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This has been a raging debate for the past 30 years or so. There has been a healthy competition between the two platforms in an effort to corner a large segment of the market share. In the beginning, Macs targeted the creative artsy types and the platform had features and benefits specifically geared to favor musicians and photographers and graphic ...


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One simple "technique" can improve your solo recording drastically: whenever you start recording a song, begin with recording a guide track. This is a track where you sing the song, accompanied by a rhythm instrument such as an acoustic guitar or a piano. You don't need to play or sing everything right in this track, but it's important to get the rhythm ...


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One thing that no one has mentioned yet (I think) is the audio driver. On Windows, to get multiple audio drivers you either need to use the windows driver, which in general doesn't work very well with DAWs, has more latency and limited multi-device options, or use ASIO4ALL which allows you to combine the inputs into one device and work with low-latency, at ...


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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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I can't tell you what might work best for you to reduce the amount of time you are spending on your recordings. But I can tell you what works for me. Before I am ready to record a demo of an original song, I have carefully written a lead sheet with lyrics and chords and practiced playing the song and singing with it as if I were performing it solo. Once ...


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Sometimes called 'double tracking'. The single vocalist sings another track, virtually identical to the original, and that's put onto the recording as well. It may be slightly quieter than the original, but still comes out like unison singing. The phrasing needs to be pretty close, though, with plosives together, but things like the vibrato slightly ...


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After listening to the example mix, I have a few specific comments: there's a very strong likelihood that the monitoring is deficient. It is likely very hyped in the high end, and probably has a big hole in the low mids. It's likely that you mix very loud. Your mixes have a preponderance of very broad-band "large" synths, stacked on top of each other. ...


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The best technique I've come across for making each instrument clear and audible in the overall mix is to do your mixing in mono. First, pan your instruments to where you want them in stereo because the pan law can affect the volume of the instruments. Then once you have your instruments panned to where you want them, use the "mono" button on the master bus ...


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The two particular things producing that sound are, 1) very close miking, and 2) very quiet singing. It's almost like someone whispering in your ear - you hear just as much breath and lip sound as you do vocal chords. I too love this sound. When you have someone sing very quietly you will usually find that the dynamic range is extremely wide. It's almost ...


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Touring bands with a large budget and an elaborately produced show can have an entire production crew consisting of a production manager and a stage manager and a lighting manager, a video manager a sound manager and many more. The production manager would coordinate with the lighting manager and sound manager to be sure the "show" goes as planned. They ...


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The only difference between using a Mac versus a Windows computer is that with a Mac you can run Apple OS X which is required for a very few pieces of software that some musicians really like, and Windows is required for a few other packages and Windows is more affordable when purchased with a Windows computer. Particularly, I would say Apple Logic Pro and ...


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In order to make a vocalist stand out in the mix, you need to do the following: Use a Compressor on the vocal track, with a hard compression ratio. This is realy an essential step in any vocal track. Just be sure to also put a Noise gate to eliminate the parts where the singer is quiet. EQ on the vocal track: using good reference speakers, it is your ...


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You can try with de-reverberation programs. There has been a lot of progress in the area, so these programs can achieve pretty good results. Some options are: Zynaptiq Unveil Izotope RX3 Acon Digital DeVerberate Vocal Dereverberation


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From another form of music performance: Occasionally an orchestra conductor will chat with the audience about an upcoming piece. The conductor may want to provide some background on the composer, or the events taking place (e.g., Shostakovich being ordered to write a wartime symphony to stir up patriotism) at the time of composition, etc. I recall one ...


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Just a bit bout "Muddiness": Listening to your mixes (through good earphones), I can hear a bit of muddiness.. kind of.. "muddiness" .. obviously it's not a technical term but if I take it to mean indistinct and lacking in sharpness, almost like slightly blurred image .. Things that contribute to muddiness : Lack of very high end frequencies. ...


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Put generally, EQ in front of a compressor will change the way the compressor engages. This might be a good thing! Say you have an acoustic guitar track that's got some rumble in it. You put it through a comp->EQ and you're fighting it all the way. You put it through a high-pass EQ first to take the undesirable LF away first, and you get a far more ...


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The missing piece in your mixing arsenal and gear is called sidechain ducking or sidechain EQing. If you learn and know how to use these audio processors, you can take any mix with as many instruments in it and make them all heard properly. If you still want to use the old traditional way of adjusting volume and EQ, here are a few tips: Use compressors. ...


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Making a track sound louder, is all about balancing the frequencies inside the mix. The louder you want the track to be heard, the more balancing will need to be done, and this will sometimes result in losing some of the frequency balance in the original mix. For example, like JCPedroza said in his answer above: if you have a loud bass track at around ...



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