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

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How can I make my voice raspier/grittier? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I do rough vocals without hurting my voice? Some days when I'm singing, I seem to have more "rasp" to my voice, and I'm not sure what to attribute that to. ...
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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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How to sync original bpm of an mp3 file to the bpm of my drum module?

I start by creating a drum loop or a percussion loop in Acoustica Mixcraft at a specified bpm. I turn into an mp3 file, store it on a usb, connect the usb to my Roland TD-30 Module and play it as a ...
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How can I multitrack record my band practices?

I would like to start recording my band practices. Current configuration is bass, guitar, and drums. I would like to record individual tracks to my computer so that we can add other parts, work on ...
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Record with Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 and non-asio applications

Edit: in short, I would like to record both the images from my webcam and the audio from my Focusrite Scarlett external sound card in a (any) single recording application. Such applications generally ...
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Spectrum analyzer on electric guitar

I turned on a spectrum analyzer and played the A string on the guitar. It should be tuned to 440 Hz, but harmonics seem to be way louder then the actual note played. Is this normal? I was hoping to ...
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What's the Point of Making New Recordings? [closed]

Usually there are so many good recording of any famous classical piano piece. Consider a piece which has been recorded by all of these great pianists: Horowitz, Richter, Gould, Rubinstein, Gilels, ...
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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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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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How to be consistent in studio performance?

Every time I hear myself playing in a studio recording setup, I feel like my playing is inconsistent in terms of tempo and dynamics, regardless of the instrument (drums or guitar). I know I can ...
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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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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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Which type of microphone is optimal to use for the singing piano player?

A piano player obviously cannot use a hand held microphone. From that I have seen in various shows, it is possible to use a bigger microphone what is attached to the stand and positioned in front ...
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Multieffects Pedal to USB Recording Device

I am looking for an ideal setup given what I've got. I'd like to send my guitar through my Digitech RP500 multi-effects pedal, then through my M-Audio M-track device, which is connected to my PC via ...
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How to get started recording music with Reaper?

I would like to record my music and am completely new to recording (besides using the Windows OS inbuilt voice recorder) I downloaded Reaper to use as my DAW software and its completely overwhelming. ...
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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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Is the most important feature of a musical keyboard the action/keys? [closed]

As an experienced piano player, I am shopping for my first musical keyboard. I am very early in the process of doing research and testing out specific models. Here is a list of the main questions I ...
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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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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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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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What do I need to look for in a Y splitter for guitar?

I have started recording band practices. I'd like to record my guitar signal twice, one DI with no effects and the other mic'ing my amp. So I want to split my signal prior to effects chain (maybe post ...
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Ear pain when using on-ear headphones

I have a set of Bowers and Wilkins P3 headphones that I've had for about 2 months now and they are pretty comfortable but sometimes I get a very sharp pain in my right ear. I have experimented and ...
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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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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 should I professionally record an acoustic guitar?

I'm not experienced with recording. I know that, first of all, I can choose to record from a pluggable acoustic guitar of attach some external device to a non-pluggable guitar. So my first question ...
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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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What do I need to record my electric guitar with my computer while using headphones?

I regularly play this way: Electric guitar connected to AMP Laptop computer connected to AMP ("aux") Headphones connected to AMP ("headphones") Laptop plays some song I like (eg. using youtube) ...
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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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Microphone positioning to record acoustic guitar & singing with a single mic?

To record a simple unplugged singer-songwriter setup with a single microphone (I have an SM58) is there specific position and orientation to use for the microphone? Obviously it may need tweaking to ...
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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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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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Unwanted sound while recording Fender P Bass

When I try to record my Fender P bass, I get a small unwanted sound along. I am posting a sample: http://host.jsplash.com/audio/Sound-Bass.wav Is this a hum, hiss, noise or what? Is it normal? What ...
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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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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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Audio level on recording a piano

I've trying to record a piano either using a portable recorder as Tascam DR-07MK2 or a B2-Pro but every time I get confused about what would be the correct audio level for the input audio. If the ...
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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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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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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 type of microphone is suitable for cello together with a looper pedal?

I'm willing to buy for a friend a way for him to use a loop pedal (initially for an electric guitar) with his cello. I really don't know much about sound recording with acoustic instrument... Would ...
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How to learn about mixing and mastering with Samplitude?

I have recently begun producing and recording some music - electronic MIDI tracks as well as analog recordings through a microphone. The DAW I am using is Samplitude Silver. I have no experience in ...
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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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How to record the sound of an acoustic guitar with a magnetic pickup?

I have a magnetic pickup... How can I use it to record the sound of a guitar to a laptop? I was told magnetic pickups should not be directly connected to a laptop (and that might be true, because I ...
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Simple, easy software for recording over yourself

I've been looking for some programs that could layer audio files, so I could play a couple different voices on my guitar and put them together into one song. There isn't any other classical guitarists ...
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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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Reverberation in a recording to play with big speakers in a hall

I am writing a piece in Sibelius and export the audio and play it in some room for people. I suppose the geometry of the room produces some reverberation of the sound coming from the speakers, ...
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How does speaker design affect audible sound?

Speaker design for guitar/bass cabinets seems to have been the same for the past 50 years. A traditional guitar/bass cabinet is usually made a wood, with 8-12 inches speakers mounted to the frame, ...
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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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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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Recording hard rock guitar riffs with a mic

Are DAWs good enough these days that we can totally get away with capturing hard rock/metal guitar riffs using mics?
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What is the difference between samples, interpolations, elements and portions?

When reading album booklets, I often see different terms being used to indicate some sort of sample. One thing I'm pretty sure about: A sample is a piece of a recording reused in another recording. ...