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Wave is an uncompressed or lossless format, whereas MP3 is compressed or lossy. Technically .wav is just a container format and can hold various types of compressed or uncompressed audio, but typically you'll see it containing LPCM uncompressed audio (the same as on audio CDs). With .wav files, you are essentially getting a raw bitstream representation of ...


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Well this is a big question, so let me start with a big answer: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Secrets-Small-Studio-Senior/dp/0240815807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426508544&sr=1-1&keywords=mixing+secrets Now for the smaller answer more approriate to this format. A good mix starts with the arrangement before you even record. If the ...


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What you're asking is similar to "I want to write great software, but I'm not a programmer and have no knowledge of computer science or programming or anything like that. Will I be able to write great software if I just get the right IDE?" I'm a programmer too; take it from me: YES theory is extremely important for what you want. Given that you are a ...


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Making everything audible in the mix is not always possible. Elements that share frequencies will mask each other. The most crucial part of the mix is not actually in the mixing phase itself, but in the composition, instrumentation, and arrangement phase. Experienced composers will give each element its space in the frequency spectrum, so there is little to ...


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What you are trying to achieve is not a trivial task. If you want a good master it'll take more than some tips. I'll try to do some quick observations on some possibilities. There's nothing specific to Ableton Live, because there's nothing exclusive to Ableton Live in this subject. You want more loudness in your track. As you might know we can't just turn ...


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Are there general rules or tips on how to organize VSTs? (...) I would like to know if there's a way to arrange VSTs properly, so that every plugin uses its full potential. There's no correct order. It's all about preference, what you want to achieve, and the context. You'll find a lot of suggestions, like putting time-based effects (like delay or ...


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The executive summary of Charles' very detailed answer is: Use WAV for recording and editing. Use your audio editor's native file format with references to the WAV files to keep disk space under control use MP3 for distribution. 44.1 and 160kbps is lots, unless your audience has a home stereo that is worth more than their car and ears to match.


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Is it only performance of the covers you are interested in, or also recording the covers? If the former, in practice I suspect most small, independent bands DON'T contact the original artist and ask permission to perform a cover of their song - unless the artist is a friend! As a case in point, my little band haven't contacted Joni Mitchell (whose songs we ...


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I'm happy to hear you're brave enough to start producing music with no musical background but being a passionate listener. You don't need a lot of money to do great sounds but in the beginning having a sample pack, great VST plugins and full version of a DAW does speed up the process of learning. ~300€ for the software and samples will do fine for more than ...


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It's all about practice and experience. You have to train your ears, you have to know your tools. Producing is not the same as mixing or mastering, some skills overlap but they need mostly different skill sets. There are tools and techniques that will help you judge the frequency balance of a mix. You might eventually not need them at all, though some of ...


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Start with some kind of software, after that, the important thing is: Make LOTS of music and don't ever stop. There is a relevant quote from Ira Glass about this: It is going to ...


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A quick note for when you decide to start using a DAW: If you have a Mac, it has GarageBand on it for free. GarageBand is a full-featured DAW, and since it doesn't cost anything, it's a good tool for learning how to use a DAW (an entire skill set in itself). It isn't as powerful as other DAWs, though, so at some point, you are going to want to buy something ...


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A DI box converts a high impedance, unbalanced signal to a low impedance, balanced signal. If plugging a high-impedance electric guitar output into a mixing board, then unless the board has dedicated high-impedance inputs, you'll want to go via a DI box. In your case, with the keyboard, the outputs are already (probably) low impedance, though they are ...


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Well as far as I know that is what's referred to as a 'bass drop' (but I think that term gets thrown around for a few different effects). There are probably a bunch of ways to do it: a fretless bass can simply slide down the lowest string with some nice EQ and that's about all it takes (provided the bass is tuned low enough). The studio sound on your ...


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Pretty sure he uses FL Studio, at least for part of the process. Another popular option is Ableton Live. Madeon's samples are very meticulously arranged, so if you if you don't have a background in music theory or some natural gift for composition you might want to get your feet wet somehow. Any old book on music fundamentals will help, or more importantly, ...


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There is no blanket answer to your question. It depends. "It depends" isn't very useful though, so let's try to dive a little more into it. Advantages and disadvantages Generally speaking: Sample: Less complexity, less flexibility. Synthesis: More complexity, more flexibility. But it's not that simple, and the weight of those cons and pros depend on ...


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You will not learn any faster using the ultimate package. If anything, you may find it slower, as there are more options. As an artist, most of those options will never be necessary for you. Even some studios I work with never go near some options. Start with the cheaper version - it's what I use at home, as does the rest of my band. We only use the full ...


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One old technique for this is to copy the track or tracks, invert the phase on each and apply a high ratio compressor to the inverted track. When you mix the treated tracks with the originals, the parts that were left by the compressor will cancel out. See De-Verb for Free: Removing Reverb using Free Plugins for a fairly good explanation of this technique. ...


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It will depend on both the singer and the setting of the auto tuning. A well implemented auto tune will be very hard to notice even for the most trained ears, and the better the singer the smaller the corrections and the harder it'll be to notice it. There are two common artifacts that make pitch correction noticeable: Pitch correction becomes most ...


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You could have the best of both worlds. You can buy a new Xponent for about $199 right now and then get a Traktor Pro 2 license for $89 (Sometimes on sale for 50% off). Download an Xponent TSI file from the web or make your own mapping... I have an S4 and my DJ partner has an Xponent (that he just bought 10/2012). They are honestly very close in feel and ...


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I have been using the Xponent for a couple of years now, and I agree with most of what Johnny said above. Here are a couple of other issues: Xponent is plastic and it just feels cheaply made. I have had many problems with the drivers for Xpoenent as well as with the sound card. The sound card is low quality. The Kontrol is metal and feels more solid. It ...


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Is music theory necessary to compose music? I remember writing a little tune (about ten years ago) just to try out a computer program. At that time, I knew nothing about music, and I had no interest in learning to compose or play music. I basically wrote a couple of measures (I had no idea what a measure was at the time) using only trial and error. It took ...


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I'm pretty sure the key is the same thing as the root note. Anyway, I think that the key of that riff is A. A is the first note of the riff, it occurs a lot in the riff, and the notes are all on the A Minor scale. I'm going a little bit based on intuition, but that's my thought process.


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We have two songs we play differently live to studio, one because it has two bars the owner refused to licence to us for recording, and the other one which has a range of riffs we play at the end that are instantly recognisable and despite getting permission for a couple it was too difficult to get all of them. Live, it is a non-issue. Performance royalties ...


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Think about what you want with your band. Are you looking to go and tour the world? Are you looking to play local clubs while you're all working? Something in between? Next, consider how important this album is to your goal. If this is just a demo, it's probably alright to release, and if you're constantly writing and will have something new next year that ...


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A stereophonic signal gives you a much better starting base since there is a simple correlation between the initial wave fronts and more information about the room transfer function. There are ways of removing the less phase-consistent elements you get in the reverb. However, the better you do this kind of reverb-removal, the more artifacts you get in the ...


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FLAC has nothing to do with FL Studio. Logic Pro X does not export to FLAC, either, for example. Generally an in-between program (possibly a mastering program) is used for such conversion. Any sequencer, including FL Studio can export to an uncompressed format such as WAV or AIFF, which are native, uncompressed formats. This is the highest possible ...


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When should I use one over another? The big advantage of using samples is that it's easier to make your hits sound like real instruments. If you sample a snare drum, and use that sample, it will sound more like the real thing vs. a synthesized snare hit, which will more likely sound synthesized. One disadvantage of samples is they may need to be ...


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I have never used Fl Studio, but the wikipedia article has a list of notable users and, although I haven't heard any of their music (not trying to dismiss them - I'm probably just not their audience), they (or most of them) seem to have established and successful careers. It doesn't necessarily mean that they used just Fl Studio for all their music, but I'm ...


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There are basically two classes of effects: linear ones and non-linear ones. From an idealized signal processing view point (discounting noise and quantization), the order of linear effects can be interchanged without a net change in the result. A lot of effects are also time-invariant: start your signal an arbitrary time later, and the result will be the ...



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