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"diagonal clipping" in recent pop music productions?

This is just a limited (or clipped through distortion) sound wave added through the normal mixing process, to a lower frequency soundwave. I've created a simple example to demonstrate what I mean. ...
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Is it always necessary to dub violins on movie sets?

After a 3 year hiatus I return with an answer that I hope doesn't get torn to shreds by newer members here: I'm going to start out with a more general answer: NOTHING done as a corrective measure (...
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What EQ's have an octave notch?

Assuming we're thinking about the same thing, it's not octaves, it's harmonics. The difference being that harmonics are doubles of the original harmonic, meaning for example the first overtone of ...
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When Listening to Music, Does It Matter Which Way Round I Wear My Headphones?

Uh oh, don't do that... the stereophonic inversion police aren't up for any fun... Truth is, many headphones are designed almost symmetrical, so if you turn them around and flip the stereo channels ...
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"diagonal clipping" in recent pop music productions?

You will note that this emulates the effect of a DC blocking capacitor, in a record player on clipped vinyl... i.e. no 0Hz being passed. This waveform's clipping slopes exclusively the same way, ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

In my experience, it all depends on where the audio is to be used next. If there is a limiter of some kind in the next phase of the process. Sometimes a limiter will be applied at varying levels ...
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Determining the consistency of the BPM of a track

Depends... If it's a track played by humans then unless they played to a click then it's unlikely the BPM is consistent because people will fluctuate tempo. Obviously the best will fluctuate only ...
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How can I make a sub bass that can be heard (at least a bit) on even on crappy systems?

The most "proper" solution is to use a bass sound that in itself has some midrange as well. For normal subtractive synth sounds, that means: don't use too steep LP filters, try a simple 12 dB/8ve or ...
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Are there established EQ settings to increase concentration?

I don't think you will find any research in to what EQ settings will make a difference. There may be certain frequency groups that help, but EQs just apply adjustments to what is already there though ...
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Are there established EQ settings to increase concentration?

I dont think this is particularly a Sound Design question in the first place, but I would point out that there can be considerable differences between any two different equalisers (hardware or ...
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Any good quality neuro and reese bass tutorials [massive, FM8, Serum]

I would recommend using square and saw waves detuned with some unison. I recommend you start with massive but serum is better if you have it. Modulate the wavetables in bend+/- or bend plus or bend - ...
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How to use pan effectively

The uses range from simple separation (one instrument left, another right, vocals and percussion centred) to realistic spatial separation to match the real world environment. Effectiveness is a very ...
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How is DISCID made in cue sheet files?

As mentioned in the DiscID howto that you can find here : http://ftp.freedb.org/pub/freedb/misc/freedb_howto1.07.zip, The disc ID is an 8-digit hexadecimal (base-16) number, computed using data ...
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Make my voice sound like The Beatles

Well…how to say this… There is no software (that I know of) that can make your voice sound like Paul McCartney's voice. The only way to achieve this is to either; A. Learn how to sing like Paul ...
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

Yes, it is simply a compressor - typically you'd use one with a relatively low threshold and ratio. And some may store metadata for the whole track once it has been compressed/normalised once. I know ...
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What do classical radio stations do to their tracks to normalize audio volume?

It's 'simply a compressor'... however it's a very specialised type of compressor. There are probably others in this field, but the go-to name for radio compression is Optimod by Orban Optimod is, to ...
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How do you sync two tracks of similar audio?

If you don't start with timecode, or even a 2-pop or clapper, I can't see any other way than lining it up by eye; finding a common beginning… then hoping they stay approximately in sync. I've never ...
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What are the distorted sounds in 2 - 5 kHz range?

Yes - most definitely this is to do with mp3 compression. Strings in particular require a much higher bitrate to be reproduced through mp3 without artifacts. You're not going to get much mileage out ...
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How to cut music for a trailer?

Unfortunately, music can be very unforgiving when it comes to cutting/splicing... Avoid cutting in the middle of a musical phrase. There are some exceptions, but generally, the only way to make this ...
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Combining music prod, dialog editing, sfx and foley: what's everyone doing?

I'm not sure I follow your question 100%. Is this to picture? If so, and maybe even if not, I would bounce down my music to individual stems. That way, the music's tempo changes, quantization, ...
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How to Synthesize a Cello Sound in Pure Data

I think you need to look into the basics of audio synthesis a little bit more before trying this. Any instrument except a pure sine oscillator will not produce a pure sine wave. Instead it will ...
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Is less compression better?

The point of compression is to remove dynamic range, or the perceived volume difference between the 'loud' parts and the 'quiet' parts. It squashes the loud parts down to be the same volume as the ...
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How can I make a sub bass that can be heard (at least a bit) on even on crappy systems?

Sub bass will be entirely lost through in-ear phones. You can't get around this, as it's basic physics. The only real solution is to have bigger speakers. So the way round it is to add in some mid ...
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Workflow for detecting vinyl BPM?

I think this little project going to be dependent on your desire as well as budget. You probably already know this. Getting the audio into digital format isn't all that difficult. There are a lot of ...
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Studio Package vs Self-Assembled Studio

Headphones are not really optional for recording vocals, because you don't want the backing tracks to bleed into the vocal mic (usually). Also, you should look at some kind of acoustic treatment. The ...
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How do I make this sound?

If by pluck you mean the bass, it's the "Organ 2" preset on the Korg M1. If you don't want to buy hardware, there's an official VST version and even a portable version for the Nintendo DS. If instead ...
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How do sound waves work that make certain intervals sound good?

Simple frequency intervals generally sound good. Our auditory processing parts of our brains appreciate simple relationships. A perfect fourth has a 4:3 frequency ratio and a diminished fifth (...
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Audacity: How can I blend my vocals within the music?

If there is an imbalance of volume along the timeline between the different tracks you are trying to mix, you can use Audacity's Envelope Tool to automate the volume fader behavior of each track along ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

If you normalize all of your samples to -0.1 dB, then use them in your DAW projects, you'll end up clipping your audio tracks all the time as soon as you use a plug-in. I use Pro Tools where the ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

Best practise these days when considering content normalization is not to normalize to an arbitrary peak level, but to consider programme content and overall loudness when conducting normalization ...
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