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Distorting audio with Audacity

I've been looking to know how to distort audio using Audacity in such a fashion where it sounds something similar to this (warning, loud audio). I've seen some videos in Discord with the audio having ...
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How can I automate finding bass distortion in improperly processed files?

I have around 1000 "songs" - an 80s experimental noise duo - ripped to flac from cassette. A bunch (150, maybe?, but I don't know which ones) were processed with a hard limiting script ...
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Guitar rig settings to get a deathcore sound on guitar

I am trying to make a deathcore sound on guitar rig software for guitar but cannot find something decent. I tried downloading some presets but either they weren't good enough or they were not ...
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"Frequency Response" on a speaker datasheet provides only range. What do we assume here?

In my head, "frequency response" refers to a graph of frequency vs dB. A sinusoidal wave with frequency f and a relative 0 dB is passed through the device (in this case a speaker) and the ...
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Vocal recording sounds like two voices. Can it be removed?

A vocal recording I made for a gaming let's play somehow sounds like 2 voices are going at the same time. It sounds robotic and extremely annoying, and I don't know how it happened, since my ...
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IMA4 file with wrong header

We have audio recorded as IMA4 file, and stored with incorrect headers, causing audio completely distorted. I am trying to fix the headers, to see if I can recover the audio. I tried with ffmpeg, hex ...
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Can I automatically select / remove clipping / peaks above -3dB in Reaper?

I have a long recording that I took on a windy day. The wind was intermittent and I was trying to isolate the sound of the snow. I expected there to be some clipping or unwanted loud sections that ...
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Irreversible functions to distort sound that still retain discriminatory features

Is there a way to distort a sound so that can't be restored to its original form (i.e. the function moves one way), but it doesn't add noise to the sound (you can still decipher certain features of ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

I'm having trouble with my studio monitors (headphones as well). They are JBL 104s, which are pretty affordable entry level speakers. I've got a handful of headphones, typically between 32 ohm and 64 ...
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Emulating tape distortion of low-level audio signals

I'm working on a tape echo emulation in Reaktor, and I've based the frequency response, tape speed warble, high-amplitude saturation and tape hiss on a paper I found about the Roland Space Echo. ...
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How to recreate the lead/distorted bass in Awolnation - Sail?

I'm not new to music, but a newbie at sound design ! Hence I'm having a lot of fun, but all this is a bit... Hm, overwhelming, to say the least. Anyway, I'm looking to recreate something similar to ...
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What are the audio settings that affect distortion on abrupt stop?

I tried to use in my Unity game a sound I found on the internet that I slightly changed through Audacity. But I ran into a problem: when I close my game and the sound abruptly stops, there's a ...
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How to deal with clipping/distortion in a custom synth app

I'm writing a custom MIDI synth software as a hobby, and have wondered how to gracefully deal with the possibility of audio clipping/distortion when compositing a lot of waveforms on top of each other....
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Does it matter if RMS meters hit red?

I just imported a fully mastered Hip-Hop song released in 2003 (Joe Budden - Pump It Up, if that's relevant), and I noticed that the RMS meter lit red (but not the regular dBFS level meter). The mix ...
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How do I fix clipping distortion in my audio recording?

I've recorded a living room concert of two singers with two guitars with a Zoom H2. The recording is fine 90% of the time, but there is some clipping distortion. I think this is caused because I had ...
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What do you call the problem with this audio from cassette tape, and how do I fix it?

I have a cassette tape recording of a spoken radio interview. The first half of the recording went bad years ago. Now, whenever I play it (regardless of the tape player), it sounds something like this:...
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What is your preferred distortion plug-in?

What is your most used distortion plug-in? With which other methods do you add distortion? What are some of the best results you have achieved when applying distortion?
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Can this distortion be reduced enough to make speech easily understandable?

Here's a clip; I've got four hours of this in aac demuxed from the video source. Can this sort of distortion be removed in a useful way, leaving understandable speech? And if so, is there a way for a ...
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Radio effect for videogame voicechat

I am currently modding a space game to implement ingame chat. Everything works fine, but I want to improve it by adding the typical radio effect while the user is speaking. The effect should be worse ...
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Is it possible to automate removal of hum and distortion in audio files?

Is it possible to automate the elimination of hum and/or distortion in digital audio files? In other words, feed a file to a software that analyzes it and judges what is hum and/or, removes it, and ...
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Distortion on recording without clipping

I record podcast interviews on my iPhone using a Rode mobile interview kit. My recordings were very clear until I switched recording apps, but now I'm getting distortion at moderate volume -- nowhere ...
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How to create voice distortion like this amazing TED Talk

In "Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality," Anil Seth's demo of the brain being able to understand a completely distorted audio clip was amazing. (Just watch 60 seconds from this point ...
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Music in .ogv movie played in a game engine (RPG Maker XV Ace) has distorted audio

I've used Blender Video Editor to create a movie made up of still images accompanied with sound. The movie has to be played in RPG Maker XV Ace and has to be an OGG/THEORA file (.ogv). The movie is ...
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Which distortion pedals have a strong low and low-mid frequency response?

I'm looking for a distortion pedal to be used with various instruments that produce frequencies anywhere in the spectrum of 20 hz - 12,000+ hz. I have guitar fuzz pedals that produce strong high end ...
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Garbling and distorting voice with (or without) sox

I want to get some sort of garbling effect over voice audio files. sox has many effects available, but I don't know how to get the desired result. sox man page, listing available effects. This is ...
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Is it possible to fix such level of corruption in a buggy audio recording (sound distorded-choppy-Laggy)

You'll find here a part of that corrupted audio file. I don't know how to describe this kind of distortion, so I did not find any thread talking about that specific kind of corruption. (I found a lot ...
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Fixing distortion and low fidelity on a re-recorded audio cassette

I just found some music on a re-recorded second generation old audio cassette tape. The music is distorted on some parts of every track and has low fidelity. I want to improve the quality overall to ...
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What to look out for when designing mixed material enclosure?

I have a (presumably naive) idea to make the front of the enclosure out of concrete. The loudspeaker itself would a sealed bookshelf type with a tweeter and a 5" woofer. I'm considering these options ...
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Checking for digital distortion of software synth

I had a problem with too low output before and we agreed that I should turn up the gain so I did that a little with good result. Now it seems that the trick is to pre-amp as much as possible in the ...
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Audio recording at wrong speed

I have recorded a speech using my tablet voice recorder. The output is in m4a. When I open the recording (both in the tablet and in PC), the audio is distorted. Put in layman's terms, it's like he's ...
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Microphone was too close, how to fix?

I have a six-minute audio recording that a child put a lot of time and effort into, six months ago, so re-recording is not an option. Everything is clear and understandable, but it sounds a bit ...
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Need help identifying strange flutter distortion.

I was out recording my car last week both for the purposes of scouting a good strip of road and practicing my auto coverage technique. When I got back to the studio I discovered that one of my tracks ...
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Distorted sound and echo while recording with Audacity and loopback in ubuntu

I want to do a recording of radio news with background music which fades in and fades out while I am reading. I don't have proper device, so I decide to enable loopback mode, so that I can record ...
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Distortion - how?

Hi all, It's a great forum, resource and community here! So here is my first question : I'm interested in distortion, I like the effect, it makes sounds easily huge and extreme. But I know it's also ...
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Filter or Eq out certain parts of the spectrum without introducing transient distortion

As we all know windowing function or any kind of EQ'ing could destroy transients, introduce ringing artifacts etc...I wounder is there any other way achieving tasks such as filtering certain partials ...
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How did the band America get the distortion for the guitar solo in Sandman?

I've been listening to this song for years and have never been able to figure out how they got that distortion sound during the solos. My only thought was that maybe they mic'd an unplugged electric ...
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Pluck in the intro Kensei Ummet ozcan

The track can be heard here: The sound has high harmonics, maybe like a waveshaper? Certainly regular distortion is overkill. The specific pluck starts at the intro ...
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Kylo Ren Voice Changer

I'm curious to know what kind of voice changing affects were used on Kylo Ren in Star Wars VII. It sounds like a pretty basic gravelly distortion filter that lowers his voice, but it still sounds ...
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Extreme distortion/clipping plugin

I'm looking for a plugin that can model more extreme distortion effects such as the gain clipping you would hear when an unprotected mic gets hit by a gust of wind, or craps out from someone screaming ...
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Beyerdynamics dt880 32 ohm crackling noise on high volumes

I just purchased Beyerdynamics DT880 32 Ohm version. And hooked it to my Asus P9X79 motherboard. When i keep volume on windows at about 40 % - there are no problems with the sound - everything is ...
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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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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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Cleaning up a 'distorted' audio clip?

I'm working on a game, and I'm not the best with finding or making sound effects. I found a bunch of great ones, but they all seem distorted. There's a small echo and it seems a bit electronic-like. ...
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Maximum frequency of monaural beat frequency?

If I am attempting to make a monaural beat from two frequencies by playing two frequencies with equal amplitudes simultaneously, what is the maximum difference I can have between those two frequencies ...
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Distort 70s b-movie tracks to make it sound as a movie that has been laying around for too long or been played too often

I'm looking for that authentic 70s/80s movie sound of movies that haven't been preserved correctly / recorded correctly. In any case serious issues with pitch and all of that. Not sure how to explain ...
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Input Distortion on Zoom H4N

I hooked up a Zoom H4n to the "speaker out" jack of a mixer with an XLR splitter cable. So the Zoom H4n was on one side of the splitter and the room speaker on the other side of the splitter. I have ...
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Guitar amp sound distorted when miked up

I am trying to understand an issue I have when I record tubed guitar amps on the distortion channel with a standard SM57. I always feel like my miked sound is much more distorted than the actual ...
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Synthesizing distorted guitar from MIDI

So I've been experimenting with generating music by computer program, and got a thing working with Python and fluidsynth, with a nice-sounding piano soundfont. I want to switch to distorted electric ...
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VST alternative for TSE x30 Default Settings

I've currently found a nice set of Guitar impulses that I'd like to starting getting in to, unfortunately they all require the TSE x30 on default settings. As I'm on a Mac, I can't get this specific ...
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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 ...