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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

A WAV file has the potential to hold "more" or "better" data than an mp3. WAVs employ no compression, no loss; they are as close to an exact replica as it is possible to get. An mp3 employs lossy ...
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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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What does 100Hz 12dB per octave mean?

There are three parameters of this filter that are described in the phrase "100 Hz 12 dB per octave low pass filter". I'll cover them in reverse order. Low pass filter - This means the filter does ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

No. When you convert a file from .mp3 to .wav, no new information is added: there is no way to regenerate the information that was lost when you created the mp3. All the extra data in the .wav file is ...
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Draw music in software

Yes, you are absolutely right. As a matter of fact, in many simple audio editing programs (my personal favourites are Logic and Audacity, depending whether I'm using my Mac or my Ubuntu), it is very ...
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How do sound engineers maintain levels in live performances?

This is probably a better question for Sound.SE, but anyway: A good vocalist will be aware of their mic placement (it becomes habit pretty quick). In "loud" genres, rock for example, as an engineer, ...
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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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How to make the music sounds like playing in the picture

In addition to a little reverb (convolution reverbs are critical tools for sound for picture, IMHO), it will still sound like soundtrack music with extra reverb unless it is filtered. You could run ...
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Approximating SPL from dBFS?

You see that tree over there that you're barking up? It's the wrong one. There's nothing up there. Seriously. You're contradicting yourself in your question. You know there's no direct relationship ...
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Does sound lose quality if sped up and then slowed down back to normal speed?

It depends what method is used. If it's simply played back 'faster' without actually changing the data, then of course there is no lasting damage. This would be how a simple sampler would ordinarily ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

MP3 is the 'colloquial' name for "MPEG 1 Layer 3" audio encoding. The purpose of mp3 encoding is to reduce the overall size of an audio data stream whilst maintaining an acceptable level of listening ...
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How is the recorded sound of a galloping horse so much different from a trot or a canter?

Assuming you're not interested in the old Hollywood method of making foley horses, used for decades of cowboy movies - banging coconut shells into various substrates in a box - then you have to do it ...
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How are audio tracks finalized in the cinema industry?

The channels of the respective output format (2.0 / 5.1 etc) are exported as separate mono audio files. Usually the encoders (DCP / Blu-ray Etc.) expect separate audio tracks as input. Apart from ...
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Draw music in software

an attempt at a simpler answer... what audacity is showing you is the sample of the whoooole song jammed together in time. every sample for every note (of every instrument) has already been mixed ...
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Need help to understand the basic components of sound

The highly simplified answer is that sound in the real world is not sine waves with fixed frequencies. We learn about sound initially as frequencies or notes and simplify the concept down to thinking ...
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How do speakers work?

There's quite a few ways this question can be answered, but perhaps the most concise way to do it is to ask you to consider the properties of waves in general. You understand that in order to produce ...
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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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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

In order to make sound, your computer must drive the speaker with a time-varying voltage. In order to create the time-varying voltage, the computer must send a sequence of numbers to a Digital-to-...
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How can I as beginner learn Sound Design cheap?

The best advice I can give is to make a lot of mistakes. And learn from them. So, if you really are serious about this: start today. Select one animation, any animation already there, download it to ...
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Good voice over software?

I'm not too familiar with Garage Band or Logic (I'm a Windows Cubase user), but your best bet is to simply record a child, but I'm assuming that's not an option. You can use just about any DAW (...
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Home Studio Echo Problem

First off, if you have a hard floor like cement or wood or tile...get an area carpet. Otherwise, you need to use absorber panels. Generally acoustic studio treatment requires 3 devices....bass traps,...
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What property of sound disturbs us?

Change is typically "disturbing". A sharp change of amplitude (a crash, a scream, an explosive sound, etc.) Or even sudden quiet after moderate but steady background noise will disturb some people. ...
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How do sound engineers maintain levels in live performances?

What they said - plus: If it is well done foldback* is provided to the performers, the variation in distance to the microphone is compensated for by a feedback loop via ears brain and mouth - often ...
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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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BM-800 Condenser Mic Not Working in Windows 10 Acer Laptop

Condenser microphones require power to operate. I'm not sure what they are doing to have it work at all via just plugging in to a sound card, but you'll need phantom power and may still have issues ...
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Draw music in software

I present to you, CHIP32, A free audio unit that I found on the internet. Just drag your mouse around to change the waveform and use a midi keyboard of some sort to play notes! Try changing the ...
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Oldschool house orchestral hit sample

What you are looking for is an orchestral hit / orchestral pad. Very popular throughout the 80's Those sounds were mostly created using the Fairlight CMI. I think ...
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How to create a sci fi gun charging up sound effect

Well, when I think of a "charging" sound, I instantly think of something increasing. Level, pitch, both maybe. I would have a sustained sound, slowly increasing in pitch, maybe an exponentially ...
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