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Mechanism to always have a specified decibel level output

I'm a novice in this and planning to build a small inexpensive audio interface for myself. It will have: 1. One AUX input, that can be connected with a 3.5 mm jack. 2. One output, that can be ...
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How is cinematic sound produced?

This could be a bit subjective, but I think broadly most people know what "cinematic sound" means. At least, in my mind, it is sound that: Has extraordinary depth Quite a bit of warmth Richness and ...
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

In contrast to production techniques applied to popular music, most published recordings of classical music can have a very wide dynamic range. This makes then less suited for listening in a car, on ...
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Fixing Latency & Microphone Bleed in Post

Is there a post-production fix for this? I’m editing a multitrack podcast. There are three channels, each with one speaker. Say Speaker A Laughs at 0:15 while speaker B is talking. The microphone ...
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Improving digitalized tape recordings - more than what I've done

Context: I have a huge amount of audio files (tape recordings that were digitalized into mp3) that I've been asked to clean up for someone. It's only voice (conferences). Why: I guess it would be a ...
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When you Know it Needs Something Else

When you're jamming and have created a sound that you think would be really good if only you combined it with another layer or two, but you're not sure what it needs, what do you do? I've had this ...
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Can someone identify the technique used in this portion of track?

I am looking to record my new song in studio and I want to do something like the technique used in this track but I am unable to get there. I am using fl studio software. I thought it's just panning ...
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How is digital audio defined?

I want to make a voice changer, found the description of some effects, but I don't exactly understand what the digital audio looks like. How much information can I get from different audio formats, ...
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How do I make whispering in ear sound convincing?

I made a mono recording of whispered speech and I'm trying to make it sound like someone is whispering right into your ear. I work in Live 9 using mostly the native effects and some free VSTs. The ...
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Creating the sound of a thousand legged monster! Ideas?

I am doing most of the sound for a short horror movie and it features a monster that looks like a centepede but atrociously gigantic. I have tried a lot things like messing with the sound of other ...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

If recording a filmed dialogue scene that has a sound level range between whispering and shouting (or similar high range beyond acceptable limits for the equipment available), what is the right way to ...
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Workflow for detecting vinyl BPM?

I have around 200 vinyl DJ records that I want to catalog with BPM data. (Being DJ records, the majority of my collection would have a single value for BPM.) Gathering this data presents a challenge ...
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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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What can I research to back up my sound design?

I realise the question is a bit ambiguous but I couldn't think of a way to put it into one simple question. I am currently a final year music technology student undertaking some sound design for my ...
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How would one “morph” human vocals with a bat scream?

I am producing sounds for an old time vampire game. I have recorded human vocals in Latin that I would like to combine with a bat scream. It's (obviously) for a section in the game where the vampire ...
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How to record from keyboard to laptop? [closed]

I have a electronic piano/keboard ( Yamaha PSR E323 ) and I am planning to record myself playing a piece. My laptop, to which I will be recording to is a Lenevo Z570 . I am a newbie in in this area ...
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Spatialisation/diffusion of sound across 24 channels

I am looking for a tool/technique which would enable me spatialise diffenent sine waves across a (circular) 24-channel system in various speeds. This is not to be done live, but using playback of pre-...
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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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Reference Levels for film mix

Are blu rays a good source for referencing film mixes. I know Dvd's are not coz they are extremely compressed. If blu rays are not where can i get hold of some film mixes for reference?
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Super Mario 3D Land Sound Design: techniques

hey everyone at the moment I'm playing this game on my 3DS and I'm quite amazed by its sound FXs since they sound so clear, juicy and compact I should point that I'm leaving outside those ...
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Presenter vocal mic low end problems

Hi all, just a quick question.... Working on a live broadcast TV show about gardening with 3 presenters on wireless lapel mics... 2 of the 3 presenter's sound is all good, the third presenter which ...
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any tips on creating tech based sounds like this

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How to create gun's whir sound?

Hi! I try to create the whir of a gun sound, like ricochet. The thing we can hear in movies when the bullet pass just near the camera. Is someone have an idea about how to create this particular ...
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What is the most invaluable advice, tip or trick you have learnt through Social Sound Design?

As per the title, what do you feel is the most invaluable thing you have learnt or gained through the site? I think for me, it's a little more broad than just mixing techniques, recording set ups etc....
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Getting Tight & Crisp Sound

A bit of weird question, I don't even know how to ask it but I love listening to the cinematic for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria not only is the work done on it great but I love the sonic ...
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Guerilla Style Recording…

Im about to embark on a indie feature road trip movie. This story thrives on improvisation with characters and "real life" people. What kind of tricks do you know that could help get the cleanest ...
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The Best of Simple Ideas

Have you ever had one of those moments discussing workflow, processing, or what have you...where someone mentions something that's such a painfully simple concept, you wonder why you never thought of ...
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Deliverable Quality Control - Talk to me.

This is for you sound-heads out there that routinely (or even not-so-routinely) deal with full deliverables for audio post. The client is asking for full splits - VO, On-camera, Nat, Music, etc, ...
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speed up work flow

Can anyone give me advice on how I might speed up my work flow on a similar project. I had 400 voice prompts to record for a telephone system. They had to be supplied with individual file names at 32,...
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How can I invert the amplification of two tracks?

I'd like to know how to decrease the volume of one track (either automatically or manually) as the amplification of the second track increases. So for example, if you're listening to a live radio ...
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Processing Crowds

You have recorded chants, yells, and other phrases with a 50 or so odd group of people - how would you make it sound like thousands? You have the whole stereo field to play with. You could use any ...
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How do you get to know microphones and decide on microphone purchases?

This is a question that's been on my mind lately as I'm starting to collect a selection of especially field-capable microphones. As there's so much to choose from in terms of microphone techniques, ...
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Scifi Laser Sounds - What works for you?

Hey everyone! I am curious as to what workflow people use to create crisp and heavy scifi laser sounds. Tribes: Ascend has lasers left and right in it, and I am running out of ideas for new laser ...
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Sony D50 internal mics for new Recordist

Hi, I am new to recording. I have bought a Sony d50 to record voices and ambient sounds as well as to hook it up to a parabola for distant pinpoint sound recording to for a stills photographic project....
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About mic positioning

I was wondering what is the reason behind positioning a third mic a few feet away from a basic stereo AB. I noticed this on the three tenors in Rome for example. Here is a link to understand better my ...
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Question: Fixing bad audio/Cleaning up single mic long dialog takes (film sound)?

Hi People, This is my first post however I've been following up on the forum for a long time now. I'm about to take an editing/restoration work and it seems like it will be quite a bit of a problem. ...
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Kill your plugins

I just came across this article by James Hogg, and it's incredibly intriguing despite being written for musicians. I know, for me, I have way too many plugins, especially considering I tend to rely ...
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An esthetic for evoking a loud(er) sound

Let me try explain the sound, it's sounds to me like distortion and/or saturation. I have noticed this esthetic developing, it's come up in a few movies lately. I just watched Rise of the Planet of ...
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Production Audio Check List

On a professional set, in a studio or on location, the main job of the production audio - solo or team - is to capture the highest quality dialog that they possibly can in every situation they ...
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Ways to Learn More/Practice Mixing for a Newbie

I've heard a lot of people say "If you want to work in post-sound you should pick what role you want to do like sound editing, designing or mixing and focus on that." as much as I'd like to do all of ...
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Industrial Fan Speed

Hello. I have a scene w/a fan whose blades slowly pick up speed and then slow back down again. I have a great sound effect of a giant fan cutting air, but I can't match the speed of the effect from ...
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When using a boom to capture production audio what kind of mic do you want? Boom Technique

Do you want a mic that captures only what it is looking at/pointing at? Or some other mic that captures a bit of side noise? Obviously a shotgun is essential for this. Is it best to aim the boom ...
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How do you 'cleanse the pallet'?

Hello all, So I'm just finishing up the last of a children's series, and getting ready to move on to a cool little indie feature. My question is this: What tricks/techniques do you use to clear your ...
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Midi controllers/ more specifically, a monome--open ended question

Does anybody use midi controllers for sound design? More specifically does anybody use a monome?
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Recording Orchestra Groups with Omni mics and M-S matrix

I need to record a ~50 piece woodwind orchestra and am using a Nagra VI which has 6 inputs. I want the best recording using the fewest mics. I have a pr of Neumann M150s which I was going to place ...
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Mixing EQ, the Mix

When you are mixing and you are using EQ, how are you supposed to do it? Are you supposed to put an EQ on a track and arm all the automations for it and then use the automations each time you want ...
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Another Discovery of Wind in the Studio

It's Sunday. Here's another recording I just did. This time I took the same Kleenex box I used before and without any air flow, I stuck it on the ground, placed the hole right next to the U87 and ...
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Imitating the audio quality of a typical mobile phone video

Hi All, I've been tasked with sound design for a commercial (for Web), where the final mix should sound, in the client's words, 'like it was filmed with a mobile phone. I.e. lo-fi, but not too much. ...
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Would it help to know techniques of picture editing to perform better at sound editing?

I just finished a course on the basics of film editing and production, and I'm wondering who else here thinks it's important to grasp certain concepts of film editing to perform better at sound ...
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Doubling a track

I was reading an article about recording a guitar and the guy was recommending doubling the track by actually recording it twice. I realize that this thickens up the sound which is good but is playing ...