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

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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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Why is Hendrix's tuning at Woodstock in between Eb and E?

I have the album Live at Woodstock in digital format. I noticed that everyone in Hendrix's band is (seemingly) tuned to some pitch between Eb and E. I've heard some various, uncited sources that ...
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What's the best way to provide musicians a copy of a song to use to prepare for a recording session?

I have a few originals I am ready to professionally record and want to provide the musicians that will be recording with me an opportunity to listen to a "skeleton" of the song (most basic outline ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Recording an electric guitar and electric bass

I've been searching around this stackexchange subcategory and I haven't reached a solid consensus. What I want to do is in the title. I want to record an electric guitar and an electric bass in ...
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How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?

I have a pretty standard upright piano and I'd like to move some of my playing+singing from guitar to piano as a way to get more comfortable playing chords. I like to record myself - just for fun or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Aiding the transcription of naturally occuring sounds. e.g. Horse whinnying, bird singing, etc

I edited the question extensively. The comments helped me to phrase it to reflect more what I really wanted to ask. .................... I don't have perfect pitch and badly trained and imprecise ...
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How should I mic up an acoustic guitar?

I want to record myself 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 should be positioned in relation to ...
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Mixing and mastering at home

I have been playing guitar, piano, and keys for over ten years, and have been recording my own stuff for about eight years. I understand the basic principles of recording and have spent many hours in ...
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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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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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How to record MIDI automatically?

I have a Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic piano with MIDI output. My son improvises on it when he is in the mood, which is quite frequently. It's good stuff and I'd like to capture the MIDI output of ...
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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 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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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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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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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. Perhaps ...
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Is the quality of a USB microphone worse than using a conventional mic through a separate audio interface?

Is there a difference in quality between using a USB microphone and using a conventional microphone through an interface, or does an interface just give you more control over input?
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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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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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What to look for in a budget guitar for home recording?

I'm a home musician. I don't have a band and I don't do live gigs. I'm looking for a cheap electric guitar I could use for home recording. Since I won't be playing live or on a real amp, I want to ...
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I want to record but am nervous about it, why, how to get ready?

How do I prepare to record a song and what do I need to do so? How do I choose a song? Why do I get nervous when I record?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How can I make videos of myself playing my keyboard?

I have a privia px 150 keyboard. I want to start recording myself playing so i can show my friends and family videos of my progress. So what I had in mind was film my hands, but record the audio ...
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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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Do classical musicians edit takes together?

I found a couple of pages that all suggest classical recordings range from slightly to extremely spliced: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/remote-possibilities-acoustic-music-location-recording/389092-...
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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 ...