Robert Auld
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Is mid-side always better than XY?
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Regarding technical differences between mid-side and XY stereo recordings: with mid-side, if you have access to the unencoded tracks (one track is your "mid" signal, the other track is your "side" ...

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Low rumbling sound effect?
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One technique I used: took a large rolled up carpet and dragged it slowly across a cement floor. Then pitched the sound down a couple of octaves in the workstation. The lack of a distinct pitch was ...

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When and how to set the limiter while mixing film?
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I agree with FAO that relying on a limiter on the master bus is largely a music mixing practice that has little applicability to film mixing. For a really good overview of calibration of monitor ...

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Specific headphone requests?
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The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is a pretty good set of headphones--in particular it has a pretty flat midrange response, which is helpful for mixing. Drawbacks: a little hyped in the bass and high treble. ...

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Your favourite MS mic setup?
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The Shure VP-88 is a good example of a stereo mid-side microphone that is useful in field recording. It is OK indoors for recording music too, though I don't care for the treble presence peak of the ...

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Stringed Instrument Mics
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The AKG C414 B-ULS is a good choice, due to the lack of a presence peak in the treble response--it's a very neutral sounding mike that way, and so will work well on a variety of instruments. Mikes ...

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Sound effect vocalisations
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I did a couple of recordings with Zero Boy, who is known as a live performer who uses vocalized sound effects. The project involved sections of James Joyce's Ulysses, which ZB read and provided sound ...

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Sound Design & 5.1
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Regarding Jake's level question: it is my understanding that the film sound SPL spec of 85dB applies to large mixing stages and large theaters. It is generally understood that in smaller rooms (like ...

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pros and cons of a zoom h4n
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I have the H4n. Very good for the money, but some limitations: the line inputs (1/4" jacks in the combo jacks) will not accept full pro level (+4 dBm) without overloading on peaks. They will accept ...

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B1D popscreen from Schoeps
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The B1D looks like it is well designed--the air space between the foam and the mic end should help. (Shure's indoor pop filter for the SM-57 works the same way and is effective.) Sorry, haven't had ...

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Sound very distorted
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You probably have an overload problem with the original recording. My first suspect would be microphone pre-amp overload, which could be addressed by either padding down the mic, or possibly by using ...

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Opinions re: modular mics and Neumann KM modular series
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Budget choice: for indoors use, the AKG C-1000S is a surprisingly good mike when used with the super-cardioid adapter, and it is inexpensive compared to the other mikes you are considering. It can ...

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Looking for a good but cheap hardware mid-side decoder.
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The Shure FP-33 field mixer has mid-side monitor decoding built in. You might be able to pick used one pretty reasonably. Sound quality is good.

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Pro Tools on Windows vs. Mac: Any difference?
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I've used Pro Tools LE on a Windows XP PC since about 2005. I also have an Apple Laptop with Pro Tools LE, and I have extensive experience using PT LE on a Mac G4 in a voice-over studio. A main ...

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Working in 96k 24bit, mixing down to 44k 16bit
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If you are going to end up with 44.1 kHz, 16 bit files, you are better off working at 88.2 kHz. Downsampling from that sample rate is simpler mathematically--you are cutting the sample rate exactly ...

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Recording world instruments, what type of mic(s) to use?
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I have used the Electrovoice RE-11 for recording home-made Brazilian percussion instruments. (The current RE-16 is very similar.) Part of why it worked well is because the RE-11 is one of EV's "...

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Marantz PMD-661 & SD MixPre or Tascam HD-P2
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I have no experience with the PMD661, but I do own the Tascam HD-P2. Leaving aside the mic pre-amps (which are OK but nothing special), the HD-P2 is a very good sounding machine. It does go through ...

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Does anyone here use Sony Sound Forge?
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I use Sound Forge 9 quite a lot for initial recording of disc and analog tape transfers--it is easy to set up, and can use ASIO drivers compatible with my Digi 002R interface. It is OK for general ...

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Who is using the W735EQ plugin?
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Anything really flexible, with good overall sound quality. The Waves Q-10 works well. The parametric EQs in iZotope's products also work. It is also helpful to have a really good notch filter ...

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Managing Machine Noise in the Home Studio
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I have gone the "keep the computer quiet" route myself, as it is not practical for me to put the computer in another room. Further, there are times when it is essential to have access to the computer ...

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Explain the Fletcher-Munson Curve To An Idiot
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Regarding flaws in the Fletcher-Munson curves: the original work establishing the curves was done in the 1920's and early 1930's under the supervision of Harvey Fletcher of Bell Laboratories. He was ...

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Need opinions .. Does the Soundforge Noise Plugin sound good compared to XX ?
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Sound Forge Noise Reduction 2.0 is quite useable. In particular, the declicker is very effective (though used over-agressively it can get degrade the overall sound). The broadband noise reduction ...

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Sound off on Noise Reduction!
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The first noise reduction suite I had experience with was Sound Forge Noise Reduction. Version 1 was pretty lame. Version 2 was much better, quite useable (I still turn to the declicker for ...

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