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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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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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PZMs for ambience recording?

Seems our sound design forum is leaning more and more towards gear and technique these days…which is actually pretty great because sound design occurs not only in the box but out in the world. Has ...
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How to separate audio tracks? [closed]

There is a movie I like and it has unreleased soundtrack. Because of the way each thing is mixed, it is possible to separate the voices, music and sound effects like car engines using some program. ...
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What is the best way of cleaning audio tracks for a film?

I am about to start some editing for some films and I wanted to find out what other people's methods are.. The track does not look uniform at all, and it is all recorded outdoors; the dialogue was ...
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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's the difference between additive and subtractive synthesis?

It seems that most hardware synths use subtractive synthesis techniques, while in the digital realm it's common to see synths that work with different degrees of additive synthesis. What's the ...
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Has anybody used Earthworks microphones for sound effects

I think some of you may find this video interesting for the sound recording link text My question is, does anybody use Earthworks microphones on here as I am thinking of investing in a pair. On this ...
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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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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 do you create the deadliest sounding gunshots?

I have been experimenting with different layers to create a perfect gunshot but they all fail and sound like toy guns. What do I have to layer in order to create a deadly sounding gunshot?
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Tips on Car Recording?

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on recording car engines/cars in general? I'm thinking of hiring a Marantz PMD671 to record with, and as for mics, I was going to hire a few different ...
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How do binaural recordings sound in a typical stereo situation?

I'm curious if there's any notable difference between a binaural recording and a typical stereo miking pattern when listening in a studio environment. Is there anything that needs to be compensated ...
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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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Removing Reverb

is there any technique of removing reverb from a sound clip with out altering the original clip?
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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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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 often do you use limiters during field recording?

Most field mixers and portable recorders have basic limiters at least for the stereo output. Stereo linked, no threshold or release, just switch it on or off. When recording vocals I prefer recording ...
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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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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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Location recording and best position for radio lapels?

Hello. I am covering all sound duties except for boom operator for a feature shooting in August. We have a Tascam stereo recorder for the shotgun but I have access to two quality radio lapel mics and ...
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What do you use Waves Enigma for? [closed]

It's a pretty rad lil' plug, I was just wondering what kind of creative purposes you have used it for.
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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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How can I create, or where can I find a decent neck breaking sound?

So I am currently busy doing the sound design on a student film which has a character snapping another character's neck with her hands. Thus far I have cut in a sound effect that I found of someone ...
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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 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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Techniques for making a crowd sound bigger and fuller

For the film I'm working on, the on-set recordist recorded some very nice and useful crowds and chants. But these where recorded in mono and with a group smaller than the films requires. Currently I'...
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Who out there still uses Master Faders anymore?

I was working on my "entry" for my sound design challenge today, and I realized that I hadn't bothered putting a master fader into my session. Truthfully, I haven't put one into any of my sessions in ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Best uses of contrapuntal music in film?

First off, if you don't know what contrapuntal music in film is (correct me if I'm not explaining correctly): Music opposite to the emotion expected from the narrative. So for example, to put it ...
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Hmmm what about Sound Design talk? (jet engines)

OK I'll try to change the typical "what's the best mic, best recorder, etc." question and ask something about Sound Design!!! To the point now! I have to make a sound like jet engines (airplane fight ...
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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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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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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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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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In defense of narration…

Voice over narration gets a bit of a bad rap. I hear detractions all the time. "It's just being used to tie together a poorly written story." "The audience is smart enough to figure it out without ...
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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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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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Jurassic Park - Classic Roar

Curious. Do any of you know exactly what went into that sound? I've heard a variety of things, namely elephants, lions and washing machines; I imagine it might be a combination of all three. ~Cheers ...
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Processing ADR to match interiors and exteriors

Hi, I have done some research into this but am still looking for some more techniques to each my students. What I basically want are some cut and dry approaches to matching ADR to a scene so that it ...
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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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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 ...