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Compressor vs Volume

It's important to remember that a compressor does not make a sound louder, it reduces dynamic range. By bringing down the peak values, you give yourself more headroom to bring up the overall signal ...
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Filter to make music sound like it's being played in a mall?

Generally, you want to conceptualize this based on the reality of the situation you are trying to re-create. Firstly, shopping malls usually have crappy speakers, so imagine your sound being played ...
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Conflict bass / leads

What you describe sounds like Buss/Master/Group Compression gone wrong. This effect sometimes appears when you have a compressor set to affect both the bass and the lead (via any of the Buss/Master/...
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Any good quality neuro and reese bass tutorials [massive, FM8, Serum]

I would recommend using square and saw waves detuned with some unison. I recommend you start with massive but serum is better if you have it. Modulate the wavetables in bend+/- or bend plus or bend - ...
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Removing ground hum safely

Only use balanced audio connections between several devices with their own power supply and grounding. If you are using decent equipment, chances are that they already have balanced line input/...
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Acapella for a remix - Warp or chop?

Warping acapellas can be a little difficult because you don't have an obvious rhythmic reference like drums. Ableton's warping interface is based on placing markers within a recording, and ...
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Is less compression better?

The point of compression is to remove dynamic range, or the perceived volume difference between the 'loud' parts and the 'quiet' parts. It squashes the loud parts down to be the same volume as the ...
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I want to learn how to make electronic music. Where do I start?

There are a lot of elements that go into creating electronic music of any modern style of music. This includes: Writing Recording Learning Software Mixing Mastering Within all of these there is a ...
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How to make this duck-sounding synth?

That sound is not very complex...and certainly achievable. When emulating any synth sound, it will be a lot of trial and error tweaking. But here are some obvious facts for a starting point. The ...
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How is the mixing step separate from the parameter adjusting done during arrangement?

Dave's answer is correct, However, in the context of FL Studio and electronic music in general these steps are much more intermingled...for example, if a shuddering kick drum is an important element ...
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How is the mixing step separate from the parameter adjusting done during arrangement?

To sum up the 3 general steps you have listed (Lets use a rock band as an example) 1. Make Song (Record Initial Tracks): This is typically the stage where the audio is actually recorded and the ...
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Newbie and don't know where to start with FL Studio

Warning: Brutal honesty ahead... If you 'never end up doing anything', how do you think other people can help you? For starters, just start making stuff. It doesn't matter what. I started out with ...
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Compressor vs Volume

I'm honestly not sure what you are asking here. Compression does not increase the "volume" of a signal, it decreases it. Compression makes a quiet portion of the sounds louder relative to a louder ...
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Studio Package vs Self-Assembled Studio

Headphones are not really optional for recording vocals, because you don't want the backing tracks to bleed into the vocal mic (usually). Also, you should look at some kind of acoustic treatment. The ...
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Mixing advice - let me know your opinion

Firstly, align your mixing environment to a technical level using pink noise and a sound pressure level meter. There are various articles on how to do this .... for example. Secondly, listen to lots ...
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Is Music School worth it?

While i agree with Tetsujin I'd like to take the chance and maybe help you. Let me first point out a couple of things: I'm self taught and I believe I'm very good at it. You are 22 years old. I ...
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How can I recreate Grant's signature sound using a vocoder on a synthesizer?

For me it sounds like he's applying FL Studio's Vocodex plugin. Although I'm not a specialist using this I know that you can do some insane stuff with it utilizing a "carry"-layer and a sound-layer so ...
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How to mix all sound to make it become complete song?

Whilst you've said you've just started to become an EDM artist, the nature of your question seems to suggest that you're at the stage before that; you'd like to make EDM, but don't know where to begin....
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Deceleration effect

The descending texture (one of several layers I hear at 1:00) sounds vaguely like a stutter effect with a decreasing playback rate. The source audio matters a lot when working with stutter effects, ...
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How to create trance/electro basslines?

You can also add a transient to each bass note that doesn't occur with the kick. Utilise a transient from a percussion instrument, or synthesise/construct your own. 808 style pitch sweeps can sound ...
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How to create trance/electro basslines?

You could also make this with wavetable synthesis (adding to what Hexa says). With synths like Serum since you can specify the waveshapes and how to change between them in a very direct manner you ...
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How to create trance/electro basslines?

Usually those crunchy, dirty basses used in Electro or Dubstep are made using FM Synthesis (Frequency Modulation). It also might be Additive Synthesis of some saw waves with a lot of effects, but FM ...
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How can I make this Bassline like Boris Brejcha

I think you should start with a saw wave. Then you have to modulate a low pass filter over it. Possibly with LFO or through manual automation. Then you need EQ and a distortion VST after the filter. ...
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What do you call someone who programs software for producing, reproducing or processing audio?

I would recommend a dual major between your current major and computer science. Computer science is going to be the main degree behind developing software as it involves how to break down a problem ...
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Compressor vs Volume

As a qualitative approach to this question, I think you should look at it from a limiting point of view if you're trying to avoid clipping. This will allow you to keep the raw signal uncompressed and ...
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Acapella for a remix - Warp or chop?

Warrior Bob covers the basics pretty well...Music theory comes in handy even in the highly automated world of music production today. I'll just add, to my ears, TAKE it apart is the beginning of ...
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Glitching hihats of vst drum

you can automate white noise with a sidechain plugin fired by the actual hi-hat just to give the position , it's a very very similar sound and widely used. take a channel and put a white noise plugin ...
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Is a Music Business bachelors and a Recording Arts bachelors degree going to get me anywhere in Sound Design?

This is very subjective, no degree is better or valuable than the other; it all depends on you and what you feel can meet your goal. If you're interested in sound design and more technical, then ...
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Is less compression better?

I assume wanted to ask if it makes sense to use compression while writing a piece of music. You can use compression on your individual tracks (channel-strips) when the signal is too dynamic compared ...

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