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Should I use compression in live settings?

I am running sound on a very limited budget and am wondering if adding some compression to our vocals and/or guitars will help our sound much. I am thinking I would only need 8 channels of compression ...
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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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Monitoring multiple USB microphones

I am in the planning stages of producing a podcast consisting 2 or more people in the same room. I have a large diaphragm USB condenser mic, and another non-USB mic. At this point, I need to decide ...
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Sound system noise from lighting system

I'm doing a lot of work in a relatively old theatre this year. The space is part of a church that probably hasn't put any money into maintenance and upgrades for the theatre (except for light bulbs, ...
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How to reduce wind noise / audio overload on built-in microphones?

I have 2 cameras with on-board microphones (Nikon D5100, Canon Powershot G7), and I'm predictably having problems with high wind noise, and when recording short clips at gigs (with permission) with ...
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In Ear Monitors - Alternatives?

In a live setting with 4 singers and 5 musicians we are really having trouble hearing ourselves with our current 2 floor monitor setup. One suggestion I have heard was to consider using in ear ...
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Rule of thumb for the level of pre-show music in a theatre?

When running theatrical shows as a technician, sometimes I am asked to play pre-show music. However, I am at a loss as to how I should determine the playback level of such music. What I've been doing ...
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Is there still any reliability gap between digital and analog mixers

In the last 10 year I've seen most concerts switch from analog to digital mixers. In the early days there were wild stories about the unreliability of digital boards and the fear of needing a restart ...
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Keyboard in a musical pit band

I'm preparing the keyboard part for a local amateur musical and I'd like it to make use of a number of sounds. The keyboard that's probably going to be used is one of the standard consumer MIDI ...
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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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a de-esser request…

working on a live tv show where a 60 second show needs to be turned around in 25minutes. The client has come back and feels the female presenter is too essy? SSSSSy? sibilent? Due to the tight time, ...
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Placing Monitors On-Stage

I help with the sound at a local High School for their musicals. The actors are having trouble hearing themselves on stage, so we're trying to place monitors on stage so that they can hear what they'...
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Record a live show on 6 tracks

I'm planning on recording a live show this weekend. I have free subgroups I can route freely to. Band is: Drums, Bass, Git, 2 Acoustic Gits, Keys 4 Backing Vocs, 2 Lead Vocs I have 3 stereo FX ...
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avconv screen recording to FLV, audio drifts out of sync

I've been using avconv to capture my screen and audio input and stream live to twitch.tv, but the audio is always about a second or two behind the video. This doesn't seem to be an issue on the remote ...
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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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Audio resources for an amateur live-sound guy

I am self learned live sound guy. I know some basics but want to expand my knowledge. I don't use any compressors, or gates, and very few effects but would like to. I also would like to know some more ...
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Balance Main Mix Between Multiple Speakers

I'm designing a small PA system. I currently have the following setup (stereo main mix into 2-channel amp with 4 speakers [front and rear in parallel]): +------+ +---+ +------+ |...
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Setting live levels without a proper monitor

For a show I've been running, I have to make sure the band (keyboard, electric bass, and unamplified drum-set) is balanced in the house. Unfortunately, I'm in a control booth with the band right next ...
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Produce 'wavy' sound in pitch?

I've been trying to mimic a high-treble instrument I heard in a song where it basically goes between octaves in a wavy, smooth pattern. To do this on a piano you hit the note F3 then F4 repeatedly. ...
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Live percussion recording - microphone questions

I want to record a live performance focused on percussion and voice. I have a Mac and a Presonus Firebox. To start I'm considering a simple mono recording, since the most important to me is the ...
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How to manage multiple singers on a live show when they are exchanging roles of lead vocal and background vocals?

I am regularly mixing live shows for a band having at least 4 vocals. How should I manage the situation that they exchange role of lead vocal after almost every song and others are doing BGVs? Is ...
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Is there a sample player (vst) plugin which is able to adjust the sample playback tempo using MIDI time code?

I'm playing a e-drum set. I want to trigger samples which are quite long (1min) during playing. Since I'm not a perfect drum player my playing tempo may have changed when I arrive at the point where I ...
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Will live music damage hifi speakers (assuming compression, etc is used)

Today, you can cheaply route the input from a mixer into a good soundcard and through VST effects like compression before sending them out to the speakers. I have read plenty of information online ...
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Ableton Live - record midi CC data during a live performance?

I'm really struggling with one little aspect of Live that has got me stumped. Suppose I've mapped a number of instrument parameters (LFOs, freq / filters, FX etc) to any number of dials, sliders or ...
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What software and Speakers are these in this picture?

Could anyone help me? I would like to know what software/Interfaces and what speaker (the ones with the yellow ring) in this pic. Thanks!
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What's a semi-objective way to evaluate a live audio setup for a small-medium sized acoustic band?

So I'm hoping this is "answerable" :) We are a small band (two vocals, two acoustics, keys, sometimes an electric guitar, sometimes drums). Stopping by a Guitar Center there was a lot to look at, ...
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How to input sounds live during a podcast

I've been recording sound for a few years now but I'm still learning through trial and error. I've done a few short student films and local commercials as well as very basic seminar recordings. my ...
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Is there a way in Max For Live to actually write code that manipulates the signal?

I want to write code that gets a signal or audio samples in, manipulates them and they go to the output. I don't want to be messing with all the 'visual programming' fancy crap, unless I am in a hurry....
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How can I get my bass to come through?

Bass loses volume: Mackie sr32-4 board, Crown xls2500 amp and a Jbl monitor. The bass comes through the amp but literally the volume drops to nearly nothing once all the other instruments start ...
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New venue, new live sound requirements

I need to pick the brains of people who are more experienced/skilled than I am. I run sound at a stand up comedy venue. When I started, the gig was quite small and held outdoors, under a marquee. The ...
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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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VST .wav Player

I'm wondering if there are any VST plugins out there that are designed to play (not sample) a .wav file exactly how it was recorded without any changes at all. I'm using a live VST host, so you can't ...
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Setup for live wedding performance

Okay I need some help...I'm going to be performing a song at my brothers wedding for an audience of about 400-500. Here's the deal... I produced the track which is a electronic, pop love thing. For ...
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How do I properly set audio levels of a sound system?

I am looking for some “best practices” and advice on setting the initial levels of my mixing equipment and power amps. Are there any guide lines for this sort of thing? Traditionally I’ve always ...
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App for audio feedback frequency detection?

For curiosity I've started writing a mobile application that would detect when there's audio feedback on the live stage and what's the feedback frequency(ies) so that an sound engineer (SE) can turn ...
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Miking a drum kit with a cajon - 2 or 3 mics?

The situation: My band is playing this weekend, and the drummer has decided to bring a larger kit than usual. We're planning to record the gig using a multitracker with 8 mic pres, which gives us ...
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Baffles for Outdoor Interviews

Dear All, I know Colin Hart does this quite a bit but I wanted to ask if you guys know what I can use to baffle a voice better. I am going to be doing some live interviews in an outdoor environment ...
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What do you do, and what tools do you need for live sound?

I just got finished doing live sound for an awards show and dinner and music show. I must say, I personally like studio work much better. You only need to move and set up your equipment once and it ...
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Best software or hardware for playing back SFX in a live broadcast environment.

For example, a morning show that requires instant playback of samples or sound effects on triggers such as a keyboard or other device. I was checking out Playback Pro - anyone have any experience ...
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Simple recording for live broadcast, crowd mics, compression configuration, etc

I am working on a small rig for doing live internet streaming of a variety of shows (bands of varying genres, DJs, etc.) in a variety of venues (indoor, theater, stadium, outdoor, etc.). The ...
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Rechargeable batteries for wireless mics?

Has anyone had any positive experience using rechargeable batteries with wireless mics? In particular 9V as they are quite expensive. I’ve tried metal halide in the past with poor results, but I’m ...
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How to deal with a reverby room…

Hello, Basic question. Was sound engineering in a school hall/food mess and the acoustics were something horrible. Reflection city, which resulted in an extremely muffled (especially the low-end) and ...
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capturing and processing sounds in a special live-performance situation

hi, i was asked to do sound design / processing for a live performance-art act. specifically, i need to be able to pick up live sounds from several locations across the stage, mix and process them ...
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How can I use the output of a wireless mic reciever as a wireless monitor and get audio on both sides of my headphones?

I referred to this Q&A, but I'm still confused: Stereo and mono cables and jacks? What happens when you cross them? I have this wireless lav set: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-EW-112P-G3-A-...
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Creating distorted/dark/disturbing samples on stage

In the last 3 years, I have created what we call "samples" for a metal album for a band here in Montreal. The samples are distorted, loud and dark sounds of around 1 minute to fill the silence between ...
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Recording software that will record multitrack streams to different formats (live)

What i need is pure recording software, so it does not need to have an UI like a DAW, none of the editing, moving tracks or effects features are needed. I want it to have the following features: ...
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handling m-audio mobilepre USB outputs in Apple logic

how can I redirect a single instrument in Apple logic to different outputs on my mobilepre? I would like to send all my track instruments to mixer and just the track where I have prepared a click ...
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over my head: looking for an inexpensive way to mic both my flute and violin for live performance with mic'd acoustic group?

The more I look at microphones and amplifiers and PA systems and pickups (oh my) the more I am realizing that I have no idea what I am doing. (sorry the question is so long, it's kind of a stream of ...
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Sound on big festivals is sometimes horrible

Can someone explain me what is wrong with the sound on big festivals these days? Everytime I stand in a festival hall/tent there is a lot of rumble, mainly from the bass, sometimes it gets better when ...
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Reproducing effects on recorded track, in LIVE performance

I am looking to reproduce some of the effects I have filtered my vocal tracks through in recordings, live, and I am wondering how to best go about achieving the effect. What equipment would I need in ...