Warrior Bob
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Equipment setup for recording a podcast
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You are definitely on the right basic track with the setups you have suggested! I have a few more suggestions that will hopefully be enough to narrow down your choices and get the best sound for your ...

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We just got done recording - our vocals could use some work - suggestions?
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In my experience, the best way to fix a bad vocal recording is to make a good vocal recording. Good recordings start at the source. Failing that, the most important thing is that the vocals be on ...

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Do vinyl records sound better than CDs?
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You're going to want to qualify exactly what "better" means. The quality of sound is a highly subjective topic, especially where digital and analog recording media are concerned. Many people prefer ...

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Side chain sources for a compressor working on a guitar or bass signal?
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There are a few scenarios that spring immediately to mind: If the overtones (or fundamenals, really) of your guitar or bass are in the same range as a vocalist, you can use the vocal signal as the ...

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What is the output of an iPhone headphone jack?
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The iPhone headphone jacks are 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo jacks. If you have a stereo cable plugged in, the output will be stereo.

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What is the key parameter for a sound card, if I want to record at home using Guitar rig?
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"Clear sound" is a property of the digital-to-audio converter ("DAC") and is mostly subjective. Brand reputation is helpful here, as are reviews. Latency is measured in milliseconds. It is a ...

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Should I use 44.1KHz, 48KHz or 96KHZ sampling frequency for hobby projects?
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I tend to prefer something higher than 44.1KHz because (like you said) it's pretty close to the minimum useful frequency (according to Nyquist), and I try not to assume that I'm going to be using the ...

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Are outboard processors dead?
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Analog and digital processors work in fundamentally different ways and therefore will always have some differences, however minor they may be in some cases. It seems to be generally agreed that you ...

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How can I automate track levels while recording in Logic, MainStage or GarageBand?
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I haven't personally worked with Logic or Mainstage much, but the basic steps I'm outlining here seem to be fairly DAW-agnostic, and I have applied them in both Reaper and Ableton Live so I presume ...

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Creating transition with badly matching bpm tunes
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This is a matter of taste more than a technical issue, so I'll be using terms like "groove" and "feel" rather than more quantifiable criteria. It comes down to making it seem natural instead of ...

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How to loop vinyl records?
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It's hard to say for sure, but I believe you're right in this case - the tape marker appears to pass underneath the headshell, and there's a pronounced "pop" sound as it does so. I believe the tape is ...

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Which music sw should I consider for aligning audio waveforms to MIDI piano roll, looping MIDI, managing program change, SysEx?
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What you need is a sequencer that can also handle audio data, or an audio suite that also handles sequencing. Collectively, these programs are known as Digital Audio Workstations, commonly abbreviated ...

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General advice about sound spatialization
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The process you're describing is broadly known as mixing, and there are a few basic parts to it: Setting volume levels appropriately using track levels and equalizers Moving the sounds left and right ...

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Export from garageband to audacity
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While you can't export directly to Audacity, you can get pretty close using a workaround. The secret is to freeze all of your tracks using Garageband's temporary-rendering feature. Internally, this ...

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Is a mixer a necessary part of this setup?
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This is in a DJ context, so I'm presuming you're talking about a DJ-style mixer with a crossfader, rather than a more traditional line mixer. You've got at least two audio sources (at least one ...

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How to reduce 'click' when using ES2 synth
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I don't know for ES2 in particular (as I've not used it), but in other synthesizers this can mean that an oscillator waveform is not starting on a zero-crossing when the key is depressed. If this is ...

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Can sounds I can't hear be dectected and recorded?
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In theory any microphone that responds to those frequencies you can't hear ought to be able to be used to record them, so long as the recording media can store them as well. For standard CD-quality ...

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Eliminating recording latency -- what hardware and settings are needed?
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Here are all the places I know of between pressing a key and hearing the sound where latency is likely to be introduced: Your MIDI interface: This might be built into your keyboard or it might be ...

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Is there any Windows, Mac, or Unix software similar to LSDJ for writing "chiptunes"?
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There are a whole bunch of ways to make chiptune music in modern environments. The "classic" approach to this is to use tracker software to sequence chip samples. Most trackers use samples, and there'...

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What kind of mixer should I get for DJing?
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First off, if you're already mixing tracks in your computer and you just need to combine your computer's output with a microphone, pretty much any mixer, DJ oriented or otherwise, will do. But if you'...

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Ascending Hi Cut Filter?
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I assume you're talking about what I would call a lowpass filter sweep: a lowpass (hi-cut) filter starts out cutting out most of the signal, and gradually raises the cutoff frequency until the whole ...

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Logic 8 - Creating Drum Tracks using MIDI
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This isn't specific to Logic or MIDI, but I like to have all of the different drum sounds on different tracks so that they can be processed independently. This isn't a necessity unless the sound you ...

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Doubling a track
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If you literally duplicate it in your DAW, then you have a sample-for-sample copy of the original track. Unless you change one of the recordings somehow, it won't make the resultant sound beefier so ...

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What is "clipping" distortion? What causes it, and how to avoid it when recording audio?
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"Clipping" or "hard clipping" distortion generally refers to trying to record at a volume level that is higher than the maximum value your hardware will check for. Since it can't store this value, it ...

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Noise removal vs. adding bed noise
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While I don't know of any standard practice for this, I'd say use your ears. You've tried it with the noise removal tool, now try it by adding room noise as best you can - if indeed the change is too ...

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Is a MIDI-enabled keyboard and a Windows machine enough by itself to record piano music well?
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In short, yes, our keyboard and computer are enough, so long as you have some recording software! More detail follows: There are two things coming out of that keyboard that you can record: The ...

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What is the effect of increasing frequency on the sound wave?
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The sound becomes higher in pitch. Pitch is, basically, just frequency. "Shriller" is one way to describe this, although it carries a somewhat negative connotation.

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Android as MIDI sequencer with digital piano
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I can't speak from experience since I don't own any Android devices, but in theory, yes it is possible. Assuming your Android tablet can handle class-compliant MIDI devices (i.e. if it can act as a ...

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Is it better to use a DI unit or USB audio interface to connect guitar to PC?
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You won't get quality for cheap... None of those options are really going to have the best audio quality. Options 1 and 3 both involve converting your guitar's output to 3.5mm and presumably using ...

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Converting vst track to midi?
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If your "VST" track just has MIDI data in it already (which is being sent to a VST), then you should be able to copy that MIDI data out just as you describe. If it isn't (say, it's got audio data that'...

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