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What does 'Poles' mean in relation to a filter?

Sometimes filters are referred to in terms of dB/Octave (a 24dB/O is a common low pass filter setup, for example), however sometimes they are referred to in terms of 'Poles' (I've seen switchable 2/...
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Processing ADR to match interiors and exteriors

Hi, I have done some research into this but am still looking for some more techniques to each my students. What I basically want are some cut and dry approaches to matching ADR to a scene so that it ...
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Retaining High Frequencies when Varispeeding

Aside from recording at 192kHz with the highest quality mics and recorders, how do you reinvigorate your slowed down/varispeeded sounds after they've lost most (or all) of their airy top end? (...
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Rules of thumb for EQing?

I often create tracks that consist of lots of layered (electronic) sounds. This gives me a hard time EQing the tracks so that the mix still feels right. Instead of forming a solid wall of sound, It ...
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Why is my cutting equalizer increasing output level?

I'm using logic studio latest version On one of my channel strips I'm having an ultrabeat drumkit with an overdrive and a compressor plugin. The track is only playing single snare hits. The channel ...
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What is the difference between low-pass and high-cut filters?

Is there any difference between low-pass and high-cut filters? There must be, and that's why they're named differently. But, when and why would you use one instead of the other?
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Game Dialogue Recording and Perspective

Hi All, Question for the game audio folks out there - I'm doing a playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution now and noticing that a lot of the character voices sound very up close/clear and '...
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How to make your voice sound like another persons voice?

Is there any software that will make a voice of someone sound like a voice of someone else? A guy in my skype list claims he has a friend who works in "SoundDesign business" who has such a tool, and ...
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Audio tweaks pre-encoding for high quality MP3 output

I run an internet radio station. We encode our audio into MP3 at 128kbit, joint-stereo 44.1kHz, with LAME. Obviously there are limits to the quality that can be achieved with this bandwidth... that'...
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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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Mixing piano and guitar

I'm trying to blend acoustic guitar and piano as background tracks behind vocals. Individually, both tracks sound excellent, but when I combine them they step on each other and sound really bad. Any ...
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Zoom H2 recording levels are too low

I recently bought a Zoom H2 and I'm trying to record my acoustic guitar at home. I followed the manual to set it up so the level never goes over 0db (in case you're familiar with the H2, I put the ...
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Background Music: When to make it disaapear?

When laying the dialogue over background music, let's say it's a party scene. Are you concern with portraying the reality, by keeping the music throughout the dialogue, Or you faded it out as the ...
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How to avoid a muddy mixdown?

Often times I am faced with a problem where I lack a decent amount of mid-range warmth in my sound. When producing a track with this in mind I am then often faced with a muddy sounding mid-range. How ...
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Setup, EQ changes based on tuning of guitar

What should you consider when playing an Open-Tuning where more open strings will be played and the overall sound will be brighter than the equivalent notes in standard tuning?
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Does anyone have any experience with available RTA software packages for live venue application?

A few years ago I was able to use SMAART from rationalacoustics.com and was very impressed. Unfortunately, it is way over my budget. I was hoping there might be some more affordable solutions.
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Completely cut frequencies below a certain threshold

I'm warming up to Ableton Live by attempting to manipulate songs into how various animals would hear them. For example, idealized bats hear roughly between octave 7, starting at 1.28kHz, to octave 13,...
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Turning over ADR

I recently had an ADR session and turned it over to the production company. The original production sound was quite echoey and had a bit of a tail on the audio. I gave the company 2 raw mics and one ...
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What constitutes a "musical" EQ?

In reading product advertisements and gear reviews in magazines like Sound on Sound, I've come across the term "musical" a few times referring to an apparently positive quality of an equalizer device ...
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Voice - how do you go about making it nice?

I'm certainly talking in terms of EQ. Also, I find it important to specify that embellishing voice (dialogue, VO, whichever) is a premixing duty. I usually stick with Pro Tools' RTAS EQ3 7-band EQ ...
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How early, how often do I need to mix-down?

Mainly asking about electronic and house genres here: How much EQ/compression/panning/etc. tweaking should I expect to need once I've written my first few loops? Does this depend on whether I'm ...
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Techniques on Mastering

I'm interested in creating the most 'dynamically interesting' sound from music that I've produced on a computer, which includes vocal samples, bass, rhythm and instruments. At first I was happy with ...
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Is bass boost harmful?

I recently bought a Sony headphone which has "bass boost", and I really love it. I love it so much that I increased the bass (low frequencies) on every device I use it on, with like 7db and decreased ...
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How do I use a microphone on my PC sound card to automatically create a "sweet spot" with excellent frequency response?

Are there any PC sound cards I can buy which support "digital room correction", a feature found on high-end amplifiers, namely the ability to use a microphone to automatically calibrate your sound ...
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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

Actually I have many questions here. I'm quite new to live signs reinforcement and I have no formal training in it and I want to learn more so pardon me if anything sounds stupid. We've recently ...
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What is this incredibly annoying noise?

Hey all, I've been getting this noise out of my set top box, desktop and laptop audio outs into my mixer. I've also tried using usb soundcards out ($5 from ebay) and they don't eliminate the problem. ...
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EQ, Compression sequence?

Hi all, maybe this question has already come up (though I couldn't find it ...), and surely most of you will have their own best practices here... EQ or Compression, what do you put first and why? ...
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What does 100Hz 12dB per octave mean?

I have been trying to understand what 100Hz 12dB per octave means in a low pass filter. What does it really mean in full details? Any material can be of help.
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Adding 'sparkle' to an a cappella choir recording

I often record small to medium size a cappella choirs (usually live, using a simple stereo-pair of condensers), and normally the sound is quite satisfactory, but when I compare my work with my ...
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is there a common low-end level for a song?

I am currently mastering a song in iZotope Ozone 6. Both in Ozone's EQ and Multi-band Compressor, if I boost up the low frequency it sounds muddy, but it sounds soft if I bypass it. Is there any "...
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Does software exist to measure the frequency response of a room?

I'm interested in finding out which frequencies are emphasized or attenuated in the room where I listen to playback and try to mix. I know there exist proprietary solutions for some monitoring systems ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

I recorded a metal band last year and have just gotten round to doing a rough mix / master. Unfortunately, I left the guitarist unsupervised who then proceeded to crank up his amp... to the point that ...
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Removing pop sounds and heavy breathing from male voice

We have a male actor who tends to breathe heavily and enunciates his p's quite distinctively. What could we do to reduce or completely remove the pop-like sounds during a live performance? Any eq ...
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Removing subsonic frequencies when mastering

In general (for music where lf are not important): To increase space for dynamic range in audible frequencies, is it a good idea to remove low frequencies when mastering? More specific: I am ...
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Older Bedroom DJ Seeks Advice: Amp about to die - should I get another or powered monitor speakers...?

I've had all my DJ kit since about 1995: Pair of Technics 1210s 1 x Boss Sampler/Sequencer 1 x Kenwood KA3020SE Amp 1 x Kam Scratch Mixer Pair Mission 702 speakers Pair Eltax Monitor speakers ...
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What is the purpose of an FFT filter?

I've used the built in FFT filter in Adobe Audition to get some vocals sounding like they're coming from a police radio, and while the black box worked, I'm just curious as to what the FFT filter is ...
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Suggestions for controlling one aspect of a mastered music track?

So here's the setup: I am working with a piece of cello music that layers bowed cello with plucked cello (filling the role of percussion). The director is asking whether I can independently control ...
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Can you bypass a rack mounted house EQ if you have a good sound board?

Sound noob here; We have an OLD (~40 yrs...) sound rack in our Community Theatre, it has two rack Mounted EQ, one for L one for R, but one of them has died and doesn't do anything. Our Community ...
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Fletcher-Munson curves: Applied uses and lessons learned?

There are a few posts about the Fletcher Munson perceivable loudness curves on here, more explaining what they are but not their function. I haven't quite found out if they have a function or are ...
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How to handle the 2 kHz - 5 kHz frequency range in production?

The ear is most sensitive to the 2 kHz - 5 kHz range. This causes the recognizable sibilance effect. This is a common problem with vocals that can be solved with an equalizer. But what about the ...
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What's the difference of frequency sets for 10 band equalizers?

I'm making a player and now I'm trying to implment simple 10 band graphic equalizer. I found that there are two kind of major frequency sets for 10 band equalizer. 31.25Hz, 62.5Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, ...
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Is there a way to graphically analyze frequency of samples/instruments in Renoise?

There's a master spectrum view but is there a way to use some static graphical representation of the frequency spectrum to adjust the different samples/instruments? Something to make it easier to ...
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System Overload. The audio engine was not able to process all required data in time.

I need to equalize my system, want to use software-based solution, preferably free. On windows computer I used Equalizer APO and was very happy with it. On MacOS i've found this excellent guide https:...
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What is the frequency step formula for 10 and 31 band EQs?

What is the formula to calculate the bands ranges of a graphical EQ on a mixer? 20, 25, 31.5, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 315, 400Hz ... etc It seems some of them are doubles. When ...
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What is your favorite EQ?

I know this question is pretty all encompassing and probably can't be answered, but: What are your favorite EQs? and: Do you have different favorites for different applications? Me, I like the ...
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Sequence inserts/plugins for voice

I'm editing some spoken word audio (lectures recorded on a wireless lapel mic). I am using the following effects in Pro Tools 8. I am proficient with using these effects individually. But does it ...
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Typical frequency bands for mixer low mid and high gains

You've all seen the low mid and high knobs on cheap mixers (if you haven't, I provided a pic below). To my knowledge, the low one corresponds to a low shelf filter, the high one to an hi-shelf filter ...
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How to match a talent voice between different takes?

I record educational videos and often I have to re-record voices because of the excessive environment noise or simply because of poor performance. Since I'm not working with professional talents (...
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Using basic EQs to correct for uneven mike response

I would like to know what are exact characteristics of the mixer's 3-zone EQs, namely of the one of Behringer Xenyx802. My problem is the following: I plan to get a microphone (Shure SM35), but its ...
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How to EQ vocals to sound airy but not harsh? (Example included)

An excellent example of this is here: Owl City - If My Heart Was a House Specially on the starting part of the song where you can hear his voice clearly, it sounded so light but full of presence. I ...
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