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How can I record frequencies from 0.1 to 20 Hz?

For my experiment I've recorded a sound during the day with my webcam microphone, and accelerated it 900 times, to hear whats going on there in the street at very low frequencies. Effects was ...
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Natural morph between 2 voices

I'm trying to morph a voice into a second one, for an anticipation movie (there's a brief resume of the movie in the beginning of a previous question I answered about how to make futuristic cars here :...
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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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Conflicts from a sonic perspective

I thought some of you would be interested in this from the BBC,link text its a history of conflicts from more of a sonic perspective. The sounds of conflict are obviously some of the most powerful ...
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How do sound engineers maintain levels in live performances?

When I watch videos of live performances, like rock concerts, I notice that when the vocalists use the microphone the distance to the mouth will vary somewhat, sometimes significantly, and I would ...
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What is the difference between XLR and JACK out?

Hi I was just wanting to know what the difference is between XLR and JACK out is. I'm sort of new to this sort of thing. (So if someone could explain it as simple as possible would be great!)
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Placement of monitor speakers: Is it normal to hear a lot more bass when stepping back?

I recently purchased my first pair of studio monitors, KRK Rokit 6's. The instruction manual states... ...and accordingly I've placed the monitors 5' apart and 5' from me, with the acoustic axis ...
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Recordings the Americas by motorcycle

I posted this same question on gearslutz, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of useful insights here too. So in a few months, I'm going to be traveling by motorcycle from New York to Ushaia, Argentina (...
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How do I use Audacity to make two tracks match volume?

I have an Audacity project with two mono audio tracks. The first (on top) has been recorded at a high volume, and the second (on bottom) at a much lower volume. Forgive me if I'm not using the right ...
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How are audio tracks finalized in the cinema industry?

I was wondering how exactly audio is finalized in the cinema industry. Are they rendered in stems or a in a single audio track and then imported in a video editing software (Final Cut, Premiere, ...
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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

I'm currently working on a film about a woman suffering from schizophrenia and was wondering if anyone had any more left field suggestions for films with interesting sound design depicting mental ...
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Need help cleaning, and editing sound effects using multiple mics

So my question is this; I'm trying to figure out a good way to edit, and clean my sfx recording with 3-4 mics. My main question what are your general steps ? Do you import everything into PT first ...
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Sound of Magnetism?

I was wondering what that typical hi pitched whine is that usually is used to represent magnetism? I'm looking to make a metal object sound as if its being drawn to another larger one. Any ideas would ...
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The “first sound is the right sound” problem

The "first sound is the right sound" problem..also known as the "affection to a sound" dilemma: It often happens to me , when I start choosing and placing some sounds, that those sounds will remain ...
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Foley Sounds for a swimming pool

Whats' the best way to make foley sound for a swimming pool at a uni without having to book out a actual pool for a whole day? Please help????
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Need help to understand the basic components of sound

I'm a software developer and I am trying to understand sound a bit better for a project I want to start working on. Sorry if this is a bad place for this, if needed I can delete and repost elsewhere. ...
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How can I manage communication and time for Social/Mobile Game Sound Design?

I have been attempting do more game sound to add to my film/tv sound design experience. I have done a few games now, most of which are mobile/social games. I am having a TON of difficulty in both ...
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How to make the music sounds like playing in the picture

I am editing a video(by adobe premiere) which is a friends' chatting in a restaurant. I would like to add a background music which sounds like playing in the restaurant. I tried lower the db of the ...
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Filter Reverb and Echo at the time of recording in Audacity or any other software

I am recording video lectures. The sound in those lectures must be clear from outside noises and also any echo/reverb. At my home I have only one room where the traffic sound and other sounds (barking ...
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What is the best way to record acoustic piano and vocals from home?

I am staying in a rented house which I cannot sound-proof. I have an acoustic upright piano which I cannot carry to a studio. The noise levels around are average, no heavy traffic, but passing car ...
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Is there something wrong with my ears? (perception of frequency and their dynamics)

When using EQ, I have more difficulty hearing what's being suppressed compared to what's being boosted. For example if I put white noise on a channel and sweep the parametric EQ up and down the ...
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Water / Snow Movement

I am working a project that involves a lot of water sound effects and movement. Since, it is an hour in length I have been trying to come up with ways the sounds of the water and movements won't sound ...
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Sound recording for 360 video - sound field or stereo tracks?

When recording 360 degrees of sound (for a 360 virtual reality video) - so far i have heard of 2 main methods: 1) The use of an ambisonic microphone (sound field) 2) Put 2 microphones on each of the ...
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Mastering for Android

i'm a sound designer and composer for mobile games, especially casual games for android/ios. i still have to learn a lot about mixing and mastering, but when it comes to mastering for an android game, ...
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Sound Design Etiquette?

This is a question from a novice sound designer, but one that I don't see discussed much, for obvious reasons. When approaching professional sound design projects such as movies, game cinematics, ...
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What are the sources of signal loss in cables and their connections?

What are the major sources of loss when sending a signal over cables? What is the impact of digital vs analog, cable material/length and the number and quality of cable connectors? Are there any ...
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Used Gear / recorders - When is “too old”?

I am in the process of getting a proper rig for sound effects recording and have been looking into buying sound devices gear, either mixpre-d or 722 used. I know they have a reputation of being very ...
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How can I pick up very small sound with small budget?

Well, I would like to pick up some very small sound like: - Pressing Keyboard - Using the zipper - Scratch yourself I don't have a lots of money to buy expensive equipment. How can I pick up these ...
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Sound Design: Creating The Sound of Life Around Death

I am working on a film where a girl is in an abandoned old house that looks very creepy with wall paper peeling of the walls, cracked walls, and various debris on the floor. There is a voice over ...
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Mic plugged in the guitar input does not work

I have a newly bought Scarlett Solo, in which I plugged an SM57 using an XLR to jack cable, in the guitar input. When I handle the mic, I see the LED from the gain knob lighting up, probably from ...
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Minimal length required for a human to register a sound

I work with automatic environmental sound recognition. As a limitation of my work, I use only audio without other contextual information to do the recognition. In nature, many sounds are very alike, ...
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Fmod sound design

I am interested in getting into sound design for games and I'm hearing from most sources that FMod is the way to go. I'm just wondering if you need to have a game designed to use it. I.e. Can I just ...
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Recording field audio of car engine/exhaust/etc

Ok so to jump right into it, a couple of friends and I picked up an 2014 Audi RS7 and plan to make a commercial/teaser-esque video of it. I have three GoPro hero4 black editions so the video portion ...
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Convert sound inside a video, from 5.1 to stereo, without image modification?

2 days ago I had troubles with video conversion, today that's audio. Here is the problem, the converter I found (see this question) detects all my sources audio channels as different channels (like if ...
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What's the exact curve for natural audio fading?

I'm making a DJ type program (it's geared more towards theatre productions) where I need to fade sound. I know that when you fade, doing a direct linear line doesn't sound natural and that a bit of a ...
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What are some good in-depth resources for learning Sound Design?

I have searched the whole net millions of times to find some useful up to date resources regarding Sound Engineering. I am looking for some practical resources for self studying Sound Engineering. ...
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Serial Sound Design?

I'm looking for a way to create sounds in a serial manner, so that Sound1 feeds into Sound2 which then feeds into Sound3 etc. I noticed when using Operator (in Ableton) today that 4 simple sound waves ...
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Which sound format converts to text in SoX?

The SoX command line program lists 85 sound formats. I need one that converts WAV files to a text format, listing the amplitude values in numerical form, preferably as integers. Which format does ...
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How to create a sci fi gun charging up sound effect

I'm trying to create a clunky sci fi gun that charges up before blasting someone to bits. I'm finding it difficult on how to create a charging sound effect! Any tips or tricks would be awesome! ...
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Fletcher-Munson curves: Applied uses and lessons learned?

There are a few posts about the Fletcher Munson perceivable loudness curves on here, more explaining what they are but not their function. I haven't quite found out if they have a function or are ...
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Play three mono audio files in three speaker

As a part of a psychology test, I have three mono audio files and I want to play them through three separate speakers simultaneously. To aim this goal I bought an USB 5.1 surround sound card (...
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Crazy Question: Is it possible to clean up speakerphone sound - (not music, just speaking)?

I am not a audio person. I am more of a technical problem solver who is on an interesting project to provide remote interpretation to a business audience. I am able to control what goes out (the ...
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Creating a Floating Sound-Proof (Sound-Isolation) Room

I am going to build a sound-booth, 100% for recording spoken-word vocals. My biggest concern is sound isolation from exterior noise. I live near many major source of public transportation and they all ...
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Why is Compression and Expansion of Signal to Noise Ratio used in Wireless System signal transmission?

"The 90 dB SNR is squeezed to 50 dB or less by a audio compressor circuit before frequency modulating the RF signal for the Antenna. On the receiver side, once the RF switch has the strongest signal ...
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How to recreate a specific sound in FL Studio 12?

THE SITUATION: I would like to recreate a specific sound. Here you can hear the it: From 0:02 to 0:05. It repeat itself three times. I spent a lot of time in FL ...
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How to work objectively?

When doing sound design I often have difficulties to judge my work objectively. I spend so much time on one particular scene or even one sound that I lose my ability to judge my work. Two examples: 1)...
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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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What are good TR909 and TB303 default settings for electronica music?

I enjoy house, techno, trance, disco, IDM, ambient, progressive and electronica sounds as french house, progressive house, acid house, warp records, guidance records, dragonfly records, bedrock ...
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Sound Design cutting throught Music

I'm currently working on a project where there is a particular scene where on one hand there is music and at the same time, we should hear heavy reverbered steps. It getting tough to make the reverb ...
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Mechanical acoustic device

Would it be possible to build a purely mechanical device that is capable of generating sounds of alphabet either by compression or blowing? No electronic or electrical parts purely mechanical. We ...