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

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How necessary is an USB Audio Interface?

I'm currently recording songs on my computer and the quality of my microphone is awful and the microphone is very quiet. That doesn't surprise me, because it's a 20$ karaoke microphone... I got into ...
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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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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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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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What should I look for in a recording microphone for personal use?

I was browsing through mics on Amazon and quickly realized I was out of my depth. There are a couple closely related questions I am wondering about: Are there different types of mics for (1) ...
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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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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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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 can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?

I am helping a friend (very talented aspiring singer songwriter in the folk music genre’) by making some free demo recordings of her music to promote her talent. She has a nice voice but it’s on ...
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Overcoming “tracking nervousness” when recording a take?

I'm in that nasty position of becoming nervous when I hit the record button. I can be in my own little studio, no pressure whatsoever, playing perfectly, but as soon as I hit that record button, my ...
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How many sound interface inputs do I need to record drums?

I'm aiming to buy a sound interface to start recording. I need to record drums, guitars, vocals, and bass. I notice most products have XLR inputs with pre-amps (usually 2, 4 to 8), and have extra 6....
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What are some harmonic options for layering guitar lines while recording?

I would like to layer multiple guitar lines for a section of a song that I'm working on. What are some harmonic variations that I would be able to use?
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Howto: Electric Bass Guitar - Home Recording

My question should be quite clear from the title, but, I want to know what devices should I look to home recording my bass guitar, I've tried connecting my amplifier output to my notebook's microphone ...
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Using an electric guitar with GarageBand

To use an electric guitar with GarageBand, is a USB cable necessary?
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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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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) to ...
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How can I get the instrumentals for a song?

I'm wondering how people usually get the instrument track for the songs they want to sing. I was wondering if there is any way I could get the instrumentals for the song at http://www.youtube.com/...
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Free resource for pitch correction on a whole track?

I have a very old recording (from about 1940) in mp3 format. The pitch of it is in a little bit bellow B♭m, and for someone who has perfect pitch it's just pain in the ears. Or if you want to jam with ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...