Questions tagged [audio]

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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

Out of experience, I found that recording with smaller microphone gain results in less noisy audio, which later can be amplified by increasing its volume or adding a gain. My question is which one is ...
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How can some USB 2.0 audio interfaces support phantom power through USB alone?

I'm planning to buy an audio interface and it being exclusively bus powered is a requirement. However I also use condenser mics which require phantom power. Now I'm a bit confused about why some bus-...
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When does audio latency matter and not matter?

When does audio latency (physical action to heard sound) matter and/or not matter? iOS touch-to-sound latency is reported to be on the order of 50 milliSeconds, yet some musicians manage to play ...
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How to check the quality of an audio sample?

I'm new to the music scenario and EDM production. With so many options of FREE samples out there, I'm wondering how to best check the quality of a sample? Bit? Khz? Wav? Are there any software that I ...
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Mac vs PC for music production

I'm a musician and occasional composer, and a Windows PC user. I've heard a lot of times about benefits of using a Mac for these purposes. But I wonder: what are these "benefits"?
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Duplicate instruments in unison in an orchestra

Theoretically, each addition of a sound identical to the previous one results in a 6db increase in the final sound result. I ask: is that why in some orchestrations we see, for example, 6 clarinets ...
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how to protect music against Shazam-recognition?

During a presentation (like a quiz), I want to use some kind of music , but don't want listeners to detect them by sound-recognition programs (like Shazam or etc). Is there any plugin, media-player, ...
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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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Using both outputs (internal speakers and headphones) on digital pianos

This is a common problem I had with many keyboards, and I think it's a standard, somehow: when connecting the headphones to a piano, the internal speakers are disabled. And that's cool! However, ...
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Recording Digital Piano (Headphone Out to a Mono In) with an Audio Interface?

I'm trying to figure out how to record my Roland FP-30 digital piano. I have a Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen), which has only one instrument/line input (I assume it's a balanced mono input, but ...
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Is the audio quality of a digital piano sufficient for enjoying classical music on YouTube?

Some months ago, I have started composing piano music in mostly romantic style (somewhere between Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Albeniz for most pieces). I have recorded some of them as videos using my ...
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Do I need an amp for my guitar if I have an audio interface?

I've been playing the bass for a few years now and want to start recording some of my songs. I've also just moved cities and am trying to save on space/money/number of belongings, so I'm a bit unsure ...
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Strange waveform from microphone

Does anybody have any idea why I'm getting such a strange wave on my waveform? It's an SE condenser, going into an m-audio preamp. Damaged mic perhaps?
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Question regarding Threshold and Ratio on a Compressor

I'm currently studying compression and I have it down packed I think minus one issue. I am able to get the same gain reduction on a signal no matter how high or low my ratio is. If i want a gain ...
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Transfering audio recordings from reel-to-reel to PC

My PC doesn't have a "line-in" jack - only USB and HDMI. How do I connect the stereo RCA output from my reel-to-reel deck to my PC to transfer the audio to the PC?
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Audio Interfaces: How to determine minimum requirements?

I have a few needs and want to build a home recording studio. I want to produce a podcast and have multiple mic working at the same time (with each guest wearing headphones). I'd like to pause us ...
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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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Can you use a cable with a single wire for a mono jack cable?

I know that a mono jack has two poles: So I always assumed that the cables for a mono jack would have two wires. But recently I have been told that if I ever were to make my own cable, I should use a ...
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Groove, loop, pattern, section

Do the groove, loop, pattern, and section share a common meaning? I often see drum loops but guitar grooves and bass grooves and synth patterns or strings sections. I guess a loop is mostly a short ...
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Aggregate audio interfaces and use outputs into analog mixer - possible?

Can two USB audio interfaces be aggregated together, with the intention of using all its outputs to connect to the inputs of 12 or 20 track analog mixers that are usually used for live-sound? Secondly,...
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How to control volume of USB monitor speakers?

I use Behringer Studio 50 USB studio monitors together with my Macbook Pro, connected via USB. The problem is that they are extremely loud, even on the "volume 1" setting of my Macbook. My current ...
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Reaktor 6 vs 5 Learning differences

If one searches for reaktor tutorials on youtube or elsewhere, he finds that there are many tutorials for reaktor 5 but not many for 6. I wanted to know if I can safely learn to make instruments(...
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How are the gain knobs supposed to work / be used on DJ controllers / software?

I'm confused about how I'm supposed to use my gain knobs. I'm using a Gemini G4V but I mean to find out for all DJ controllers in general. Top four knobs in the middle are gain knobs for this 4-deck ...
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Application for finding ( and playing ) a guitar chord [closed]

I will frequently be playing guitar and end up playing a sound that I am unsure of the technically defined chord type. I have a very basic level of understanding when it comes to guitar theory in ...
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Active noise cancellation effects on hearing

Would active noise cancellation increase or reduce the damage to ears? For example, in a hypothetical system with a constant level of external noise, would wearing noise-cancelling headphones increase ...
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Boosting signal of a dynamic microphone

Recently I've bought a Shure sm57 mic and I want to use it for vocals and acoustic guitar that I will record into my DAW on computer. When I bought it I didn't know this mic needs a lot of gain (...
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How do we record and sync four multiple audio tracks for a video?

I and my friends are thinking about doing a podcast on YouTube, but the main problem is that we want a clear audio and can’t use the different collar mic because that would be hectic to arrange those ...
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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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Is there a way to balance the panning of an audio file?

I am using Logic Pro as my DAW, and I have an audio file that has a signal completely panned to the right side. So, I decided I would turn the pan knob to the left, but of course, there is no audio ...
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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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Is it bad to leave my microphone in its clip?

I have an SM58 microphone and recently got a stand for it. Is it bad to leave the microphone in the clip - will the clip get worn? Thank you!
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Is there any reason not to use TRS cables for typically TS applications?

First, an assumption: given what I know about tip-sleeve and tip-ring-sleeve connections, using a TRS cable between two TS jacks just yields an unused contact/conductor in the cable. Other than cost, ...
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Focusrite Scarlett and mic preamp

I am going to purchase an 8i8 Scarlette Focusrite Audio Interface. I will be running the outputs from the interface to my computer via USB. My question is I'm not sure my Behringer dynamic mic will ...
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Two MIDI files generated by Lilypond output the same audio

When generating the MIDI files for the two Lilypond files below, and then generating the WAV audio files with Timidity (timidity --output-24bit -A120 f.midi -Ow -o f.wav), I can hear no differences ...
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Applying Autotune to a Video [closed]

I would like to auto-tune a video, but I do not know how. Please tell me how I can achieve that effect.
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Reference frequency computation procedure explanations

I develop a web tool to detect Harmonic Key on a < audio >/< video > node on a web page. I found over wikipedia, the "Harmonic Pitch Class Profiles". It's a procedure to extract the harmonic ...
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Can I use a ribbon/dynamic mic preamp with a Condenser mic?

I have a Condenser Mic, phantom power, a sound card, and a preamp designed for ribbon and dynamic mics. I bought the Preamp thinking it would work but apparently it draws power from the phantom source,...
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Typical latency from microphone to the digitized samples on a PC

I am looking to do some real time audio processing on a PC (it could be Windows or Linux). For that I need to get digitized audio data from a microphone very quickly. I am wondering what is the ...
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Korg SV2 to Monitors without Computer?

Digital piano and audio newbie here. I picked up a Korg SV2 and JBL 104 active monitors. I hooked them up with 2 1/4" jacks but the output is very low when maxed out on both the keyboard and ...
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How can I practically check audio parameters?

Is there any way (may be program or by hand) to check audio parameters? I ask because I heard somewhere the hi-res audio websites are at certain titles fooling people to believe they bought hi-res ...
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What is the signal chain for a rackmount guitar interface, audio interface, and a power conditioner?

I have been thinking about upgrading my audio equipment to a rack system. It is going to be nothing crazy, just a Audio Interface Guitar Interface (multi-FX processor) Power Conditioner Here are ...
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Can I connect my mixer's headphone out to an audio interface

I am trying to set up a low budget recording. I already have an 8-channel mixer and I was thinking about recording drums using 6 or 7 piece drum mic kits using my mixer, then connect the mixer's ...
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Plugging an Active Bass into M-Audio Profire

so I'm going to record direct input but apparently this bass is an active bass (which I think means there's a pre-amp built into the bass. Can I just plug this thing directly into my profire? Trying ...
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Using Dynamic Microphone on Laptop for Quality Calls and Guitar Song Recordings

I am planning on buying a dynamic Mic for professional online calls. I know that I could easily go with a headset for this. But as someone who always takes future into account, I want to buy a mic ...
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How can I transpose an audio track in Logic Pro X without having the duration changed?

I'm recording vocal audio tracks, but I don't reach some pitches (like a C2) so i tried singing the parts one octave higher and using the transposition feature in the inspector (Shortcut: "i"...
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Roland Juno ds sound quality for recording

I would like to ask what is the sample rate and bit resolution sound quality supported by the Roland Juno Ds61 keyboard? Also I would like to know, what would be the difference if I use the midi cable ...
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How do I route VST audio through effects/amp simulator in Cubase?

I have Shreddage II that came with Peavey Revalver, and I want to route the Shreddage audio through Revalver but I don't know how to do that in Cubase.
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Connecting Scarlett Solo output to mixer in live setting

I would like to play virtual instruments in Ableton Live in rehearsal setting. At my disposal are: Scarlett Solo interface (with stereo RCA outputs) laptop with Ableton Live Mackie Fx Pro 12 mixer ...
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Batch create high quality audio renderings of midi files

I have a bunch of midi files that I would like to convert to audio files through some kind of scripting on OS X. When searching for ways to do this, fluidsynth comes up time and Timidity are two ...
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Generated sine wave in Python comes out buzzy or 'square-ey' [closed]

For anyone who finds this in the future, I've opened up this thread on stackoverflow, which will hopefully be more informative: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/66129025/generated-sine-wave-sounds-...