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What constitutes 'high-quality' audio?

I think your client wants the original wav-file, instead of the mp3 you sent, for the final product. I only sent mp3's when sharing demo's. If the client is happy, I sent the wav files, because you ...
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How do I read this frequency response chart?

The response curves are for each of the three selectable roll-off switch positions... Flat –6 dB/octave below 100 Hz –18 dB/octave below 80 Hz From the spec sheet - Low Frequency Response ...
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Should I use pedals for guitar effects while recording?

I wouldn't record using FX unless I was very sure about the end result I wanted and how it would sit in the mix, just to leave my options open since you can't go back and remove the FX. On the other ...
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What constitutes 'high-quality' audio?

Two things that can easily ruin quality, which you should avoid. First is room acoustics. Even the best microphone won't get you a good sound if it's placed in a room with strong echo resonances. If ...
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

shorts and a t shirt, to minimize clothing noise when doing a foot pass. clothing moves can be added separately. pants swishing noise can build up when doing multiple passes of feet.
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

A lot of Foley artists use sweat pants, soft clothes that don't make sound when rubbing together. Also take off any jewely, belts, etc.
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How to pick drum notes for a song?

Drum tuning is largely dependent on the style of music being played. A jazz kit will usually be tuned to exact pitches in a scale, such as the snare being tuned to the root, one tom tuned to the ...
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Recording multiple microphones tightly synchronised

Virtually all modern audio interfaces for computer use have clock-synchronized sampling across all inputs. This is a prime requirement for most ordinary multi-track recording. It would be difficult ...
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How to record wav file in bit depths lower than 8 bit?

Lower bit depths are not easily available simply because they are not looked for commercially, not because of some intrinsic technical difficulty. Audio interfaces or other capturing devices have ...
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What can I expect from this pc when producing audio?

less tracks per project. less plugins opened. if you use your factory soundcard (the one on your motherboard) you'll probably suffer from latency and a bad signal/noise ratio. But you still can ...
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Microphones for instruments ranging from double bass to fife

If you're specifically after something that's versatile, the Shure SM57 is the best microphone you'll find for that budget. It can be used for pretty much anything, it sounds good live and in the ...
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Best way to record drums with one Mic?

The short & realistic, if somewhat cynical, answer would be... Do it like they did in the 50's - find a good-sounding room, keep moving the mic around the room until you get the best sound. ...
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Recording electric guitar with+without effects

Simple split I didn't think the guitar signal would be strong enough to try this Splitting in itself does not "take away" anything from the signal. It's no problem at all to use a Y-cable and feed ...
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How to dress when recording Foleys?

It depends. If I know for sure there are no way anyone would see me, and I'm in my own studio - tee and boxers. In extreme cases also a thick Palestinian scarf (textured with skulls and crossbones for ...
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I want to know how to shout into my mic without distortion

As others have rightly said, the problem you are experiencing is called clipping. Clipping occurs when the signal input to a step of sound processing (such as the mic capturing the sound, the ...
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I want to know how to shout into my mic without distortion

I would definitely use a dynamic microphone like everyone else is mentioning, but I would also use a pad. I've done a few vocal recording for hardcore bands and a lot of times they are clipping even ...
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Finding loud events in lengthy ambient recording?

Software with a spectrogram would be my choice because the sounds would probably be more noticable at a glance. e.g. Izotope RX (it has useful options to customise the spectrogram rendering ...
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Wav file matching

How is your coding? You could put together this functionality using an acoustic fingerprint library such as http://acoustid.org/chromaprint
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Wav file matching

If you use or have access to a mac, Similarity should be able to help with this. The free version may be sufficient for your needs. From the site: Similarity rapidly scans your music collection ...
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does a di box can run a condenser microphone?

Basically, the purpose of a DI box is to act like a microphone (balanced XLR output, low impedance, Galvanic decoupling) when you're not really using a microphone. When you are using a microphone, you ...
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Cheap hardware to record multi-channel audio on mac

Here is 4 channels for $250 with mic pre amps and dedicated outputs should you need them. There are a handful of 2 channel units for under 200 here is a 4 channel right at the $200 mark. You are ...
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Why can't computer software "shift" the recorded audio by whatever the latency is, thereby eliminating any latency in the track?

If you are talking about recording audio, latency is not an issue in 2016. Today, audio interfaces that are designed for multitracking have zero-latency monitoring. The audio input is split and you ...
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Are there any significant differences between using a dedicated audio interface and a field recorder with audio interface capabilities?

I have both devices and to be honest I wouldn't buy either of them. Haven't used H4n as interface and have used 2i2 for recording only in some rare situations, so I'll just list pros and cons. H4n: +...
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getting multitracks from a file

There are essentially two ways to get hold of source material broken down to stems or tracks. Legitimately. a) Negotiate with the record company for the rights to use, pay the fee, agree the ...
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Why we hear noise (when it's silence) while AUDIO - RECORDING

In a way everything other than the signal you're interested in is noise. Silence is the 'weird' thing, not noise. There are many types of noise produced in different ways. But the most common (the ...
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What dBFS threshold should I set for differentiation between silence and NOT silence

This question, as stated, is not answerable. The answer is "it depends". What you need to determine is the noise level in the file. Silence is rarely silent, but there is a large difference between ...
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How can I as beginner learn Sound Design cheap?

The best advice I can give is to make a lot of mistakes. And learn from them. So, if you really are serious about this: start today. Select one animation, any animation already there, download it to ...
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Preamp Outs Clipping on my AD Converter ins, but not in DAW. Is it bad?

This is really a fundamental question around recording technique for bands, of which there are a number of schools of thought that are equally applicable. Personally, I come from a classical music ...
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