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managing/improving the sound in the case where the music is being performed live, in front of an audience.

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Will playing my cello over a track recording of other parts sound good enough for a performance?

I am cellist playing a piece for my brother's wedding. He wants me to play a quartet, and suggested I could record 3 of the parts and play the Cello 1 line (melody of the song) live. I am planning on ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

My main concern is the volume, which is why I don’t want to go with PA Speakers per se, but I do want an accurate representation of what I will sound like through a PA System. Also, will I experience ...
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AER Compact 60 (Acoustic Guitar Amp) - QSC K8.2 (Full-Range Active Speaker) - damage

Does anyone know what could caused the problem and why it burned out my AER compact 60 (Acoustic Guitar Amp)? Lately, I would take line out from Acoustic Guitar Amp AER and go directly to Full-Range ...
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Speaker and mic connection

Can I connect 1 wired mic to 2 PA system so the both of them can work? I have 2 public address systems and one wired mic. How can I use the one wired mic to connect to the both speakers all at once?
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KD-160 Kohler piano audio outputs not working

at our worship place we have a KD-160, Kohler digital piano, and it currently has an external mic hooked up to our PA system. I want to get it connected straight into our PA system via the output L/...
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In-ear monitoring on a budget, what gear should I look at?

I'm playing in a band (drums, bass, guitar, keys + 2 singers), and we are considering putting together an in ear system. The main problem is small venues, everyone is close to the drummer, and we can'...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

When playing acoustic guitar sometimes it is very difficult to hear certain notes or certain slaps or chords. With shows like American Idol or America's Got Talent, for instance this video: ...
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Mic use for masked performers

I have been assigned to improve the audio quality in a School auditorium. In specific, it is a common complaint that spoken text is difficult to understand. The room is large, with a high ceiling, ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

I sing backups and play bass. Sometimes it's hard to hear my singing, and would like a stage monitor so I can hear my voice. I have a spare guitar amp. Can this be used as a vocal monitor? How would I ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

Firstly, a remark- I am not expecting to make a live drum set sound just like a recorded drum set. Also, let's restrict the scope of this question to certain pop/rock/funk/metal/country types of drum ...
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Best way to replicate acoustic guitar sound live

There's a huge difference to my ears between a properly mic'd acoustic and a DI acoustic to my ears. I cannot stand the thin and quacky DI acoustic sound. I was wondering what the best way to ...
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Rock Vocal Production - The Strokes (Live)

I am curious about the production on the singer's voice in this live performance and this live performance (the effect is similar). I'm sure you are all familiar with the vocal sounds of Is This It ...
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Isolating my signal to just me

I’m a guitarist and when on stage, I want to be able to switch between my signal going to the main pa / front of house as usual, and to a personal monitor so only I can hear myself play (eg if it’s a ...
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What are the alternatives to using Behringer P16-M Powerplay Personal Headphone Mixers?

This question is related to the accepted answer to Can the Behringer XR18 XAIR Digital Mixer be used as a breakout box? Please read before offering an answer. I also want to provide band members ...
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Compensating for brass wound guitar strings when using a sound hole magnetic pickup in an acoustic guitar

I use D'Addario 85-15 strings brass wound and steel unwound strings on a dreadnought Blue Ridge acoustic guitar. I also use a Dean Markley Pro Mag in-hole magnetic pickup because I send an acoustic ...
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Can the Behringer XR18 XAIR Digital Mixer be used as a breakout box?

I'm looking for ways to record 8 channels of sound to a DAW while passing the 8 channels along to the sound guy. The Behringer XR18 has been reccommended to me but I don't want to buy it until I know ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

I am playing rhythm guitar in a big band, which is a new project for me. The guys whose sound I like the most in this context are Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt. What they have in common is that ...
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Can I use the 6 channel 5.1 usb external soundcard with guitar rig 5 software?

I have been looking for a way to use effect pedals as I am paraplegic. I do not have enough money to buy a Line-6 60 Watts amp, and I came across the Guitar Rig 5 software after reading. However, I ...
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How to proper perform live using all my scenes from my projects?

I was wondering if anyone can point me to some tutorials or courses (maybe no more than 100 dollars or around that), that can teach me how to setup a live performance. Like everybody when I make a new ...
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How to reproduce 3d sound(holophonic) in room?

I have a task to reproduce recorded 3d sound inside a room, for the actors, which will possibly be located in the center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holophonics Could you suggest how to position ...
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Loudness of A Contrabass

I was watching a play called The Contrabass and the actor stated that "the contrabass is different from other instruments in that, it is heard better as one moves further from it" (please note that ...
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Getting back to music. How to play live?

I have quite some problem. I played music for many years. I played guitar, bass, keyboards and even some other uncommon instruments such as Galician bagpipe, tambura, kultrum, industrial percussion (...
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In-ear monitoring - will adding ambient mic help my monitor sound be less isolated

I'm an active church guitar player and I've been known about these IEMs for a long time but it wasn't until a few months ago I started using them. At first I was impressed how better you can hear the ...
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how do you tune speaker systems?

A couple of weeks ago I sat in with a group that came through town and I heard the best on-stage monitors I've ever heard, no squeals, no chirps, plenty loud, and very natural sounding. I asked the ...
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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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Can a physics simulator be used to generate sounds for music?

Does anyone use, or know of, a simulator for creating sounds based on simulating the vibrations of real objects? I saw an art display called Tipping Point that created a sound-scape based on ...
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Keyboard type for loading VSTs?

I have a MIDI keyboard linked to my laptop with Reaper software. There, I can access all of my VST collection. The question is: what kind of keyboard must I have to play live and get my VST list on it?...
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Give me some advice for my live guitar setup please

I've been playing on stage for about an year. My setup:- Fender Stratocaster(HSS),Fender Champion 100 watt solid state amp and a bunch of pedals, a Boss GT-1 multi-FX unit. I want advice on how to use ...
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Using the bar's hifi system for performance

I have a mixer of my own that has small preamps build in for the guitar and mics. I'm trying to understand what additional playback equipment would be needed to play in a bar that can usually play ...
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AUX Output is audible on main mix

My band uses a very simple in-ear-monitoring set-up in the practice room where we are taking advantage of the 4 AUX channels on the huge audio mixer there. We do use cheap headphone amps which cannot ...
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Audio Synthesis algorithms

I am little more than a starter in Sound synthesis using oscillators and others. I have reaktor 6 as a modular environment. I wanted to get nice algorightms from where i can get deeply started off. I ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

Lots of times musicians especially in rock and metal bands, when performing live, they play over pre-recorded tracks that include keyboards/orchestras ambience or other effects. They always seem to be ...
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Task of the guy who reads the score and sits next sound technician at movie

Yesterday I was at a Lord of the Rings Live concert and I was wondering, what these two guys were doing. They were sitting next to the sound technician and reading the score and they were wearing ...
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How can I substitute for live keyboard sound?

Im trying to figure out how can I get the keyboard/piano line for my live music when my keyboard player is absent? Durms and guitar/bass are always there. What can I do?
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How to reduce noise in a mixing console

I've got a mixer going into a loop station, but my loops have a lot of 'hiss' in them. I have tried various ways of balancing the gain vs the faders, but it hasn't helped. For what it's worth, it's a ...
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Pickups with Acoustic Instruments

I've been told when playing live not to mic an acoustic instrument because of the feedback you can get, and that using pickups would be a better way to amplify the sound of an acoustic instrument. So ...
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Identifying orchestral sounds

Following my previous question about new instruments in orchestras, I was listening to a few concerts and well, some write the instruments being used throughout the concert, others don't. Most don't. ...
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How do I curtail the reverberation in my church

My church sits about 2500, normally we had drapes on stage and behind stage to help absorb the sound but then the ceilings were not in place, I gave specifications to my boss to use perforated ...
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15/8 blues playing live?

I am writing a bluesy piece. I tried a 15/8 and it works great. It sounds interesting but i don't think the band will be able to play it in that time signature. I was wondering if there is a good ...
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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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Is there a big benefit to running stereo?

I have a conference coming up and I am contemplating whether to run my guitar rig in stereo or not. Both my amplifiers will have microphones on them. My delay and reverb pedals have modulation, so if ...
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How to improve 1/4 plug connection on hybrid -XLR jacks

I got a Mackie SRM150 for stage monitoring but I'm having problems getting a good connection in the hybrid-XLR jacks on the front with a 1/4 inch jack guitar cable. Even when it feels like it's firmly ...
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Finding Sound Card Requirements

I have a Macbook pro which is Handling my Mainstage(Apple) requirements and Logic Pro requirements. i5, with 8GB RAM. When I perform with Reaktor blocks, the performance overload is happening and ...
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Split point - Ableton live

I am a Grade I performer on the Keyboard and right now I am using Apple Mainstage as my performance tool. Lately I am feeling that i can get better performance on Ableton live, Since for my reaktor ...
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live performance - Does my small acoustic band need amplification?

I play in a small local band in my city - mainly Latin and pop rock music. We would like to perform in a quiet street corner somewhere around town. I predict about 20-30 listeners standing around at ...
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Zoom G1XON noise issue

I am a beginner and playing acoustic for last 2 and 1/2 year. After this i grew interest in Electric, so i bought a Squier Strat and as per suggestion of my music teacher a Zoom G1Xon. When i connect ...
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Producing stereo sound from more than two speakers?

Is it possible to produce a stereo effect from more than 2 loudspeakers for example(4 full range driver) placing them one on each side of a square?
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What's the best way to play variable-tempo samples live?

When I play with my band, I'd love to integrate background samples into our music. However, our group isn't fond of playing to a click track. Ideally, when a sample is to be played, we could dial in ...
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Is it possible to run the Steinberg UR 12 with passive studio monitors on cinch outputs?

I want to buy monitor speakers, but I don't know if I need passive or active ones. Since the passive studio monitor speakers are cheaper, I would like to buy them, but I don't know if they would run ...
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Difference between 2 mono/stereo setup?

Don't mind about "Guitar", it could be Bass or anything else. Imagine you have 2 setups: Guitar -> Pedals (stereo end) -> 2 Amps running -> Mixer Guitar -> Pedals (mono end) -> 1 Amp ...
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