some recording in sound forge pro 10. I have 4 channels, 2 of which have the backing track on and the other 2 are to be recorded on. Is there any way that I can play the backing ...
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Should I use a standalone compressor/gate or do it in post?

I'm recording screencasts and also dabbling in podcasting. I do video editing in Final Cut Pro X. My question is this: Is it better to use a standalone insert compressor/limiter/gate or have FCPX do ...
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What microphone is used by sound engineers in foley?

I'm looking to record some sound in a "closed" setting similar to sound engineers when I toured the foley section of a movie production. Unfortunately, there wasn't a Q & A opportunity. I'm ...
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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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How to record streaming audio?

Let's say I want to record part of an internet radio broadcast so that I can listen to it later. Is there a way to route the audio from my web browser into a recording app like Audacity? This seems ...
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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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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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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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Export from garageband to audacity

I want to export ALL the audio tracks from garageband to audacity. I searched on the internet and it is apparently not possible ( here for instance), or better it is possible but one track at time. ...