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Difference between microphone and line in inputs?

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 ...
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Protools 10 what is a 32-bit floating point about?

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 ...
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Recording with an old laptop: how do DAWs use memory vs cores?

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 ...
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Recognition of timing information by sound device

When using a DAW, wether for midi sequencing or audio recording, the fundamental timing of the DAW is managed by a high frequency clock. Depending on your DAW and audio interface, this clock source ...
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Does professional quality stereo to mono conversion require a special adapter

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 ...
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What is the size and name of mic input nut?

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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Source localization on a laptop

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 ...
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How (do you) use Kyma?

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 ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

Best practice is to connect XLR pin 2 to TIP (T), pin 3 to RING (R). Pin 1 is always GROUND. The TN, RN, GN, refer to TIP NORMAL, RING NORMAL, GROUND NORMAL, which would have additional pinouts if ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

XLR 2 (hot) should go to JACK TIP, XLR 3 (cold) should go to JACK RING, XLR 1 (ground) should go to JACK SLEEVE The TN, RN and GN connections are used in the XLR combi connectors with extra ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

After a lot of research I figured this out. It's simple once you know which letters go to which: I connected them as follows and it worked: BROWN: XLR 1 (ground) -> JACK S (sleeve) RED: ...
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What are mixers that balance multiple inputs and outputs called?

You may want to look at "Zone Mixers" or "Matrix Mixers". An example would be here (this is just an example, I have no affiliation with website nor product) One thing to keep in mind with such ...
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Does installation of the OS/DAW on a slower hard drive affect its processing speed?

The audio processing speed is dependent entirely on the speed of the CPU and RAM in the machine. Storing the DAW software itself on a slow hard drive will not have any effect at all on the processing ...
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MXL 990 Mic, UR22-MKII sudden breakdown

You need a multimeter to measure the voltage and current. I assume this XLR pin usage: 1 .. ground 2 .. positive 3 .. negative If XLR pin usage is different in your setup you will need to switch ...
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What is the difference in controlling volume through the software application, the system, and hardware?

This is known as gain-staging. In a pro environment this is done by watching the meters at each stage, setting levels to give the highest signal without ever going near distortion (leaving headroom). ...
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How would I configure huge custom surround setup playback in Windows?

Let's just call this impractical at best. You are not going to do this with an unmodified home computer or on a shoestring budget. You need capable hardware & software. If you don't start with 18-...
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Recording stereo audio on an iPhone using an adapter

NO. The TRRS connector on an iPhone (or any other brand of phone, for that matter) supports only MONO microphones. If you want to record stereo (or more channels) then you must use an external sound ...
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Upgrading existing audio hardware

An audio interface is definately what you need... Really this is very basic stuff, so just go on Google and type "Usb audio interfaces" and just find one that suits your pocket and your needs, it'll ...
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Recording with an old laptop: how do DAWs use memory vs cores?

If you can use your old laptop as a recording device or if you can use it as a DAW with current up to date software are really two different questions. I'm pretty sure you'll be able to use it as a ...
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What is the name for an audio splitter that mutes one output if the other is connected?

It is called a normalled bay when in the context of a patch bay. See graphic explanation below. In your case though, it sounds like you want a monitor controller or small mixer. See: Mackie Big Knob ...
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Multiple audio sources to monitoring speakers

By definition you are looking for a mixer. A mixer is a device that takes multiple inputs and adjusts the levels in to one output. I suppose in theory, you may be able to make a passive circuit that ...
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Building a flexible, multi-channel setup with direct monitoring on a low budget

First of all I'd say that 200$ is a bit short considering you need a microphone too. If you set 150$ for an audio interface and 100$ for a mic then I think you'll find some pretty good solutions. ...
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Latency optimization (DAC?)

All the ultra-low latency DACs are either Firewire or PCI, not USB. Completely by coincidence, I was looking at Gearslutz yesterday & came across this Audio Interface - Low Latency Performance ...
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Why software's reverbs algorithms never sound the same as their hardware's original?

Most likely a different algorithm. Do you think the manufacturers would be able to sell more expensive hardware units if the same algorithms of their boxes in the thousands dollars would be available ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

This was my solution using solid core copper wire. Note that if someone uses a standard 2-conductor (tip and sleeve) phone plug the ring is effectively shorted to ground making a standard single-ended ...
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How to set up multiple analog interfaces to a single sound device

A mixer, also known as sound mixer or [mixing-]console is a device that takes multiple analogue† signals (often: a lot of microphones plus some line signals, but it can really be anything), and ...
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Compatibility between Yamaha FC3 sustain pedal and M-Audio 88 II keyboard

No. The FC3 is only compatible with keyboards with half dampering capability. We recommend the FC4 piano style pedal instead. NOTE: The FC3 is only compatible with: S90ES/XS, MOTIFXS/XF, ...
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What is the solution for a 30 analog outputs sound card?

I recommend paying attention to various MADI solutions. For example, I highly recommend to see the RME's MADI solutions in conjunction with an Ferrofish's A32 AD/DA Converter You can add and add new ...
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What is the solution for a 30 analog outputs sound card?

You could get a very solid 30 output system from RME using their MADI DA: http://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/m32da.php Not cheap though!
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