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How is this technique called with ethernet cable to stage

In my live mixings until now I always worked with analog signals between stage and mixer. Recently I saw at a small performance a solution with a kind of ethernet cable to stage. On stage there was a ...
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Automating a Dialogue/Foley Reverb

I've got a scene I'm working on where a couple characters are having a conversation and the camera is in front of them walking with them tracking them as they walk through a whole office. The scene is ...
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Do vinyl records sound better than CDs?

Is this true, or it's just a placebo effect? Personally I don't hear any differences besides the usual vinyl "cracks" and random noises...
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Why do studio monitors use analog cables instead of digital?

All studio and professional grade monitors in general have analog inputs (TRS/XLR/RCA etc...). High end monitors have the shortest internal cable run to reduce loss of quality yet this is only a tiny ...
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What impact does applying gain to a digital audio signal have on playback?

I'd like to know what role digital gain (volume) control has on logical and perceived quality. I do have knowledge about how audio is stored digitally but do not know how volume works beyond the fact ...
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Is there still any reliability gap between digital and analog mixers

In the last 10 year I've seen most concerts switch from analog to digital mixers. In the early days there were wild stories about the unreliability of digital boards and the fear of needing a restart ...
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Digital Effects Unit

I'm after a effects unit for just some simple plate reverb and maybe some delay on two mono channels. I'm on a shoestring budget, so the cheaper the better. I've seen Alesis MidiVerb 4's around for ...
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Video game music setup

I'm a musician/programmer and I'm looking to begin creating video games. In terms of sound production I'm lost. I want to make sounds reminiscent of SNES mario games/zelda Closer to the super meat boy ...
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What is a stereo pair of samples called?

I'm a part of a development team working on an audio processing application. We have the silliest problem that's already caused us some trouble coding. We work with stereo audio signals, and when ...
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How does PCM digital audio work?

I'm keen for someone to provide a clear and concise overview of how digital audio works. How you get from an analogue waveform, through a sampling stage, a digital to analogue converter - all the way ...
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What equipment do I need to transfer audio from MiniDisc to hard disk?

I need to transfer some recordings made on MiniDisc to my MacBook computer. My MiniDisc has an S/PDIF digital output, so I imagine I need to buy something that will connect to my computer via USB ...
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How to clean a digitally-distorted recording?

We all know what happens when the recording level goes too high during Analog to Digital conversion: harsh non-musical sound covering everything else (ok, on occasion it might be sort of musical, but ...
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Quantizing audio

Quantizing MIDI is a piece of cake and every program/DAW that supports MIDI does it. But say I'm working with raw audio instead, say maybe a guitar line I just recorded, and the performer's timing is ...
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Behringer X32 digital feedback loop

I've been using the "new" Behringer X32. Occasionally, and still without knowing exactly why, I get a digital feedback and the master volume goes to top. No specific frequency, just a digital ...
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S/pdif ports - Should/can I use them?

My Saffire Pro 24 Firewire audio interface has S/pdif in/out ports. My computer also has s/pdif in/out ports. My interface is already connected to my computer bia firewire. Would there be any benefit ...
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What is the 'phenomenon' happening when two identical digital sounds are played nearly at the same time?

In video games there are audio and sounds playing when e.g a gun is fired, or when a sword is smashing something. Sometimes, when two identical sounds, (e.g the same sword-sound) are played at the ...
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Digitize vinyl on PC (TT > Stereo Amp > USB Audio Interface > PC recording software)

Never tried anything like this, so please excuse any inevitable incompetence! I'm trying to rip vinyl records from my turntable to my computer. Here's the relevant (I think) equipment I've got: JVC ...
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What are good resources to learn the production side for an end-user focused software guy?

I'm a software developer type of person who works a lot with systems that stream media (movies, music videos etc) to end-users over various channels. I know a lot about video files and how to play ...
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What interface should I choose to extend Yamaha LS9-32 outputs?

I need more outputs on Yamaha LS9-32 so I am looking for an interface to extend outputs via ADAT output. I have MY16-AT card in it.
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sound quality difference between USB cables

I am currently reading about Digital-Analog-Converters in a magazine. In one section about connecting an iPod, it says that the sound via a USB cable such as the one from Audioquests Cinnamon is ...
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Can a digital sound wave take any shape?

I'm studying the topic of sound waves in digital audio. I have a basic understanding of the concepts of frequency, amplitude, samples, and how it all comes together to create a sound with a distinct ...
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Your thoughts on the next kind of media storage

We all see the downward trend in compact disc usage. Major recording labels refused from CD manufacturing and the global production gently falls. But what we have now is the valueless, weightless ...
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Emulating a skype/opus bandwidth-drop tearing/stutter?

When using skype or other high-compression real-time audio communication (many of which are based on Opus, I think), and the connection strength weakens, you often hear a digital stutter that involves ...
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Digital Audio hardware hookup

I have an M-Audio KeyStudio board linked to a computer through Fruity Loops 10. When the board is plugged in the computer recognizes it, but I get no sound when I hit the keys. This was once ...
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Digitizing Casette 4-Track Tapes via Behringer U-Control UCA 222

I'm looking to digitize a bunch of 4-track tapes I made when I was teenager. I acquired a Tascam 424 (the same model I originally recorded on) which has the ability to route each track to a separate ...
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Spotify optimal level using Soundforge's statistics

I'd like to know if others are using the average RMS calculator from SoundForge to confirm the global RMS level of a song before publishing to Spotify and other online platform. I see a lot going ...
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Which cable should be used in paired AUX sends and return on mixer?

My mixer has paired aux send and return jacks. For example aux 1/2 send and return are SPDIF, and the 3/4, 5/6 aux send and return jacks are paired. There are not separate aux send and return jacks. ...
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Periodic loss of clock over S/PDIF

I have two computers with M-Audio Audiophile 192 cards, and a Yamaha LS9-16. One computer's S/PDIF output is connected to the LS9 S/PDIF input. The LS9's S/PDIF output is connected to the other ...
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Designing Sound Effects For Digital UI

I'm trying to get better sound design and I wanted to tackle the area of digital sounds for UI that you'd see in a sci-fi thriller or something like that. Something like the sounds at the beginning of ...
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How does digital audio data capture 'texture'? (And not only pitch and volume)

I've been reading about digital audio. I now have a basic understanding of frequency and amplitude. To my understanding, frequency is the 'width' of a wave, and amplitude is the 'height' of a ...
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What causes the limitation on excessive analog signals vs. digital signals?

In the digital world, "clipping" would occur when a signal passes above 0db. But if you are dealing with analog equipment, is there a certain "ceiling" that tends to "brickwall" the signal down as ...
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Other than buffer size and sample rate, which other variants (hardware and/or software) play a role in latency?

For example: I'm looking for/designing/building an audio-focused system, and lowering latency is very important. What should I look for? RAM? Hard drive speed? Processor's speed and/or number of cores?...
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"Digitally Remastered" Vinyl albums

I have a vinyl record that says it has been digitally remastered - this would mean that there is no true analogue wave anymore. One reason I still have and buy vinyl albums is because they are ...
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Track to evaluate internal noise level?

I am listening to Spotify/MP3 on my laptop with external sound card and headphones. Is there something like dedicated track that will help me evaluate the level of internal noise of my system? I ...
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How to use the matrix on a SoundCraft Si Compact 32?

We just got a SoundCraft Si Compact 32, but we can't figure out how to use the matrix. In the world of analog mixers, it's easy. You just choose what you want to mix in, and you're good to go. Our ...
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Analog vs Digital/digital vs analog audio [closed]

Hi guys this could be a very popular question/debate but what do you feel are the pros/cons of analog and/or digital audio in relation to one another? To start the ball rolling one of the first pros ...
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What is gain when the input is digital and the output is analogue?

I understand that the gain of an amplifier is the ratio between its input and its output. E.g., a 6dB gain means that a 3V input gets amplified to 6V. How is the gain defined if the input is a 16-bit ...
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Is there any loss of audio quality when converting from digital to analog audio?

If I need to convert from a digital input to an analog output, is it better to convert to analog early and use converters to get to the needed format or stay digital as long as possible? Where are ...
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Understanding voltage/current output of Analog to Digital Converter

I am trying to understand the audio signal chain and got a bit stuck on ADCs... I am trying to figure out what the digital representation looks like in terms of voltage/current in the wire after the ...
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Is It Possible To Make Microphone Inputs Available to Laptop

I am working in a situation where I am running shows that have multiple microphones, and multiple speaker output channels. Right now, I am using a Soundcraft GB4 and a MacBook Pro equipped with ...
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Analog vs Digital metering

I mixed for 3 years on an Allan and Heath as well as several other analog consoles and was used to running my channel gain at 0db with the transient peaks never reaching above +6 (this is unity gain ...
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Receiving sound from a startech 7.1 usb external sound card with spdif digital audio drivers

So I installed all the drivers for it but I can't seem to receive sound from it. I'll outline my setup so it'll be easier for someone to help me. I have a female XLR to aux running from my behringer ...
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How to connect a digital Piano and a PC to the same wireless headset? [closed]

I am going to buy some digital piano and I own a Desktop PC. I would like to hear both the PC and the piano via one wireless headset. One Problem is that my PC has a crappy on-board sound chip and ...
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Recording two sound sources through two inputs at the same time with Tascam DR-1 Portable Digital?

Hello everyone here! It's my second time to post question here :) I have one simple question. I try to rent Tascam DR-1 Portable Digital, MKH 60, and MKH 416P for few days. I'm wondering if it's ...
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Nagra LB Problems

Hi, Just wanted to know if any one has had any problems with the Nagra LB in relation to files being corrupted. By this I mean, when recording on to the internal drive, on playback after dumping, ...
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Can anyone identify the source of these recording artifacts?

I have a setup with a pair of high-frequency (200k) ultrasonic microphones which I am trying to run from a Raspberry Pi Zero. The microphones are attached to a USB hub, and both the hub and the Pi ...
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What kind of compression does my audio go through when it undergoes Dolby AC3 Codec ?

In an Optical medium, The Dolby Digital print has a 5776 dots each representing a bit of data in one perforation. Therefore 4 perforations per frame and 96 perforations in one second. So in one second ...
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Software for creating digital sound fx (without any foley)

Hello everyone, In the past I asked a similar question (so apologizes if the question seems a bit familiar), but as I was not able to find a solution and also have some more details, I will be very ...
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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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Cable vs wireless connection from amplifier to speaker

I would like to understand the implications of wired versus wireless sound signal transmission. Say, the signal originates from a source and arrives to an amplifier via cable. Is there a difference if ...