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

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What's a “guide” in the studio recording process?

When I was talking with my friends about recording in studio, they said that a "guide" is important to lead the recording. What's a guide actually? Is it a track to tell us the song's structure, or ...
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How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?

I'm recording vocals with a SM58 mic through a USB audio interface and getting clean audio with no ambient noise. At this point it sounds pretty flat (no reverb or echo from the room). So in my DAW ...
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Are there any VSTs that emulate analog output filters?

I'm trying to make my mastering easier so I need to emulate how my master would sound on a pair of headphones, radio stereo cables, etc. Is there a VST that shows me what certain analog output ...
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What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?

Being an electronic music producer, file format is something I have to consider at some point. I usually export my songs as .wavs and then convert them to .mp3s later (since they are smaller than ...
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XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?

Hello! I'm planning to buy audio interface to connect my digital piano for computer recording. I'm newbie in computer recording, and my question is: What is the best output (I mean, best quality) ...
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Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording. I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio ...
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How to record a piano with high quality?

I want to record myself playing the piano. I am a complete beginner when it comes to this, so I just want to ask the basic questions, so I can and make an informed decision, once I buy the equipment ...
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What is balanced audio all about?

What is balanced audio? What is a balanced cable? What is the advantage of using balanced audio? How does balanced audio work?
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How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?

There are many variations on this question, so I thought it was worth writing (and answering) one for the general case. I want to record my instrument using a computer, or use my computer to apply ...
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“Dull” sound when recording dry audio from an Ibanez S series, not caused by old strings?

I'm using my trusty Ibanez S5470 (wonderful guitar, if a little weak in sustain due to its scant weight) to record some dry audio inputs to use for re-amping later, directly into my Focusrite Saffire ...
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Awful timing when recording multiple tracks

A few days ago I started recording a song (not mine, it is going to be a cover version) and when I first recorded a guitar intro (just four bars of fingerpicked chords) I was horrified by my timing. ...
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How should I control my voice while rapping?

I am working on a drum 'n' bass song, and I'm planning on rapping for a few measures for effect. I'm terrible at singing and, since I write electronic music, have rarely recorded any samples that I ...
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How to record my guitar on my computer

So I want to make some guitar covers and need a way to record my playing. I've set my multi-effect board and amp up so that I have the sound I want coming from the amp, I just need a way to get it on ...
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Methods of effectively recording drums (out of studio)

I have made many drum covers on youtube but I find it hard to record drums. I have settled for using a decent quality camera and hoping it picks up the sound okay. I was wondering, is there any ...
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Getting Started Recording and Arranging Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Etc

I'm new to the recording scene, and I'd like to jump right into making professional sounding, high-quality productions. Now that I can play the instruments, I need to know a few things about ...
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Mix or Mastering problem?

I've just rendered a song and I hear clearly the sounds on monitor speakers but when I switch to a pair of normal/bad speakers I can't hear the low frequencies. It's a big problem, but on Synth I have ...
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Are there any small, cheap devices I can record audio onto from a 3.5mm or 6.5mm source?

I would like to record the audio output from the mixer. I would usually do this on a laptop, however I want to avoid the extra bulk of taking a laptop to the studio. I did consider a Dictaphone, ...
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Quantization for recorded audio tracks

I am currently working with Reaper to record my audio tracks (guitar, bass and vocals). I frequently use drum tracks to play more precise than with a metronome, but I think it's still not "tight" ...
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Recording device [closed]

With literally thousands of options, I am not sure where to start. More specifically, I am looking for a (hand held) recording device which would make it possible for me to record myself and put a ...
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What is the purpose of the pop filter?

In many professional recording studios, I always see this attached to their microphone : What is the purpose of the thin black sheet separating the source of the voice and the microphone?
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How can I extract or recreate audio for one or more instrumental/vocal parts from a recording?

(In the spirit of this meta-post, and so, in response to this question…) What approaches can be taken to extract or recreate audio for one or more individual parts from a recording with several ...
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If my music is very dynamic, should I run it through a compressor after recording?

I am finishing the recording of a song which starts out with gentle piano, builds up to a fairly "loud" bridge with several more instruments, then gradually goes back to the same arrangement as the ...
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What should I look for in a portable audio recorder to be able to record loud concerts/jam sessions?

Whenever I try recording concerts or practice sessions with my smartphone the resulting audio is, as one would expect, horrible. Putting a tape over the microphone usually just amplifies the hum in my ...
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Crap audio interface sound and I can't find out the problem

I've bought an Audio Interface (Line 6 Studio UX2) some years ago and I've always connected from my guitar to my iMac. I usually recorded metal/metalcore riff, tried different VST plugins (Guitar Rig, ...
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How can I tell when music is live and not recorded?

I was walking past a bar the other day and heard music coming out. I could immediately tell that the music was live, being played in the bar at that moment. This is something I have often noticed, I ...
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Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

I am going to record music with the guitar and bass guitar. However, I am still undecided between using an amp with microphone, and an amp simulator. Which of the two would be a better choice when ...
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Software to record video/audio cover [closed]

Last week I was worried about how to record tracks for a video cover and I've never discovered a software that allows me to do those operation simultaneously. The problem is that if I couldn't ...
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Recording electric guitar with pc - suggestions to get a great metal sound

I'm trying to connect my electric guitar to the pc and record some great distortion sound, what I have in mind is something that sounds really really good in fast metal solos I've been struggling to ...
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Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock

I've been working for a year on home recording and I kept all my sounds "pure" so I didn't mix my songs a lot. However, I notice that a lot of bands use synthesizers or even complete electro mixes as ...
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How to monitor a song with a low budget

I'm working a lot with home recording but the loudspeakers of my computer are a bit old, so I might get new ones. The problem I frequently had while recording was, that my speakers had a very full ...
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Time-aligned sound samples

if you were to provide an application and a set of samples that a user can use to compose rhythms to be played back by a sequencer, whithout having to care about time-aligning, how would you save ...
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Sound Quality of Boss Micro BR-80 compared to Amplitube (or Ampkit) w/iOS [closed]

Anyone experienced with the Micro BR-80, and how that stacks up to an iOS setup that uses something like Amplitube or Ampkit? This would be with a 1/8" input to the iOS device, not digital through the ...
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piano performing and recording [closed]

I am a pianist with a strong classical background and am used to playing good Steinway grands. I few years ago I was lent a Yamaha P-250 which I know is an older model at this point and was just asked ...
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power suply/adapter for four-track recorder? [closed]

I have a fostex mr-8 DC in just says 12V -- what kind of AC adapter do I need? If I use the wrong kind of adapter will I jack the thing up? I've tried looking online - but I'm kind of worried ...
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Tools to create drums backing track for non-drummer

I am looking for a comfortable way to create a drums backing track in order to use them in my recordings. currently I have 2 options (since I am not a drummer) drum machine - very mechanic and ...
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Do classical and rock musicians train with different goals?

I expect most musicians aim to master the instrument they play. But articles & interviews I've read suggest that: Classical musicians: Place importance on precision and theoretical knowledge ...
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For recording vocal and piano, how to position microphones of the “pocket studio” recorder?

I need to make an audio recording of performing vocal and piano (acoustic piano, two different performers), using the "pocket studio" recorder (Tascam DR-07MKI if the model matters). I cannot bring ...
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How to properly record my guitar over a backing track of a song?

I have learned quite a few songs and practiced them along with the track. Since I'm new to recording, i want to properly record my guitar part over a backing track of that song which i have been ...
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USB microphones for multi-instrument recording

I have an awesome Korg MKii 1600 recording device with a fairly cheap (I must admit) microphone. I was recently thinking about getting a USB mic because it seems so easy to record "whenever". It can ...
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What is the technology where two vocals overlap simultaneously in songs?

In some new songs by indian music directors, there are two simultaneous solo vocals overlapping, both pronouncing the same words in the same tune, but still able to hear two distinct voices. ...
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How should I mic up an acoustic guitar?

I want to record me playing my acoustic guitar. What type of microphone should I use for this, a dynamic or condenser type? Are there any tips for where the mic shpould be positioned in relation to ...
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how to sample a certain sound on a song?

I would like to find out one of the best approaches on how to sample a certain sound in a song? Open-source/freeware software would be ideal but propriety software is welcomed as well. I'm looking to ...
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Where to find practice tracks for jazz piano (specifically for the realbook)

When I was in high school I played piano in the jazz band. I was going through my stuff and found my realbook and it occurred to me that it would be awesome if I could play from it again. However, ...
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how to lower latency in cubase with asio io2? [closed]

I'm having a very difficult time lowering latency for cubase 5 through my asio io2 express audio interface. I have only been able to lower the buffer size to 512 samples but that is still too high as ...
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How do jazz players communicate while playing?

When a jazz group is playing and improvising, how do they communicate so as not to produce cacophony? Somehow, one player's choices and intuition need to guide the other players so that they can ...
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How should I practice before going into the recording studio?

I've heard that one of the best ways to save money in the studio is to spend a significant amount of time woodshedding before the actual studio date, which will help keep the amount of mistakes to a ...
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need sequencer for MacBook for typing in notes and chords [closed]

Can someone recommend a sequencer app that lets me type in single notes, and multiple notes to build chords? Also, multiple tracks, and synthesized instruments like bass and drums. Like GarageBand ...
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Which outputs to use on my mixer

I'm looking at doing some simple recording at home, and I'm looking to buy a Behringer 1202 12 mixer, or something of similar price or quality. The devices I'll need to record are as follows: A ...
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External Soundcard for recording/making music

Using Apple Logic X and IMac, I want to record my guitar tracks and put some keyboards and drums on it. I already have a guitar Effects&Amp simulator which also acts like an audio interface so I ...
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Collaborative remote music recording

Is there a network of musicians who can record musical phrases/tracks for other musicians? I an an amateur musician, I write and record songs (voice, guitar, and virtual instruments such as ...