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If you're not using any aftermarket audio hardware, and just recording from the line-in on the computer, you already have the bare minimum to record two channels at once. That line-in is likely stereo, i.e., a left channel and a right channel. Or, more appropriately for your purposes, a 2-channel input. Microphones are all mono (save a few specialty ...


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One little technique you can try which is very quick and can yield surprisingly good results is converting random files into audio data. You can achieve this by downloading 'Soundhack'. It's an old, free bit of software that allows you to attach a wav. header to any file; be that a text file, movie, image etc. It mainly produces white noise but can ...


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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 definitely work with it (music, mixing, and even small movie project(s)). FYI : when a computer is too limitated for your work, don't forget you can always render ...


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You mentioned that you've been using sine waves so this may cover some already-tread ground, but the basic process can apply to lots of different source material. What you'll need is a base sound of some kind (ie. a tone generator, a synth tone, etc) running through a few basic plugins (ie. an amplitude modulator, a flanger, a chorus, etc) and outputting to ...


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Drive 1 - Put the OS, all applications, plug-ins etc Drive 2 - All media, so projects, samples, audio content etc. The basic rule is that the operating system and applications should be on a drive together and you shouldn't put any media on that drive. S all projects, samples etc on the second and subsequent drives. Hope that helps, Mike.


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Your options are either a dual mono to stereo adapter like JoshP mentions, using an area mic that could pick up you and your friend at the same time, or if you want the best possible quality, get a cheap USB Audio Interface (~$100 or so) and a couple of lapel mics or even just simple mics like SM58s (~$100 each or less if you go used). It's a bit more of an ...


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Ableton Live's M4L granular ensembles MOTU MachFive has a granular module too iZotope Iris, if you can stand the interface For all three, press Record and start exploring. Also, it's always a good time to challenge preconceptions of what "computer/tech sound" is.


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Just more power in a smaller package (which though lends itself well for improving real-time audio, which, as you may have noticed, is quite of a resource hog even in today's standards). Quantum computing is mainly a computer technology topic and one of its major motivations is to extend Moore's law to even smaller devices with less power consumption and ...


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You really just need the best of everything you can afford - as an extreme example, marrying a dual 6-core Xeon to 2GB RAM & a 64GB 4200 rpm drive would be rather a waste. Very very broadly... CPU clock speed will give you raw power. CPU core count will give you multi-threading; higher plugin count. RAM will give you 'room to breathe' for everything ...


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As detailed in the online manual In general these days, the power-off switch on digitally controlled pro audio equipment initiates a controlled shut down procedure instead of just killing the power supply, so you need to worry less about “popping” the system. That being said, you should probably still ensure that all amps & powered speakers are tuned ...


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I have replaced the stock drive in my macbook with a 500 gb hard drive with 4gb flash memory. It automatically copies the most used files to the flash. Not nearly as fast as a real ssd though. Wouldn't it be a better option to have a (perhaps smaller) ssd for your OS and applications, and put a normal 500gb or 750gb drive in place of the dvd drive for your ...


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Maybe more precise FFT resynthesis?


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Just to echo, here's my desktop rig: Drive 1 (120GB SSD) - OS, Applications, Plugins Drive 2 (1.5 TB) - Personal documents, music, videos, client information Drive 3 (1 TB) - Pro Tools Audio only Drive 4 (1 TB) - Video for Pro Tools only (all in DV25 format, using DVCPRO codec) Drive 5 (1 TB) - Sound FX Library (all linked to SoundMiner) I also have ...


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@Ross- There's a lot of ways to approach this, but for me it depends on the 'era' of computer you're going for and what's unique, cool or important about this particular computer? Then research the technology that may have been available in the era. Now you've got it narrowed down a bit....and you can start looking at ways to build the sound into the ...


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To create a robotic voice quickly, the trick is to duplicate your voice, and move the second voice of an image to the right. Listen to the result. Otherwise, the plug mentioned above are good. You can also use a vocoder.


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My suggestion: focus on the performance. It's the one aspect of the sound that no piece of software can touch (or fix), so see if you can get 90% of the way there with your voice actor alone. These computerized voices all seem to have a layer of performance magic, whether it be a gentle clarity of the star trek computer voice or the sarcastic monotone of ...


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S-Layer (and Reaktor) (http://twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/s-layer/) Metaphysical Function, Skanner (also for Reaktor) GRM Tools SoundMagic Spectral Metasynth Camel Audio Alchemy ("the best sampler there is") Perhaps even NI FM8 or Sytrus. Too many ways to approach "computer sounds".


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Synths can be great for this stuff, although depending on which program is used, I have at times had difficulty getting the sound to not feel "synthy". I think I mentioned this in a thread a while back, but I'm a pretty big fan of taking other recorded sounds and processing them with different plugins like GRM and Sound Toys to get the results I want. Often ...


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One of things I am learning now is the Doepfer A100 analog modular synthesizer. Mostly used for making electronic music, I believe it has a lotta scope for creating various sci-fi sounds. Ofcourse, it is not possible for everyone to own one, or find one very easily to work on, but you can literally create the synthesizer using the Nord Modular G2. Its a free ...


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For straight recording, I'd say you'd probably manage. If your audio card has it's own processor, then it should be fine. You may have to cope with a large latency setting. When it comes to effects, I think it will NOT cope. I have a laptop that does great from 2006, but I've upgraded its insides, it's now got a 2GHz Dual Core T2500 (2MB L2 w/667MHz FSB) ...


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It all depends on particular case, but that setup of yours should do nicely. It did whole EDM production on PC FAR worse than your laptop, but it reuired me to get really creative. But it could be done easily. Just remember two things: don't go crazy with modern VST plugins, more often than not stock plugins in your DAW of choice are far better optimised, ...


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In short, no. Your DAW will have the ability to route signals to and from the interface as is. Each channel strip in the DAW can have sends and receives, same for the monitor channel. For example if your DAW has a monitor channel that automatically receives solos, you route that monitor channel to a hardware output on the USB interface. The exact way of ...


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The "Tape" input is effectively identical to "Aux". It is almost certainly an ordinary line-level input. It should be trivial to connect the speaker or headphone or line output from your computer to your stereo box. It would be enormously helpful to show us a photo of the BACK of the amplifier unit.


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It depends on the digital mixer. Many digital mixers run on firmware rather than software and such firmware is much simpler than a modern operating system, so sudden loss of power is not a concern due to there not being any critical state data that could get lost. The board will start up clean from a fixed state every boot regardless of what you do. There ...


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Im adding to this, except the room / ambient noise that stuff may produce (cars passing , cpu fans etc) i think you are refering to digital hashing noise, what you said as electronics noise lowering the windows volume will not fix this, this is a largely known issue and there are some ways to only try beating it. Some people never beat it and it has to do ...


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...and turn down the microphone gain to reduce background noise... That's patently counterproductive. The gain on a solid-state mic preamp should always be set as high as possible without clipping; that's the whole point of the preamp. In particular, the lower you set the gain, the higher the effective noise level will be, because any boost later on will ...


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Is an audio interface a requirement? It seems to me you could internally route these signals with a software solution. I am not a mac user, but on the windows platform there is a piece of software called Virtual Audio Cable that allows you to create additional audio channels and patch them how you see fit. I suspect a similar solution exists for Macs. I'...


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Each channel in your DAW is limited to a single thread for all signal processing that occurs on that channel. This is because splitting the channels threads would introduce latency in playback. More than one channel can share a thread. So multi-threading is a bit of a lark. If your running a lot of channels, threads can be beneficial because your pool of ...


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There are some issues to solve, but it is doable. I wrote a Java theremin. Available to try out if you have Java 8 running. Consider this a beta test version--please write back if you have suggestions! Contact info is on website. http://adonax.com/main/musicapps.htm Main issues that I've come across: latency smoothness -- easy for there to be "zippering" ...


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