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One of my classmates at Vancouver Film School is 47 years old and has no experience in sound design and is actually good at his work. Its how badly you wanna learn. As far as finding a job goes, I know people who've been in this field for a very long time but still don't have a job. Finding a job has got to do more with how good you are at your work (1st) ...


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Pretty certainly yes to 1 here, this is an area where most PC laptop manufacturers apparently don't care for quality at all – namely, to answer 2, they tend to use the cheapest microphones and preamps available (it has little to do with software), which is IMO absolutely ok because 3. you should always use external microphones if you care for quality at all, ...


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how far away? is your macbook air connected to speakers? Your file has a "loudness" (RMS level) -> player volume (gain) -> system volume (gain) -> audio interface voltage specs (gain/level) -> amp (gain) -> speakers (sensitivity). So it's impractical to try and "compute" it with that many variables. Grab an SPL meter. There are SPL meter smartphone apps ...


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Here is 4 channels for $250 with mic pre amps and dedicated outputs should you need them. There are a handful of 2 channel units for under 200 here is a 4 channel right at the $200 mark. You are brushing right up on the lowest quality level at that price. You may sacrifice quite a bit of quality which may impair what ever research you are doing. Side note: ...


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Just do it. Know that you're taking a risk financially, because there's no guarantee for work (you have to be active in finding it) and there are a lot of people working in and studying for the field, with the same or stronger determination as you. So you need to be active in networking and giving yourself out as someone that people trust and will want to ...


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No you are not to old. I started at 30 and have been doing it successfully for 28 years now. Get an entry level job (driver, apprentice, assistant) at a sound house. You will meet people and you will learn how it is really done. A HUGE part of success is who you know. You will find out quickly if you have the feel, the talent, the creativity and the ...


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I hate to bring bad news but I don't think you can have a single NTFS or HFS+J/HFSX filesystem that will work stable to read and write data across both Windows and OS X computers. In 15 years of fiddling with drives and all sorts of filesystems I haven't once found a software solution that would write in a reliable way to a non-native FS, especially long ...


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The right way to do this is open the project in GarageBand and export each track as its own audio file. Then you can import the audio files into a PC-based multichannel audio editor and continue working. Failing that, though, notice that the GarageBand project is a folder, and inside the folder there is a “Media” folder that contains the individual audio ...


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Sonnox makes a plugin for music mixers to quickly A/B what different MP3/AAC bit rates will sound like. It might be the solution that you are looking for. http://www.sonnoxplugins.com/pub/plugins/products/pro-codec.htm


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I think your question is actually very misleading. Some Windows based laptops have far superior sound to Macs, and some are much worse. The thing Macs have is consistency, as Apple has control over the entire hardware, whereas there are a million different Windows laptops. So for your 3 questions: 1 - not better generally, nor worse generally, just more ...


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Mac Minis are great for Qlab audio, and are also cheaper than a macbook pro or a macbook air. We have several mac minis at my school theatre (Ithaca College) for just this purpose. If you're looking to do video though, make sure you use something with a discreet graphics card (ie. NOT a macbook air or 13" macbook pro).


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Personally I have magical 8-bit, pooBoy2, peach, rebar, toad, triforce and ymVST. All of which I got for free. However if you are serious about making chip music I wholeheartedly recommend getting yourself an old "grey brick" Gameboy and the Little Sound DJ (LSDJ) software. As it gives you full control over the soundchip and you can achieve some great ...


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The dB level depends on what you are playing and how far away you are from the speakers. The only way to get an accurate estimate of the SPL is to use a SPL meter.


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You can do this by selecting from the top menu Edit->Tempo->Show Tempo List, and then click on the + symbol to add a new tempo change. The default starting point will be the location of your time bar, though you can change that and the expected tempo by double clicking on the values that appear listed in the Tempo List window.


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PlayStation Eye is one of the best and cheap recommendations. It is a microphone array with 4 microphones in row with only 35 dollars. Check amazon


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What I would advice would be to use a mixing software like Native Instruments - Traktor for mixing tracks together. If you prefer non-live mixing you should definitely learn how to use a software like Ableton - Live. Your setup may vary depending on your needs, but one important thing in a live mix is not recording an audio feedback from your microphone. ...


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A procedure that would definitely work: for each file ${f}.wav, Split it up to M/S stereo, i.e. to a file ${f}_M.wav and a file ${f}_S.wav. For instance with ffmpeg -i ${f}.wav -filter_complex "[0:0]pan=1c|c0=0.5 * c0 + 0.5 * c1[mid];[0:0]pan=1c|c0 = 0.5 * c0 + -0.5 * c1[side]" -map "[mid]" ${f}_M.wav -map "[side]" ${f}_S.wav If f.wav is actually mono, ...


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The mini-jack will be a stereo jack socket, which requires a TIP/RING/SLEEVE plug to interface correctly. The two signals you will need are TIP/SLEEVE and RING/SLEEVE - with SLEEVE being the signal ground. You should be able to obtain a stereo minijack to RCA converter cable or plug adapter that will do this for you. The signal loss across this connection ...


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This is not possible with the Soundcraft mixer you are currently using. This mixer doesn't offer any external control interface. It should be possible if you buy an audio interface connected to your MacBook Pro that has sufficient inputs and outputs as the Qlab documentation mentions basic control of inputs and outputs of an audio device.


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Soundflower is used to Route audio from one application to another. Soundflower itself can't capture audio, only route signals. For routing you need at least 1 input and 1 output. So say you want to route the sound from DAW1 to DAW2. You select Soundflower input in DAW1 as output and Soundflower output as input in DAW2. Most people use Soundflower for ...


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As written, the question is bordering on too open-ended, but I'll give the most authoritative answer I can given the circumstances. To output sound, Ableton Live on OSX generally requires: Some kind of Core Audio compatible audio interface be chosen as the Audio Output Device in Audio Preferences: That at least one output (preferably at least two, for ...


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I suggest you eliminate from the single-point-of-failure of one external hard drive to something more robust. The question is not whether your hard drive will fail, but when. Messing around with filesystems will never rule out physical failures or an OS writing corrupt data. Option 1 - the external drives don't cost a lot, so why not buy two? There will be ...


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There is in fact another solution that I'm about to try. It's called Coperlan Manager, and you can find it here : http://www.copperlan.org/index.php/download Works on mac and windows, and it appears to be driverless. Apparently super simple, cross-platform software for midi over ethernet, with no extra hardware needed.


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This happens because the quality of the internal soundcard on the PC laptop is crap and whatever it is using for its clock (even if its synced it still keeps its own time) is not very solid. I am assuming that you are attempting to do this via a network and therefore aren't using either an external soundcard (firewire or usb, MAudio Fastrack for ex) or an ...


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