Tetsujin
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?
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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?
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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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Why do microphones underperform at distances?
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It's not the ear can can differentiate a voice from background, it's the brain. It can use the minute differences in timing that a sound arrives at each ear (known as the Haas or Precedence Effect) ...

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Why is a pop filter necessary?
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You need a pop filter if the mic is in a direct line in front of your mouth - whether you buy one, or stretch a piece of material over a frame in front, put a sock over it, whatever. You don't need ...

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How do I read this frequency response chart?
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The response curves are for each of the three selectable roll-off switch positions... Flat –6 dB/octave below 100 Hz –18 dB/octave below 80 Hz From the spec sheet - Low Frequency Response ...

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Why early films had crackling noises in background?
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I'd be inclined to think it would be from scratches/dust in the optical medium that sound was carried on in cinema film, up until 1976. See this image from Wikipedia… Edge of a 35mm film print ...

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How do I remove the vocals/bass/drums from a stereo mix?
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These days, what used to be referred to as "the holy grail of the misinformed" is getting closer to actuality. There are now applications designed to do exactly this task - isolate parts of ...

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Why aren't amplifiers aimed AWAY from the audience on live shows?
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First off… pros don't just decide they want to turn their amp up halfway through a gig. That's what sound crews are for; there's one guy whose job it is to make sure everyone on stage can hear ...

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Mic closest as human ear (not just few inches away)
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I think you are working to a false premise. It is not actually the sensitivity of the microphone that is they key to this - you can take any half decent mic & keep turning it up. Sure, there will ...

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Does sound lose quality if sped up and then slowed down back to normal speed?
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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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Best way to record drums with one Mic?
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The short & realistic, if somewhat cynical, answer would be... Do it like they did in the 50's - find a good-sounding room, keep moving the mic around the room until you get the best sound. ...

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Which is the better recording of this song?
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There are two issues here. Both claim to be 44.1k FLAC files, yet the first graph clearly goes over 22KHz... which is, if not impossible, rather unlikely. Technically, it could all smooth out before ...

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Why can't an adapter be designed to turn normal headphones in to noise canceling headphones?
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In short, no, It's not possible. The distances & times are measure in microns & nanoseconds. Any retro-fit kit would need to be made for each specific headphone model, which is simply not ...

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Fixing distortion and low fidelity on a re-recorded audio cassette
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Nothing posted by Schizomorph is wrong - if it's busted, it's busted... However, one small ray of light is azimuth/stereo balance correction in software. Back in the old days I had a bit of freeware (...

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Studio mic --> Headphone jack not working
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The suspect area is the ¼" jack & ¼" - ⅛" adaptor. It needs to be correctly wired as a mic input to that specific jack socket, which on a Mac is a 4-pole connector, TRRS, for headset/mic combos. ...

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Why some people high pass and low pass in final mixing? And why some don't?
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Back in the days of analog & vinyl, rolling off the extreme bass frequencies had three primary reasons . No-one would ever hear it the needle would tend to get thrown out of the groove with ...

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Can noise be reduced by 7 decibels with a curtain?
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They missed out one vital piece of information - at what frequencies? They'd need to be made of lead to stop anything below 100Hz… I wonder whether their mosquito-repellant curtains work when they'...

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Laptop audio out to mixing board 30' away
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I'd say you really need a balanced line converter. Google will find dozens. Keep the unbalanced connection as short as possible & run the rest balanced. Simply connecting mini-jack to XLR ...

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How much of an effect does gain structure have on feedback?
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I'd say your basic tenet is sound, in so much as if it's too loud it will feed back - however, if there is a clearly-identifiable frequency at which the feedback occurs [assuming by that time you have ...

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Powered Amp placement in a smaller church setting
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If you're running balanced line to the amp you can put it where you want. If not, you need it near the mixer. There's really no other consideration unless it's noisily fan-driven or you need a ...

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Isolate a subwoofer from the floor below
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How much money have you got to spend & would you consider replacing the floor entirely with a new one made of solid concrete, not connected to the current walls or floor? That is not as frivolous ...

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getting multitracks from a file
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There are essentially two ways to get hold of source material broken down to stems or tracks. Legitimately. a) Negotiate with the record company for the rights to use, pay the fee, agree the ...

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What's the name for the type of x-axis scale used in frequency graphs?
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It's a Logarithmic scale & is used where a linear scale wouldn't really make sense & would reduce the detail in the lower portions of the graph. As each octave doubles the frequency. The ...

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Can compressed music files be adequately recovered by remastering?
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GIGO [garbage in, garbage out] does apply... ...however - a good mix, master or especially restoration engineer could pull apparent newness out of a low quality file - that's essentially the same ...

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Creating the sound of a thousand legged monster! Ideas?
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Right off the top of my head [& I'm not a foley artist, so you'd have to work out the details] elements... sharp points to feet - high transients lots of legs - 'skittering' rhythmic walk ...

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How to sound-proof glass door with everyday things?
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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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Recording room ambience
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Record 2 mono claps/pulses/shots, however you're generating it. Move the mic from one side of the room to the other for each, keeping each at the same distance from the source. Match up the initial ...

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how do I make my voice higher without becoming a chipmunk?
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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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Type of hard disk for mixing?
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All drives fail eventually, so a complete restorable backup is more important than how long any particular drive may last. All figures are bell-curves, one drive lasts 10 years, its twin fails on ...

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how to separate an audio file based on different speakers
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I don't know of anything that will do this automatically - perhaps some advanced broadcast reporter software [Hindenburg springs to mind], but that's outside my area. Many DAWs could do it manually at ...

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