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Would you rather use flat headphones for monitoring?

Hey guys, If you cannot afford nearfield monitors yet and will work only using headphones, would you rather look for flat ones or it doesn't matter much? I'm afraid of, let's say, buy a headphone ...
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Who makes the quietest microphone?!

We're preparing to do an interior foley-type recording session that requires extremely low self-noise microphones. Schoeps? DPA? Earthworks? Your opinions are appreciated!
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Finding Used Equipment

Hello folks. I am looking to do some major upgrades on my kit, specifically my microphone. I have been looking for a used Sanken CS-3e. However, beyond eBay, my search hasn't been fruitful. I was ...
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1-bit recording?

24-bit 48kHz is the norm in film post-production here in LA, with new recordings and foley coming in at 96k or 192k. I'm recording at 96k most of the time and occasionally work with 192k samples when ...
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Tripods/Grips for Handheld Recorders

Does anyone have some suggestions for a small and portable tripod or grip for a basic handheld field recorder with tripod mount? I'm mainly looking for something that will help reduce handling noise.....
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Budget not large, really need to get an on location sound kit together for a possible job!

Hello everyone. My budget isn't large and I'm looking to get together a little on location sound get together quickly for a possible job that is coming up. Now, as usual with me, I jump before I can ...
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Rock-solid telescoping mic boom arms?

I'm tired of using El Cheapo mic boom arms whose knobs don't keep the telescoping arms from rotating, whos knobs are hard to tighten and loosen, and generally possess poor quality control. For heavy ...
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What is the size and name of mic input nut?

In the below picture is the mic input missing a nut. Does anyone know the size and name of such a nut?
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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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How to connect tops and bass bins

I'm DJing all kinds of parties, house parties, and events the last year or so. I have a set of Prosound 500w passive tops and a Prosound 1600w amp. Not great but does the trick. I'm using a Numark ...
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Anyone using a SD 702 with a SD mixer?

Just ordered a 702 for sfx recording and was wondering if anyone else finds it helpful to pair it with a mixer. It seems slightly unnecessary although I know it could be useful for certain ...
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How do I properly test an analogue desk?

We have a 24 channel analogue desk, and I want to ensure that all the sends and inputs work consistently and soak for a long time. I also have a few other boxes that I need to test, as we have an ...
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Closed headphones, closed, the best for like $ 175 max, which ones?

CLOSED headphones you would use when for example micing a voice.
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As a sound designer, do you buy 'audiophile' equipment for home use?

I'm interested in finding out the 'professional view' on audiophile equipment. Based on your professional experience, would you spend hundreds on an HDMI lead, thousands on an amp etc?
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Sound Design Equipment

I did some research and thus far came up with the following list of purchases and would like your thoughts. My immediate budget is $1000-$1500. Phase 1 Purchase Tascam HD-P2 or Tascam DR-680 or ...
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Components of a Basic DJ Setup

I want to play music from my MacBook or Thinkpad. I have high quality mp3s that I can play. I imagine, I need the following equipment: DJ Software Mixer Speakers Can I make this work, or will I ...
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What's the difference between consumer and pro audio music equipment?

Besides that pro audio equipment is bigger and louder, requires cooling fans, is more rugged, might have different connections, etc. What's are the practical difference between consumer audio and pro ...
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Wall E Special Features - What is that pen pad controller Ben Burtt Uses?

Hello again everyone. So, I was recently re viewing Ben Burtt's Sound Design Special Features on the Wall E DVD and noticed he used a digital pen pad to manipulate some digital audio. I am highly ...
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Recommendations on hardware and software

Hi Thanks for another great forum. Really appreciate it! When delivering sfx for sound fx library companies like Sound-ideas, and Hollywood edge, and not being able to bring the material to a real ...
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RØDE wishlist - What would you recommend?

I must put together a wishlist of RØDE equipment (I can't yet say why). I'm okay on the accessories side, it's the mic choices my main concern. My priority is to have a descent kit to record sound ...
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What's the difference of versions of Sennheiser Headphones HD-25?

What's the difference of versions of Sennheiser Headphones HD-25? HD-25 BE (Basic Edition) HD-25 Sky HD-25-1 HD-25-1 II HD-25 SP HD-25 SP II HD-25 C II HD-25-13 HD-25-13 II I allready ask to ...
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DIY Windscreen ideas?

Hi Guys I recently bought a matched pair of NT5s for field recording and was wondering if anyone has any ideas about how to reduce wind noise as Rode doesn't sell any dead cats or kittens catered for ...
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Do I need a studio Headphones from beginning?

I am completely new to electronic music production. But recently started watching some good YouTube videos and reading a lot about it. I am planning to get my hands on some DAW and start making ...
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Astatic DN-HZ microphone

I have recently inherited an Astatic DN-HZ mic, it's on a stand with a grip trigger. It was used for a PA system back in the 50's. The frequency response on is pretty narrow, not a lot of low end, ...
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In-line Pad Recommendation

I'm looking to get an in-line pad to have part of my gear, no specific needs. My main mic I would be using it with is the MKH 418s. I have a few questions: Does a cheaper pad add much noise to the ...
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can you help me identify the vintage synths used in this opening of the pilot episode of Dino Riders

the brass sounds at 1:03 into the timeline, are they dx7/roland d-50, synclavier, or maybe fairlight...I recall these sounds from "The Return Of The Living Dead" scenes...any info helps, cheers.
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Drum shielding: Budget solution for back screen -- what materials will absorb high frequency well and are cheap?

I would like to build a back-screen for a drum kit (highly reflective stage etc.) Currently I'm thinking of 6 2'x6' panel screen for the back, and I'm currently got a few materials suggested involving:...
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What (affordable) precautions can I take to protect DJ equipment when using a generator?

I'm hosting an outdoor party and want to protect our DJ's equipment. We have a 5000 watt generator that is pretty consistent and will far exceed our power needs. I can't afford the battery bank/...
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Equipment and software recomendations for VO studio

So this is a somewhat hypothetical question. I am possibly partnering with someone who is interested in getting a VO room and Control Room going. We collectively agree on charging a rate in the area ...
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Labelling your stuff. What's your method?

I am making the transition into operating through an LLC of mine. I have been slowly going through all the stuff I have and making an inventory and replacement cost for insurance. With doing this I ...
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Studio Package vs Self-Assembled Studio

I enjoy producing house music using my computer. However, I am looking to upgrade to a budget home-studio; mainly because I am interested in recording vocals. I am aware that I require various ...
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Is there some system to convert 5.1 audio to binaural audio for headphones? [duplicate]

I wish to plug something on my tv (optic output?) to listen 5.1 Netflix audio on headphones with binaural techniques. Do you have some suggestion ? I would like to look for equipment options that ...
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Anyone beta testing the nomad?

So I know this thread is on many other sites, specifically jwsound, but I would like to get the take from post audio minded people, not just production sound guys. I am looking at the Nomad 6 pretty ...
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Your Dream Console.

Money is not an issue. What is the ideal mixing console you would prefer to use in your own studio? Think with ease of use, sound quality, compatibility with other studios, compatibility with Pro ...
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Field Recording Equipment

I am a Novice Sound Designer and would like to do field recording to build my own personal library of sounds. I am looking for some advise on which recording equipment and microphones I should ...
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any good sound designing memories through photos to share?

recently updated my teams devblog with some sound designing times for the minigame Fatous Olous we made for a big website! http://devblog.tsimpountiii.gr/sound-design-music-scoring/sound-designing-...
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How to power-off digital mixer to power off safely

Is it true that I can just power off a digital mixer (such as the Pioneer RX2) without some process? Since it has a built-in computer I would expect a shutdown process instead of just immediate power ...
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What equipment and software do I need to make ricochets please?

I’m a total newbie, and would appreciate any help in choice of equipment/software etc Firstly, I need to replicate ricochet sounds, from different angles, coming towards, across and away from the ...
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Rechargeable Batteries [duplicate]

Was looking for any good recommendations on reliable power/battery solutions. Working on set, Location Sound and other equipment can soup up the power as many of you may know. I've tried the 15min ...
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Sontronics users?

Hi y'all. As many of you I'm trying to gather information on what mics to buy. I've spotted the Sontronics line of small condenser mics and they're insanely cheap. Too insane? Has anyone ever seen/...
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On the hunt for a new pair of ears

Hey. I'm looking for a new pair of lightweight and compact (ideally closed back) headphones for field recording as my DT100s are a little bulky and I'm not happy with the quality with any other pair ...
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Microphone Rehab / Reconditioning

I know I've read stories on here about some of you buying thrift store mics that you take in and get tweaked into great mics at amazing bargains. The 414 at work has been giving us some issues that ...
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Inboard or Outboard

Quick survey: How many tools do you use in the box and how many are actual pieces of rack gear? What type of mixboard do you have and do you still use volume/pan automation on it? I'm curious to ...
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Field hints and tips?

I have taken the plunge and bought a sound devices 788T with SSD and CL8. Also a M/S rig consisting of Senn. MKH40/30 combination. I would love any hints or tips re cabling, bags, tripods, stands.. ...
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Recording Vehicles passing at high speed: which type of microphone 4 the job?

I have been tasked to capture the sound of various vehicles racing past me at high speed on a circuit. My question is, what sort of microphone would you all recommend for the job? At the moment all ...
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How Do I Reduce Noise Floor in a Booth With No EQ

I need to submit a raw recording to an audio engineer with no editing for a demo. The noise floor of my recording must be at least -40 RMS. When I do not speak, the RMS is at -60 but when I do speak, ...
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Should I sell this awesome equipment?

I bet any music-lover / audiophiile knows this one. You own or find or get a great piece of audio equipment, be it speakers, a huge old tube amp, old mixing desk, vintage headphones, etc. for which ...
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Audacity Recording volume too low

I've been using an AT2020 USB directly into my 2015 macbook Pro retina and recording in Audacity. I recently wanted to upgrade to a nicer mic. Every mic I try, the volume is super low. Increasing the ...
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Were active speakers a "revolution" in the operation of audio equipment?

Today I came across the following statement regarding the history and technology of sound equipment: Regarding the operation of audio equipment, judge the subsequent item. A revolution in sound ...
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What steps I need to make and what equipment to use to make mastering of piano music? [closed]

I want to make mastering of piano music. These will be piano pieces. Each will last from two to three minutes. I will combine these pieces into the album. The album will have from eight to ten pieces. ...
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