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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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How to make your voice sound like another persons voice?

Yes and no - there is no tool that does this fully automatic - you have to set up and tweak the chain your self, but once you're done it can be used with any input (i.e. "live"). (tl;dr: good ...
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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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Why is my cutting equalizer increasing output level?

It's because it's a summed audio track. There are peaks and valleys now that have completely changed. think of three separate waveforms with totally different wavelengths. Now, you imagine the peaks ...
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What is the relation between high pass (low cut) filters and headroom?

Side note: BRHSM (OP) is refering to Geek Technique #12 in issue 222 of Computer Music magazine. Great question, BRHSM. I have three answers for you, but only one is true. I'll let you come to your ...
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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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Removing pop sounds and heavy breathing from male voice

If you are using lavalier mics [tiny headset or tie-mics that look no bigger than a knot in the wire] then you should not set them directly in front of the mouth, but at the side, or even in the hair, ...
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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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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 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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Is bass boost harmful?

As someone who comes from a sound company, the only way you can be sure that it would negatively effect the headset or headphones in said question is whether it would pass the specification of the ...
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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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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

First things first, use your crossover. You should connect your main outputs to it and feed your main loudspeakers and your subwoofers power amps from it. Connecting and learning how to configure your ...
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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's the difference of frequency sets for 10 band equalizers?

That first one is octave-based, whereas the second is set up with more bands towards either end of the frequency spectrum. What this means is the first one will appear to have the bands evenly spread ...
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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

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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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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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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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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Should I use EQ before my Digital interface, Focursite?

As with all recording processes live by the rule "if it sounds good it is". I personally prefer to use gentle EQ and compression on the way in as a choice for the overall sonic quality of the track. ...
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Should I use EQ before my Digital interface, Focursite?

No it will not benefit. I don't understand why you would think the guitars sound "weak" if they are not clipping, but that is what mixing is for. Do they sound weak on the live monitor? Then turn up ...
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What is the relation between high pass (low cut) filters and headroom?

The idea of using high passes for the exact reasons you mention is spot on ("clean up muddyness and save headroom"): Regarding "muddyness": If the microphone is placed closed to the source, it may ...
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How to make your voice sound like another persons voice?

Have a look at Flux IRCAM Trax vocal transformer. It can be used to changed gender and age of the voice. Otherwise you might want to look at Symbolic Sound KYMA. This is a very expensive option ...

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