Questions tagged [mixing]

'Mixing' is the combining of multiple audio signals into new audio signals, typically fewer than before.

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Guitar into mixer then into guitar amp?

***Looking for some advice here please as I'm pretty non-existent when it comes to electronics. I want to use a mixer to 'blend' backing tracks with my guitar then send that to my amp. I've added a ...
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Demo Reel feedback for student

I put together a short demo reel to submit while I am applying for internships, and was hoping that some of you wonderful folks could possibly give some feedback. I have lots of music recording ...
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DVDs with Original Theatrical Mix for Reference?

First time poster here: I've just begun to learn post-production sound, and I'm at the mixing stage for a short film that is going to be sent out to some festivals. I'm mixing in stereo at a decent ...
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Replacing old mic with new mic (Rode Wireless Pro) on Mackie mixer - volume is incredibly low on Rode?

I'm trying to connect a new microphone to an pre-existing mixer setup for a meeting room, and the volume is incredibly low no matter what I've tried. Photo of the existing setup: The mixer is a ...
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How to simulate distance with lavalier mic in post-processing

I am recording a vlog (Basically a travel video while e.g. hiking) where me and the other person are both speaking into their own lavalier mic (DJI Mic; seperated on the left and right channel). One ...
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SoundWire server is already running

I use SoundWire software. I want to launch multiple servers at once, so I could stream Audio to multiple channels to multiple users. It is written here http://georgielabs.net/SoundWireHelp.html that'...
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Sending line-level signal to two devices

I want to send a line-level signal (coming out of a DAC) to 2 devices, both of which will be working at the same time. Can I split the line-level signal with a simple Y splitter? The actual set up ...
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How to add a 4 headphone amplifier to an audio interface (High imp headphones)

What's the best way to put a headphone splitter (also known as an amplifier) (say the PreSonus HP4 Discrete 4-Channel Headphone Amp) out of an audio interface (say the Universal Audio Volt 2): Out of ...
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How do you become the best freelancer possible....

I just started freelancing full-time in a new town. While everyone I have worked with has asked me back, I have been asked to discuss a mix or two in order to receive feedback as to why it was not ...
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Why am I getting a high pitched whine in my output?

I have the following set up: Roland Fantom 8 -> Mac via USB & Mixer via 1/4 Mono Mac -> Mixer via usb to 2x 1/4 cable When Ableton Live is running, and the Fantom is connected to the mac &...
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undesired interaction between multiple inputs to PA system [closed]

I'm using a 250W Fender Passport PA system (model P-250) with a vocal mic (MP-75) and an electric bass guitar hooked up to separate channels (e.g. mic to MIC-1 and bass to LINE-2). When both are ...
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Subliminal messages in MP3

I have purchased a set of MP3 files (with classical and binaural music) that claims to have embedded in them messages at a frequency that people cannot hear -- i.e., subliminal messages (these are for ...
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Separate in-ear mixes for 2 instruments

I would like to mix instruments and a backing track to send to musicians' in-ear monitors, but we want different mixes for each output. We want a device that does something like the following ...
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Drums sound great on Mixer but Awful on DAW

First off, my gear: Drum Kit: Odery Fluence (with very old heads) Mics: SM57 (snare), MB/Dk4 Drum Pack Audio Technica (toms), CAD KBM412 (kick drum) Mixer:Behringer Eurorack UB2442FX-PRO Audio ...
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Waves 360 bundle only works in stereo in Adobe Audition

My question: Why do the waves360 plugins work only in stereo mode in Adobe Audition CC? I add them to the 5.1 channels. I have a 5.1 speaker system for monitoring when mixing. Waves Um226 and s360 ...
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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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Easiest way to control of on-stage mix with in-ear monitors?

I'm a keyboard player with two boards I typically patch out to DI boxes at venues. I've been using on-stage amps but want to move to in-ear monitors. The challenge I want to solve is getting the ...
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Connecting a 3.5mm Microphone on headset (Logitech G230) to a mixer (Behringer 1202)

So I have two of these Logitech G230 Headsets, and I want to connect them to my Behringer 1202 mixer. I'm using it for commentary during gameplay for Super Smash Bros. Melee for our tournaments. I ...
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Stereo input to mono connector

If I have this mixer and I connect a stereo input by using a mini-jack to 2 TRS connectors to 2 different mono line channels and keeping the pan to 12 o'clock, is it good for both left and right ...
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Is it worth it to use 32-bit (float) in Audacity while mixing down to 16-bit?

I mix several tracks recorded with a bit depth of 16 bits. In Audacity, I set the 32-bit setting to floating point. I don't change the sample rate. Is it worth it to edit with the 32-bit floating ...
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Mix sounds terrible in PC, while it actually sounded good with headphones in other devices

I'm using reference headphones to mix my tracks, which I know isn't the best way and I'm sure monitors offer better results. My concern has to do with something else though. I don't have decent and ...
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The Walking Dead S2 mixes, what's wrong?

Can someone tell me who is mixing the 2nd season of The Walking Dead ? For what is this guy paid ? Awful ambiences going down during dialogue then up again with an awful pomping effect... What do ...
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Speeding up sound check with convolution

Suppose you're maybe a touring band that's going to play a lot of shows in sequence that have very short allotted sound check times. But you also happen to have A portable digital mixer with very ...
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TV Broadcast, Mixing Levels, Commercials, Tech Specs

I generally work in film. I have a broadcast gig in which I am cleaning dialog and mixing a 23 minute spot which is going to air shortly and I do not have a Technical Specification Sheet. I am so ...
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Logically ANDing two tracks together

I have two audio tracks, X and Y, which are similar, but both have things added to them. I want to take X and Y, and produce a new track Z with only the lower value of every frequency of each track ...
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Mixer XLR out vs Line out

What is the difference between XRL main outs and LINE outs on a mixing desk? Don't they both output the same Line level signal? What is the ideal use of one instead of the other? I still get confused ...
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Creating a countdown using sox, struggling with combining syntax

I have 5 files of speech (simply "five", "four" etc) each less than 1 second long, that I'd like to play along side a series of tones in order to create a countdown, using sox, not ...
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How to approach M&E Mixing

I'm curious how other people do M&E mixing. I've never actually had to mix an M&E before as it was all done for me in the mixer routing in ProTools (I also had totally clean dialogue as the ...
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Podcast sounds ok on PC but cut out in mobile

I have a question regarding podcast making. We use either Audacity or Audition to edit. We distribute on Anchor-Spotify. We have had a situation with two episodes where some parts of the podcast are ...
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I need some help understanding balanced/unbalanced and mono/stereo cables

I have a Q802 USB mixer from Behringer, I’ll outline its use briefly and they get into my question. I want to input a mic into the XLR, and the headphone jack from an iPad and the headphone jack from ...
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proper way to control a condenser microphone volume

I'm setting up a home studio microphone with an Audio Technica 3035 (discontinued). My current setup is: AT3035 -> external phantom power -> Cloudlifter -> Focusrite 18i8 -> logic pro x ...
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"Uneven" yet even panned pairs- is this a common practice?

I was faced with the problem of recording an acoustic guitar and getting some stereo width, without a matched (or even remotely similar-sounding) pair of mics to capture a natural stereo sound. I had ...
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Grunts, moans, breathing, etc

What do you guys do about character sounds such as grunts in a fight or breathing, etc. Do you put it in the DX stem or the PX? Is it considered native dialogue to the movie or can it go into ...
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Mixing PCM vs PDM Audio

I'm trying to understand what kind of differences pulse-code modulation (PCM) and pulse-density modulation (PDM) cause when two audio signals are mixed together. Mixing PCM signals seems to be a lot ...
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Online sound is always low

we are broadcasting live on Facebook via OBS which receives audio input from a Scarlette 2i2 interface from a Behringer x18 mixer. We have the LR outputs to live speakers in our venue and we have one ...
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mixing how to make an instrument sound nearer, further away or higher

I have been doing some mixing of a traditional type band setup guitar, bass, drums and vocals. I get the pan left to right center to give space to each instrument. But when I listen to professional ...
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Is there any difference between Gain and Volume for single input?

I've read a lot about gain when you have multiple inputs, it's best in a digital setup to keep it well under 0. I can't find anything about a single input though, which is what I'm recording for some ...
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Using a 2 Stereo to Mono RCA cables to mix two inputs into one output [closed]

TL;dr - will a Stereo to Mono RCA adapter tolerate the same channel from two different sources (Left from Device 1, Left from Device 2)? I have a bit of a weird use case that I am looking to create an ...
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Minimizing "buzzing" in a recording

I made a rock recording of myself and a few of my friends playing, however since our iPhones were dead and we really wanted to record, so I was forced to borrow and setup a camcorder from the Cafe we ...
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How to wire 2 x RCA to mono XLR

I have a Behringer Xenyx QX1202X mixer and wanted to have a monitor attached. So I bought a single M-Audio BX5 active monitor speaker as I only need to monitor in mono. I have connected the 2 Main Out ...
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Hi vs Lo Freq Distance Correction on Close-Mic'd material

The only person I can find who has relevant information on corrective EQ for distance and depth placement in mixing is Beat Kaufmann. He suggests to attenuate high frequencies when intending to place ...
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Live rock band having issues with vocals being buried

We are an independent touring band that has been having issues with the vocals being lost in the mix. Our singer is constantly told that she's being drowned out by the band. The band consists of a ...
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How do I remove the vocals/bass/drums from a stereo mix?

I have a track I wish to hear without the vocals/bass/drums. How do I do that? This is an attempt to make a new canonical QA based on current technology & ignores 'old-style' manual phase reverse ...
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Lunchboxes on the master bus

Curious what combinations people have used in lunchboxes on the master bus or any summing bus for that matter and whether or not they feel it's worth the purchase over ITB. Less of a general ITB v OTB ...
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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?

We all know the problems it causes for the sound engineer at concerts when the guitarist raises the volume mid show. "It goes to 11" But why are amps always behind the artists aimed out at ...
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What is the easiest way to create 5.1 sound effects (sound panning from one channel to another)

I need to create a simple 10 second sound file, where: 0-1s: tone plays in (and only in) Front-Left channel 1-2s: tone plays in (and only in) Front-Right channel 2-3s: tone plays in (..) Left-Rear ...
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Can headphones with 1/8" inputs be used with a mixing board's aux sends that output to XLR or 1/4"?

I am looking at mixing boards that have aux sends. This one uses XLR aux and this one uses 1/4" aux. Can I use a converter to listen to the aux send on headphones that take 1/8" input? For ...
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Need advice for a two-person live music and video game streaming setup

My girlfriend live-streams games on Twitch. I want to live-loop music (guitar, keyboard, electronic drums) in the background that plays along with her stream. I want to be able to hear her computer ...
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How do video editors do audio downmix?

What mathematical formula do video editors use when they create a final mix of audio tracks? Suppose I have a mono track pcm_f32le and 2 stereo tracks pcm_f64le. How do they calculate the loudness of ...
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My final mix sounds damp

My final mix, mastered amateurly by me, sounds damp when I play it at low volume in my Bose QC 35 II headphone. It feels like it is sitting really deep in the headphone; i'm comparing it pro songs at ...

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