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Script stand ideas?

Hello everyone. What script stand do you use? Colin Hart touched upon metal mic stands creating reflections, and I'm sure this also applies to script stands - also paper. Anyone know anything about ...
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Field Recording Equipment

I am a Novice Sound Designer and would like to do field recording to build my own personal library of sounds. I am looking for some advise on which recording equipment and microphones I should ...
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What are some things you would never record in Stereo?

What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Stereo? and the next part of the question: What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Mono? My rule of thumb is ...
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foley sounds need advice

Hi guys I struggling to think of how to create the sound of horses galloping, I can create the sounds individually by banging two objects together in cycles of threes to create that "doo doo doof" ...
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Looking for a high quality (UK) summer ambience

I hope people don't mind me posting a request, say so if you do. But I think that exchanging sounds is part of being in a community :-) Anyway, I'm stuck in South Africa and in winter, but for a ...
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Reducing room on recordings

Hey Looking for any bright ideas to help me... Im a sound editor recording some feet in my lounge for a feature - I have a creaky old hollow wood floor which is absolutely perfect for deck of a ship,...
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Is Blumlein ever used in Field Recording?

Hello fellow Sound Designers and Recordists, I'd like to throw this out there and ask: Do you ever use the Blumlein Stereo technique while recording in the field? I like the sound of it on Choir ...
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What Technique do you use for Room Tone recording?

I realize it depends on the space, but generally speaking, what microphone technique do you use and what type of mic? XY, ORTF, spaced pair?
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Where to go in L.A. for stealth crowd - WITHOUT MUSIC

I'm sitting outside Starbucks coffee here at Hollywood and Highland on a rare day off thinking I was going to get some good crowd walla with a couple of binaurals, stealth-like. But, there is one ...
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recording summer ambiences

i'm working on a short feature film where i need to provide some interesting summer ambiences, the sweat, humidity and moistness apparent in the visual scene needs to be depicted in ambient sound. ...
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Real-world use of analogue mixing and digital recording equipment combined

(If this sort of question has been asked before - I apologise, I've used the search function and can't really find anything similar. Please merge and close if so!) I currently own a Behringer 8-bus ...
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Rock n Roll Band Recording

Hello everybody! I will record a rock n roll band. My goal is to get the classic sound of the 1950s-1960s with a polished feel. I mapped the following recording setup, but i have a fear that it will ...
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Location recording in a warehouse, how to avoid reverb?

In a few days I will have to record dialogue for a short film. The set is build in an old warehouse. How can I avoid room reverb ? Of course I will use radio mics but what type of microphone I need ...
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Best mic to record wind with.

Tomorrow I'll be going out to a stretch of highway and coasting a pickup truck down a hill with the engine off and placing things with holes (plywood, old fridges, big empty bottles and containers, ...
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Need some train sounds ASAP

Hi guys, I need a few different train sounds ASAP for an advertising animation I'm working on. I'm looking for some onboard (but outside of the train) sound (so we can hear the train moving along ...
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How do I connect an amplifier to a PC?

I have a guitar amplifier and I am wondering if I could connect any of its outputs to a PC microphone input on the motherboard through a 6.3 mm. to 3.5 mm. adapter. Or it will not work and ...
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When should a noise gate be applied?

I produce a weekly podcast and I'm slowly trying to improve my mixing and editing skills to make it sound as good as possible. The podcast is recorded with me and my co-host in the same room, which ...
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Reducing noise and crackling from wires

I'm looking for advises on how I could reduce crackling and noise when recording from line output to line input (big jack stereo wires). Actually I output the sound from a keyboard synthesizer to ...
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The Combination of Field Recordings and Music

I'd like to start a list of examples of this particular combination, so please post any you can think of or any other thoughts about this. Here's one I think really works: [youtube]VVuJ_E_q4LI[/...
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Should one use pop filters for recording vocals?

is it advisable to use pop filters to avoid blows for recording vocals? or should we place the mic a bit off from the mouth though it might lead to loss of high frequencies since they are directional? ...
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Recording thunder.

Hi all Yesterday a massive (for Denmark atleast) thunderstorm was passing a great deal of the country. 40000 lightning strikes was recorded from midnight to noon. It was wild to say the least. I was ...
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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 do you record someone whistling?

I had to record someone whistling for a sound effect on a film I worked on recently. That was really hard to record. I tried different mics... About 10 of them... I finally ended up with a C12 ...
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Quality loss when using high amounts of gain in DAW instead of recording louder

Does it result in a loss in quality for my audio file, if I record really silent and have to apply strong gain (+30dB) in my DAW, instead of just recording the signal a little louder by increasing the ...
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Buzzing noise with Condenser Microphone + Phantom advice

I'm using the Floureon® Condenser Microphone 3.5mm BM-800 Studio Recording Mic with the InnoGear® 48V Phantom Power Supply but I'm getting a buzzing noise in the background when I use the phantom ...
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Can you have white noise in stereo?

I want to produce a sound file that is a sample of pure digitally generated white noise. I can make the noise myself. My question is: is there any point in having the sample file in stereo? As ...
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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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Stringed Instrument Mics

If you could have 2 mics to record strings - anything from cello to violin to acoustic guitar - what would they be? In my opinion, I would probably go with a combination of small diaphragm and large ...
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What's the most unique sound you ever captured, before processing or editing etc?

Hey guys I'd like to hear from everyone which of their sounds they ever recorded was their most unique? I'm asking specifically for sounds that have no processing or editing done to them so anything ...
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need a location for warehouse or dilapidated building footstep recording

I need to record a bunch of footsteps in a dilapidated building. Ideally with both tile and unfinished hardwood surfaces, and also with a layer of dust and dirt (but not overly dirty or crunchy). ...
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Random Sound Thread--Please post a random sound

Please post a random sound, everybody visiting this site. Creepy wooden door creak
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Guitar pickups as a “microphone”

I've been thinking about this a lot, since I saw this video link text in fact. As far as I can tell, there's nothing going on with the strings -- he's muting them with his left hand -- which means ...
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Anyone know of a VO booth for sale?

I work with a production company in Minneapolis and they want to purchase a voice over booth for their new office. I'll be the one doing the recording so I certainly have a vested interest in this ...
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How can I create 8-bit audio files?

I have a client that wants 8-bit WAV files with music for telephone IVR recordings. I work in Adobe Audition and one time by some fluke the recording did not sound too bad. I was not able to reproduce ...
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Why is there a 19.9 kHz tone in mobile digital recordings?

I have made a recording inside a quite office (office noise) with the Zoom H6 mobile recorder and XY microphones and got the following spectrum from the signal: There is a peak at about 19.8 kHz. ...
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How to Reduce Keyboard and Mouse Clicks

When i record with my headset mic it picks up my keyboard and mouse clicks without remorse, so I need to know, How do i reduce that? Gaming channels like Markiplier and PewDiePie when they play they ...
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Room tone/Ambience/Atmosphere loudness question

I recorded room ambience at -50db and I'm not sure how loud it actually should be (in relation to other sounds). I realized that I started to use this to mask the noise of foley recordings, then I ...
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How should you set your instrument levels prior to recording?

That title isn’t very descriptive, but what I’m asking is kind of hard to summarize. I’ve been digging into some basic tutorials and introductions for recording, but so far I haven’t come across what ...
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How do you get rid of the birds in your recordings?

It's spring here and the birds are singing - but sometimes you just don't want them in your recordings ... so my question to you is what are your tricks for getting rid of those birds in your ...
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Saw SFX Question

I'm looking to record some samples of both singing/musical saw SFX, as well as that wiggle effect you hear in cartoons (something like this: http://www.pond5.com/sound-effects/1/cartoon-saw-wiggle....
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Capturing audience reaction during a concert.

Hi guys, long time no see. I've been extremely busy on some over-seas gigs. Right now I'm post producing a concert, and I'm having a bit of trouble with the amount of PA to audience ratio in between ...
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REQUEST: Downhill ski recordings

Hello all, I'm seeking recordings of Olympic-style downhill skiing. Everything from start & aways, passbys (slow/med/fast) and in & stops. Also, jump impacts. Anyone have material like this? ...
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Searching for free downloadable Loop and Recording databases.

Anyone know of any? basically free beats etc but hopefully with some atmosphere recordings, like cities, crowds what have ya.. thanks in advance!
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Suggestions for 'sound fx library management software'

I am looking to buy software to organize my sound recordings. I record, edit and mix on a Pro Tools 9 system use a Mac computer. It be great to hear from some professionals or any sound guys who use ...
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Advice on my starter sound recording kit I have researched?

I've been doing a lot of research for my price bracket. I'm wanting to enjoy the summer recording lots of sounds and getting good at technique and editing. I want the sound quality to be good... Good ...
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Field Recording M/S matrixing

Hi to all field recordists. If using a stereo shotgun microphone, how could you hear what it is you're recording through m/s encoding in real time (ex, not later on in the studio, rather while in the ...
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What dB level corosponds to the lower 8 bits of a 24 bit pcm/wav file?

I'm wondering, what is the maximum peak amplitude, in decibels, that will register in the first 8 bits of a 24 bit wav and leave the upper 16 as 0's? Would something like -99.85dB be low enough or ...
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Voice recording for deep warm voice (spoken)

I need to record a male voice for narration. I want to strengthen the natural "warmness" of the voice. I am not sure what the technical term would be, but I am looking to get a warm, deep voice. Think ...
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I Copied MID files from Yamaha Keyboard, but Playback is Different

I am a newbie in sound design and digital musical instrument stuff. Recently, me and my friend recorded an instrument using some Yamaha Keyboard. When we play that recording on a Yamaha Keyboard, ...
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What is causing the 5.5 kHz noise in my recording setup

Recently I noticed a high pitched noise in my recording setup in my new house, 5.5 kHz to be precise as you can see in the image below of me playing a bass note. This noise only is present when ...

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