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Monitor speakers and distance from the walls

I got some monitor speakers for my studio (Yamaha HS8), but they seems to sound better if I keep them 4 or 5 feet from the walls. When I move them near the walls they don't sound equally good. Does ...
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Looking for a small mixer with jacks on the BACK

Most small mixers (Yamaha MG10X, Mackie Mix8) have the connectors on top. I am trying to fit my home studio into a small desk, and it would be nice not to have to leave that much vertical space over ...
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Pro Tools Hardware in the Home Studio

What do you use in your home studios for Pro Tools hardware? Some people seem to just want to use the hardware as a dongle, others need better D/A converters, yet others need Pro Tools-oriented ...
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looking for a program for mixing subliminals with music at automatic levels

I am looking for a PC Audio mixing program that automatically mixes to sources at the same levels (floodgate). What I mean is that I want to mix subliminal messages in my music for me and I want to ...
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“Super W” neoprene pads for electronic drum decoupling platform?

I am looking to build a platform for my electronic drums to decouple vibrations (mostly from the kick) to the building structure. The 'tennis ball' platform is a recommended DIY solution often found ...
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Mixing question about headphones

I mix using headphones, Samson SR850s, cheap but sounds good. Now, do I ever need studio monitors if I can mix on Headphones and play on normal speakers, hand free and mobile phone for reference?
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What is the best volume to work with studio monitors?

What is the best volume to work with studio monitors for mastering and mixing tracks? I own a pair of M Audio Bx8 Studio monitors and I always produce with the volume knob at the middle.... so here ...
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How do you properly place studio monitors cheaply?

I currently have my monitors sitting on foam but they are not at ear level. I am looking for ways to improve their positioning without spending a fortune on something like an IsoAcoustic stand. I ...
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Looking for a recording/mixing workstation

There's thousands of recorders, mixers, DAW, multitracks (digital or analogical), interfaces, XLR... I am confused as a newcomer to the field. I see too much buttons and stuff on this gisms. I am ...
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DI box : which is more versatile, active or passive?

There are several questions here and on the Internet about what are DI boxes and what is the difference between active and passive. But I often end up reading things like "passive for active pickups ...
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Buzzing (humming) sound in the speakers (ground loop)

Very often, when I connect my pre-amplified speakers to some peripherals such as a computer and a mixer, I get a very annoying buzzing sound in the speakers. The volume of this noise is rather ...
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What are good alternatives to studio foam for a home studio?

I have built a vocal booth for my own studio and plan to line it with acoustic studio foam (a.k.a., "egg-crate foam"). However, acoustic foam is very expensive (http://www.amazon.com/Acoustic-Foam-1-1-...
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I'm getting an annoying whining noise over my monitors from of my optical mouse. How do I get rid of it?

I've been getting an annoying whining noise over my studio monitors due to my optical mouse. As I move the mouse the pitch of the whine changes, particularly when I change the angle at which its ...
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Playing a channel whilst recording another in Sound Forge

Basically, I'm doing some recording in sound forge pro 10. I have 4 channels, 2 of which have the backing track on and the other 2 are to be recorded on. Is there any way that I can play the backing ...
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What are some good in-depth resources for learning Sound Design?

I have searched the whole net millions of times to find some useful up to date resources regarding Sound Engineering. I am looking for some practical resources for self studying Sound Engineering. ...
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What are the advantages of a condenser mic for recording vocals?

Or it's better to buy a dynamic microphone? I heard that condenser mics is too sensitive and there will be a lot of noises on the record. Is that statement true?
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Basic all digital mixing and audio interface home recording solution

Im a non pro electric and accoustic guitarist. I play together with my son on drums and my daughter on digital piano. Ive had some past digital recording experience going back 10ish years but havent ...
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what is best subwoofer for the genelec 8030b speakers?

I want to buy the Genelec 8030B speakers. But most reviews tell me the bass is a bit underwelming. So many suggested buying a subwoofer... I thought of buying a genelec subwoofer, but there 2 ...
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Home Studio Echo Problem

I've got a room 5x4x2,5 m set up for a Home Studio. Before it was a much larger room that I made smaller by using plasterboard with insulating material. Now in the room I've got some forniture on ...
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Can't get rid of this humming noise in recordings

I have a brand new Blue Yeti USB microphone on a shock mount attached to a boom - no vibration noise possibilities in this setup. I have tested this in a dead silent enclosed room using a Macbook Pro ...
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Need help with my ''studio setup'' (from a hobby perspective)

English isn't my first language so please excuse any errors :) I was mainly thinking of getting myself a studio setup, because i mainly produce house/EDM music etc, but i do play piano aswell (i do ...
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Speaker Monitors for sound film [closed]

well... I have seen some threads about this subject. but they are pretty old. so i would like to hear some new advices. I´m trying to build up the best "home studio" I can afford for editing, small ...
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Sound system for home theater and band

My father is building a home theater system in his new home. Since it will be sound proof he wants to use the room for playing music and dancing as well. So now I am tasked to find a sound system ...
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Want to record multi track at home pc

How i can record multi track using my home pc?? i want to record each track individually so i can edit effects on each track as neccessity. which hardware or/and software require to complete this ...
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Help setting up mixer and headphone amp

I could really use some help, I have a Behringer MINIMIX MIX800, Behringer MINIAMP AMP800, Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headphone Mic, running Windows 8.1. with a Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio, a ...
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Bose Home-theater selection [closed]

I am trying to decide which of Bose home theater system is good for our living room. We have low sealing big living room (not huge) and 50 inch TV. Please let me know. just fyi we got two infant ...
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Audio/Video lag when playing through M-Audio Fast Track Pro

I have an M-Audio Fast Track Pro (MAFTP) running on a Windows 7 64-bit OS with an 3.4 GHz i-3 processor and 8 Gb of RAM. Yet usually when I run any sort of audio through the MAFTP I get serious lag ...
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Is this sound card good enough?

We have a sound system with 6.1 channels (7.1 if we use two active speakers in addition to the sub-woofer.) We're going to use the optical SPDIF connection. Are some sound cards better than others if ...
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Monitors and Audio Interface

I'm getting 2 KRK monitors and I know that the quality of the sound it's a lot better if you are using a audio interface, but my question is, would matter the computer that I have? I mean, would my ...
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Is Garage Band a viable tool for home recording?

Is Garage Band a good investment for a home studio? Are there any crippling limitations that would impact the quality of my productions? For example, limited number of tracks, bad performance in ...
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Difference between internal sound card and Audio interface in simple setups

A set up consists of a single instrument that is guitar and a recording software like pro tools along with amplitube as the guitar effects. Is there a difference between using the internal mac sound ...
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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

I am a newbie to studio recording (voice artist) . I have decided to purchase a condenser mic for my recording (audiotechnica). However, I am confused as to whether I should purchase a Pre-amp/Mixer ...
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cheap hand held sound meter vs smartphone app

For learning purposes i want to play around with a sound meter. Are the smartphone sound meter apps (have a droid 2) that accurate? Is a $30 hand held sound meter usually going to be more accurate?
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What to look for in a vocal mic for a small home studio

I'm just getting started with recording at home. I've done some recording in a band in a real studio in the past, but never really learned anything about the equipment and how to use it. I'm wanting ...
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Prolems with mxl 770

I'm a voice actor and I'm trying to record a few tidbits. Now I'm just doing this in my apartment, but it's pretty quiet in here and all of my fans and such are off. When I plug up headphones directly ...
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Cost-effective ways to start a home studio with Pro Tools?

What is the best way to purchase Pro tools and computer in order to run it? I am starting up in creating my own studio and based on your advice and other positive input from many other sources I want ...
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Which reference monitors should I buy for my home studio?

I am in the market for reference monitors for my home studio. I will be mixing both instrumentals and vocals. I am not concerned about using these speakers in any live scenarios. I am primarily ...
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Planning a simple setup for recording violin

I am an amateur violinist. I would like to start to record my playing, doing the recording myself. I will be playing and recording classical, eastern European folk and Jazz. I would like your help in ...
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Home recording, how to isolate non-constant street car noise?

I moved into this 2 BR apartment on the 5th floor in a building residing in a main street (didn't think about it when I got it ), and even at night (even after 1-3 AM) there's always a car or a truck ...
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Is it possible to create a soundproof studio in an apartment?

I have a 70 square meters building apartment, and two pretty decent rooms i could use as a studio. Is it possible to soundproof that good that it's possible to play drums and amplified guitars without ...
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How to choose a used Roland TR808?

I've been scanning the net for a used TR808 and 2 cheap Icould find are from ebay in the UK and also one from leboncoin in France. I live in Stockholm Sweden and there is no used TR808 for sale in ...
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Best setup for a portable studio?

I've often needed to record while at a musicians house/studio/practice-pad (same goes for podcasting on the fly). To do so I needed my studio (or part of it) to be very mobile. I always want to ...
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What is/are the first effect(s) I should put on raw vocal recordings?

The main problem my finished tracks have is a poor quality vocal sound. I generally try to apply a dynamic range compression filter first and then add some reverb/chorus as appropriate but I can never ...
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Owens Corning vs Cotton Batts

Hello all! I am looking to build some acoustic panels and a small sound booth. At first I thought about buying Owens Corning but am unsure about how safe it is. I would be installing them in my home ...
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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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How to transfer records from cassettes to the computer?

I have a walkman with a lot of cassettes (TDK D-C60 cassette) - some of the records that I made back in 80's - can anyone, please, recommend a software for transferring all those records from ...
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How should I start recording my band?

For a while now I have been playing music with some of my friends. The style like a mix of Zepplin and The Strokes. Now we'd like to start recording, but I don't know how to go about things. I bought ...
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How do audio engineers (physically) treat rooms for studios?

Here's my problem: I live in a small apartment downtown São Paulo - it's noisy as it can be. Loud traffic, people screaming and buses circulating day and night. This was never a problem - I usually ...
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How much would I need to spend on a condenser microphone to get a reliable professional vocal sound?

I realise the question is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string, but consider my scenario. I have a Berringer B1, which cost about €80 I think. I know that I can get a good vocal sound from ...
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What level are speakers supposed to be calibrated at?

I thought I remembered reading somewhere that when setting up a home theater system, you were supposed to play a track at -12db and bring the volume up to about 80db. That was supposed to help with ...