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Ah, the old question: How do I make the vocals heard over a band with a tiny PA? It's not always easy. Compression won't help you; it may actually make things worse by making feedback more likely. It sounds like you're using underpowered PAs, and if you want the vocals to be loud enough you'll need the band to play more quietly. But the band has to want to ...


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Neil Fein wrote a great post about what you can do, but another thing to consider is to make sure you talk with the sound guy about how you want it to sound. If there is a dedicated engineer there and it is a smaller venue, chances are good that they aren't very good and may be used to the "living room experience" ie, crank the bass and the guitars and ...


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Ok, so for backpacking and biking, here are the component parts: recorder: SD 702 - quality sound, durable build, simple operation. Its the heavier and bulkier of the viable options, but it won't ever fail you. SD mixpre + Sony PCM M10 - still quality sound, lighter and more compact, but also a little fiddlier since you're dealing with two devices that ...


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I would check out the glitchmachines and inear display plugins. They are amazing for being both weird and wonderful! Filtering is also a good way. For example the chaos created by Trent Reznor on the end section of his song "The Great Destroyer" was created largely in part with Metasonix gear. I won't get into this crazy gear...you have to check it out ...


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Although I've never experienced a problem, I always try to remember to apply power after connecting the mic, and remove power before disconnecting. This text is from the product manual for the Rode NT1-A condenser mic: "Connect all cables before applying power to the microphone and never remove the microphone cable while the power is connected."


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https://www.lewitt-audio.com/microphones/lct-recording/lct-540-subzero The Lewitt LCT540 has the quietest specs I've seen available in a commercial mic.


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I've had Kyma for a few months now. The sound quality is awesome. I have been using it for things like Adding spacial stereo width on tracks in a song. Adding chorus to a track in a mix. Reverb is a breath of fresh air. I've also added saturation to tracks in a song. Just the simple use of Kyma has upped my production in my mixes. Yes, I've made ...


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OLD THREAD... but thought I'd share....Film I'm working on required the characters to be listening to a radio broadcast through an old radio. I recorded the radio dialog clean, transferred a copy to my ipod, used a cheap FM-Transmitter, then re-recorded it playing through an old radio... I thought it worked great!


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Well, rode has created the solution to this problem. The iXY iPhone/iPad microphone, with its own a/d converter can record at 96kHz/24bit, bypassing iOS's 48kHz/16bit limit. Great move from Rode. http://store.rodemic.com/products/ixy Not for iPhone 5 yet, however.


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It depends, quite honestly. For your purpose, it sounds like open back circumaural may just be more comfortable, a la the DT880 or 990s (880s are semi) and give you natural-sounding bleed through (source), since supra-aural might smoosh your ear and as a result alter the phase qualities of what you hear inside and out. For an example of what I mean, try A/...


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Use any decent quality tape deck. Stereo recording tape decks are quite common.


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I use a a mkh8040 ortf setup into a mixpre into a pcm m10 with a smal "slik" mic stand. Very small, lightweigt and stunning quality. Shure.... Expensive!


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Another tip if your packing for ultra light situations: buy a nagra sd and a pair of dpa 4060's or 4063's. And get wired coathanger as a stereo bar. You can look at a binaural setup here (not my site BTW). http://www.manvanhetgeluid.nl/en/binaural-sound/ But I agree with Rene that the 702 is perhaps a better allrounder that lasts a long time. You can pick ...


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the only extra dimension you get with a Wacom tablet is pressure, but you also don't get all the cool midi interface things that come with Lemur, like physics, randomization etc. Basically its apples and oranges. Personally, I'd say go with the Lemur app, as it has much more OTB functionality.


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Every piece of gear will add its own self noise to a system. Whether that noise is perceptible is another question which depends a lot on the gear, what you're recording, and the settings you're using. For example, if you're recording a very loud source (eg. A rock concert) you won't need to set your gain very high and so less self noise will be added. If ...


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I'm not sure what your budget it, but assuming its limited, I can definitely recommend the Fostex FR2-le. The preamps are actually great for the cost of the unit and it is certainly a lightweight piece of kit. Pros: Very light. I think it comes in at under 1kg. Decent preamps (we're obviously not talking SD quality, but they are far better than the price ...


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I met a singer that whispered. I have met backround singers that want their monitors louder than everyone elses. A good P.A. will only amplify whatever input you give it. There is also the fact that you can destroy your singers voice. if you dont have an understanding about what the singer is able to hear. if you give them too much monitor, they sing too ...


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A non-technical suggestion: consider revising your song arrangements and playing style so that the instrumentalists interplay with the vocalist — be quiet when she is singing, be loud when she isn't. Create interlocking patterns, moving the accented notes you play to occur when the vocalist takes a breath or pauses between phrases. Make sure every ...


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There is no specific expected lifetime of an audio jack. It depends on the quality of the jack, though they are pretty basic, so it is unlikely to be the point of failure of most devices. On your computer for example, I would expect just about any part of your computer to fail before the audio jack itself failed. It's kind of like asking how often a power ...


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I think the answer depends on your primary usage. I don't own an LS-100, but I've heard recordings made with it and they sound very good. My guess is that the built on mics need wind protection to be effective outdoors (as most handheld recorder's mics do) I do own a PCM M10 however, and I absolutely love it. The Sony's built on mics don't sound as ...


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I've got an M10 and I love it. As a handheld device, it has very little handling noise, which is great for spur-of-the-moment recording. I find it to be very low noise - definitely good enough for most ambiences. Here is a recording I did with the internal mics of the M10: https://soundcloud.com/hzandbits/french-outdoor-cafe-ambience I have often used ...


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Just so you're aware, USBpre1 does not work with 64bit operating systems - that's why you can get them cheap secondhand.


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Have in mind that when shooting run and gun documentary style, a boom will be far more handy. You'll be able to use a highly directional microphone with it (a shotgun), so you can isolate surrounding noise. The mics you mention (iXY and zoom's built in mics) are not that directional, so you'll pick up a lot of background noise. A rule of thumb is that you ...


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Hello there! Well, I would go for great mics first, then splash on a recorder later. I mean, great mics have been pretty much the same (makes, models, technology) for decades, while recorders keep getting better, smaller, cheaper every year. OTOH, if working on a production requires a recorder with timecode, then a Zoom won't cut it...


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One of the more common causes of this kind of problem is contamination from dirt or debris at the point where the exchangeable capsules and the mic body connect. One should be sure that the entire area is scrupulously clean. This is an extraordinarily high impedance part of the circuit, and a noisy leakage path can be caused by contamination that can't ...


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If you can replace it as simply as others have mentioned its worth a try (if the manufacturer allows it). Some other things to try that I have found helpful with strange static issue. If you are using an interface that has its own power source but you are running it on USB/Firewire Power (usually can be done with smaller interfaces) try using the dedicated ...


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I haven't used either of the suggestions, but thought I would chip in my 2 cents... I would recommend the D series hydrophone from JrF (Jez). Great quality microphone for the price. I don't have one myself (yet) but I have heard and used it in person. http://hydrophones.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/c-series-pro-hydrophones-new-addition.html While your at it get ...


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Just find this thread here :)


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