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In simplest terms, the gain is used to adjust the strength (i.e. voltage level) of the signal, whether that be within the electrical components of the mixing board, within the software DAW, signal sent to magnetic tape, etc. Volume, on the other hand, is used to adjust the loudness of the signal as you perceive it, whether that is through speakers, or ...


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The main disadvantage is generally cost and modularity, the advantage is simplicity. With an amp and passive speaker system, you can invest separately in a good amp and good speakers. You can upgrade one without the other and you have more flexibility in how you can upgrade. Also, generally, higher quality combined speakers will be more expensive than ...


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Don't know about favorite, I've only had these that I'm using now. But I can tell you they're great. I got myself a DPA 4060SMK and a set of these. The BudFits have integrated cable management and the flexible plastic holds the 4060 snugly. With a little effort the windscreens go right over both the 4060 and the flexible plastic of the BudFits. I've got ...


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A sound card includes a DAC by necessity, but is a more complex device in theory. A sound card is able to synthesize sounds rather than simply play back samples and may have hardware that is capable of modifying samples on the fly (such as applying effects). A DAC on the other hand serves only the purpose of taking a digital signal and converting it to an ...


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I am somewhat reluctant to answer the question, due to the fact that I cannot find any further info (such as manuals) for that Leem LMM-6S mixer. I did found a Leem HM-624 which looks at least somewhat similar, but that didn't allow me to download the manual either. Without further information, wiring diagrams, and details on the actual PA system, the only ...


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At first I was reluctant to answer this question, as I believe in order to do this properly, will cost more than the value of said sub-woofer. However as nobody else has commented, I will give you an answer on how you can do this. There are two problems we need to overcome: The mixer has no further outputs to connect the subwoofer. The subwoofer has ...


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According to the Amazon link you provided for the Decibel Meter, the inputs are line level. This means that you will need to hook up the meter directly to the Mixer as in your first and second diagrams. If you hook up the meter between the amp and the speakers bad things are likely to happen. Since the mixer only has unbalanced output, hooking the decibel ...


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The Roland CS-10EM's are a really good pair. I recently bought them and am really happy with its result.


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Is it a 60Hz kind of hum? Go through these steps to determine the problem (listen after each adjustment): -Change or remove batteries from the ME66 mic. I've had problems with my mics that have a AA battery in them acting strangely when it is low on power. -Remove the microphone completely from the mix and just listen with a cable and the recorder only. ...


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You are correct in assuming that the speakers can only withstand the peak power for very short periods of time. The VP2520 is a 4 Ω speaker. Looking at the technical specs of the amp, it seems the continous power per channel for a 4 Ω load is only 500 W (rms). The peak power is 750 W per channel. In other words, the VP2520 appears to be a perfect match for ...


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I've used the less expensive Sound Professionals SP-TFB-2 mics with a battery box and had great success with them. However, I was recording loud sounds... not sure if they would meet your criteria for low self-noise. I don't think the MS-TFB-2s were available back when I bought mine (around 2005). I found that I needed to have the foam windscreens installed ...


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I have only used the Roland CS-10EM's but I will say that they surprised me! Much better signal to noise ratio than I had anticipated and a relatively flat response, however the LF does roll off as might be expected. Comfortable to wear, however, be careful when monitoring as feedback will strike fairly easily. I have only heard that the Soundman plugs are ...


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Soundman OKM with minidisc recorder served me well for many years. They are realy discreet and I could not fault the sound quality from capsules of that size, just need to be careful with cable / self noise. The foam capsule covers (earbuds) are not the best quality, but mics came with one spare set.


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If I follow correctly, you want to play your keyboard, and route the audio from the keyboard into the KP3 to add effects, and then route the effected audio into your computer to record with Reason. You can absolutely do this, and you'll need some way to get that signal into your computer. Your computer's soundcard can probably already do this. An "audio ...


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The reason for using microphones of different types is generally to get the best features of both. Key would be: The Sony, a condenser mic, has a sound which is often considered brittle and sharp, but very good for vocals Ribbon mics usually have a more broadly balanced output, so aren't as peaky in a particular frequency range The sound pickup gives a ...


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Ah! Here's a good answer from someone who had the same frustration as I experienced:


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A sound card also includes Audio inputs converted to digital by ADCs. Here's a traditional block diagram of the sound card and circled in red are the DACs and the ADCs: - Your computer is basically the PCI bus which the sound card plugs into. There's a fair bit more in a soundcard than just the DAC part and of course the ADC allows you to record analogue ...


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1 & 2) You seem to understand the reason your compressor is a part of your signal chain. It sounds as though your compressor is set up to adjust the level it receives from your console to about -3dB. If it is working for you then it is in a good spot IMO. However, I don't think your Topaz console has a master insert. An insert literally places your ...


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I helped answer your last question as well, and nothing is wrong with your setup. I understand your confusion, but take from this that +27dBu definitely does not mean you are outputting +27dB. The dBu numbers correspond to the nominal operating level of your equipment, and in the pro audio world -10dBu devices require more gain to reach the same nominal ...


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It's not ideal, but if you don't use the headphone output on the mixer, just run a stereo 1/4" to rca y-splitter cable to the rca inputs of the subwoofer. Otherwise, I'd have to agree that it would be more trouble/expensive than it is worth.


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I would definitely recommend compressors. We use hardware compressors for as many channels as possible (8 I think) so we don't load the computer's CPU unnecessarily. It makes a great difference to the separation and quality.


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For my home studio, I went for an external pre-amp/compressor as a means of improving the quality of the vocals, as discussed in this question. It allows the raw vocal to be captured in a more controlled manner for subsequent processing. [As a caveat, I'm not familiar with the Firebox, so I'm not sure whether this is the weak link in your system.] n.b. My ...


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A couple more possibilities... You can make use of a microphone's polar pattern here. Of course they all have their dead spots, and depending on what's comfortable, you could probably use a few different ones to accomplish your goal. Cardioid and Figure 8 come to mind. source Imagine using two mics, both with a figure 8 polar pattern. If you oriented ...


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In my specific case: yes. The upgrade seems to have solved the problem. At least, I've gone two days now (and many project open/close cycles) without the mappings disappearing. That's not something I was ever able to do with Logic 8.


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