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What is your software secret weapon?

Not so secret if you share! And how do you use it? -=- I LOVE Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch. I used to run it in my Windows XP days, but when I switched to an Intel Mac, there wasn't a working ...
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An open source sound editor, but not Audacity?

I am looking for open source/free software for casual sound editing. I've tried audacity, I know it's capable tool but really I dont like the interface. Tried snd, can't get it to work. I am looking ...
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Free batch conversion from FLAC to Apple Lossless (ALAC)?

I am looking for a free tool that would allow me to convert large amounts of FLAC files to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) while preserving the meta information and optionally adding new information ...
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How do software algorithms to calculate BPM usually work?

Most music editing programs will tell you the BPM of a song, but how do they calculate it? Obviously they try to find some sort of constant pulse throughout the song, but: how are they separate from ...
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Linux digital recording — Audacity or Ardour?

We're evaluating options for a live recording setup in a church. Because the budget is tight, we're looking at running Linux with two Delta 1010's. So far I've Audacity and Ardour. So far I'm leaning ...
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A trip down your DAW memory lane

This could lead to some very long posts, but here goes anyways... I got into a conversation with the guys at work about the old DAWs they used to use, what's changed, what they miss, and what's ...
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What production tools should we look at for a weekly podcast

Back in the day, right at the beginning, we had a podcast and we each recorded seperate audio through our mics and had our land-lines going as we are in different locations - then we emailed the audio ...
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What are some disadvantages of audacity?

I've been using Audacity for a while and it seems like the perfect recording studio: free, open source, great features, easy to use, its easy to fall in love with. However, I want to have a more ...
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Draw music in software

When we open up a song in an editor we see a wave track, if we zoom it we see that it's curves and bends at different places and etc. I wonder if it's possible to draw music this way? Theoretically i ...
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Boost volume of track in GarageBand

I have a track in Garageband that is recorded at a very low volume. If I could I would go back and redo it, but I can't, so I just have to live with it. So far, to boost the volume of this track, I ...
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Which Choir library would be recommended for film scoring, regardless of the price?

I'm looking for a good choir sound library to use in film scores. Tonehammer's Liberis and Requiem Pro choral libraries seem to deliver quite an outstanding and realistic performance (if used ...
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Is it possible to record directly to a computer's CD drive?

I'm working with a client who needs to minimize the time between when recording is done and when the finalized audio CD ejects from the drive. All of the computer recording software I'm aware of will ...
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Voiceover drowns in music. How do I make it more dominant?

Total newbie here, not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm trying to record some station IDs for an online radio station thingamajig I'm doing. I'm using a Samson C03U. My voiceovers ...
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How do song recognition services (like Shazam) work?

Seems kinda difficult to do that, especially when I am recording songs off the radio, using different hardware for both playing and recording (for example playing from a radio in the car and recording ...
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Any plugins out there using GPGPU/CUDA/OpenCL for horsepower?

It looks like the dedicated hardware plugin boxes (UAD etc) use traditional DSP chips like the Analog Devices SHARC for their horsepower. Is anybody using graphics card processors via GPGPU (General ...
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Sound off on Noise Reduction!

So, folks, what's the dirt on contemporary noise reduction for things like hiss, hum, and background drone noise? Are folks still using DINR, third-party plug-ins, artful gating? My two cents is ...
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Thinking outside the “box”

When faced with a design challenge, what is your first instinct: To reach for a mic or a piece of software? Of course it often depends on the project or task at hand, but in general, where does your ...
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When does playing 320 Kbps MP3 instead of FLAC matter?

I wonder when I should play FLAC instead of 320 Kbps: size of room, type of music, etc. I saw plenty of discussions about 320 Kbps MP3 vs. FLAC on Internet but none with reliable source. Are there ...
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What do I need to make reasonable quality amateur recordings of vocals/piano to put on Youtube?

I have been recording myself playing piano and posting to Youtube, just so friends can take a look at how my progress is with the instrument for the most part, but also to post tutorials for some ...
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What's the shortest sound perceptible to the human ear?

How long would the shortest perceptible sound last? I'm guessing there'll be a frequency at which we can hear short sounds best but I don't need to find that. Admittedly this is also completely ...
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Propellerhead Reason: Tutorials?

I just love the kind of electronic music that people create with Propellerhead's Reason. I just acquired the software but I find it very difficult to use (I'm not very experienced in producing music) ...
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Software for Live Multi-Tracking Recording & Mixing

So I'm looking for a piece of software for recording multi-track live audio (PC or Mac is fine, I have system for both). That meets several key requirements: Can record at least 4 tracks Works with ...
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How are your Quickeys workflows?

Hi I think that Quickeys is a great tool to speed up the workflow in Protools: it fill some hole in PT keycommand and some more. If you use it, how? which are your preferred shortcuts and macros? ...
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Multiple loop phrases in Ableton looper?

Using my floorboard controller and vanilla Ableton MIDI mappings, I've managed to figure out a way to juggle two phrases with loopers. However, the MIDI assignments are a pretty clunky. The basic idea ...
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Which DAW do you use?

I'm just wondering, which DAW or software is the best and cheapest for designing sound. I'm working in a studio, and we use Steinberg Nuendo on a PC. It's quite good and comfortable software. You can ...
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While editing dialogue, what tool do you use to eliminate clicks within words?

In order to eliminate clicks in words in Pro Tools, and I use either the Pencil Tool or cut out a cycle of the waveform. What would software tool would you recommend?
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Pro Tools vs Logic…

Hi all, I am looking for a little bit of advice on DAWs. I am Mac-based and have exclusively used Logic Studio for my work which, so far, I have found to be sufficient. But I am beginning to wonder ...
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What do you know about people who design audio equipment?

I'm just a student trying to figure out what to do with my life. While sound design is fascinating, I'm also interested in designing the equipment that makes sound design possible. Does anybody know ...
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List of free notation software

What are the free programs available to typeset music?
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Is there any Windows, Mac, or Unix software similar to LSDJ for writing “chiptunes”?

I am aware of LSDJ and have tried to use it via various GameBoy emulators, but I find the interface to be incredibly clunky and am wondering if anyone has seen a suite of software that takes better ...
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Is there software to capture and view raw MIDI data coming from a controller?

This is partially out of curiosity, and partly, potentially, useful. The gist of what I'm looking for is an application (preferably OSX, though it wouldn't be a deal breaker to be Windows or *nix, ...
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How reliable is Plural Eyes for syncing?

I'm on a documentary where we're shooting on double system. For practical reasons we're mostly not clapping, and I'm worried for the poor editor... We're shooting on a few 5Ds and I'm wondering how ...
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VSTi Issue with REAPER and Superior Drummer

I've installed Superior Drummer and REAPER; but when I go to click on "Insert virtual instrument on new track", Superior Drummer isn't available. Am I missing a step?
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Audio tracker for Linux with support for VST/VSTi

For the past few years I have been using Windows where I was working on quite a good piece of tracker - MadTracker (which sadly is not available for Linux). Recently I had to migrate to Linux and I ...
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How do I audio record a meeting with 10 people in a room 10ftx10ft

I have to do audio recordings for a college thesis. The recordings are of meetings in a room about 10 ft square. There will be between 7-10 people participating. I have permission to do the recording. ...
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Help recreating a synthesized hit sound

Any pointers of recreating the sample at the beginning of this MDX composition with a synth(preferably Harmor or Massive): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3FbCURTShmeM2F4QXE1SldmUjA&authuser=0 ?...
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Easy to use open source DAW?

I'm considering creating some instrumental music. I don't care about connecting external stuff (keyboard, mic, ...), so I only require something I'll control with only a keyboard and a mouse. Is there ...
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Beat detection and alignment

Apparently "beat songs" do not have constant tempos throughout the song... For example, they may vary between 125 to 130 beats per minute. Is there a way to make them "beat" at a constant and exact ...
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Looking for a Sound Editor for Mac OSX

I am looking for an audio editor (it does not matter if it is free or not). I am starting to learn music and how create and edit in Mac. I want a simple but still powerful enough application to edit ...
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Software that actually produces instrument sounds

I'm a keyboardist (Yamaha PSR-2000), and recently, I've been wanting to replace my keyboard with a simple 'MIDI controller' keyboard connected to a PC, and have the PC produce the sounds. The reasons ...
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What audio editor are you using?

After reading Jack Menhorn's review of Sound Forge Pro Mac on Designing Sound, I thought it'd be interesting to see who's using what in terms of audio editors. What editor do you use? What are it's ...
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What could a future (software) interface for sound-design/mixing look like?

Hi folks, apart from my occupation as sound designer, my main focus (since I'm working at a university) lies in media (technology) research, software development, and (sonic) interaction design. As ...
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Are there tools to seamlessly loop sounds?

I need to loop a lot of recordings such that the loop is not clearly hearable. For example, I recorded some sounds in the forest and want to loop them such that I can fall to sleep when listening them....
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SAMPLERS: What are you using?

Lots to choose from out there… I've found the integration between ProTools and Structure very smooth; it's easy to wrap my head around and actually produce some decent sounding patches in a short ...
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Free, newbie-friendly tracker software?

I'm a complete music newbie. I'd like to create some music for small, totally aficionado videogames. My sound requirements are: Small file size (less than an mp3 or ogg) Playable via libmodplug (...
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Why is MIDI still 8-bit?

I was asked recently about making improvements on some software instruments. It is common, for example, to have key velocities between 0 and 127, which ultimately limits the expressional range of the ...
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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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Recommendations for a beginner setup

I am just learning more about the sound design field and plan on going to school for it (1 year away from earning bachelors in English) but want to teach myself before I start hacking out money for ...
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Gear Acquisition Syndrome

How do you justify new purchases? Do you set guidelines for yourself? "After this project, you get a new toy/tool"? Or, "Because of this new project, you get a new toy/tool"? Or do you have ...
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Pro Tools 9 and aggregate device use

I have an original MBox that doesn't play well with PT9 HD. Poor thing just sits on the shelf all day, waiting to be put to good use. Can I use it as an aggregate device with the new version of Pro ...