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What is best way to record a doublebass in a home studio enviroment?

What is best way to record a Doublebass in a home studio enviroment? What type of mic? What kind of processing? (compression? eq?)
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Found sound sampling

I hope this is relevant for the sound design forum, and apologize if not. I have to make a found sound remix for a university assignment and am struggling to find good samples for certain elements. I ...
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How to record the sound of an acoustic guitar with a magnetic pickup?

I have a magnetic pickup... How can I use it to record the sound of a guitar to a laptop? I was told magnetic pickups should not be directly connected to a laptop (and that might be true, because I ...
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Best Microphones for Recording Atmospheres

Hi, I'm looking to buy some microphones to record some outdoor atmospheres (traffic, park, outdoor crowd, etc.). I have experience recording indoor sounds like vocals and foley but no outdoor ...
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Recording cello and electronics in a big room

I'm working on a project with a Cellist, we mix classic Cello and live electronics+ processed field recordings (I leave the link to provide a hint on what is all about). http://www.educomelles.com/...
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How do I make a lapel mic sound good?

I have just recently started to record ADR. I have a Sanken COS-11 lapel mic. Recently, an ADR Supervisor told me he loves this mic and uses it as often as he can. I couldn't believe it. I listened ...
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Connecting keyboard to a audio interface

I have a Nord electro 5 keyboard and I am wanting to record using that (not as a midi). I am just wondering what kind of audio interface to use? I also want to be able to connect guitar and vocal ...
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

I want to record with a CAD Audio GXL2200 Cardioid Condenser Microphone into a laptop, but I don't know how to connect it. The mic did not come with a cord, so I bought one, but the plug in is way ...
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Violin/Piano Recording Equipment

I've recently started writing classical-style piano and violin duets, and I've decided to start recording my work. As a newbie to the world of the home-recording-studio, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the ...
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Tips and tricks for recording a trumpet

I will soon have to record a friend of mine who plays the trumpet. The thing is, I've recorded plenty of guitars, vocals, and drums in my times... but never actual brass instruments. Could you share ...
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Extend pen drawing sound from 1s to 2.5s

On SoundDogs, I found the sound of a marker drawing on paper for ca. one second: Hi Liter Marker- Draw Line, Long; Pens & Pencils The problem however is that I need the sound of a marker (or ...
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Subtract music from microphone input while recording

I do have a Soundblaster 5/rx with a line-in, my mixer has an aux-return (and if that does not what I think it does, it has a headphone out too which I could use). The signal that is sent to the ...
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Should I use pedals for guitar effects while recording?

Is sound quality at all effected by using pedals before the interface, as opposed to recording a clean sound and applying effects in the DAW? I am using a Scarlett 2i4 interface.
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Combining two clicky copies of the same record into one good recording

I have two copies of a Belgian 45 RPM single that are both rather clicky even after being washed. The pops occur throughout, stochastically, but occupy a small fraction of the overall time, such that ...
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Phantom power through a Line input

I'm looking to buy an audio interface for recording guitar. I'm planning on splitting my signal chain into 2, with 1 channel going direct into the interface using the line input, and the other going ...
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Low ambient noise in silent sections

I used a pair Behringer C-4 connected directly to the Marantz field recorder in manual mode to record a grand piano in a live performance (not a studio). Now I have low amplitude ambient noice sounds ...
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how do I make my voice higher without becoming a chipmunk?

So I'm working on making power metal. My voice is relatively deeper than i'd like. Using the basic tools in Audacity tends to make my voice not even squeaky, but more like a chipmunk. I need to ...
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Cinematic soundtrack recording - is it better to record instruments sections separately or all together?

We want to record something that sounds really cinematic. I've been in a studio twice before with a 50 pieces orchestra and although the quality of the recording was great, it didn't have quite that ...
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South African Sound FX? [closed]

Hey there. Anyone based in S Africa, or have good recordings from there they'd be willing to trade? Working on a show based there - could do with some more specific recordings - preferably crowd bgd ...
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Headphones for film recording and mastering (music)

I need to buy a new headphone for film recording, but a good reference for editing and mastering music too. I have always used Beyer Dynamic DT100, very strong and closed, ideal for live recording, ...
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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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What is your favorite type of microphone cable?

Technical question regarding mic cables: What is your favorite type, and why? I shot out a few kinds and I found Monster Cable to be the best overall for my purposes of recording voice and vocals. ...
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Hurricane Sandy

Anyone on the east coast trying to record this behemoth? Could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Heavy waves and storm surge could be good but you'll have to use extreme caution. Or, you could ...
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Sounds that have never been recorded before.

I thought maybe we could make a list of sounds that occur which have never been recorded before to our knowledge. So, if you were given a golden ticket, good for one isolated recording of anything ...
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Best way to record a phone?

Okay so I have a couple reasons why I need to record a phone: 1) To get an authentic phone futz signal for a film where some dialogue needs to sound like it's on the phone. 2) A radio show I record ...
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Most unusual sound technique

What was the most unusual and innovative technique of capturing or generating sounds in your entire experience with sound design ? What you have you been forced to do, to achieve the goal?
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plane crash sound effect, how to record a powerful crash?

Hi All I’m recording SFX for an independent film. One of those is a plane crashing into the ground. It has to be a powerful crash. I’ve used many props for this (the jet engines are a fan pitch-...
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Favorite Ambiance, Background Recording Technique and Delivery

How do you like to record ambiances, and backgrounds? Stereo? Mono? ORTF? MS? How do you like to layer them in a project? Mono? Some Stereo? Lots of Stereo files?
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How much do you move your mics while capturing ambiences?

While recording ambiences, do you let you mics sit still and not move them at all for the amount of time you record or do you move them around to get a more dynamic/changing sound? I tried some ...
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Recording world instruments, what type of mic(s) to use?

I am taking a world music course this quarter and the professor brought in a bunch of crazy instruments (some he made) and I asked him if we can set up a time to record samples of these unique ...
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Best way to record a Slinky

As a stocking stuffer, I got a mini-slinky as a joke, and I shocked my wife because I was WAY more excited about receiving this joke toy (because I knew I could experiment recording it) than anyone ...
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I'm having problems recording sound effects at low volumes

I have been recording sounds like a rubber glove on glass and its going in at -22db. If i turn it up more I get a lot of fuzzy noise. I recorded low then opened it in pro tools. I turned up the volume ...
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Recording Screaming on set interior

Hi, A student of mine asked a question as to how to record screaming onset. He mentioned that the room they were in was quite reverberant and no matter what he did (limiter, pads, standing way back ...
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Question about Tree-Beard.

I saw in the DVD extras on the sound-work for Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers a special section about how they created the Tree-Beard voice. Some of the video footage shows the voice being ...
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Best Mic/Preamp for footstep recording

Hello, I would like to record footstep to create a personal sound bank. I wonder what preamps and what microphones you usually use for this kind of thing in studio? I do not have specific or maximum ...
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Need advice on which mics to get.

Hi Guys Just starting to get into foley and field recording for my University project. I've got a budget of around £500 and need some advice on which type of mics to purchase. Im essentially looking ...
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For multiple mic recordings, do you check the phase?

I know it's a big issue for recording Drums because the mics will all be played back together, but when you are recording a sound effect in the field like guns or fireworks, do you check the phase ...
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How would you mic a 5-actor audiobook.

I'm curious to what mics and what positions you would use for this situation: Multicast audiobook that will have full musical score and sound effects. 5 actors, 1 narrator, 4 character actors. The ...
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Awkward Sound Recording Contracts

I'm going to be working a gig for a month as a sound recorder with an employer I've worked with before. We have agreed on a fee for the days planned and what my responsibilities will be. This has all ...
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PZMs for ambience recording?

Seems our sound design forum is leaning more and more towards gear and technique these days…which is actually pretty great because sound design occurs not only in the box but out in the world. Has ...
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Not getting mugged!

Hi folks, How cautious do you find yourself having to be when recording in the city? I'd love to be out recording more with by mics and pres, but am just so concerned about getting gear grabbed while ...
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Recording in an underground parking lot

There is a shoot happening in an underground packing lot with a low cement ceiling and a cement floor as well as a low end hum that will be constant in the background. The genre is a crime drama where ...
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Do you ride the levels during an interview?

When you are recording an interview, do you ride the levels? For example if someone has a dynamic voice do you ride the levels. Do you anticipate riding the levels if someone is a loud speaker as ...
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If you could choose noise reduction or ADR. What would you choose? (Poll)

If you could choose noise reduction or ADR. What would you choose? (Poll)
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Question about recording and air temperature.

I've heard that depending on the air temperature, the sound at live gigs will vary in it's harshness and softness. If I remember correctly, the hotter the temperature is, the better the sound will be. ...
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Has anybody used Earthworks microphones for sound effects

I think some of you may find this video interesting for the sound recording link text My question is, does anybody use Earthworks microphones on here as I am thinking of investing in a pair. On this ...
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A decent stereo pair of microphones at a reasonable price?

Hello. I'm curious to know what people are using as a stereo pair of microphones for their recordings? I've been looking at the usual suspects, but was curious to know if there is any underdogs in the ...
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Recording soft sounds

I'm a visual artist and want to record the sound of human touch live to be included in an installation artwork. (The very soft sound of touching thread.) I have no science or engineering knowledge. ...
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Can one effectively use an older (2004) laptop for audio recording and multitrack mixing?

I have an older laptop I'd like to salvage for music recording and digital mixing. My question is general enough for SE but I will also give specific details about my specific case: I have a 2004 ...
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How can I have get rid of having delay while recording?

I'm working with protools 10 hd .my sound interface is audio komplete 6 and my recorder is zoom h4n.whenever I record something(even without plug ins) I've got delay. I wonder if there is a way to not ...

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