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What does 100Hz 12dB per octave mean?

There are three parameters of this filter that are described in the phrase "100 Hz 12 dB per octave low pass filter". I'll cover them in reverse order. Low pass filter - This means the filter does ...
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is there a common low-end level for a song?

Here, is there any common low-end level that every song should has? No or Does it just set by ear? Yes. In fact, it should be set by ear, not by eyes. Don't bother with what the spectrum analyzer ...
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How to match a talent voice between different takes?

Equalization will not affect pitch perception in any way. Your issue as you have correctly identified, is primarily one of direction, rather than being technical. You can use pitch manipulation ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

(I'm not sure what you want to fix - it sounds sick and genrewise it is spot on!) Needless to say: always record with a DI so you have the option to reamp later on if something turns out too hot etc. ...
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How can I improve this chain of filters to make a better voice with Audacity

Processing always has the negative side effect of either increasing noise or taking away from the quality. The secret to processing is you want to do as little as possible to achieve what you want, ...
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Replicate a specific sound effect?

If I would approach it, I would go and try the following: First of all, FM radio broadcasting has an upper limit of 15 KHz, and lower limit of 30 Hz. So cut all frequencies outside that scope to ...
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How can I make my vocals stand out in the drop without ducking the instrumentals? FL Studio

This isn't my genre at all - but I'd say overall the vocals are way too loud & the track constantly ducks behind them… which is entirely the wrong way round. This type of music is entirely reliant ...
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Why does digital sound EQ use decibels instead of an amplitude multiplier?

Audio engineering uses decibels, because they are closer to how the human hearing perceives loudness: a double energy level is not twice as loud. A linear scale would require either a very large fader ...
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Can you bypass a rack mounted house EQ if you have a good sound board?

The idea of a 'fixed' FoH EQ is that it has supposedly been set up by a pro with sound analysis gear to ensure the response to the room is as flat as possible. I reality, in many 'community' ...
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How to make your voice sound like another persons voice?

For what it's worth, Adobe announced a tool (Project Voco) at Adobe Max last year that goes way beyond the typical 'voice changer' apps and EQ setups. It can literally change one voice into another ...
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What is the frequency step formula for 10 and 31 band EQs?

For a 31-band equalizer, the formula for the nth band appears to be 10^((n+12)/10) Hz. If you take these numbers, and round the 3rd digit from the left to 0 or 5, the first few frequencies you get are:...
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Voice - how do you go about making it nice?

Assuming the recording and levels are good in the first place. I will almost always roll off lows and shelf the highs, even if its just a little. Human voices don't really have much below 120hz or ...
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How can I improve this chain of filters to make a better voice with Audacity

I'm guessing there are going to be as many variations on this chain as there are answers. [It could reasonably be claimed to be "too broad" but here goes... My brain doesn't work in numbers, it works ...
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Fletcher-Munson curves: Applied uses and lessons learned?

Fletcher-Munson curves, or more generally equal-loudness contours, are mainly used when measuring sound pressure levels and noise. The definition of such curves roughly goes like this: An equal-...
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How can I improve this chain of filters to make a better voice with Audacity

The Audacity manual on this page has this to day about the order of applying effects: Amplification or normalization may be done before or after Noise Reduction. Do any Notch Filtering or Click ...
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How to properly equalize headphones?

I usually use pink noise and adjust band per band, counter-equalizing the device I'm calibrating for. I listen to the noise while moving each band up and down, untill I feel like it's balanced. Then ...
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Balance woman speaking close to mic against man speaking far

You're going to hear lots of attempts at answering this question, but in reality the sad fact of the matter is that there is really nothing that you can realistically do to save this audio. I am ...
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Why does digital sound EQ use decibels instead of an amplitude multiplier?

If a small change in EQ is causing clipping, then the mix is way too hot. Reduce the overall gain by 6dB (at least) then apply your EQ changes.
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How to EQ vocals to sound airy but not harsh? (Example included)

if my sounds seem to be to harsh, I use smooth operator(vst).It's kind of a dynamic eq + comp. But if you have a higher budget you might want to check out soothe 2 or gullfoss or I think Ozones ...
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How to properly equalize headphones?

I found the project that does exactly what I wanted: https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq They provide the WAV files for convolution equalizers, filters for fixed band and parametric equalizers too....
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How to properly equalize headphones?

You already have some nice answers here and there, but I'll also post mine here. UPDATE: For more information you can have a look here. Mark is right in the fact that the brain can adapt (for more ...
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How can I boost/cut different instruments in the same frequency?

Assuming you are playing back stereo files via two speakers, there's no sure way to isolate/mute instruments in the mix without losing fidelity in some way. There are indeed certain "de–mixing" tools ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

I would also go for a re-recording before any clippy,fuzzy trace of the over-distorted track ruins your overall-mix. And if anything works out with having it re-recorded via DI, you could probably ...
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Audacity: How to smooth out equalization transitions

One thing to consider is duplicating your track(s), either entirely or in sections, and applying various EQs or other parameters to different track sets. You can then use the volume envelope tool to ...
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How can I improve this chain of filters to make a better voice with Audacity

While I agree with Tetsujin's answer and some of Steven Smith's answer (I'd compress before EQing), I have to disagree regarding noise reduction. I've always removed all unwanted noise before any ...
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Fletcher-Munson curves: Applied uses and lessons learned?

My thoughts are that they might be used as a tool to help, for lack of a better word "hack" your way to a better mix, as that's ultimately the end goal. To clarify some things : There's no hack ...
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Replicate a specific sound effect?

My approach (fast version) would be to use an amp-simulation-VST like Voxengo Boogex (which is a great free plugin) & to use the internal EQ settings (cutting the frequencies outside that well ...
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How to mix voice and background music like this?

I'm listening on headphones in a relatively noisy environment... but I'll try my best to answer. The voice recording is mono, band limited and compressed/distorted. The background music is spectrally-...
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