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

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Setting up a “hot mic” for a softer vocal sound

I'm working on developing "my own unique vocal sound" and since I like the sound of my softer voice I wanted to set up my mic to be able to pick it up without any feedback. Does anyone have any ...
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Timing issues with audio interface

I've been recording with a Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio interface for about a year now and I have improved my musical skills over the time, but I still seem to have timing issues. When recording ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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Is it ok to release a demo EP with average quality on Spotify?

My rock band was recording a Demo EP with a friend of a member of the band. This friend lost his job and house and left the country before he had a chance to mix and master the tracks. And he didn't ...
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Acoustic recording quality - mic or audio interface

I am looking to record good quality sounding acoustic guitar. I currently am using an electric acoustic. I also have a focusrite 2i2 audio interface. I have 2 electric guitars, which is what I usually ...
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Is today's (popular) music recorded or synthesized?

I have a feeling that (really) big artists just record their voices, and then studios just synthesizes the instruments. I don't imagine people with guitars, pianos and other things behind then, ...
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Recording practice jams with a cell phone: reduce input clipping

I have been recording our practices with a cell phone for several months now. I have successfully recorded nearly every week, producing signals with waves which are captured entirely within my ...
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Any heads-up tips for recording bass guitars?

I'm getting myself into recording (bought several equipment already) and I'm really having fun! I've only tried the drums yet and it goes well so far. I want to move on to the bass guitar next. ...
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What does a DI box do?

I'm not new to recording music but I've almost always used a microphone to gather the sound. I have heard people referring to a "DI box" when plugging an instrument (guitar/bass) directly into a ...
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What kind of a mic should a beginner voice artist look for? [closed]

I am just starting out as a voice over artist. I need to buy a good mic, I would like to know what type of mic I should buy. What I currently have in mind is a USB or a XLR. I don't want to spend ...
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Do I need a pop filter when I'm recording guitars?

According to @JCPedroza in my previous question about pop filters : It (the pop filter) protects the microphone from things like fast moving air and saliva. Its main function is to attenuate ...
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I'm using a Roland TD-11KV Electric drum kit, and recording the toms sound different. Why is this?

I'm not sure if you guys can download the recording here, but please try. All the drum pieces sound well, except for the toms. I wonder what's wrong? Do any of you have experience recording with a ...
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What factors should be considered to determine the correct gain level when recording instruments?

I recently bought electric drums and I tried recording them through a MIDI interface. I'm not sure what the gain levels actually do, but from a quick internet search, it's related to the level of ...
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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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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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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. ...