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How do I get a mix with two heavy bass elements to not sound muddy?

I often struggle with mixes where I've got two very bassy sounds, usually a very 'big' kick sample and either a hip-hop-style sub bass or a rhythm sample involving low-pitched drums. What's the best ...
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How can I make a section in a song sound like it's coming from an AM radio?

I am working on a project in Logic Pro, and for part of my song, I want to make it sound like an AM radio is playing a segment from a talk show reporting on a sport event. What effects can I apply to ...
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How to create the muffled sound effect like hearing through walls?

I don't know what's the correct technical audio term for it. How do you create the sound effect to simulate hearing a sound source from far away through thick walls? Kinda like you would hear standing ...
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Voiceover drowns in music. How do I make it more dominant?

Total newbie here, not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm trying to record some station IDs for an online radio station thingamajig I'm doing. I'm using a Samson C03U. My voiceovers ...
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Delay vs reverb

I find myself using reverb fairly extensively to add space and smooth things out. Meanwhile, my delay plugins are collecting dust sitting on their virtual shelf. When should I be reaching for a ...
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How to make feedback in Ableton Live?

I'm making a short film where one of the actors accidentally turns the fader on the mixing board all the way up thus making an immense feedback. We don't want to do this in reality because of the ...
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Imitating a phone call?

I was wondering if there was an easy way to do a voice over of a phone call with it actually sounding like someone on the phone instead of just a voice over?
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Uses for Ring Mod

I'm very much into processing of my sound sources (synths, vocals, samples, etc.) to add interest to tracks with uncommon sounds, and like to use effects in ways they weren't really designed for. ...
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“Extreme” EQ curves

Is it bad to use EQs to an "extreme" extent? I use that word because of what my friend said about the settings of an EQ on a song we were helping a mix and master. He had something like this, but more ...
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Demo samples of common effect presets

Imagine I'm in a situation I don't have any gear with me (a meeting with a client). When I want to explain what a 'slap-back delay' sounds like, I could put on a typical Elvis song, but 'wood room' is ...
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Converting voice into modem sounds

I'd like to record my voice and apply some effects on it. The final result should remind the listener of phone lines or some modem sounds, but only the melody and rhythm of the language should be kept ...
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Real time fx in Reaper

I have a guitar fx vst that works fine in Reaper if I'm playing back the track. It adds the effects correctly and I can hear it. But how do I get it to do it in real time as I'm playing? Here is my ...
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How can I improve the tone quality of a clarinet track?

I have a raw recording of a classical trio (piano, violin, and clarinet), with each instrument having its own track. The sound quality of the piano and violin are quite good even before editing, but ...
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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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Free VST Effects and Instruments

Hey guys, I'm Indian and I'm pretty cheap so I've never paid for plugins or VST instruments (yet) and I'm always on the look out for something free, so I thought I'd list some of the stuff that I've ...
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Which effects should I place on return tracks?

What are the accepted practices/rules about putting effects on return tracks? I tend to stick time-based effects (reverb, delay) on a return, and keep other effects (chorus, phaser, waveshaper etc.) ...
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What is a “ducker”?

I saw another question on here that asked how to set up a ducker. Can someone provide a detailed explanation of what a ducker is? I couldn't glean a specific meaning from the context of the linked-...
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How do I make my guitar sound as smooth as possible?

I am doing a guitar track that I want to put a reverse reverb effect on. In order to do this I record the guitar, put heavy reverb on it, bounce, reverse, put heavy reverb on that, then bounce and ...
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VST Plugins similar to Dblue Glitch?

I've had a lot of fun with dblue glitch vst. I was wondering if there are similar vst plugins that achieve the same clean cutting and manipulating that it does?
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Sending different ranges of frequencies to separate channels?

How would I send specific ranges of frequencies to different channels like the example I made in photoshop below? Right now I'm using FL Studio 9.7
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Is it possible to raise/lower the volume of different voices?

This is probably an extremely easy question for you, but I'm very new to this. I found a video file of my niece talking and screaming on my phone, but I'm trying to hear the voice in the background. ...
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Need help cleaning, and editing sound effects using multiple mics

So my question is this; I'm trying to figure out a good way to edit, and clean my sfx recording with 3-4 mics. My main question what are your general steps ? Do you import everything into PT first ...
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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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How do you make BWF(metadata) originator info what you want?

Im using waveagent to deal with metadata and on the originator section it is labeled as either Fostex FR2-LE (my recorder) or Pro Tools (my DAW). How do I make this say what I want like my name (...
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Transpose a track 6 octaves in Ableton Live in realtime

The "transpose" knob in Ableton Live 9 only allows transposing down 48 semitones, which is 4 octaves. In order to best approximate what a bat hears, I'd like to transpose down 6 octaves, which is 72 ...
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Sine wave frequencies

If I play two sine waves of frequencies in the same critical band in each of my ears, say 994Hz in my left ear and 1006Hz in my right hear – what will I hear? The ears should not be able to tell the ...
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Do you do long takes or short takes when recording SFX?

When you go out to do a recording session of something you control like dropping rocks, do you press record say take one "dropping rocks", then drop the rocks, press stop. Or do you keep recording and ...
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Outboard Processing/Pedals?

As the march of virtualization continues, I've ditched most of my effects boxes and pedals in favor of plug-ins. Who hasn't, right? But some mad scientists' creations just can't (or simply aren't) be ...
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How important is “finding plugins”?

I'm totally new to this whole audio production thing; I've just started playing with Ableton the past few weeks. But I'm wondering, for later on, because I always hear professionals talking about all ...
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Side chain sources for a compressor working on a guitar or bass signal?

I've only ever used side chain triggering for compressors acting on drums. Where a kick signal compresses snare and toms. I'm trying to figure out some interesting use cases for side chain compression ...
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What can I research to back up my sound design?

I realise the question is a bit ambiguous but I couldn't think of a way to put it into one simple question. I am currently a final year music technology student undertaking some sound design for my ...
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Need to know what I can use to sustain vocals or a vocal note live?

Is their a vocal effect box that I can get for live performances that can be used to sustain a note ? Or do I need to record in a loop before hand and play it as a loop by hitting a switch. thanks in ...
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Heavy Metal Vocal Equipment and Processing?

I'm in an upstart metal band and, currently, we have little recording equipment. Because I work in video production, I have some audio software on my computer for the occasions that I need it (...
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What type of mics for recording effects/foley?

I'm looking to start recording my own field recordings, effects, and foley for a portfolio. What type of mics are used for this? Shotgun? Does anyone recommend any specific affordable mics to start ...
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A Feedback Compressor

I was perusing website a few days ago and ran across the routing/bussing schematics for a "feedback compressor." Now I can't find the page and I'm wondering what exactly a "feedback compressor" is? ...
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Free to use (CCL) animations to sound design

I'm trying to build my showreel as a sound designer, but I mainly only have short films to show. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find good quality animations licensed under Creative ...
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Add - Ons for experimental effects [VST, AU]

I'm searching for VST or AU plugins (best if it's free) for getting experimental effects. By experimental I mean uncommon results as opposed to flangers, phasers, reverbs, bit crushers that are the ...
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Using effects without dry/wet parameter in Cubase

I have 2 tracks that I need to filter for, say, the first 30 seconds using one of the cubase builtin filters. I'm having problem figuring out how can I manage to do this using automations. I've tried ...
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Hardware or Software effects for Post-Production?

Do people prefer using effects processing in a DAW, via Plug-Ins or outboard gear to have more hands on control for Post-Production? I do everything in the box because I've barely started working and ...
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Tyre screech recreation

Hi I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to recreate the sound of a car screeching to a stop. Thanks
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How do I produce this effect?

Can somebody tell me what effect/processor I need to apply to make any sample "stutter" like this chainsaw in this trailer @ 0:58 I'm using Cubase and Sound Forge, ...
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Makers of best-in-class DAW plugins for recording/mixing?

I'm not too concerned about a particular kind of plugin or what formats, but trying to find out who are the companies in the market that are making the good stuff. On the high end On the cheap end ...
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Looking to make a smooth pitch bend in Logic [Audio FIle]

I'm trying to make a smooth pitch bend down 5 semi tones or so. I have Melodyne and was trying it with that. I was also trying to do it using the built in Pitch Shift plug-in via the automation ...
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Can I use a guitar effects pedal for any electric instrument?

I am looking to buy an electric violin and already own an electric bass and a keyboard. I was wondering if a guitar effects pedal would work with any of these instruments.
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

In contrast to production techniques applied to popular music, most published recordings of classical music can have a very wide dynamic range. This makes then less suited for listening in a car, on ...
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Removing tonality: antitune

What kind of processing would you apply to an audio track to remove its tonal quality (its pitch), leaving sound with the same texture as the original but ambiguous pitch? For example, a drum sound ...
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Real-time audio effects in Windows

I am looking for instructions on how to setup a real time reverb or echo effects on a PC. Searching did not yield any obvious winners, so if someone can recommend a setup that is easy and works well (...
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How do I reproduce this echo effect?

I do not know the name of this effect but I want to use this effect on my audio. Can you please tell me how to do this using audacity. I think it is a kind of echo but I don't know the decay factor ...
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Transformers 3 teaser trailer sound

This has been driving me crazy for a while. The effects sequence at the end of this trailer has me stumped. It's so intricate and the sounds evolve so quickly, I'm having trouble figuring out how ...
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Recording Fireworks

I'm looking for someone to help me record some fireworks. I have a few rockets (oversized bottle rockets) and some other stuff to set off. I don't have any mics or recorders (except my h4) so I'm ...