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

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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 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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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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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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How do you mic a guitar amp?

How do you go about mic'ing a guitar amp for live performance? Would you do anything different if you were mic'ing the amp for studio recording? Is there anything specific I should look for in a ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How do I stop a sensitive microphone picking up breathing when recording acoustic guitar?

I am using a budget condenser microphone to record acoustic guitar. The microphone has a Cardoid pattern, and is pointing toward the end of the fingerboard (between the sound hole and where the neck ...
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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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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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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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Is there a formal term for a recording's pitch being “in the cracks”?

Lots of recordings were (sometimes intentionally) speed up/slowed down before final mastering, so that, even if the band was tuned to concert pitch, it isn't in the released version. If you have a ...
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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'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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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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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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How do I use my computer as an amp and effects processor

I have an electric guitar and an m-audio preamp-usb and would like to use my laptop to record music as well as listen to what I am playing. I would also like to use it as an effects processor. Ι have ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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How many 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 preamps (usually 2, 4 to 8), and have extra 6.5mm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should I look for in an 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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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 ...