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Recording room ambience

Record one long shot. Split it from the half. Put one half to the right channel and the other to left channel. Export a stereo file. This way you will get a very wide stereo image that is hard to get ...
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Unboxing - Recording voice when there's other louder noises (cutting, ripping)

Context is king here. If you are seeing your mouth and the unboxing action, then you need to hear both. If we are only seeing the unboxing action, then you record only the sound of the unboxing action ...
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Recording room ambience

Record 2 mono claps/pulses/shots, however you're generating it. Move the mic from one side of the room to the other for each, keeping each at the same distance from the source. Match up the initial ...
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How to remove Hitler's voice using audacity | Removing a certain typical sound in audacity

If you mean just the dialog, you'd do better starting from the 5.1 audio as a source. The centre channel should be dialog only. If you want to include the music, or if you only have the audio as ...
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Is there any way to subtract or cancel background music picked up from a microphone, if I have the isolated background music?

My short answer would be that it is virtually impossible but depends on how good results you expect. The solution your intuition draws you to, and which would work in certain cases, is phase ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

This is not my forte by any means, but a few thoughts come to mind... Air traffic. Planes, helicopters? You did mention planes though... Water fountain? Music? playing in passing cars, out a window ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

Ding dong! Metro/subway/train doors opening, is one of my favorite city sounds. But I'm assuming you're dealing with exterior shots based on the ideas you've thrown out already. How about that ...
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Is there any way to subtract or cancel background music picked up from a microphone, if I have the isolated background music?

i know this is an ancient thread, but it still shows up in search results! Pretty silly for the top reply to be "nope sorry can't be done". Depending on where the speaker's microphone was, ...
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Decrease main volume and increase background noise

If the two characters' dialog is panned centre in the mix then it should be possible. Separate the song into left and right channels, then phase reverse one channel. When you sum the audio back ...
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Equalizer: what dose each sound bar numbered 60, 230, 910, 3.6k, and 14k. And how do I set to get rid of all background sounds

Each of those numbers is the main frequency that you can change the volume of. You need practice (with your ear) to figure out what freq does what in your case, you just need to know that you only ...
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Unboxing - Recording voice when there's other louder noises (cutting, ripping)

Along with marks answer, without knowing the setup, if you have a cardioid pickup pattern and place the item behind the microphone then it can reduce the noise a good amount. Also using a compressor ...
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Emphasize background conversation to understand what someone in the background is saying?

I think what you're looking for is only to be found in CSI [city of your choice] not in real life. Izotope is about as good as it gets, but it needs a reasonably constant noise-floor to suppress. You ...
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How do I use a shorter audio as the background for the longer one?

In professional editors, no, there's no simple way to do this as it's not something which crops up a lot. But if it did, we'd most likely use a multichannel sequencer to easily repeat and manipulate ...
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How to get the original background noise in between each piece of the recording in Audacity?

When recording sound that will be edited like you have, you should always record a minute or so of room tone aka presence. See this wikipedia article for more. You use this to replace the silent ...
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Extract similarities between 2 audio files

What you are proposing cannot be done. Your only option is to use something like the 'dialogue isolate' feature of Izotope RX to isolate the dialogue in each of the files, then compare one result with ...
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Remove vocals by combining multiple sources of the same background music? (cancel out differences)

Not sure if I got your question correctly. But if what you're trying to achive is the sole background music without the vocals why don't you just extract the vocals by cancellation as already ...
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Remove vocals by combining multiple sources of the same background music? (cancel out differences)

Without going into too much detail, the result you seek cannot be achieved in this way. The technique you are referring to is often used to recover "uncommon" information - you are seeking the reverse....
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Equalizer: what dose each sound bar numbered 60, 230, 910, 3.6k, and 14k. And how do I set to get rid of all background sounds

What you are describing sounds like an graphic equalizer, similar to this: [1]: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Graphic_equalizer.jpg These are used to adjust the signal strength of specific ...
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Blue Yeti normal background noise

I suspect that the 1kHz tone might be a DC-DC converter and/or insufficiently filtered noise from the +5V USB rail. The specs talk about "14mm condenser capsules". The price tag would suggest ...
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How to extract voice track from song?

I don't think you'll find a method that completely removes the backing, but you may be able to reduce the volume enough for an acceptable result: You simply put all the all the different versions on ...
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DJ mixing background music

I don't fully understand the question. I think you could be confused about what a DJ does. Also, mixing songs as a DJ is a form of art, so basically anything can be done, as long as it sounds good to ...
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How to silence background music leaving only vocals no matter quality?

Todd is right about the frequency overlap in his first OP reply comment, meaning simple EQing may not get you the results you require. However, something else to note is that the main vocals are ...
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Is there any way to subtract or cancel background music picked up from a microphone, if I have the isolated background music?

This is a classic application of adaptive echo cancellation (speaker phones need it to remove the speaker output from the microphone input which would otherwise appear as an echo at the remote speaker'...
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Is there any way to subtract or cancel background music picked up from a microphone, if I have the isolated background music?

Adobe Audition has a built in Noise Reduction effect that works really well. Effects>Noise Reduction/Restoration. You can use this to capture the noise profile of the background music or other sounds ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

Additionally to JoshP's suggestions, general energetic crowd noises and street musicians can add character.
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Is it normal to get this much background noise (no ambient noise) when recording to a PC?

It could very well be related to windows audio settings. Windows can artificially boost the gain of an audio input device within software. This setting is located in Control Panel>Sound Click the "...
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