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How to capture very low volume sounds?

A while ago I was surfing some nerdy geeky website and found that a company had designed that mic that could capture really low volume sounds like the sound emitted by the filaments of a light bulb ...
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The process of editing and mixing

Between these two phases of work, how does your workflow or the "normal" workflow commence? Say you are editing backgrounds…you create backgrounds. As an editor, do you volume graph/automate them to ...
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How do I know what volume to set my podcasts at?

Recently I have been making podcasts which consist largely of two to four people talking. I am a complete newbie to the process, and I know little or nothing about audio production. Volume is ...
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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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Compressor vs Volume

Is it better to raise the volume or to use a compressor to do so? (In terms of clipping) Because when I use a compressor ofc I can make the sound louder, but by doing so I squash the sound, right? Is ...
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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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How do I properly set levels for a recording and the environment I'm mixing in?

I am using FL Studio 10 on a Windows 7 PC, I have some speakers I'm using as monitors, but here is my problem. If you count the volume level knobs on the plugins (2 of them), volume level on the ...
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Volume automation and noise reduction

What is the role of the dialogue editor in volume automation and noise reduction in movie post production? Thanks, Eduardo
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Certain tracks have wacky volume on certain speakers?

I'm a video editor and I was working on this little promo for work and when I listen to the promo with my editing headphones, or the computer speakers, or master control, everything sounds fine. When ...
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Volume treatment in WAV (PCM) file

I'm working with data taken from the wav files (i.e. an array of integer values). Is it right to think of max volume of wave as the max value of the values from the wav file? I want to process these ...
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How can I get my direct input monitoring louder?

I have a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB. It looks like this: Saffire 6 USB http://futuremusic.com/news/images/focusrite_saffire_6usb.jpg If I plug a mic into one of the preamps and set the "gain" knob to ...
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Does a Headphone Amp Increase Output Volume?

I just bought an electronic drumkit and it works great when playing it through a drum kit amplifier. But the volume is too soft when I try playing them through headphones (I know it's not the ...
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Fader, mouse or trackball?

When you mix, do you prefer using a tangible fader, mouse or trackball? What is most efficient for you? And do you use the mouse like a fader, riding it up and down, or do you just make breakpoints ...
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What makes a headphone monitoring amplifier so expensive? any tips for alternatives?

I was looking for some simple headphone amplifiers for translation booths, to give the translators the ability to adjust the volume of their headphones. No need for super Hi-Fi quality in a relatively ...
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Percent volume increase to decibels

If I want to raise the volume of a track by 10%, how do I figure out how many decibels to raise it by? Does that change based on the original volume of the track?
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How to adjust the volume level of the track when the automation points are already set?(Ableton/Logic pro)

when I do mixing in Ableton, I used to select all tracks and adjust the volume at once. Whenever I do it, all the automations are off as the below screenshot. In logic pro, I can't even adjust the ...
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Will low output volume affect the quality of the sound?

I recently bought a new pair of headphones and am currently using them on a Windows computer. I have connected the headphones directly to the built-in sound card of the computer and therefore I am ...
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Does ayasugi bori affect the sound in a musical instrument ? if so, how?

I hope I am posting this in the correct stack exchange, I am currently researching on musical instruments, particularly the Erhu and Shamisen, and have come into 2 interesting constructs. I have ...
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Why are levels so different on popular music tracks I open in my wav editor?

I'm trying to figure out how loud my songs should be. I'm trying to compare my stuff with popular music artists to see how loud their songs are, so I open their songs in my wave editor. When I open ...
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How do you increase the volume of an audio recording without distortion?

I have an audio recording that has a very low volume. When I try to amplify and normalise using audacity, the distortion and noise make it impossible to understand the words that are being said. It's ...
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How do you correct a very low microphone input volume?

I'm recording Youtube videos and for audio using a Behringer C3 with a Shure X2U adapter for my PC (Dell Inspiron, running Windows 10). I use Camtasia for screen-casting and then editing the videos. ...
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Audacity: Increase audio volume in audacity software

How can I increase audio volume of a mp3 file in audacity? I need to cut a part of mp3 song to make a ringtone. But as I save it in by mobile, the volume is too low for this particular file. Is there ...
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Convert dB value to linear scale

Does anybody know the math required to convert a logarithmic decibel scale to a linear value between 0 and 1, for an automation lane? In this particular case - the linear value 1 = +15dB, the linear ...
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How much does a reliable dB-meter cost?

I'm mixing the sound at our local church. I've always had a good hearing, and now recently I was told to turn up the volume by several people, and so I did. I turned it up to where I thought it was as ...
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How can I extract the volume from an MP3 or MP4?

I'm looking for a software program that will take an MP3 or MP4 as input and produce as output a text file with peak or average volume for each second (or some interval of seconds or sub-seconds). ...
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Is there a function to randomize the volumes of a MIDI Clip on Ableton Live?

I'd like to know if there is a function to randomize the volumes of a MIDI Clip on Ableton Live in order to simulate a human playing. I can do it manually (It's what I do all the time), but as you can ...
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How to prevent Speech Volume Leveling in Adobe Audition from amplifying noise?

I am recording some speech (for voiceover purposes) and have noticed two issues with the input that I wish to correct: There is a persistent hiss. The Noise Reduction effect appears to deal with it, ...
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Voice sounds uneven after noise removal?

After noise removal my voice sounds uneven if volume is more than 40.There are many ups and downs and also there are echos sort of thingy. https://clyp.it/sh3t0aoz (with noise removal) https://clyp....
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Volume boost from apps like Audacity VS Volume boost “through VLC playback”

I have a few audio files that are being used as a part of my Android application. What I do not understand is, when I apply volume boost to an audio file, say an MP3 file through applications like ...
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What unit can be used to define “loudness” across multiple programs?

I am working on a project where third parties submit videos to our system for deployment. We would like to use a single reference level that would allow us to specify "loudness". If we were to ...
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Boost volume and improve quality of soft speech from audio track (Dropcam)?

I have some clips from a Dropcam, and I'm trying to improve the audio to make some soft human speech discernible. The speech is quite soft and fuzzy sounding, as the speakers are away from the camera ...
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H4n recorder volume problem

I have a H4n recorder connected to my land-line phone in order to conduct overseas interviews. I have the volume set on 'Rec level Auto' the problem is my voice volume is fine but the person on the ...
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how come some mp3's are louder then 0db?

i noted that a lot of times when i run a mastered track through a vst plugin (with the plugin set not to do anything, for example a flat equalizer in ozone), the meter inside the plugin will go above ...
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How to route MIDI CC #7 to instrument instead of track

In Logic Pro 9, by default, the MIDI CC#7 is assigned to the volume of an instrument track. I need to skip this assignment so the MIDI CC#7 goes directly to the virtual instrument. How can this be ...
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Sound - for the purpose of creating vibrations

What is the best way to distribute noise from more than one source (I'm envisioning a system with many), within a dome, with the ground as its primary target, at optimal frequencies and volumes to ...
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Having volume issues when recording a podcast

When I'm recording a podcast with my two other co-hosts, lately the output sound has been fluctuating to loud and then very quiet levels seeminly randomly. We've replaced the mics and cords with no ...
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Is there a way to crossfade multiple clips of one track in one click with Adobe Audition?

I've got a project which has some background music clips which I'd like to crossfade, I usually make it by taking each clip and dragging it into the previous one a little, but I have to be very ...
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Reference Volume for Editing

What is a good volume reference for the foley and FX editors to go by? I want to avoid having to re-adjust volumes of the various layers (DIA, Foley, and SFX) when I put all the tracks together for ...
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How to find out the exact volume in decibels when playing music on a Mac?

I want to be able to know what volume I'm playing my music in decibels when I'm using my Macbook Air. Is there any plug-ins or methods to show this information?
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Choosing a balance between soundtrack and voice

I've recently purchased a nice microphone and recording setup. However, my environment isn't as quiet as I would like. My goal is to make voice tutorials for software developers. I own a fair count ...
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Free tools for normalizing the volume within a single track

How can one normalize the volume within a single track to reduce the amount of volume between the softest and loudest parts? (My use case is classical music where there are often big differences ...
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protools 10 clip gain line and volume issue

What is the real difference between editing the the clip gain line and the volume line in protools 10
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Quality loss when using high amounts of gain in DAW instead of recording louder

Does it result in a loss in quality for my audio file, if I record really silent and have to apply strong gain (+30dB) in my DAW, instead of just recording the signal a little louder by increasing the ...
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How to increase mixdown volume

I write music using Nuendo 4. I use a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and Guitar Rig virtual amps. The problem I have is that when the overall volume of my songs is lower than normal (for example from ...
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What property of sound disturbs us?

I am not sure if here is the right place to ask my question. But I will ask. I want to build some kind of sound detector circuit to prevent sleeping baby from disturbances. But, it should detect ...
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(Noob) How to reduce and increase volume on a single track?

I would like to start a custom playlist of ambient tracks, for background music in RPGs. I have a lot of different tracks already, and downloaded and bought many already. My problem is, however that ...
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Easy way to remove spikes for the audio of a video file?

Is there an easy way to remove spikes in volume (coming for example from a feedback loop when recording) from the audio of a video file? I have this video for example which had problems during the ...
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Retroactively reduce high input volume [duplicate]

Editing noob here, so this is probably an easy one--someone just sent me a recording of his voice but his input volume may have been set too high. As a result, the recording redlines a lot. Here's ...
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How much should volume change for an empty room vs one full of bodies?

So tonight I'm doing a film screening. The room is small and will have about 20 people in it. The room is already absorbent, with painted wood on the walls, carpet on the floor, acoustic tile drop ...
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In what order should I change the various volume knobs in my setup to change the volume of what I'm hearing?

So, say I'm recording an electric guitar using some software on my PC. I have the guitar and some headphones plugged into a recording box (specifically, Behringer U-Phoria) and that box plugged into a ...