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How to connect Alesis MMT-8 to Roland TR-909 with Cubase and Samson Graphite 49

I want to connect Alesis MMT-8 to Roland TR-909 via MIDI. Carefully studying the manuals, I try to record what is pressed on the TR-909 by recording with the MMT8 and pressing instrument keys on the ...
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Hardware for Sound design

Hi, a lot of debate on plug ins / software for sound design. But what hardware does everyone love, for creating sounds - tearing recorded sounds apart - manipulating etc. Thanks guys
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Do audio splitters reduce voltage

I often do live sound reinforcement for events at our church services. We have lately been using Behringer 212D speakers. During an event today I found that if I turned the main output volume down ...
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Computer in the next room

My computer is quite noisy. What is the best way of putting it in a different room? Right now I have two HD monitors and a usb audio interface, but I'd like to be future proof.
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Safe to unpower audio amp?

I have an AudioSource AMP-100 audio amp, and I want to be able to turn it off and on remotely. I'm wondering how safe it is to just cut the power to the amp; it seems like this is what the power ...
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Does setting “full-range speakers” duplicate the lower frequencies?

(Setup: 2.1, Klipsch B-2 bookshelf speakers, BIC PL-200 subwoofer, Yamaha RX-v667 receiver, fed over HDMI) In Windows 7, in the sound devices configuration setup, there's an option to set "full-...
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Audio interface sample rate issue

I'm looking at the PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL USB 2.0 and it says it has the option of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz sample rates, but it says its digital to analoge and analoge to digital ...
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Synthesizer resources

Possible Duplicate: I want to learn how to make electronic music. Where do I start? I'm interested in starting making electronic music. My problem is I have no clue where to start. I know little ...
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Playback device problems

I keep getting this message when I try to start Protools... "Protools could not initialize current playback device. Please make sure the device has been configured correctly". I can't understand why ...
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What HD are compatible to the Alesis HD24 Recorder?

Can any hard-drives be bought and configured to work in the caddies inside this unit? Or do you have to use a specific kind manufactured by Alesis?
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Harmonic Exciters

What is the greatest or latest? Been going through some vintage recordings that lack high frequencies and was looking to excite them, when asking this question popped to my mind. I use software, but ...
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Anyone here using anything from the API 500 series

Been really interested in trying out the 500 series lunchbox and several of the 3rd party modules, seems like a nice adaptable and compact unit. Anyone have any love or hate stories? Or better yet, ...
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What basic hardware should I get for a beginner at audio recording with low budget?

I am an amateur guitar player (acoustic and electric), singer and songwriter. For ages I've been thinking of recording audio on my own. What basic hardware should I buy to record my stuff? Should I ...
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Is it safe to power audio devices on all at once with a single switch?

I have a small collection of audio devices (preamplifier, synthesizer, effects, audio interface). Most of them are mounted in a single rack. The rack devices all plug in through a power distribution ...
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Protools 10 what is a 32-bit floating point about?

Today I started a course on protools 10, there are a few things I just can't get my head around. What exactly is a 32 bit floating point? I understand there are 6 Db between each bit (i.e 16 bit= ...
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Totally confused with the plethora of different electronic music production hardware; any way to work out what they do?

I play some musical instruments and want to begin electronic music. I have read and understood the concept of MIDI being a format for representing sound and time. Now when presented with a DAW, and ...
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problem with 003 factory

hi all am i have Macpro One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor/3GB (three 1GB)memory System lion and 003 Factory Complete The Ultimate Tactile Pro Tools LE the Complete Production Toolkit ...
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Minimal Real World Computer Specs for Reason 6 on Windows

This is a question for PC users of Reason 6. I have a Mac-based production studio, and I run a multitude of applications on a high end Mac Pro. I've decided to create a second workstation based ...
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Audio switch with multiple 3.5mm input & outputs

I've been searching for a device that simple allows me to pick one input and one output from multiple input/outputs. I thought this would be a called a switch but I can only find ones with one input. ...
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audio card hard setup

hi, i have the following setup: Macbook Pro -> connected to WD Harddrive via Firewire -> daisy-chained to a firewire sound card -> connected to studio monitors / final output. it worked fine for a ...
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Software/Hardware requirements for home recording

I'm as novice as one can be regarding home recording, hence my broad question. I play guitar (classical/electric) and keyboard (MIDI output available) and I want to (try to) record some songs I've ...
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How to connect two (2) MIDI devices to an Audio Interface with only one (1) MIDI In port?

I have one large keyboard (Roland KR-370 [MIDI IN/OUT]) and a small one with pitch/mod wheel (microKorg [MIDI IN/OUT/THRU) and I'm trying to connect them to my Audio Interface (MOTU Traveler [MIDI IN/...
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How do I generate a chord (one bit)?

for a project, I am trying to generate a sound by directly accessing a loudspeaker. I can send a one-bit signal to the speaker and I know how to generate simple sounds by controlling the frequency (...
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Best hardware / performance setup for softsynth storage and usage.

I'm interested in improving my home studio setup with better production performance gear. Lately I've been looking into Native Instrument's abundant collection of plugins & sound libraries. I've ...
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Anyone used the Izotope ANR-B Noise Reduction unit?

Apparently it's very good, and in some studios it's the first choice to go to for ambient noise reduction, and the CEDAR is second... Has anyone used one? Care to advise as to it's quality? http://...
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Tape for labeling gear with a marker?

What is that tape that I see people use on audio gear to label things (knobs, sliders, jacks and such)? Generally they use a permanent marker on the tape itself, but not the gear. Presumably the ...
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Setting up Tascam FW-1804 with newest MacBook Pro model

Recently picked up a brand new MBP (the new one w/ the Thunderbolt port). Upgraded from a Intel Core 2 Duo MBP (non-unibody). I have an old Tascam FW-1804 that works fine on my old MBP, but I can't ...
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Pro Tools 9 and aggregate device use

I have an original MBox that doesn't play well with PT9 HD. Poor thing just sits on the shelf all day, waiting to be put to good use. Can I use it as an aggregate device with the new version of Pro ...
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software DAW comparison to hardware studio equipment

I am getting confused about the line of separation today with what a DAW can do and what it can't. Maybe it can do everything nowadays and more than the hardware, or just not as clean as hardware? It ...
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Are there any graduate programs similar to Georgia Tech's?

While I remain interested in sound design, I am also interested in audio hardware/software engineering. The only program that really covers what I'm looking at is at Georgia Tech. However, I'm only a ...
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How to hook up guitar to Mac Pro?

Besides the actual guitar, what are my options as far as hardware is concerned for connecting it to my Mac Pro? Is it possible to plug the guitar directly into the computer? Is it significantly better ...
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How will portable recorders improve in the future?

Apart from the obvious stuff like preamp/converter quality & size/weight, what useful new features should be invented in the next few years? I would like; Custom rules to stop & start ...
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What do you know about people who design audio equipment?

I'm just a student trying to figure out what to do with my life. While sound design is fascinating, I'm also interested in designing the equipment that makes sound design possible. Does anybody know ...
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DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard synth for Sound Design

Hey sound designers! I'm thinking of buying a Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard edition both for musical and sound design purposes. I will also add a Moog CP-251 for CV control. I'm ...
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Speakers to 3.5mm jack?

wasnt sure whether this was better-suited to the Electronics stackexchange. If so please could you migrate it there? I have just moved into a much smaller flat and due to the size, I can't fit my ...
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What advantages does an MPC-style device have that are not offered by a DAW?

It seems that the MPC-2000 had a long stranglehold on drum programmers and sample editors, but with the rise of DAWs (most notably I think was FL Studio around version 4), are they now obsolete? What ...
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New synth for the new year (drone,industrial, metal, noise)

Gear, gear, gear. Too many options. I'm looking to pick up my first synth this month (software or hardware). As you can tell, i'm into creating dirt, gritty soundscapes. I have a chain of guitar ...
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Pro Tools MIDI setup

I would like to get set up to record MIDI through Pro Tools. I'm hoping I can just connect my MIDI devices to a MIDI interface like this: then run it through USB to the Mac, and then be able to ...
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Replacement body-pack transmitter for Shure UT1 / UT4A

We have a very nice Shure UT4A wireless diversity receiver (UHF, 615.9 Mhz) that we use with a UT1 body-pack transmitter. Unfortunately, the transmitter seems to be failing as it has been ...
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Difference between microphone and line in inputs?

Just something I've always wondered—most sound cards have both a line in and a microphone, and I've never been able to tell the difference between anything recorded with them. Lately I've seen cards ...
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What hardware units should I have in my arsenal?

I'm an amateur audio engineer who most of the time needs to record choirs or musical theatre productions, but who occasionally does home studio recording of songs. I don't have a huge amount of money ...
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Phone coupler with excellent isolation

For recording phone interviews, we have an Excalibur HC-1 phone coupler. Trouble is, there isn't much isolation between send and receive. When doing interviews, if we send it audio, it comes back on ...
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Are outboard processors dead?

Do outboard processors such as compressors, reverb units, etc. have anything distinct advantages in any area today? I'm especially thinking of analog units because of the added D/A-A/D round-trip and ...
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Acceptable hardware delay

I'm looking into purchasing some audio interface hardware. Gear that goes via firewire is my primary option, but I have a question about acceptable delay lengths. What is the acceptable delay in live ...
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Zoom Q3HD - a handheld video recorder for the rest of us

I am getting rid of my pro camera setup and looking for something that will fill that "fun video" void. A little search found the new Zoom Q3HD is coming out soon - HD video, excellent audio. One ...
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A trip down your DAW memory lane

This could lead to some very long posts, but here goes anyways... I got into a conversation with the guys at work about the old DAWs they used to use, what's changed, what they miss, and what's ...
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Can anyone recomend a place to hire high quality shotgun mics in the UK?

I'm trying to find a place where I can hire some better quality shotgun mics from for a short project in the UK. Curently the best I can find is a 416. Does anyone know or recomend a place where I ...
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this is probably a dumb question

Does nuendo4 work on the icore7 macbook pro properly? I have been having a few problems with it. For instance when I import an omf, the sounds are all squashed together and out of sync, when I import ...
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Recommendations for a beginner setup

I am just learning more about the sound design field and plan on going to school for it (1 year away from earning bachelors in English) but want to teach myself before I start hacking out money for ...
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How (do you) use Kyma?

Hey folks! I'm deeply interesting in purchasing a Pacarana. I use Max/MSP a lot, and while that's super powerful for tool creation, it's also super difficult to get something to sound awesome. Oh, ...