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Does amplification and De-amplification of a recording affect the quality?

I looked online and didn't find anything definitive, they all wanted to compare the source and changed data structures and listen for differences....which I would consider too subjective to yield any ...
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Super wet reverbed instrument into a vibrato pedal

I would like to send a long-tailed-reverbed signal (guitar/violin) into an analog vibrato pedal. I'm talking about a 10 seconds decay reverb (or longer), and a vibrato with a rate way under 1 Hz. The ...
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Low sound quality with Kontakt 5

I'm new to Kontakt, I've downloaded it today. But when I installed my first library (Symphony Series Brass Ensemble), and tried the samples, the sound quality was completely unacceptable. I tried ...
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Does a 64 OHMS Headphones require an amplifier? [closed]

I recently bought a pair of HD7 from Presonus (https://www.presonus.com/products/HD7) which are 2 x 32 ohms headphones. They sound good but not as good as I though they would. Would that be due to ...
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Does an XLR adaptor provide higher quality audio?

I'm looking to purchase wireless lav mics and an audio recorder. Whilst searching for multi-track recorders I read that using XLR cables will provide better quality than regular connectors. https://...
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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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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

Specifically speakers for tablets, phones, and laptops. I purchased a tablet in 2014, I got a tutorial on how to perform a modification of the system audio file which me very grateful when comparing ...
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How do I eliminate occasional loud pops from my studio monitors?

The background: I just purchased and installed my first studio monitors and connected them to my audio interface. I had to buy separate RCA(f)–1/4”(m) adapters, since the cable included with my ...
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General/fundamental question about factors influencing audio quality

First of all, I apologize in advance for this question: this forum may not be a perfect fit for it, but it is the closest I could find on Stack Exchange. Furthermore, the 'How to Ask' posting ...
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What's the sound difference between blown out speakers and needing new foam?

I have a pair of beat up JBL MRV308's, however all the foam on the outside of each speaker is missing, and I suspect some of the speakers may be blown out (especially the top, higher-frequency ...
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How can I detect the sample and bit rate coming from my iPhone?

I want to experimentally prove that the iPhone can play 24 bit audio through the USB port (and also >44.1 sample rate but that is more trivial). How can I test this? I have a decent budget so a DAC ...
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Panning/stereo problem with Denon AH-MM200BK headphones [closed]

I have a pair of Denon AH-MM200BK headphones and listen to music on my iPhone or Macbook Pro. When I listen to songs with them, the vocal track sounds off in the distance and quiet as do lead guitar ...
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Are BRSTM files lossless?

Definition: .brstm is an audio file type that is commonly used on the Nintendo Wii and GameCube videogame platforms. Question: Is BRSTM a lossy or lossless file type? More Information: Although I'...
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For optimal 3-way sound: should passive speakers be connected to my amplifier/mixer, or to the crossover of an active subwoofer?

Currently I have 2 passive speakers connected in stereo to an amplifier (with a mixer). I am looking to introduce an active subwoofer into the system in order to produce more accurate 3-way sound in ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

I am not an audiophile. I have heard many times that hardware X has good/bad DAC. The "has" signifies that DAC is a kind of separate chip inside it. As far as I know, DAC is an algorithm to fill in ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

I'm a musician who extracts a very wide variety of audio samples from different sources. I then layer and arrange these samples together within music software to orchestrate songs. When I save these ...
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FLAC --bps setting real meaning

I'm going to grab some audio from DVD in best possible quality. My software supports FLAC encoder and lets me to choose various bit per sample settings for it: 8, 16 or 24. And I got confused. FLAC ...
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Can differences between high quality audio formats be noticed on low quality headphones?

Specifically, I'm looking at 640kbps AC3 and 1500kbps DTS. Will there be a noticeable or detectable difference when someone listens on cheap consumer headphones?
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Nature Sounds Libraries in HQ: where?

can you point me to the best Nature Libraries that include ambience loops in super High Quality? I mean paid ones .. (so no Freesound or such) .. I need optimum quality and clarity so far I didn't ...
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What' is the best piece of hardware to use for recording DJ sets?

I've been using a Macbook Pro with Audacity, via USB, to record DJ set's for a few years, but it's very cumbersome being the laptop is slow and old and frankly, I'm tired of lugging that thing around. ...
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Is there a way to increase WAV quality?

I have a WAV file with low quality. It cracks a little on some new Android devices. Is there a way (preferably a tool) to increase the quality of my file? I was thinking about maybe an interpolation ...
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How is compression quality related to sample rate?

The higher the sample rate is, the better the compression quality will be. That seems to be the conclusion to draw from several dynamics plugins I've worked with that implement oversampling (in this ...
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Check if www.listentoyoutube.com provides exact audio copy

If this question do not belong to this site, please tell me where it belongs if you are kind. I need to download the exact sound clip of youtube videos, and I've been using this online site: www....
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

I notice there are more and more speakers accepting digital inputs (USB / optical). I never had a chance to listen to those myself, so I wonder how would you compare sound quality of macbook's DAC ...
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Furman power conditioner - can I use with a power bar to expand my outputs?

I've been running my studio setup of about 15 - 16 pieces of audio gear (computer, monitors, mixer, etc) using a couple of surge protected power bars. I decided it would be a good idea to get a power ...
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Do all Focusrite Saffire range products use same inputs and outputs?

I'm going to buy my very first sound card, with an aim towards sound quality. I'm looking for both good 2+ inputs and outputs and nicely powered headphone output, since I'm not aiming to buy a ...
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Is there sound quality loss in 6mm to 3.5mm TRS adapter?

I would like to know if there is any sound quality lost by using a 6mm (1/4th inch) TRS jack adapter to connect into a 3.5mm (1/8th inch) TRS slot. I would assume there would be some quality loss ...
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Does sound quality increase if you play a video in High Definition? [closed]

I have a friend who always tells me to listen to his sound videos in HD, because, he claims, the sound quality will go up if you watch the video in HD. I've listened to the same video's in both HD ...
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Does converting an mp3 format audio file to m4a format makes audio quality better?

Does converting an mp3 format audio file to m4a format makes audio quality better ? I was just wondering if mp3 is lossy. How it can generate lossless m4a file after conversion. I know mp3 can be ...
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44.1 vs 48 kHz for talk?

For doing a tutorial video cast, is there any reason to use 44.1 vs 48 kHz sampling rate? I'm exporting out of Screenflow and these are the two options for sample rate.
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What impact does applying gain to a digital audio signal have on playback?

I'd like to know what role digital gain (volume) control has on logical and perceived quality. I do have knowledge about how audio is stored digitally but do not know how volume works beyond the fact ...
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convert to mp3 or lower the samplingrate

I have a question regarding sound quality - its a question about whether I should choose betwteen two strategies where the purpose is to preserver good sound quality at the one hand - and to reduce ...
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best sound-quality - MP3 or WMA

Is there any difference in sound-quality between the following formats: MP3 WMA
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MP3-format - how the quality is affected

I am developing an app based on soundphrases for android. I record a voice with my samsung galaxy SIII and then use audacity for making the quality better. Then this soundfile is exported as an ...
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Sampling frequency

A friend of mine who lives in Thailand helps me to translate phrases in Thai. Today he sent me some audiofiles that I opened in Audacity for analyzing. His voice seems to be in some way distorted, or ...
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Do XLR cables wear out?

Is there any noticeable difference in sound quality if you use a new XLR cable instead of a well-used 10 years old one? I work at our local church and can borrow a cable from there to do some ...
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Why does higher quality audio have lower volume?

Anecdotally I've noticed that higher quality videos, whether be a 1080p HD video on the TV or a BluRay rip on a computer, the volume seems to be lower than a standard quality video. I've noticed this ...
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Are there any audible differences between 192 and 320 kbit/s .mp3 files?

I have friends that are very picky when it comes to mp3 bit-rate, and will always look for the 320 kbit/s version of a file. However, I have never noticed any differences, they sound the same to me. I ...
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Does Izotope RX and similar software make the location sound recordist complacent?

I recently purchased Izotope RX and I am blown away by it's abilities to remove noise and hum and such from recordings. It really is as good as what people have claimed it to be! However, I just ...
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Any reason not to convert WAV to FLAC and save some disk space?

As I understand the technologies, WAV is a raw, uncompressed format and FLAC is a compressed but lossless format. My research has shown that FLAC files "still maintain all the audio fidelity"src of ...