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A compressor will, for a regular piece of music generally "inhibit" the bigger peaks because it actively operates like a very quick volume control. It/they can usually start operating in a fraction of a millisecond and there are usually controls and settings that can determine how long/short the "volume adjustment" stays active for (100 ms + is normal). But ...


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Listen mate, if you are having a problem with every single 3.5mm adapter you have purchased, it's probably the socket.


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You have a few options, 1) you can buy a 1/8 or 1/4 inch headphone jack and short the L R connections together since (in an unbalanced situation (most regular headphones)) they share a common ground. Keep in mind you will be driving twice the load from the same source which will effect the output. 2) You can buy a headphone amplifier that has a mono ...


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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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Of course, it's much better to do a separate mix rather then using the FOH's, this way you can do whatever you want with the guitars if they're too silent in the main mix. As a hybrid solution, you can take e.g. 4 instead of 2 channels out of the FOH: the main mix plus two aux sends which you can use for only the instruments featured too weakly in the mix. ...


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The artists are the most important, so your stereo mix from the board should be your primary source (I wouldn't use the FoH mic as a primary.) And no matter what the guitarists are doing on stage, get your board feeds in from each one mixed right at sound check, so that at worst case you can stream the artist live. For crowd mics, try and avoid getting any ...


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If you're on a Mac or UNIX box, you might be able to do something useful with a UNIX-domain socket and dtach - basically you'd have your recording "server" save to the socket in .wav format, and then have dtach connect to the socket and multiplex the output into multiple encoders (cat, lame, flac, etc.). It would look something like this: dtach -A fifo-...


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I can't tell the exact speaker model, but they are studio monitors from KRK Systems. The devices on the bottom of that photo are production switchers, which are designed for doing live video production. The screens appear to be the monitors for the switchers themselves, so it isn't software, it is hardware. You are also probably looking at atleast 25 ...


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The generic term for this is vibrato, though it wouldn't usually move 'between octaves' but rather in smaller increments like semitones. Applying a low-frequency oscillator to the pitch pin on a tone oscillator would achieve the effect. The amplitude of the LFO would control the degree of pitch shift over time, and its frequency would affect how rapidly it ...


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I've been having a very good experience with Lithium-Polymer 9V rechargeable batteries in my Sennheiser wireless lapel mic. I was able to buy two batteries and a charger for $50.


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For what its worth you generally never combine inputs with out having level control even if the devices have their own level control. You generally want to have control over the level of each input and there really are no multi-input signal combining DI boxes I know of (that does not mean they don't exist though). The way I read what you are asking is that ...


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Yes, according to the manual, page 20, the FX output on the mixer is before the internal effects processing, so you may use that output as an AUX too. You could perhaps free up the other AUX send by using the 2TRK Out option for recording instead. Also, if you don't mind the mix being mono, there is a pretty neat trick: use L for the P.A. and R for the ...


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I started sound with a non-profit that did youth work. We had a weekly event that took place in a borrowed space and we had to haul in, setup, tear down and remove all of our equipment every week. It was old, beat-up, substandard equipment and was a royal pain to work with, but it is also a pivotal part of what has made me as good of a sound guy as I am ...


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Here are some possible causes: You hear the effect of a limiting device (no mention of that in your setup though). You hear the lack of headroom in the amplifier because it working too hard and internal "limiting" start to occur. If this is the case, you should be hearing increased distortion as well. You hear a speaker working on too much: when the bass is ...


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These are known as digital samplers and most Digital Audio Workstations come with their own, native sampler. For example, FL Studio's native sampler would be the Sampler Channel; Logic Pro's native sampler is EXS24. To trigger the digital sampler by the means of an external device, the hardware must be MIDI-compatible. In this particular setup, the keyboard ...


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I would want to be able to hit a few buttons to change which mic is in "lead mode". To that end, I would try setting up a submix or subgroup that any channel can be assigned to. On that sub, I'd either set it up as the "lead" sub, meaning it would add a bit of gain and some brighter EQ, or I'd set it up as a background sub with things a bit more muted. If ...


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There is an inexpensive way to create input "clusters" as JD describes, though some sound engineers may look askance. You can make a balanced, buffered contact mic preamp circuit and wire several piezo contact mics into the circuit (being careful to keep them in-phase). Out of the circuit comes one mic cable with a blended signal. This can run straight to ...


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For your situation I would at first consider teaching the singer better mic technique, if it is acceptable. From technical side if her sound is too thick after compression I would use EQ and gently cut those low mids. You could also try little compression on piano to get better dynamic separation from processed voice.


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If you are using active speakers, you should be able to add speakers pretty much ad infinitum as they each provide their own amplification. Delay shouldn't be a serious concern if you are placing the speakers in the same place. If you spread them out, however, then delay does become an issue. Adding digital delays to the sends to some speakers (or in line ...


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Hey one thing that I use for such tasks are automator patches! In apples Automator you can Programm (dont worry its simple) simple movements and tasks like pick a file and move it to this place ... Then you can use the compressor (software You find in the Apple store, best Software to encode) to create a droplett (Icon on the desktop, when you put a file on ...


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It depends on how you use it and the intent. You will get the most versatility and flexibility by recording your signal with no processing and then adding processing later. If you go this path, you may find that even inexpensive plug ins may provide more of the sound you desire than than the Voicelive 2. I find the Voicelive 2's reverb to sound thin and ...


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Studio monitors, studio monitors and studio monitors. Did I mention studio monitors? Buy the best you can (or can't) afford and if it looks too cheap it probably is. Do research on them - find out what folk recommend in the style of music you are going to be persuing. I don't use any hardware external to my PC now apart from a small yamaha mixer (that's ...


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You could try the Rehearse VST plugin. This plugin supports wave playback triggered by midi events and mouse clicks. The plugin is free. See: http://www.fatbee.nl


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Rather than automatically generating visuals based on sound, which is difficult to do meaningfully, why not make your own music performance more visual? This way you don't need a VJ, you can create a visual show, and people will be watching YOU instead of the visuals you project? You can use input devices that are impressive to watch in a live performance ...


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If your PA system is similar to the likes of the Yamaha StagePas 500, then it offers a similar functionality to the Behringer Mixer. As such, you may wish to bypass the mixer altogether and plug your microphones directly to the PA Mixer. However, your Behringer mixer may offer some added functionality to your PA mixer (like better EQs or on-board effects). ...


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