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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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Placement of monitor speakers: Is it normal to hear a lot more bass when stepping back?

What you have is too much bass bouncing off the walls. You've created what are called standing waves in your room, which is very common. When there is a standing wave for any frequency, some spots in ...
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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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What is the audio equivalent of a pixel?

It is effectively a sample, but the comparison isn't quite exact. Photos have measurements of intensity on two axis with each pixel having an intensity measurement for red, green and blue. A sound ...
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Cubase is blocking audio for other audio application

Go to Devices/Device Setup then under VST Audio System on the right side of the window Tick the option underneath ASIO Driver that says release driver when app is in background... ;-p that worked for ...
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What is the difference between XLR and JACK out?

XLR typically gives you a 'balanced' connection, whereas the Jack connection is unbalanced. An unbalanced connection is very susceptible to electromagnetic interference - the mains hum you get from a ...
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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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Recording field audio of car engine/exhaust/etc

I strongly disagree with a lot of Dave's recommendations, based on my experience recording vehicle sounds for racing games, advertisement and sound engineering: an engine under load doesn't sound ...
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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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Sound Design depicting mental illness in film

Talking to schizophrenics for advice how it sounds won't necessarily do you much good as we're not talking something like an LSD-trip or such here, we're talking a state that appears totally natural ...
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Does sound quality increase if you play a video in High Definition?

In general, the creator of a video can choose any combination of video-quality and audio-quality. In practice, persons who know what they are doing, and also the automatic engines of YouTube (...
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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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What's audio equivalent of FPS in video, and what's the current limit of capturing the maximum?

The audio equivalent would be the sample rate which is the number of times per second a discrete sample is taken. The higher the sample rate, the more time-resolute the result. To sort-of answer your ...
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What's audio equivalent of FPS in video, and what's the current limit of capturing the maximum?

The important thing to realise is that time-stretching audio works in a fundamentally different way from video slow-motion. For video, it's really simple: you just record at a higher frame-rate and ...
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How to sound-proof glass door with everyday things?

The only way to soundproof anything is mass. You need weight. Nothing else will work for bass frequencies. No amount of egg boxes will have any effect. Assuming you actually still need access to ...
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Water / Snow Movement

Usually the smaller more intimate sounds will provide the detail, so you'll have those larger, slower, heavier wave sounds as the body and you can provide movement and texture and detail with smaller ...
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Is there any tradeoff to get the best quality/file size ratio for mp3 conversion?

To get the best audio quality in your final lossy-eccoded audio file output at the smallest possible file size, you have to do 3 steps: sample rate convert from 96kHz to 44.1kHz, because the lossy ...
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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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