Questions relating to the process or action of recording music live or in the studio.

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Is there a name for the sound of a performer physically interacting with their instrument?

Is there a name for the sound produced by the mechanical action of a musical instrument? I'm referring specifically to sounds not usually associated with the instrument's voice—the movement of a ...
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Is it possible with any recording software to snap to quarter notes when recording from MIDI keyboard?

I'd like to record some MIDI melodies using my MIDI keyboard, but I'm still very much a beginner in all areas of music, so my timing/rhythm tends to be slightly off. As a result, when I record in ...
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usb audio interface for laptop

Hi I am using linux and recently ran into some issues. I have a mac laptop with debian on it. The macbook pro only has one combo audio 3.5mm jack. I use jackd on this machine with pulse audio bridge. ...
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Low tuning recording

I play in a band that uses drop A tuning. That's 55Hz on guitar. That'd make 27.5Hz for a drop tuned 5 string bass? My question is, am I suppose to be chasing down studio monitors that can reproduce ...
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How to reduce tape hiss while recording a cassette tape with digital data as source

I bought a few Maxell cassette tapes, a portable Sony cassette tapes recorder (with the possibility to record also from an external microphone: in my case, a jack connected to the PC) and - as already ...
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Alternative to the acoustic drum

I wanted to ask if an electronic drum will work as an alternative to acoustic drum in recording. Because I wanted the cheapest way to record instead of buying mics. And this will be connected through ...
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Sound card for both recording and listening

I have AKG K271 MKII headphones for silent guitar practice and good music experience. I'd also love to record my guitar, possibly with some effects on PC. My current setup is guitar -> combo amp -> ...
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Phantom Power supply or usb audio interface?

I recently just purchased a new condenser microphone . I wasn't sure if I should just buy the Nady SMPS 1 channel power supply or just save up and just get a usb audio interface ?
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Simple one-channel audio-interface plus analog mixer, or multi-channel USB audio interface?

Wondering on what all things would one miss, for a hobbyist home-studio if one were to go with a single-channel audio-interface, that is fed by an analog mixer, as against a multi-channel USB ...
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Is the zoom H4n a good option for chamber music?

A couple of month ago I asked about the best microphone to record a piano. Back than someone suggested that, if not having solid knowledge on recording, it might be better to buy something like zoom ...
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Plugging an Active Bass into M-Audio Profire

so I'm going to record direct input but apparently this bass is an active bass (which I think means there's a pre-amp built into the bass. Can I just plug this thing directly into my profire? Trying ...
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How to record directly from H&K guitar amp that has no DI output?

I want to record my amp directly to my computer. I have the sound I want and I don't want to mic it. I have a H&K switchblade 100 but it has no line out. It has a midi "in" and "thru" ports. Can I ...
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What kind of microphone I must buy for wireless live record [closed]

I want to live record recorder playing by virtue of wireless microphone attached to it. So it must be a small attachable wireless microphone. I tried with a bluetooth headset device (configured to ...
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Why do people use a microphone to record an electric guitar

I'm looking to start getting into recording - electric guitar specifically. Although I've noticed people place a microphone in front of the amp's speaker. Wouldn't it be easier to use a male to male ...
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How to record a live show through a mixer with a scarlett 2i2

I want to record live shows which usually mainly includes 1 or 2 guitars and vocals. I have a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and the mixer is a Hybrid SM802MS. What would be the best way of doing this? ...
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Day-long recording session in a studio

Context: Next year I'm going to record an album, and due to packed schedules of all the musicians I'm considering booking the studio for a few whole days (instead of a few hours a day for a month). ...
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Efficient strategies when recording alone

I've been recording in my own room for about two years and I've been in semi-professional studios for a few bands as well. I have noticed that working in a studio, where a recording engineer gives you ...
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What type of Keyboard is best for use with DAWs for adding Bass Lines and Leads to my mixes?

I produce original music using a Digital Audio Workstation similar to Logic Pro - and I want a hands on device to aid in adding nice sounding basslines and smooth ambient lead guitar solos (and other ...
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Difference between mixing and mastering

I am a musician, and I have amateurish-ly recorded my own musical inspiration. I am curious to learn, though, and one of the most confusing things is - as so often - in terminology. I am looking for ...
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The Greg Kurstin ethereal breathy vocal effect

I think I'm a pretty solid producer and engineer, but there is one specific effect I've always had a hard time reproducing... that shimmery, breathy, bordeline-ghostly vocal sound. Greg Kurstin uses ...
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How Can I Isolate Individual Drums From An Overhead Track?

Me and my band were demoing some stuff at rehearsal the other day. For my style of mixing, I'd much prefer every drum close miked and as isolated as possible from everything, but this wasn't possible ...
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Buzz in electric guitar recording

I use some sort of synthesizer or something that has a plug in,plug out,line in, line out. I plug my guitar into it and then into an amp so I can hear it, then I use a 3.5mm aux cord to plug into my ...
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How I can reduce breathing sounds from playing a penny whistle on a recording?

I would like to record some songs, especially with a Christmas theme. I will soon purchase some recording equipment and I am wondering how I can reduce the breath sounds.
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windows 8 microphone port monitor lag

I'm trying to record my bass through the microphone slot in my PC (via headphone amp output plugged into PC mic input) I set my pc speakers to listen to the mic slot so i can hear what I'm doing. ...
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How should a pop shield be set up?

Following answers to a previous question Avoiding Plosives I have bought a simple pop shield. I'm wondering what the optimal setup is for it, especially in terms of distance between the shield and ...
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Avoiding Plosives

I recorded this cover for feedback/critique: One valid point raised was about 'plosives' which I guess is the way some consonants 'catch' at the start of words. I don't ...
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Record vocal on Instrumental track. License required for non-commercial use? [closed]

I'm recording my voice on the instrumental version of a song, which I converted from a youtube video. I'll not be using this recording for any commercial use, but just for personal use. Do I require ...
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Techniques for Tracking and Panning: Rhythm, Lead and Harmonies? [closed]

I am a super noob with recording just started and want to know, about tracking and panning. I don't know how many tracks I should record and how I should pan the guitars. Let's say you have a chord ...
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How to strum without hitting the body with the pick?

I play the acoustic guitar. I've noticed a problem with my strumming. I tend to hit the body of the guitar too much when I'm strumming with the pick. It's not very noticeable when I'm not recording. ...
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How to dampen an amp's volume for recording?

Unfortunately I live in a block of flats and strangely enough not everyone appreciates loud guitar music.. However, I'm of the opinion that recording an amp with a mic will pretty much always sound ...
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Tempo when recording a guitar amp by microphone?

As my external soundcard does not perform good when I record two guitars simultaneous, I want to take a shot at miking my amp. Is it possible listen to a metronome or drum pattern without ruining the ...
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Crackles when recording guitar amp line out into PC

I am having problems recording into my laptop. Here's my setup: Guitar into Vox Pathfinder 15R Amp line-out into PC audio, via 1/4"-1/8" adapter. Recording with Audacity on laptop. Unfortunately ...
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Can Audacity only delete the stuff I just recorded with backspace instead of all the audio?

Here's the process I go through: I start recording I mess up I stop recording I press backspace But backspace deletes all the audio I've recorded in the project - easily undone - but still very ...
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How to make a backing track from any song. (If possible)

I've seen a lot of tutorials about how to remove vocals and such with audacity, which never seem to work. But I want to know if I can find a song like on YouTube or something and remove all the lead ...
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Do I need Phantom Power?

I wanted to ask that I want to buy a condenser mic, I know it needs phantom power to work. So my question is will it work if i will connect it to a 3.5mm jack to my amp.
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Using Dynamic Microphone on Laptop for Quality Calls and Guitar Song Recordings

I am planning on buying a dynamic Mic for professional online calls. I know that I could easily go with a headset for this. But as someone who always takes future into account, I want to buy a mic ...
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Recording: Dealing With Cicadas?

Usually it's pretty quiet near where we record, but it's summer time and cicadas are loud as hell. It doesn't matter what kind of direction the mics are pointed, the sound of the cicadas always gets ...
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Do mixers support 6.5mm mics?

I an new to recording world. I jut want to know is does mixers support 1/4inch mics for recording. Or XLR mics with XLR to 1/4inch converter cable?
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What properties of a material make it ideal for acoustic foam or paneling?

I want to make some acoustic foam/paneling substitute but I'm wondering makes foam paneling "good" or not? I know that if it's too dense or stiff then the sound won't "trap" and will just bounce right ...
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SDC or LDC for specific cymbals?

Not exactly your typical SDC vs LDC question here. I have 2 condenser mics, a Samson C01 Pencil SDC and a PreSonus LDC. Say I have the rest of a drum kit miked up properly, but also wanted to record ...
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How to record and add the voice of my friend for a song who is in another country?

I am an amateur pianist. I want to release a music album. I have a friend in another country who is willing to sing for my music. I play my instruments and send her the mp3. She plays the mp3 and ...
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Necessity of Time Signature & Tempo in Music Recording application

I won't go too much into detail regarding the piece of software I'm building, but it's a very small side-project which will allow for the recording of Midi inputs. Currently I'm thinking of displaying ...
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How transition smoothly multiple guitar recordings?

I play folk music with my guitar and I am trying to record some tracks. In these songs there are many chords progression so my first attempt was to record them separately and then recreate the right ...
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What characteristics should I look for when picking a microphone to record a piano?

I am looking for a good microphone to record a piano. This is whole new field to me. I looked in the Internet and I found a few places stating about what I shouldn't buy, like, dynamic range ...
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JACK JackRouter (and then?)

I'm using Jack 1.9.10. I want to record system sound into Ableton, and don't want to plug a cable from line out to line in. I start PortAudio, I turn on JACK Audio Connection Kit, it is already ...
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What is causing static when I try to record directly from my guitar through a pre amp into my computer?

Bare with me here as a lot of this is new to me, but here is my understanding of my problem. I have a Taylor GS mini, which I believe has an active preamp built in. When I plug my guitar into my pre ...
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Home recording!

I have an electric Fender and I have the Zoom G3. A friend of mine is going to give his M-Audio Fast Track interface so can anyone tell me if it is possible to record my guitar by plugging my Zoom G3 ...
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

I am completely new to the recording world, please help (even there are dumb questions from me). I bought the AT2020USB mic, but I heard a lot of people said a condenser microphone plus an audio ...
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Macbook pro to piano with MIDI problem [closed]

Hey i just bought a macbook pro 2015 and i have YAMAHA YDP 161 now i wanna connect the piano and record it using garageband but now when i connect them with midi cable there seems to be a problem, it ...
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Why I tend to play faster tempo without realizing it?

I'm a pianist and I'm having something weird happen. When I play the piano and record myself I always tend to play faster than what I think. When I watch myself I see that I'm playing too fast but ...