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Monitors and Audio Interface

The audio interface would be used instead of your sound card. The laptop itself shouldn't play a role in the quality of the sound. (Though it can happen... see @left's comment below) The sound ...
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Home Studio Echo Problem

First off, if you have a hard floor like cement or wood or tile...get an area carpet. Otherwise, you need to use absorber panels. Generally acoustic studio treatment requires 3 devices....bass traps,...
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Buzzing (humming) sound in the speakers (ground loop)

After so many years standing for this annoying buzzing sound, I decided to spend some time to find and eradicate the problem at the root. I hope that sharing my problem and the solution here may help ...
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What are good alternatives to studio foam for a home studio?

Acoustics is a deep subject, but here is a pretty good primer: http://ethanwiner.com/acoustics.html That said, a simple and excellent solution is to make absorption panels yourself. Make a frame from ...
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Which reference monitors should I buy for my home studio?

I think I was reasonably lucky when I bought my Mackie HR624 speakers - I just trawled the net and these seemed to be recommended the most (for my budget back in 2009 of about £500 a pair). Now I ...
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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

Go with the audio interface. The "mixer" borders on useless. It is basically just a cheap interface with some near useless features worked in to it. You are paying for unused features rather than ...
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cheap hand held sound meter vs smartphone app

The key difference is calibration: a hand held sound meter, even a cheap one, has been calibrated in the factory. Your app and phone (microphone, internal preamp, dac) aren't. If you find a way to ...
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Difference between internal sound card and Audio interface in simple setups

Internal soundcards may give you accurate A/D conversion but get let down by compromises in the audio chip. There can be noise from the surrounding electronics, and the chip itself is optimised, ...
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What are some good in-depth resources for learning Sound Design?

To fully understand this subject takes years of learning and experience. You have to start at the beginning. My advice would be to find good books and study these subjects: Read this book by Martin ...
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Home Studio Echo Problem

All hard parallel surfaces are your enemy. Since the space has already been built out you can't (I'm assuming) easily make the walls non-parallel. So you're really left with applying treatments. ...
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What are the advantages of a condenser mic for recording vocals?

"...is that statement true?" No, that statement is wrong. Whilst they are more sensitive they're are still directional and will reject sound from the sides. Most home studio owners own a condenser.
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Looking for a recording/mixing workstation

You could do most of that list with an iPad & a USB/Lightning interface, these days... or any computer. GearRank - The Best iPad Audio Interfaces has a list of current offerings, with reviews. ...
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Monitor speakers and distance from the walls

"Most people have noticed that when a speaker of any size is placed against a wall, it’ll deliver stronger bass response. This can be a strong temptation to use this acoustic phenomenon (a function of ...
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Setting up Home Studio, need advise on setup

In a tiny room like that, with unspecified materials, the quickest way to find out is to try it. My optimum in a home studio ended up being this… My ceiling is also partially sloped. Room is approx ...
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Recording acoustic guitar with Dynamic and condeser at same time

Record the two mics as two channels. Then you can decide what you want to do when mixing. As this seems to be very uncommon, there probably is a reason. Only way to know for sure is to test it (takes ...
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Monitor speakers and distance from the walls

That's caused by reflections off the walls interfering with the direct sound from the speaker. At some frequencies, the reflection will cancel out the direct sound, at other frequencies they will add ...
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"Super W" neoprene pads for electronic drum decoupling platform?

I would approach this from the perspective of having a rigid coupling between the seat, the drummer and the entire kit. Consequently, I think you would need a "floating" floor setup that can be ...
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Mixing question about headphones

Technically, you don't need studio monitors. If you know what a great mix sounds like on your headphones, and you understand what mixing decisions are necessary to create a similarly great mix, then ...
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What are the advantages of a condenser mic for recording vocals?

I own the sontronics stc 3x and use it at home all the time it has a unidirectional polar pattern which helps to reject some of the background noise , and quality turns out to be decent.
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What are some good in-depth resources for learning Sound Design?

Ditto other comments but you can fast track on sound engineering by taking the FutureLearn course CRITICAL LISTENING FOR STUDIO PRODUCTION (Free, 6 weeks, 8 hours per week). this is a beginners ...
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What are some good in-depth resources for learning Sound Design?

Marc w is right. It takes years. I've been studying audio engineering for 14 years including 4 years formal training acquiring a BSc and an MA. And there is still so much to learn you'll never learn ...
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Want to record multi track at home pc

As the previous answer already stated, you will need both an audio interface, and a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), but I'll expand on this a little to get you started in the right direction so you ...
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Basic all digital mixing and audio interface home recording solution

Simplest setup… Some kind of audio interface, 2-in, 2-out - there are a myriad. I use a Line6 UX2 at home, simple but effective. Has 2 mic in [+phantom, if needed], 2 line in [guitar] & 2 line in ...
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Prolems with mxl 770

What's happening to the signal between the output of the Xenyx 802 and your recording software? Sometimes cheap soundcards do a bad job at converting analog to digital, so you end up with a lot of ...
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Help setting up mixer and headphone amp

If it sounds like from a tin can, tunnel, or outer space (whatever you mean by that) then there's something really wrong. It could be a lot of causes; one plausible is that you have an almost-feedback....
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Help setting up mixer and headphone amp

There is more to mixing than gear. Out of the box, even good sound is going to sound funny and off, even if you have everything setup correctly. At a minimum you need to equalize a microphone to ...
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