Warrior Bob
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Any reason not to convert WAV to FLAC and save some disk space?
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FLAC is fully lossless and can reproduce a sample-accurate waveform. It's awesome. The main reason not to encode everything as FLAC is simple convenience. For many applications (using them in most ...

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What are the most common newbie recording mistakes?
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Pressing "stop" before the reverb trail has died out from the last note of the performance. Or worse, before the actual last note of the performance that he didn't know was there. (I've done this)

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How can I multitrack record my band practices?
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The device you're looking for is generally called an "audio interface", which is conceptually the same thing as a soundcard, but is usually oriented towards recording. There are a TON of different ...

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XLR vs USB Microphone
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The Fast Track Pro is an audio interface. It takes an analog signal and converts it to digital, and provides a way to connect to the computer. The USB microphone simply has a built-in interface. It ...

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Ableton Live synths: Analog vs. Operator
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The major difference between the two is that Analog is a virtual analog synthesizer and is subtractive, while Operator is primarily an FM synthesizer so the approaches to using them are fairly ...

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Audio software with alternative user interfaces (e.g. not mimicking a mixer)
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I'm a big fan of Ableton Live which, while it still uses the tracks/mixer paradigm, doesn't really feel like it because of a "session view" feature which makes it feel more like a looping program than ...

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Is it possible to loop MP3 without gaps?
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There is no way to solve that, and it's because of MP3. This actually isn't the fault of your tools or your technique; this is because MP3 compression necessarily introduces gaps at the beginning of ...

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Meaning of Feat. | Pres. | Vs. | &
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As far as I know there is no formal agreement on when these may or may not be used. I tend to assume they mean the following, and would use them in these ways if I were in these situations: X ...

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Recognizing notes within sound?
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This kind of broad question doesn't really imply a specific answer, so I'm going to go with an equally broad answer that, while not precise, might still be helpful. You'll want to know the basic idea ...

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All Around Workhorse Studio Mics
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I have no experience with those mics that you mentioned, but a common response to this question on other forums is a Shure SM-57. It is a simple dynamic cardioid mic that is very durable and seems to ...

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"Subtracting" specific audio using an Isolated track from the same mix.
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Audio waves are additive, so if you play back the inverse of a waveform against the original waveform, they'll cancel out to nothing. So if you have the exact instrumental, you can invert the ...

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I have two computers with audio output, and I'd like to monitor both, simultaneously, with one set of speakers. What do I need?
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What you need is a simple mixer. It will function independently of your computers, and (unlike a y-cable) you'll have a master volume control. If you only have two stereo sources, something small ...

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What are the most used types of microphones and what are they best used for?
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There are a few major kinds of microphones: Dynamic mics use an electromagnet attached to a diaphrahm. They're comparatively durable, so they generally can stand up to higher SPL. These are ...

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How can I create dubstep-style wobble bass lines in Audacity?
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The basic idea The characteristic "wobble" bass popular in mid-late 2000s dubstep is frequently (but not always) created by sweeping a lowpass filter over a harmonically-rich sound of some kind, ...

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Is it wrong to use compression on the master bus?
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There are two questions here that I think should be addressed separately: Question 1: "is this a bad method of practice?" As I understand it, the reason it's considered "better" to ...

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FLAC vs MP3 (Lossless vs Lossy)
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Your equipment is just fine. The differences between a lossless encoding or the original recording and a 320 kbps MP3 encoding are very subtle and most humans cannot distinguish between them. Lowering ...

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Can I record a sound frequency I can't hear and play it back so I can hear it?
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To expand on Dr Mayhem's great answer: It is not possible to hear a frequency that you cannot hear. It is possible can transform a frequency that is too high or low to hear into one that you can, ...

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How can I change the master BPM in my song without stretching the recorded wav files?
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Turn off warping for those clips that you recorded into, now they'll play at their original rate regardless of the project's tempo. You can now tap the tempo in to figure out what it is, and then go ...

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Headphone cables: Coiled v.s Straight
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As far as I've ever heard it's just a convenience that some people prefer. I do not believe the coil has any appreciable effect on the electrical signal.

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creating glissando/portamento with piano roll editors
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Those piano roll editors provide a convenient way to sequence MIDI note data. There is not, to my knowledge, any way in the MIDI standard to specify portamento between two specific notes. However, if ...

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How to Change Pitch Bend in MIDI?
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Assuming you recorded your MIDI into MIDI clips (and weren't recording just the audio out from Kontakt), there certainly is! Pitchbend messages are stored in clip envelopes, similar to other MIDI CC ...

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Getting rid of a lisp
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If you have a lisp, then it's a natural part of your speaking voice and you won't be able to get rid of it entirely through processing (and you shouldn't, in my opinion). That said, the "ess" and "...

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Ableton Live - am I misunderstanding clips in the Arrangement view?
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You are correct: Arrangement view clips are separate from Session View clips and from each other, even if they originated with the same clip in Session View (by recording or copying). Editing one clip ...

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Quantizing audio
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I use Ableton Live's warping feature for this. Instead of cutting or copying parts parts of the audio waveform (like you're describing in Audacity) it attempts to stretch the recordings to the ...

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Why does my sample become "choppy" when I change its pitch?
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The only "natural" (i.e. "using only the data in the sample") way to change the pitch of a recorded sample is to change the speed of its playback. So a sample that sounds an octave lower should take ...

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Ableton: How do I automatically make a Clip "on beat"?
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Universal Quantization is your friend Clip recording in Ableton Live's Session View is quantized to the Universal Quantization setting and the project's bars/beats position. This works for both ...

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What's the difference between consumer and pro audio music equipment?
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The major difference between "pro" and "consumer" equipment is generally their suitability for their purpose. A home theater setup needs to sound pleasing to the ear without much manual work, only ...

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What basic hardware should I get for a beginner at audio recording with low budget?
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At a basic level, you need an audio interface, AKA something to get the audio into your computer and, for acoustic guitar (or for recording the sound of an electric guitar amp/cabinet), you'll need a ...

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What happens when you save a MP3 with a higher quaility?
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When you import a lossy audio file into editing software, that file is decoded into an audio waveform. This is a "lossless" waveform in that it's not stored in a compressed format, but it's not the ...

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Is it common to have problems when recording audio on a computer as opposed to a multi-track recorder?
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Using computers to record doesn't necessarily cause quality problems in and of itself, but it does introduce a number of variables that you otherwise wouldn't have to worry about: Latency: Digitizing ...

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