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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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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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"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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I can choose one of these formats: OPUS 152 kbit/s vs AAC 128 kbit/s vs M4A 128 kbit/s. Which one is better?

This chart https://opus-codec.org/comparison/ shows that above 128 kb/s opus, aac and mp3 are very close in terms of quality. So, as @Tetsujin mentions, the best one would be the one that is closest ...
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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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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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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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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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Does reducing volume reduce bit depth?

IF you are doing this manipulation internally to the DAW (operating at 64-bit) then you will experience NO LOSS AT ALL. However, if you export the file after gain reduction as a 24-bit file, then you ...
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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?

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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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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Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 Cubase

Let's assume it's a problem with audio signal flow within Cubase (the version I'm going off of is Cubase 7 or 8 Pro): In Devices > Device Setup..., under VST Audio System, make sure that your ...
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How to blend vocals into music using Adobe Audition

You question is actually a pretty relevant and meaningful one. In order to blend vocals with muse you should apply a couple of principles: mix every siingle parameter of the music in quite a ...
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Is Music School worth it?

While i agree with Tetsujin I'd like to take the chance and maybe help you. Let me first point out a couple of things: I'm self taught and I believe I'm very good at it. You are 22 years old. I ...
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Does ayasugi bori affect the sound in a musical instrument ? if so, how?

Only a non-answer for now: I searched on this issue for weeks, and found no research or publication that investigate what Ayasugi or other sound box patterning actually do (in English at least). In ...
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What steps I need to make and what equipment to use to make mastering of piano music?

Steps: Select music Rehearse music Record music. Not unusual to have several takes of each piece. Mix. Cut and glue together best parts of takes. Master. Apply EQ, dynamics. Add metadate. Export in ...
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How to create a big room techno kick

Well, the first reading when you make a kick rumble is to just add some reverb to the low end of the kick.. now the tricky part is that there are so many ways to do it and so many outcomes in the end. ...
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How do you sync two tracks of similar audio?

There are tools to do this kind of syncing in video editors. I am currently learning to use a free editor (not free source code though), Davinci Resolve. If you search for Multicam sync you will find ...
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I have two audio files of same song one is from vinyl and other is from CD source, I want to compare those and technically see the difference between

This answer may contain nuts cynicism. To make a CD rip sound like the average consumer vinyl rip, you need to do the following… Apply a gentle roll-off of frequencies above 4KHz, not too much, just ...
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I there a name for an effect that periodically fastens the signal?

Flanging Taking two signals from the same source, if one deviates in speed while the other stays constant, the peaks and troughs of the waveform interact with each other either cancelling or ...
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DIY Active Noise Cancellation?

It's impossible to achieve. Your initial cancellation is at phase-accuracy. Two files playing through one output, each inversely-phased to the other. As soon as you try to do that in the physical ...
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Can spectrograms tell us why one song is "more dynamic" than the other?

TL;DR? Skip to "In Summary" Analysis in Numbers Simply put, dynamic range is the difference between the lowest and highest amplitude values of a given audio signal. - You could say it's the ...
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Microphone to record piano in concert hall

You really need two mics to do justice to a piano. Your budget is cripplingly low to try to achieve this with any hope of quality. Dynamic mics are really no good for piano, they're not fast enough, ...
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How can i record my digital piano's sound on PC?

If you simply want to record the piano with Audacity, you will need a stereo line input on the computer. You connect the OUTPUT stereo phone jack(⅛ inch I think) from the RP-302 to the line input on ...
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mixing audio live over the internet between mac & pc

Something like Virtual Audio Cable would allow you to feed a virtual sound device output in as an input to a sound streaming option of your choice. There are many decent options for high quality ...
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Cinematic soundtrack recording - is it better to record instruments sections separately or all together?

This is always more a question for the performing artists themselves. As an engineer, the more channels you can have, the more flexible your life will be. For a newer engineer, it might cause issues ...
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