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When should a noise gate be applied?

I can see two reasons why you'd use a gate while recording instead of in editing : 1. You're broadcasting live. 2. You're using outboard equipment. A gate should, generally, be first in your audio ...
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What is the current state of the art in source separation? What tools are available?

The separation of instruments from a mix is something that seems easy to us. Humans can concentrate, for example, on a specific instrument being played in an orchestra. We can do this because we are ...
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Options for unmixing sounds (source separation)?

Quick answer - No I haven't heard of any but I've heard about research being done on the field. The greatest theoretical problem with de-mixing is knowing what to subtract. When we mix, we add A and ...
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Sequence inserts/plugins for voice

It kinda matters what order you put them in but everyone has a different order that they like and then sometimes you adjust for issues. Most Channel strips let you change the order of at least some of ...
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Silence a small section of just one channel in a stereo recording (Audacity)

MountainX, I don't know if you ever got the answer you needed but I just found out how to do it. If you have a stereo recording in Audacity you click on "Audio Track" at the left of the stereo ...
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What is the current state of the art in source separation? What tools are available?

I think the leaders in this field are without a doubt iZotope and Zynaptiq. iZotope RX is just the most incredible tool for separating sounds using FFT and spectrographic analysis: https://www....
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Extend pen drawing sound from 1s to 2.5s

Recording it yourself is definitely the best and easiest way. You will just have to see if your equipment is up to it, though it's not a difficult sound to record so you may be ok. Portable recorders ...
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Sequence inserts/plugins for voice

I would apply them in order of de-esser, EQ and compressor. The first two could be done in either order, but the compressor should generally be last. You could EQ with or without the De-esser ...
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Remove irritating low hum from recording

There are enough patches in the recording with the hum and without the voice to use a noise removal tool -- Audacity has one built in and the LADSPA plugins provide this kind of thing. I'd be shocked ...
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Spotting to timeline with blank regions before recording/editing sfx

"i'm afraid i could confuse a low amplitude region with an empty one" Hiya, if you delete the "Audio Files" folder after spotting all offline clips will be greyed out. The recordings have a colour, ...
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Removing vocals using multiple versions of the same song

If the vocals are in different languages then no, there is nothing that can be done to cancel them out automatically. If the different lyrics have gaps in different places then you could manually ...
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What is the current state of the art in source separation? What tools are available?

My website, monotoSTEREO.info, and its companion Facebook page may be of interest. It is dedicated to providing a collection of resources on audio upmixing using processes such as source separation ...
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Split Audio File Into Seperate Tracks?

I'm afraid what you are asking for could be the equivalent of taking a Victoria sponge cake & asking for the flour, sugar, butter & eggs back in separate bowls. If there are clear spaces ...
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Microphone was too close, how to fix?

What you are asking for is pretty much like trying to take the sugar of a baked cake. There are tools that could help but I have no personal experience with them. From what I was told, iZotope RX ...
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OpenSource audio cue editor / controller for live theater show?

My son used MultiPlay for a show last year. He is a teacher. He had his students run the program for cueing through the show. It worked really well. It's Windows only. http://www.da-share.com/...
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OpenSource audio cue editor / controller for live theater show?

If you can get access to mac just use Qlab! It works great and for stereo playback, which I'm guessing is what you're looking for, it's totally free...
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There is static when I export video where there is none in editing (premiere pro)

I realize this comes a bit late, but what the heck.... I've run into this same phenomenon. What's happening is a natural result of using the Denoiser audio plug-in in Adobe Premiere. Unfortunately, ...
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Why is learning how to use DAWs appear more difficult than Video editing programs?

DAWs are not intrinsically harder to use than NLEs. The thing is that most people really don't know their NLE either. Most consumers and beginners don't use many advanced features of their NLE. ...
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Normalising volume across thousands of files

for normalization in todays crowded market - where we are experiencing "loudness wars" you do not want to be normalizing to peak levels. You normalise to a loudness standard. There is an open-source ...
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Remove irritating low hum from recording

You choose when to stop, Original file (as downloaded from Vocaroo) First, a cut at 8 kHz... Audio after 8 kHz cut Next, a 70 Hz high-pass... Audio after 8 kHz cut and 70 Hz high-pass And just ...
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Audacity records only 1 channel, inspite of being set to stereo

As others have said, this is the expected behavior. Your computer mic input is a stereo mic jack that takes signal from the mono mic on both channels by nature of the connector design. (On a mono 1/...
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Add white noise to silence

I'd be more inclined to remove the white noise from the speech than try add it back in the silence. There are some very good paid plugins that can do it - personally I use a lot of the Waves plugs, X-...
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Effects in Adobe Audition to make a voice sound like it's coming from inside a body / in your head

Mess around with EQ. Try lowering the treble a bit to muffle the sound. Normally, you would put a low pass filter on to make it sound a bit muffled. As for talking to him\herself, Increase the bass a ...
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Editing field recordings

Welcome, good question! If your recording atmospheres why are you recording only 1-3 minutes? An atmosphere develops over time and has interesting changes in it's sound, I'd advice to at least record ...
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Add white noise to silence

What is best to do if you record something specific is also record the room 'silent', so than you get the environment sound of the subject your recording. Add these layers together and you'll get your ...
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Why can't I isolate center-panned audio using inverse phase cancelling?

Yeah it would appear to work that way, but the math reveals something else: You have two channels, Left and Right, and you invert one, that is flip the sign on one channel and mix* them: Left + (- ...
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Can't remove vocal from a specific song

The most common vocal removal techniques work by taking advantage of the fact that the vocal is usually dead center in the mix (it is equal on both left and right channels) whereas most other ...
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Removing vocals using multiple versions of the same song

This may not be the answer you're looking for, but it may bring closer to what you want. The idea is not to remove vocals, but reduce the volume: you simply put all the all the different versions on ...
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How can layers of sound be distinguished, and therefore separated?

The most common vocal removal technique is based on the fact that in most songs the vocal is centred in the stereo spectrum, whereas a significant part of the other song components are not. It's ...
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Easy way to remove spikes for the audio of a video file?

Your first problem with mixing this is that you have the main dialogue source panned hard left. I suspect you have a lavalier or remote wireless mic on the left channel, and camera mic on the right. ...
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