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Music drowning out singing

If it was recorded with one microphone, there is no good way to rectify this problem. Vocals and guitars share the same frequencies, so EQ is out of the picture. Sorry.
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What are important considerations when mixing and mastering a track for vinyl distribution?

This is a very big topic, I will start by redirecting you to a very useful site/article: Mastering for Vinyl from Recording magazine. Also I would like to state that I'm not a mastering engineer, I'...
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How do I make whispering in ear sound convincing?

I don't know if any of the following will work or not, but maybe worth an experiment. Try a delay of about 1/2 of a millisecond, if you have the capability, between the two channels, of the mono ...
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Match takes from different ADR sessions

I'm going to throw this in as the beginnings of an answer. We can work it up later. Was the talent consistent? Is this 'just' a placement issue? There are EQ-matching plugins you could try [or Izotope ...
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

In addition to @frcake's excellent answer, I have a few points: I have been gigging for over 30 years and I still have trouble getting some sounds I want. One solution that most guitarists go for is ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

(I'm not sure what you want to fix - it sounds sick and genrewise it is spot on!) Needless to say: always record with a DI so you have the option to reamp later on if something turns out too hot etc. ...
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How do you make a carrier better for vocoding (with a plugin)?

Speech is anything but "well-rounded". Vowels start at the vocal cords with basically the most overtone-rich signal possible, a pulse train. If you look at the frequency content of such a pulse ...
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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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Getting consistent metadata onto a CD

You can't. There is no mechanism for storing metadata on a bog standard audio CD. The metadata you are seeing is actually stored within iTunes and WMP respectively. Each media player recognises the CD ...
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Click at the end of words ending in “n” — techniques to avoid or clean up?

I can't hear the metallic quality you mentioned but I can hear an amount of 'vocal fry'. My feeling is that this is more about your performer than the recording technique. Talk to them about their ...
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Click at the end of words ending in “n” — techniques to avoid or clean up?

Probably the simplest solution to this is to record the voice with the mic slightly further away. The clicks and pops you are hearing are vocal and throat artifacts which are only getting picked up ...
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How do I fix a robotic reverb/delay in a recording?

It's peculiar - the tops of the vocal bits are chopped off in the spectrogram in very deliberate chunks. I wonder if that's a file compression thing. But anyway, first, I'd remove the noise (learn ...
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Is it worth it to use 32-bit (float) in Audacity while mixing down to 16-bit?

If the file remains at 16bits, each step of your mixing could add a unit of amplitude and a noise (around -96dBFS) will accumuate. Then it is better to work in higher resolution. At 24bits (fixed) or ...
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Is it worth it to use 32-bit (float) in Audacity while mixing down to 16-bit?

The advantage of working at a much higher bit- or sample-rate internally than either your initial input or final output becomes more & more apparent as you start to rack up more channels, group ...
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Are "fake rimshots" really viable, and how can they be done?

I wonder if they mean what I'd call the 'Green Day sound'? Not that they're the only band to ever do it, but just the one I specifically noticed first. It's a sound I liked when I first noticed them ...
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What do the acronyms DX, FX, MX stand for?

It is an interesting question. I worked in film music for nearly 30 years. We always called them MX, DX, FX. My assumption is it started with effects, as FX sounds just like "Effects" from there it ...
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What's the best I can do to mix a new vocal recording with a compressed instrumental track?

The processing really depends on the material / the track you have; since the track is an instrumental, we can assume that instruments take over the most of the frequencies palette (if not true - even ...
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How do I make whispering in ear sound convincing?

The main thing you will want to do is to enhance the bass part of the spectrum in order to enhance realism. Obviously increased level will be necessary (relevant to other elements in the mix) but the ...
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"Move" waveform "up"/"down"?

Yes, you can definitely fix the majority of the pop on that one by effectively removing the DC offset that is in there. Most DAWs will let you do this - it can be a bit fiddly, but the aim is to zoom ...
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

As a rule of thumb, closer to the center is trebly , closer to the ring is mellower - more bassy. Electric guitar recording is a world of it's own, many people go to insane extends to hunt the tone ...
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How do you set each stage of compression when using 3 or more compressors in a DAW?

Assuming you're not going to find data published on exactly how the RNC does it, I'd think more in terms of two-step rather than 3, just with a good amount of knee in the first step. You still need to ...
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How do you set each stage of compression when using 3 or more compressors in a DAW?

The great thing about virtual compressors is they come with presets. And the good ones, like Waves, even have featured presets created by some pretty great sound engineers. As you want something quick ...
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Match takes from different ADR sessions

I'll give some ideas that might help other than re-doing or EQ matching as Tetsujin said. Another great piece of advice given by Tetsujin is to eliminate the room factor so you only have one factor to ...
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Is there any way to fix this?

Sorry, but I don't see it as being fixable - you literally have nothing in the gaps to boost even in the otherwise loudest portions, only this odd little 'bounce' which happens every time. I'm no ...
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Workflow / Work Organization

I start working on dialogues, I'm not even halfway through and I suddenly find my self designing backgrounds or working on sound effects. Everyone's process is different. If you go through this ...
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Fixing an over-distorted guitar track

I would also go for a re-recording before any clippy,fuzzy trace of the over-distorted track ruins your overall-mix. And if anything works out with having it re-recorded via DI, you could probably ...
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