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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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How to power-off digital mixer to power off safely

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 ...
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Confusing choice of audio-production PC

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... ...
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Can one effectively use an older (2004) laptop for audio recording and multitrack mixing?

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 ...
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Can one effectively use an older (2004) laptop for audio recording and multitrack mixing?

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 ...
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Routing sounds to and from my computer

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 ...
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How to connect old stereo system to pc?

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 ...
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How to power-off digital mixer to power off safely

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 ...
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Speaker noises when computer falls asleep. Doesn’t everyone have this problem? How do I fix it?

Solved- I got a Mackie Big Knob passive($60) and it solved the issue..
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Speaker noises when computer falls asleep. Doesn’t everyone have this problem? How do I fix it?

The "fix" is to get an interface that doesn't do this, or never let the machine sleep. I have a similar problem with dynAudio BM6a's in that when the interface switches, the 400w bi-amps ...
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Boost audio performance on old Windows 7 laptop

This should be a Memory Problem, the pops and clicks etc. are memory overruns. Turning up your Buffer Size/ Sample Rate or deactivating some Costy effects while producing because when you render/...
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Properly connecting a guitar to audio interface with a pedal

Link them up exactly as you would with a guitar amp - guitar > pedals > amp/Scarlett. Analog effects pedals don't have latency. Only once you go through the computer will you see any latency at ...
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Condenser vs Dynamic microphones for plug 'n play PC use

There are two types of condensor mic - Electret condensor and true condensor. Both require a positive DC charge in order to function. Condensor mics are based on capacitative plates which physically ...
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Using a bluetooth headset with aux support on a PC

You need a cable that has four connections. Ground, L, R and mic. This will need to split to two connectors - one stereo connector and one connector for the mic as usually, on PC's the mic connector ...
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Upgrading existing audio hardware

An audio interface is definately what you need... Really this is very basic stuff, so just go on Google and type "Usb audio interfaces" and just find one that suits your pocket and your needs, it'll ...
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How to connect old stereo system to pc?

You should look if there is a jack called "AUX", it will take an external source as an input for your amplifier, otherwise no easy way to do it.
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Can one effectively use an older (2004) laptop for audio recording and multitrack mixing?

I would suggest also some GNU/Linux distribution. You need to learn some skills about it, but it is not hard. I have recently installed Debian 7.8 on my VAIO from 2005. I can easily do video editing ...
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What microphone should I use to record therapy sessions?

It's difficult to record several people talking with just one microphone, because using just one microphone, it will have to be omnidirectional (i.e. capture sound equally from all directions) and be ...
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Mono and stereo jacks

Nope, the best case scenario - you'll only get one good sounding mono channel. Stereo cords and adapters have two rings on their jack while mono only has one
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

The "three prong plug" you are talking about is an XLR connector. It is pretty much standard with when working with professional audio gear (it is rugged and less susceptible to noise). XLR connectors ...
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

You need an audio interface, and one with phantom power (that microphone needs phantom power). An interface will connect to the computer through USB or Firewire (typically), and handle the input and ...
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How to record with a phantom powered microphone on a computer?

According to the datasheet for the microphone (located here), this microphone requires a 48 Vdc phantom power supply. You can fabricate or purchase a suitable phantom power supply with a balanced-to-...
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Sync projects with remote NAS

I have a "recording" folder on my HomeComputer and a "recording" folder on my StudioComputer, and I wanted these working folders to stay in sync, similar to dropbox or google drive. The folders ...
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numeric audio from computer to sound console

Transmitting digital audio is not just about sending 1s and 0s at the right speed. Whenever you transmit a digital signal, it's actually analog. You have to modulate the digital signal into an analog ...
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How to setup microphone with pre-amp for general purpose PC input use as well as audio recording?

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 ...
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How to setup microphone with pre-amp for general purpose PC input use as well as audio recording?

...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; ...
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audio interface to add additional outputs to computer for Skype and teamspeak

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 ...
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Is multi-threading important for DAWs?

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 ...
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There are a lot of piano-keyboards, is there any violin-mouse?

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!...
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What is quantum computing going to mean for digital audio/music?

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/qmuo-qpo031317.php This reference "describes for the first time the use of the Filter Diagonalisation Method (FDM) in music signal processing. The ...
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