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Miniaturization. Like this: Scientists create the world's tiniest 'ear'. Pick up sound from stuff that we can't even hear with our own ears. Or (self-powered, wireless) mics that are so small that you can put them literally everywhere. 2D Microphone arrays Like this: New super microphone can hear you in a crowded stadium So you can focus on sound, even ...


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I would like to see something along the lines of a version of the laser microphones that many intelligence organizations use for surveillance made for audio applications with a focusable field. I can think of many potential uses, one being as a long distance contact mic for capturing source from things that are too dangerous or physically difficult to get to ...


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This is a very opinion-based question and likely to get closed by the adult-supervisors here. But meanwhile.... Has stereo equipment CHANGED in the last 10 years? Certainly. It is hard to find any area of technology that has not changed over time. Has stereo equipment IMPROVED in the last 10 years? That is a different question. You could argue that ...


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Ableton Live's M4L granular ensembles MOTU MachFive has a granular module too iZotope Iris, if you can stand the interface For all three, press Record and start exploring. Also, it's always a good time to challenge preconceptions of what "computer/tech sound" is.


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With a lot of channels you can imitate a vocoder: You need to split the carrier and modulation signal into frequency bands as Internet Human stated. For each frequency band you need 3 tracks with the exact same filter setup for example for band 1 you chose lowpass at 100 hz and highpass at 50 hz. One channel has the modulator as its input signal, the other ...


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I think/hope we'll see support for digital mics expand in recording devices, and hopefully some additional models beyond those offered by Neumann and Schoeps. I'm also hoping that we'll see more in the development of more affordable higher-order microphones using techniques like "beam forming." Something like a microphone with the built in electronics to ...


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Synths can be great for this stuff, although depending on which program is used, I have at times had difficulty getting the sound to not feel "synthy". I think I mentioned this in a thread a while back, but I'm a pretty big fan of taking other recorded sounds and processing them with different plugins like GRM and Sound Toys to get the results I want. Often ...


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S-Layer (and Reaktor) (http://twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/s-layer/) Metaphysical Function, Skanner (also for Reaktor) GRM Tools SoundMagic Spectral Metasynth Camel Audio Alchemy ("the best sampler there is") Perhaps even NI FM8 or Sytrus. Too many ways to approach "computer sounds".


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Additive synthesis describes the process of combining (adding) sounds together to make new sounds, hence the term "additive". "add" ... you add stuff together. Subtractive synthesis describes the process of making new sounds by removing elements of a sound through processing such as filters, hence the term "subtractive". "subtract" - you remove stuff. Both ...


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The underlying sensor will be a piezo-electric pad which generates a voltage depending on the force presented to the pad. The generated voltage will then be converted to a midi note-on signal and an associated volume control level in the drum pads. There are various online tutorials available that will show how these can be made using piezo-electric pads ...


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I've used Absynth in the past for these types of sounds. Especially if you're looking for the musical/ evolving textures. While probably too "standard" for what you're looking to achieve, I also really enjoy using Varun Nair's SigGen to create interesting telemetry elements


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The problem seems to be that you have connected a balanced mono output(XLR) to an unbalanced stereo input(3.5mm stereo jack). You need a sound card that accepts two balanced line-level inputs(XLR or TRS). The Startech 7.1 only has a stereo line-level input(unbalanced), and two microphone inputs(Mic-level). This isn't a professional sound card. I have ...


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I don't know how much this helps, but I started out by making beats using flstudio, which has some cool visual plug-ins that make it easier to internalize the function of all of the different tools and effects, and applying them to a track that I made felt like it made learning about them even more satisfying, so I thought that was a great introduction into ...


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If you're after something original then perhaps the obvious tools like synths and processors should take a back seat? Try recording electromagnetic interference by hooking up a guitar pick up to a preamp and waving it (briefly and carefully) over all of the millions of electronic gizmos we all own. Makes some great sounds and won't damage anything if you're ...


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I work on live events. i have a macbook pro and i use a usb interface (apogee one) for walk up music cues, and a di box with an earth lift switch (interspace industries pc di box about £65) out of the headphone socket for another output like background music(any di box with an earth lift will do) with the earth lift switch on, that gets rid of the power ...


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I really think wireless power and wireless signal will be the future. Imagine loading in for a show or gig and not having to do those 300+ foot cable runs... Imagine a boom mic that has no cable. I keep dreaming of my little hovering boom mic much like the practice droid Luke Skywalker used to drill with on the Millennium Falcon, thus not having to use ...


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Woody Norris is doing some amazing things with directional sound. Yes it is a playback technology, but I imagine the same principles could be applied to hyper-directional recording.


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