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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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