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If you're going to do your channel switching in software, I would start looking into external hardware interfaces instead of "sound cards". The first step up is hardware interfaces that connect with USB2 or FW400, but beyond that you're actually using a PCI slot just to get the raw throughput to a DIFFERENT piece of hardware that actually handles the I/O. ...


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If you're are used to the Dynaudio BM15a, I'd try the BM6aII or a second hand mkI. Regarding a converter/audio interface, I'd advice the RME Fireface UCX. I own and use the UC and it's really nice. The UCX is a recent update and can also be used on an iPad(2,3,4) (for a mobile setup, it could be handy). But it largely depends on your budget.. Arnoud


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Check out the Equator D5s. They just increased the price to 399, but that's still a screaming deal. http://www.equatoraudio.com/D5_Studio_Monitors_with_DSP_p/d5.htm


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Construct a CD with 5-8 songs of different genres. Ones you really like the mix in and that you know well. Listen how each song performs on the monitors. Make sure the monitors are in a room that is also treated when you test them. I see the word studio, so I will assume that there is acoustic wall treatment then.


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I'm more of a live audio guy than recording and tend to use in-ears for my monitoring, but my understanding of the idea behind isolation pads is to absorb the vibration of the speaker and/or the surface and prevent it from impacting the sound produced by the driver. Something like a computer monitor stand is going to be more worried about providing a hard, ...


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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 know what to look for because what follows was the first (and most important) lesson I learnt when I plugged them in: - So, I plugged them in and went straight ...


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I would consider the most important "rule" of monitor placement to be the geometry. That is... You should have an equilateral triangle made up of the two monitors and the listening position. You should consider the tweeters to be the points from which you measure, as the higher frequencies are the most directional. As an example, for my home theater, I ...


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A portable line array kit with a mounting kit may be your only answer. Something like the a pair of HK AUDIO E435 with the install kit. I personally have a set in this configuration, and I've used it as house speakers/monitors combo where they were behind the performers and facing the house. There was little to no feedback from them except at the lower ...


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Have you considered just striping the balancing then? It should be simple enough to do by removing one end of the cable and wiring on a mono 1/4" jack. That would give the same feed to both (since sleeve and ring contacts will both touch sleeve on the mono jack) instead of an inverted feed on one side. Alternately, you could place a device like a Reamp (...


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The biggest problem with combining your mixer and interface is that most of the cheaper options have sub-par pre-amps, which would definitely affect your quality. I would personally recommend investing in a quality audio interface (a great option would be focusrite) with solid pre-amps, and then later you could invest in a cheaper mixer.


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Some monitors allow you to adjust the bass response for the purpose of corner placement and the like. But since you ask, I suppose yours don't have that feature. See this forum for flush/soffit mounted monitors, corner traps, ceiling clouds, Helmholtz resonators, etc. A lot to take in , but worth it. http://johnlsayers.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=12&sid=...


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Old question, I know. Use an USB isolator like this: Less than 10 dollars on aliexpress. What it does: Isolate ground (lift ground) on the USB connection with isolated DC/DC converter to eliminate ground loop/noise.


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Are you examining your speakers with a sine sweep, or just your music? It is possible that the music was mastered strangely, and the monitors are just showing that to you. If the problem persists as you (slowly) sweep a sine wave from 50 Hz to 200 Hz, then you should contact KRK's technical support to see what they recommend. More on testing: What does ...


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Where you do need monitors in the same room as the microphones, and volumes are high enough that you get feedback, a good desk will give you the ability to isolate the exact frequency you get feedback on and cut it by 3dB, 10dB or more. This will have an effect on the final recording, but sometimes that is the trade-off you make. If the Q is high enough (...


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The monitors will only feed back if they are close enough to the microphone and the volume is turned up too loud. You can use the monitors during recording. You can avoid feedback by turning down the volume or simply not routing the microphone through the monitors. With my current setup I have a few microphones pointing at a drum set. The microphones and ...


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Generally, monitor speakers are in a different room from the microphones. Monitor speakers can and do feed back into microphones.


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If your level meters are in red or there's a "clip warning" light on, then the audio is clipping or has been clipped. When digital clipping occurs it works like an absolute or ideal limiter, everything going over is limited to the maximum amplitude level and it distorts the entire signal during the clipping (basically it transforms the signal during the ...


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speaker monitoring is as much about the room as it is about the speakers. Cheap monitors can still give decent mixes in good sounding rooms, and excellent monitors will still lie to you in poorly treated rooms - especially in the low end. headphones will lie to you with regards to relative balances and stereo fields - even good ones - because you're ...


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Good headphones for sure over bad monitors. When I worked on God of War 2, I hated the Genelec 1029's that Sony had set my room up with. I tried to use them for over a year and just could not get used to them. So, I gave up and designed most of God of War 2 using my Sennheiser HD600 headphones. These days, it is the total opposite. I am very happy with ...


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Well, it can work, but likely is highly suboptimal (i.e. what you mix will not necessarily sound very good on normal speakers, only on the Zeppelin or similar units). At the very least for stereo mixing I would suggest a speaker system where you have two separate speakers and you can place them so that they form an equilateral triangle to your listening ...


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Check out the Prism Sound interfaces. I use the Orpheus unit myself and it sounds amazing. They now make a half sized Orpheus called the Lyra, that would be my pick for you if you're after the best D/A - http://www.prismsound.com/music_recording/products_subs/lyra/lyra_home.php


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on a budget I would recommend Alesis M1Active MKII, krk's rocket 6's or 8's, yamaha ns10's, adams a7's or a5's. depends on your final output really - we make a ton of iOS games so having small speakers is the way to go. unless you're doing AAA games that need surround sound I wouldn't bother with a sub, fact is most users still don't have surround set up, ...


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I would strongly suggest upping your budget at the top end by $99 and consider a set of JBL LSR4326p's. If you wanted second hand, you could get them for far less than that. I'm in the UK, so I'm not sure what the best places are for buying audio gear, but I found them online for that price ($1099). I have the 4328's and they sound absolutely stunning. My ...


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maybe some of the lighting was plugged into the same power source? I'm not lighting expert, I'm just judging it from lighting dudes who've angrily told me that a bit of a buzz from lighting is impossible to get rid of.


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it's not uncommon for other equipment to produce electromagnetic interference, or even introduce electrical noise back into the grid. in close proximity these things get picked up. classic example is fast switching power load without a snubber. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snubber ... from here it gets specialised and someone else could probably explain..


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