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I will apoligise in advance for going all heavy on you, but I find the question thoroughly fascinating. This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. The basic question was, am I a sound designer or a musician? The answer that I've come to is that they're actually the same thing. It's just a question of the metric you're working under. Music ...


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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. The higher frequency sound wave; Let's pretend it's a nice brass instrument: The brass instrument is then clipped for whatever reason: The ...


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Strictly defined, overtones are frequencies higher than the fundamental in a musical note, while harmonics are frequencies that are mathematical multiples of the fundamental. For example, 400Hz has harmonics at 800, 1.2KHz, 1.6KHz, 2KHz, etc. More colloquially, both "harmonic" and "overtone" are often used interchangeably to refer to frequencies beyond the ...


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If you're on Nuendo, then there's a plugin for that: Grungelizer. It's really good! If not, you can download iZotope Vinyl, it's free. Never tried it but looks really nice.


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In the studio I record my guitars directly in to Cubase or Guitar Rig with no distortion before the record chain. This way I can alter the effects precisely (I pop them in the effects loop) and is the way most studio work seems to go with other bands I know. If you do mic up your amps, you can get a very live sound, but it takes a lot of work to get it clean ...


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Squarespace for hosting, Vimeo for video, and Soundcloud for audio. That's the holy trinity as far as I can figure it.


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I'd say insanely difficult, if not impossible. You're going to have huge issues if the music is audible while the person is speaking. If that's the case, you're going to need something that can separate out elements of a complex signal. The only thing I can think of that might be able to pull that off is Melodyne...but I'm not sure even that will work. Is ...


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To me, it's one of those subjective things in the mix. You're dialogue level sounds appropriate (equal to -27dB on a DOlby LM100 for LEQ(a) ), but for music, in my opinion you sort of have to ride it against dialogue to what feels right, especially since the dynamics of music are always changed compared to dialogue. It should probably be nice and full, but ...


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For electronic, hip hop and house, you should be able to get a lot done with samples of the classic drum machines. Things like the Roland TR-808 and TR-909, the Linn Drum, and other classics. If you google around, you can find plenty of free or donationware sets. There are also commercial sets that are very nice, though most good software samplers will come ...


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It's called a hidden track. Back in the day when CDs first came out, many artists put an extra song on the CD that was not available on the cassette version. It was probably a marketing thing to get people to buy the CDs. Later when CDs were more popular, some CDs started including a hidden track in the manner you described in your question. Some are ...


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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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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 (ADR, 'fixing in post', etc.) is necessary to do on a film set if it is properly planned for and solutions are brought to the table well enough and early enough in ...


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Hi, Serge Don't use or sell ambiences that contain music. It's just asking for trouble later. Find a new location without music to record in. Sometimes (usually) I have to try a couple of different locations to get away from the music that is everywhere nowadays, but it beats getting sued. Check out Paul Virostek's blog post here http://www.jetstreaming....


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killer tracks, groove addicts, five alarm music, first com, extreme music those are all of your big guys. all have music searchable websites where you can find the cut you think will work. five alarm has the most searchable site, extreme some of the best music but also pretty expensive compared to the others. I'd suggest finding a cut from one of the ...


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Other than turning down the music, if you have access to the music stems, you can "remix" the music to accomodate the dialogue. Certain instruments often compete with dialogue (cymbals, guitars, or strings are common culprits). If you are working with premixed music or licensed tracks from an album it is obvious that the music was not mixed with the ...


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Dr. Mayhem has offered some very good solutions for 'direct in' recording however, I would like to add a note about live recording. Many guitarist especially blues players think of the electric guitar as only half of their tone, the other half being their amp. These folks spend hours having their vacuum tube amps tweaked for optimum bias of the power tubes ...


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Jamendo has a whole bunch of cc by licensed music.


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Here are some techniques and things I used improperly for a long time that I think will help you. Luckily for you, I've researched a lot of techniques for dubstep and EDM in general. And I have a lot of experience with NI Massive. What I did for a long time was use the EQ too boost the loudness of my instruments which is NOT what you want to do. Using the ...


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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 250Hz being 500, the secon one being 750 and so on. They are pretty hard to come by because they are mainly used to remove hum and such, though it can indeed be ...


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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 you get exactly the same experience. Flipping the channels is easy enough if you're working with a mixing console. In consumer devices there's seldom such an ...


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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, towards zero. Unless this were a mixture of a triangle, and a square (clipped) wave, of the same frequency, with a phase difference of 90 degrees, Marc W's example ...


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I find that my music and my sound design are very symbiotic and constantly influence each other heavily. Since I started out making Industrial, Electro, Experimental, Noise and Ambient music it's been like this since the start. Likely because those genres have a strong focus on found sound and experimentation. I also do sound design in the music realm as a ...


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Sound design is completely inseparable from my compositions these days. When I sit down to write, my natural output takes the form of abstract sound-scapes. Setting up a complex modulation and processing the results is just too alluring NOT to do! If I were writing traditional, tonal music then my answer might be different.


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Well, there are two rights you need to seek - master and synchronization. Synchronization rights are the rights to sync both the melody and lyrics to your film/tv show. The master rights are the rights to a specific recording of that melody/lyrics. This is why you encounter TV commercials which sometimes play a cover of a popular song. They obtained the ...


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The ear-scene in Reservoir Dogs was the first thing that came to my mind too. The second ting that came to my mind was a movie (and a book) that's full of music that (kind of) juxtaposes the scene (at least if we're not to look at the scene from Alex' psychopathic view)... ...A Clockwork Orange, a movie full of contrapuntal/anempathic/juxtapositional/...


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There is sound torch it sounds like the same app that you describing but this one runs on windows only. sound torch works nicely but it takes an age to create the database for searching.


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Labels ask remixers for remixes as these serve as added content and added value to sellable products. In the professional industry the label typically initiate the process (that is, you are asked to remix something, you don't ask to remix something). As you have mentioned, remixing competitions are common nowadays as they increase the artist reach, exposure ...


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