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I bet this won't be the best answer but let's give it a shot shall we? Different DAWs do different things. I wouldn't recommend Ableton Live or Propellerhead Reason for someone who wants to record a live band - both DAWs are oriented to a more software generated sound and sample handling situation. The same way I wouldn't recommend Pro Tools for someone ...


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At a basic level, you need an audio interface, AKA something to get the audio into your computer and, for acoustic guitar (or for recording the sound of an electric guitar amp/cabinet), you'll need a microphone of some kind. The "USB adapters" that you've seen are simple audio interfaces. Many audio interfaces have USB connections and should work with ...


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I once accidentally connected the same speaker to 2 different amps and blew out one of them from the power of the one amp flowing into the other. Headphone outputs have a much lower output level, but some devices may be more sensitive than others to signal being sent back in through the output. I would recommend playing it safe and getting a small ...


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Even floating point numbers can clip and degrade. If I'm mixing, I prefer 64bit floats if available, but I use mostly analogue gear now .. so the mixing happens outside of the digital domain. I do have some software I wrote to automagically remix music.. the jazz-o-tron 1000. Internally it uses 80bit IEEE samples (YES, 80.. its not a typo).. but I only use ...


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Warning: this is perhaps not the answer you are looking for :) You have already got enough gear. What you really need is time, patience, perseverance. Experiment with what you already have, whatever it is that you own, use your imagination and creativity. A typical style of music was not only 'invented' because of the sound or purpose of the gear; it was ...


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The only thing that really stands out to me about your setup is the lack of FX. You can safely disregard any effects built in to your mixer. There are a ton of great rack units out there from the '90s that can be found for peanuts on eBay and your local version of Craigslist. Start with Alesis - take a look at the Wedge, QuadraVerb, MidiVerb and Ineko/Akira....


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To err on the side of caution is what comes to my mind on this one. For the most part if your 'power distribution panel' has the appropriate power surge protection and load support for all the non-computer audio gear, I don't think this will be a problem. However, Friend of George has brought attention to a very good point about computer related hardware or ...


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With Floating point all recordings are saved usually using fractional values only between -1 and +1 so like when you say -10 DB that will be related to 1.00 as zero Db. If you want to know the numerical value of -10 DB, it is like Log-1(-10 / 20), or by a calculator the answer is + or - 0.31622776. NOW, since there are no A/D converters with greater ...


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Move the HDD over to USB. Firewire is good on spec but in reality chaining devices just doesn't seem to work as flawlessly as it should. Any device throwing junk out there on the bus can cause disruption to the entire chain and WD hard drives seem to be of those (I own one, it had this same problem). The cost of this solution is that the HDD will become ...


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Depending on your amp, the on off switch may do many things, not just cut power. I would suggest your best course of action may be to look carefully at the circuitry- if it does just cut power at the mains side of the power supply circuitry you should be safe. If it cuts power on the amp side then you could risk large spikes sent to the speakers, which ...


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Line in is an audio input normally around 150mv line sensitivity and can be used for devices such as tape players,cd players,mp3 players etc. It cannot be used as a microphone input as you would hardly hear it, a microphone input needs to see an input sensitivity of around -5 mv input,as cd players and mp3 players already have an output of around 100+mVolts ...


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If you are referring to the hardware that retains the jack, in the US it is a 3/8-32 jam nut. Most likely.


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That should work, as long as you ensure that the PC is not running all sorts of irrelevant software and processes, and you make sure there is enough virtual memory allocated (about 3 Gb - it is probably 32Bit OS, so no point in allocating more - make sure you make a fixed allocation.. no "let windows handle things" here as you may get unnecessary disk ...


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How do I input two mics simultaneously on a Laptop? To be able to input two mics simultaneously on a laptop, you need a two channels audio interface with two mic inputs. Using one interface for both mics will guarantee that both signal are digitized by a common clock, which is a must for your application. There are numerous options for such an interface, ...


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Hi guys, I'll clear this up for you. Legacy Mbox 1 is not supported under PT 8.0.1 onwards. There is a Russian driver knocking around, but it simply won't work on any PT system post 8.0.1. The Aggregate I/O is a system that will collate all of your connected Audio Hardware and represent the inputs and outputs together in I/O Settings. I theory, you could ...


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Someone may correct me or refine my response, but... In this case, floating point is referring to the idea that the decimal point "floats" depending on the need for significant digits. If you need to represent a very large number, the numbers to the right of your decimal point (the non-integer portion) are less important. If you need to represent a smaller ...


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Have you done any recent updates? Also, what OS and version of Pro Tools are you running? I've encountered this problem in a variety of ways. Sometimes I've even gotten this error after a flash drive pulled out without ejecting. When this happens in OSX 10.6.x, it causes permissions errors that severely affect Pro Tools 8. Disk Repair usually will do the ...


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First, run some routine maintenance on your computer. If it's making some serious ticks, whirs and clicks there may be a bigger problem. If it sounds like a small turbine engine every time you boot up, open up the case and give it a good once over with a can (or two) of compressed air. Be sure to hit the fans, they're typically very noisy culprits. If the ...


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-I'm a big fan of Eurorack synth modules. I've chosen to focus my Eurorack rig on modules that process external signals as opposed to creating a traditional synthesizer. -Eventide H8000 is a serious rabbit hole. -Kyma/Pacarana, even bigger rabbit hole. -The world of stompboxes is on fire. Nowadays there are countless manufacturers out there making all ...


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Maybe a Sound devices USBPre 2 ? http://www.sounddevices.com/products/usbpre2/


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Echo make reliable interfaces and I'm gutted they've killed off much of their lineup. I'm hoping there's an Echo8 in the works.. Apogee Duet seconded. MOTU's Microbook looks promising but I'm hearing from people having trouble.


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Simple answer is if you are feeding a stereo signal to a single input you need the signal to be summed so you do not lose any elements. To do this you need 3 resistors in the XLR end, diagrams are available online however its not a simple solder job. If you shop around you can get stereo to mono cables but make sure they have resistors and are summed to one ...


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What is Windows actually "doing" with this full-range option? Nothing. If you set Windows to the full range option, it is not doing anything to the signal at the output. You're sending the full frequency range to the speakers. That's not to say the speakers themselves may not act on the signal though. There are crossovers in the speakers themselves to ...


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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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The absolute essentials for home studio recording are: A good mic. You will never get a natural sound out of the piezo element of your guitar alone; even the best ones sound plastic-y. You don't need a Neumann, but that $15 Radio Shack desktop mic ain't gonna cut it either. I would start looking around the $100/mic range for a dynamic mic, with the SM57 ...


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There is no more risk of quality loss than is present in any adapter connection. The cables themselves are effectively the same as long as you use similar quality cable with equivalent shielding, it's just a difference in connection. What is the situation that you are trying to reduce the volume for? Generally 1/4 inch connections are used on more ...


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Sound On Sound's Synth Secrets series is a goldmine of info about synthesizers. My problem is I have no clue where to start. Start by talking to people. In person if you can, or in forums. Try to avoid buying stuff right away. Use free software like Audacity and Pure Data as well as the demo modes of the various commercial DAWs and synths. This is a big ...


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If you can get your hands on some 3.5mm male to 2 RCA male cables, you could get a stereo source selector like this one. I have a similar source selector meant for attaching 4 tape decks to a single receiver. I still use it on occasion to avoid rewiring when switching between many devices in my system.


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Well, as you've noticed yourself, it will normally work. This is because both channel outputs should be expected to have the same output impedance, so wiring them parallel effectively creates an averaging circuit. However, this is not really an intended mode of operation. The output impedance of this combined output will be half the individual impedance, ...


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