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How can I record frequencies from 0.1 to 20 Hz?

A webcam mic is going to be nowhere near good enough to record infrasound. Most mics, good or bad, aim to capture sound between 20Hz & 20KHz [the approximate absolute limits of human hearing]. The ...
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Fun with broken fluorescent lights

Have done a few scenes like this before. Not sure what you mean by broken though, is that a state other than flickering? Most scenes like this seem to be variations of flickering. It's definitely ...
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How to record classical piano with one microphone?

Deep and resonant with less sharpness sounds like you want to put the mic underneath the piano pointing up at the sound board. You'll probably want to move it around down there and experiment with how ...
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Should I use pedals for guitar effects while recording?

I wouldn't record using FX unless I was very sure about the end result I wanted and how it would sit in the mix, just to leave my options open since you can't go back and remove the FX. On the other ...
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What are these microphone connectors?

Those are DIN connectors. DIN line-level signals expect a different impedance than is usual for RCA or XLR connections. IIRC you can put a resistor in series to convert to RCA. I'm not sure what ...
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When should a noise gate be applied?

I can see two reasons why you'd use a gate while recording instead of in editing : 1. You're broadcasting live. 2. You're using outboard equipment. A gate should, generally, be first in your audio ...
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How can I record frequencies from 0.1 to 20 Hz?

If you want to save some money and do it yourself you might try suspending a membrane of some sort, like a piece of paper or plastic, and attaching an accelerometer to it. A quick search found the ...
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Choosing a studio mic for accordion

I would go with 2-4 goosenecked clip microphones positioned in top and bottom of each sound source, something like this: The important thing here is that the mics stay at a fixed position, so you ...
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Stereo Hydrophone Technique

A bit of feedback for those interested - I didn't actually get as much time to put into this as I'd of liked, but did get a couple of interesting recordings: ...
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how do I make my voice higher without becoming a chipmunk?

Two thoughts... 1) The song is currently in the wrong key for the sound you are aiming for, vocally. The only fix for that would really be to re-record it in a more suitable key. 2) There are ...
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Reducing noise and crackling from wires

Balancing! All your lines should be balanced. What this does it splits the signal in two and flips one half of it. Then the side that is flipped is flipped back at the end, and added to the first one, ...
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Recording soft sounds

Even if you could record it properly, without significant background noise (e.g. in an anechoic chamber), you'd likely not be satisfied with the results. The actual recorded sound of rubbing a thread ...
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How can I have get rid of having delay while recording?

Some delay – proper word: latency – is inevitable whenever you monitor something through software: this always requires some digital data to be passed into the software, be processed, and ...
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Extend pen drawing sound from 1s to 2.5s

Recording it yourself is definitely the best and easiest way. You will just have to see if your equipment is up to it, though it's not a difficult sound to record so you may be ok. Portable recorders ...
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What can I research to back up my sound design?

Instead of simply listing practical details about how you're making your sounds (eg. types of mics, foley techniques and so forth), you might consider making more theory-based speculations about why ...
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Real-world use of analogue mixing and digital recording equipment combined

Not really an answer, but a bit long for comments… To echo Dave's sentiment; as owner of many old reel-reel machines, gathering dust in a junk room I would heartily agree. Keep them for if you ever ...
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Tips and tricks for recording a trumpet

I'm going to write about how I would record a trumpet. First off, I don't like the recorded sound to be neutral when I'm mixing. I want it to be pre-mixed in the recording process. If the trumpet ...
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Where should I turn up the output when recording from a keyboard through an audio interface?

I would keep the source (keyboard) loud, turning recorded strip in the DAW mixer down. It gives you flexibility during the mixing/mastering stages. If you record low signal in, it would take you a lot ...
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How can I record frequencies from 0.1 to 20 Hz?

This is not a direct answer to your question. What you need is not a direct answer because in order to carry out your intentions successfully you will need to know exactly what you are doing. ...
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Connecting keyboard to a audio interface

Correct - a separate amplifier is not needed to record keyboard. Just about any decent quality 2 channel interface will do. For example look at the Lexicon Alpha Studio (about $60) - on the front you ...
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What is this microphone connector?

Looks very much like a vintage Switchcraft 2501 connector. Note that those were typically used for vintage high-impedance unbalanced microphones. So even if you had a cable with that connector on one ...
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What type of speakers and speaker cable should I use to connect to my Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD audio interface outputs?

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD has 2 x 1⁄4 inch TRS output sockets(L/R). You need monitors for a start. Studio monitors are basically speakers with a refined, flat response i.e. a clean sound. ...
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What could be wrong to my h4n zoom recorder

Here are a few steps to investigate further : check that your h4n firmware is up to date check that the SD card you are using for recording is supported (here's an example for h4n pro). try to ...
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FOLEY TECHNIQUE: How to do squirrel running on a tree?

Never actually tried it, but my first thought was just fingernails* on actual tree bark. Maybe the stuff you can get from florists - I quickly Googled 'florist supplies tree bark' & got a bunch of ...
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How can I create 8-bit audio files?

Audacity will happily output 8 bit wave files. Choose export > other uncompressed then MS wav and 8 bit unsigned.
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How do I connect an amplifier to a PC?

To be honest, this is asking for trouble. I strongly recommend you purchase and use a DI box to isolate the amplifier from the computer. You are likely to experience hum and the DI will help to ...
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What is causing the 5.5 kHz noise in my recording setup

This is a broad sweep at the issue, some guesswork & experimentation required. First of all, if you have an alternative DAC try it, no matter how basic, just to eliminate the simplest explanation....
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How should I mic my upright piano?

There are as many ways to mic a piano as there are sound engineers. Using what you have, here are some ideas - this is not comprehensive, it's just to get you thinking outside the box. With all of ...
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