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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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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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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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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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In what order should I change the various volume knobs in my setup to change the volume of what I'm hearing?

The general rule of thumb (if we are excluding gain as a tonal modifier, such as when it leads to distortion) is to run the chain at the highest volume that doesn't clip and then only use your output ...
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Does setting "full-range speakers" duplicate the lower frequencies?

Usually with 2.1 systems, the stereo signal goes to the sub and is then distributed to the relevant speaker. The sub will also process the entire stereo signal and play the low range frequencies ...
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Protools 10 what is a 32-bit floating point about?

Yes... bit depth is about dynamic range, but its more about 'smoothness' of your sampling, and the number of discrete levels you can represent. If you draw a wave signal on graph paper, then draw ...
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What are the disadvantages of parametric speakers?

Prolonged, close-range use hurts your ears. From the Soundlazer's FAQs on Kickstarter: Can I use it on my desk and point it directly at my ears? The problem is that at close range, you will be hit ...
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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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Basic audio switch for one output and two inputs

That device looks like it would work fine - yes, it's cheap, but there aren't any fancy electronics necessary to do what you need, it's just a handful of wires and a switch to change between them. ...
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Emulating StarWars X-Wing Recv Communications Effect

I'm sure there are a lot of techniques to achieve this effect, but in a low-fidelity voice communication system the sound waves reduce both in width (sample rate) and hight (bit depth). Reducing the ...
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Emulating StarWars X-Wing Recv Communications Effect

Try some ring modulation plugs, that may get you partway there. How they achieved it for the original film, you'd have to petition Ben Burtt to devulge that information!
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Built-in Line Output to Interface Line Input on a Mac

In short, it cannot be done if you need to also listen to the mix at the same time, through the same output. Your 'control room mix' must be separate from your effects loop, or you're just going ...
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How much sound quality will I lose using a headphone which works only with frequencies above 80Hz?

The spectrum below 80Hz (generally called the sub-bass) will contain, at most, the thump kick drum and the fundamental frequencies/rumble of some bass notes, at least in the genres you mention. In ...
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Hardware FM synthesizer similar to DX-7?

Korg Kronos will do all you want and import dx7 patches. You may also look for older synths like the sy77 and sy99 or yamaha synths that will accept an add-on card (plg-150dx) like motif es or S90es ...
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Hardware FM synthesizer similar to DX-7?

Yes , the new Volca FM, takes up all the DX 7 stuff & sounds: the Volca FM is set to be its finest example so far: a three-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer, which is FULLY compatible with the old ...
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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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