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Buzzing, hissing, input level issues - BM-700 BM-800 NW-800 Neewer/Floureon

In an attempt to round up many similar questions about this family of mics, I'm adding more generic information into this question. I bought a Neewer NW-800 to record with on my computer. When I got ...
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Sound off on Noise Reduction!

So, folks, what's the dirt on contemporary noise reduction for things like hiss, hum, and background drone noise? Are folks still using DINR, third-party plug-ins, artful gating? My two cents is ...
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Can you use ASIO input and a different output?

Can you set a DAW to use ASIO input and something else (laptop speakers for example) as the output?
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How to recover audio from an incomplete or corrupted AAC/m4a file

I recorded an 85-minute AAC/m4a file using Notability on my iPad. This app has always worked well before but for some reason there was a problem this time. The relevant file shows up as having 21MB (...
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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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Best entry-level portable recorder [closed]

I'm an absolute newbie. I'd like to buy a portable recorder but I don't know which is the best. I read about Zoom H2, Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-07 but there are also a lot of other models... Any ...
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“Subtracting” specific audio using an Isolated track from the same mix.

I have an audio file (Music + Vocals) and I have an instrumental (Music Only). Is there a program or some way I can take the music file and subtract the instrumental leaving only the vocals? (Full ...
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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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Films to Study for Excellence in Sound Design

Dear All, What films are good examples of Sound Design to study and take note of? I'm particularly looking for films which sound was used to forward the story with excellent results. Not just using ...
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Audio File Organization

Regardless of how you organize your library in databases like SoundMiner, Basehead, etc., how do you sanely file your recordings on your hard drive, especially between initial ingestion of the raw ...
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Can you suggest a good contact mic for sound design? (average cost of proposal would be much appreciated)

I would like to try some ideas for some really wierd sounds and I think a good contact mic would give me better results at that! Also I would like to ask if you think its a good idea to plug this ...
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How can I make a section in a song sound like it's coming from an AM radio?

I am working on a project in Logic Pro, and for part of my song, I want to make it sound like an AM radio is playing a segment from a talk show reporting on a sport event. What effects can I apply to ...
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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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What are your favorite headphones and why?

I have a number of headphones that I use for different purposes: The obligatory Sony MDR7506s: Love these, they're like the NS-10Ms of headphones. I use them for as much as possible when external SPL ...
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re: recording ultrasonic frequencies

I'm looking into putting together a rig that can really capture ultrasonic frequencies for the purposes of varispeeding down during sound design, and I'd like a little input from those of you who have ...
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How to record from two PC microphones with one computer?

I am using audacity to record conversation between myself and a friend in the same room. I am currently using two instances of audacity on two separate computers to record each individual headset. ...
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pirate audio samples - how risky is it really?

i did a quick search for some information regarding sound design and legal issues, sound samples licensing, etc. though couldn't find anything too specific. for some time now i've been downloading ...
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Which DAW do you use?

I'm just wondering, which DAW or software is the best and cheapest for designing sound. I'm working in a studio, and we use Steinberg Nuendo on a PC. It's quite good and comfortable software. You can ...
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A good value sound library search engine for the Mac?

I'm looking into having a sound library search engine for my sounds. My organised folders and filenames work to a point, but I can see soon it will get a little too much. I've looked at some of the ...
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What is the current state of the art in source separation? What tools are available?

I've seen a few questions around there at ultimately seem to be asking for software that does source separation, which refers to techniques for separating mixed-down audio into some approximation of ...
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Would you rather use flat headphones for monitoring?

Hey guys, If you cannot afford nearfield monitors yet and will work only using headphones, would you rather look for flat ones or it doesn't matter much? I'm afraid of, let's say, buy a headphone ...
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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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TRS 3.5mm microphone not working in mixer

I can't get my microphone to work in my mixer. It is a standard 3.5mm TRS headset microphone. I have it plugged into a 3.5mm TRS to 1/4" TRS adapter, which is plugged into a 1/4" TRS to XLR adapter. I ...
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Binaural Recordings

Anyone who is doing binaural recordings, what mics/setup are you using (makes & models of mics and for setup: binaural head, in-ear etc.) I'm looking at investing in some and would like to have ...
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Paths to Pro work?

Hi, I currently work in web development, but my most satisfying work experience to date was doing sound production for a band. I'm curious what the path into the sound design industry today is, ...
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

I want to record with a CAD Audio GXL2200 Cardioid Condenser Microphone into a laptop, but I don't know how to connect it. The mic did not come with a cord, so I bought one, but the plug in is way ...
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How to get AUX send mono signal converted to stereo?

I have a small mixer (Soundcraft Spirit Folio Lite) with 2 AUX sends that I want to use for monitoring. I'm plugging one of those AUX sends to the CD/MP3 in of my POD HD500X guitar multieffect so I ...
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How to lower unwanted sound and raise desired sound in a recording?

I have a recording that was done with a camera mic, it was a retirement party so there were speeches, but as there was no dedicated mic for the speaker, the camera mic picked up not only the speaker, ...
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How can one achieve a decent latency when using Adobe Audition on Microsoft Windows to enhance one's microphone audio quality in real time?

My setup is as follows: I have an Audio-Technica AT2035 microphone connected to a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio interface, which is connected to my computer (Microsoft Windows 7). I use Adobe ...
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Best use of Silence in a film?

In my opinion some of the best film sound is not loud or overt, and I've used silence many times in film soundtracks myself but I am interested to know what your favorite use of silence or near-...
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Tips for mixing dialogue

Can this be a thread for tips on mixing dialogue? Do you EQ the voice a certain way or ever use different sync for different characters? Reverb/delay? Do you have a certain workflow for the dial ...
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How to make money with sound design.

I've enjoyed recording samples and playing with audio as a hobby for quite a while now. Recently I purchased a zoom h2 and the quality of the recordings are just great. What I'm curious about, is how ...
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What sound design books have influenced you the most?

There are so many great books on sound design. I'm interested in hearing about a book that has been your faithful companion. You can pick one per discipline you're involved in. My selection is: ...
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Stereo and mono cables and jacks? What happens when you cross them?

I'm trying to get an understand of the effects of stereo and mono cables and jacks. This is complex because my mixer has both only mono jacks, and my devices -- most of them -- only have stereo ...
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REBOOT: What makes you think YOU'RE a sound designer?

It has been 2 years since the last answer/comment on this thread. Time to restart the conversation and get some more answers to this VALID ON-TOPIC question… Although this thread has touched upon the ...
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What are the small bits in your field recording bag?

Yes, yes, we've all got preamps and recorders and mics and cables and hoary marmots in our field recording sound bags. But what else is in your bag? What are the little bits and bobs you really ...
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USB input high-pitched whine

I've yet to find a definitive answer to this, but Google shows hundreds of people asking questions. I have an M-Audio M-Track, a $100 USB-based audio interface. Across all 3 computers I have tried ...
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Best use of ergonomics in an Pro Tools editing environment?

If you're anything like me you spend up to 12 hours a day sitting at an audio workstation, toiling away at your craft. Very often these workstations are set up in an office-type setting, ie. desk, ...
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8bit old school nintendo sound FX

Does anyone know where to buy these things in library form legally?
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What's Your Preferred Method of Pitch-Shifting?

A question in multiple parts: First off, we're all recording at the highest bit and sample rates possible (right?) in order to extend the use of the sounds we capture. The opportunity to make bigger, ...
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What would sound sound like at the speed of sound?

Crazy title. This is out of interest sakes, and maybe a stupid question: Theoretically, if one where to travel at the speed of sound with no air/wind (not a vacuum as there would be no sound) what ...
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What does a boom operator do?

I would like to start a series of discussions about roles within the sound team for new comers to the industry. I am hoping that users who have professional experience within this role can explain ...
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Tension sounds like…

What does tension sound like? Tension, in the case, meaning the feeling that if you don't complete your task in time, you will fail or be attacked. You have :05 to sell it. (This is one of those ...
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What does the future hold?

Not exactly a sound design question but pretty relevant all the same, so here goes...Yesterday I was at a wedding here in France and quite a few of the guests were working in the sound department for ...
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What is the point of a frequency response higher than 20 Hz to 20 kHz?

According to Dr. Mike Hewitt the writer of Music Theory for Computer Musicians: "The general range of human hearing extends from about 20 Hz to 20 kHz, although this can vary depending upon the ...
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Binaural Recording and Asset Creation

Those of you doing binaural field recording, or those who have experience with it: What kind of setup are you using? What have you found creates the most accurate sound field? Are most of your ...
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i want learn about sound mixing when shooting film, can anyone suggest me a good DVD or book to get start?

i want learn mixing for film. i know the boom pool connect to audio mixer and it connect to a recording device when you shooting. i don't know even basic thing about how to separate 2 different audio ...
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Monitoring multiple USB microphones

I am in the planning stages of producing a podcast consisting 2 or more people in the same room. I have a large diaphragm USB condenser mic, and another non-USB mic. At this point, I need to decide ...
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Is there a losslessly compressed audio file?

Anyone who works with audio either as a hobby or as a professional knows about MP3 and WAV, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Namely: MP3 (most commonly MPEG III) disadvantage: lossy ...
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How can I multitrack record my band practices?

I would like to start recording my band practices. Current configuration is bass, guitar, and drums. I would like to record individual tracks to my computer so that we can add other parts, work on ...

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