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Fine tuning the relationship between different tracks in a recorded song; including effects, equalization, and volume levels.

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Why is it called Camelot wheel? Why Camelot?

I read on https://dj.studio/blog/camelot-wheel: The Camelot Wheel is a modern system to help DJs navigate the musical keys of their music. It's based on the circle of fifths, with the only difference ...
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Do I have to pay a licensing fee to mix in Atmos? What about other dolby formats?

I mix and master all of my studio albums at an actual recording studio, but I mix a lot of social media music posts and side projects myself. I am doing some experimental stuff and I want to try ...
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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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What is the difference between mixing tracks with and without vocals?

So whats the differences about regular edm track with no vocals vs pop/rock/rap tracks. Because i know it’s something different. I want to know how i should mix instrumental behind the vocals in pop/...
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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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How can I keep double bass drum (kick) from getting lost in the mix?

I'm adding drums to a metal song with distorted guitar and heavy bass. I have a double kick part I want to use and I think it's right for the song, but it gets lost in the mix. The only trick I know ...
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Frequencies for Bass Guitar EQing

As a hobbiest musician I am writing and recording songs in my home studio; mainly rock, funk and smooth jazz. My primary instrument is the bass guitar where I send a Line Out on my amp to my Audio ...
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Technical Analysis of music podcast [closed]

Is there any podcast, channel or … that technicals analyzes music? I already know some podcasts that analyse music and talk about context, lyrics, the singer or … I’m not looking for these things. I ...
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Can Bluetooth mix input from guitar and send it to headphones?

I want my smartphone mp3 player to mix a bluetooth input from guitar and send out to bluetooth headphones. If that's too difficult, just mix so I can hear on headphones. This is just for practice and ...
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Fixing Compressing Issue During Mastering

I have a mix for mastering with the issue, you can hear in the attached file. The dynamics in the mix, were over- or wrongly compressed so the result is - that dynamics has frequent fluctuations, as ...
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How dry does a rock/metal vocal have to be during recording?

Is dryer (= less room ambience including room modes and short first reflection times) always better for the final mixing result, or is there a threshold below which it simply doesn't matter, and the ...
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Where Should I start in regards to making music? [closed]

I have been studying music theory on and off for 2 years. I am 21 now and I have always had a love for music and was involved in school activities for music up until 6th grade. I unfortunately had to ...
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How can I set balanced volume levels prior to mixing?

I make demos on Ableton, but I am new to the world of mixing. I've never been good at balancing volume levels. I do my best to dial in my levels--whichever knob I reach for first, typically--but the ...
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jack 3.5mm condenser microphone (SubZero intrument) requiring phantom power, but working better without?

This question has been posted here with no answer, except that "you should probably not use phantom on a mini jack microphone" : Providing phantom power to 3.5mm mic ...However, I've got the ...
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Mixes not translating [closed]

I have tried many things but for some reason mixes don't sound thick.I have this question my mixes are not translating properly is there any video or article that could help me?? thank you regards
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Is burning high resolution recordings to CD a bad idea? [closed]

More and more music is available for purchase / streaming now in Hi-Res formats which exceed CD quality in bit rate or recording frequency. For practical reasons I often listen to the same music in ...
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What useful corrections can be made, in the mixing phase, using an Aston Origin connected to a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen [closed]

I would like to know what is the best recording and effects chain that I can apply to my recording setup. I use a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen and an Aston Spirit. The room is untreated and I will ...
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Using Vocal Rider with Cubase and/or Audacity

I use Cubase Elements and purchased Vocal Rider. After installing and activating Vocal Rider, I couldn't find it as a standalone program in start up. I tried to understand if it's possible to use ...
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How do you properly/professionally record your vocals and its processing?

I'm a fairly experienced newbie in producing and I've always wondered specially on a lot of "tutorials" on Youtube specially when you search "how to edit/process vocals"; their &...
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Show automation missing from tool bar - LogicProX

Hey guys I was working on this project and suddenly the automation button is no longer showing on the look bar. I can access it individually for each track or through the 'show automation' command on ...
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Do you mix with an Audio Interface?

I recently completed a mix of my song and it sounded really well! I am using my Behringer UM2 Audio Interface in both recording and mixing my song. However I noticed that whenever I don't use my AI ...
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Setting Yamaha MG10XUF mixing console [closed]

I am trying to set up my MG19XUF mixing console as the usb sound card directly connected to computer to record music in Audacity and then to listen my recordings (as well as any audio played from the ...
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Going above 0db and applying limiter

In short, I have a problem. I don’t know what to do with exceeding 0 decibels. If I use a limiter on the master it will make the track much quieter. If I use a clipper, the track will become louder, ...
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How to produce punchy cinematic sound?

Folks: I am in the production stage of one of my songs. I tried to give it to mixing and mastering engineers to do it. The problem is like finding a needle in a haystack. Everyone claims to be an ...
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Is there a way to minimize interference between signals of different instruments?

Phase cancelation between different audio tracks is an issue that cannot be solved just by a constant phase offset. There are sweet spots, but no matter what the global relative phase of two tracks is,...
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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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Mix is not static?

For example I deal with volume. In some parts tracks sits nice with other sounds and etc, e.g. works. In some parts of the track when some instruments drop then some tracks sounds too loud so I think ...
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Mixing question about sidechain compression in the low range with the bass and the kick frequency

I have a mixing question. So I have a kick that's got a pretty good sub frequency, but I also have a bass line that does too. I'm struggling to have both parts hit the way i want. I've been ...
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How can I mix vocals well, with only a single line of recording?

Basically, whenever I produce a song, I tend to record two simultaneous lines of vocals, with some distortion added. This sounds pretty good, but I really don't know how to make a single line of ...
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Logic Pro X: create summing track stack of already existing track stacks

I would like to create a track stack of track stacks. When I attempt to create, it says that I can only create a "folder" track stack and not a "summing" track stack. My questions: ...
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Adjusting accompaniment to vocal range

I'm writing a new song with classical guitar and vocals. I have the choice to sing the melody in a higher octave or a lower octave (the notes are the same) and there are some tradeoffs: I can sing ...
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Are there any downsides to using dynamic EQ when mixing?

I've been looking up articles on dynamic EQ and it seems to be mostly positive. I'm wondering if there's any downsides if someone were to go crazy with it like in the following workflow: Let's say ...
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What is the best way to split a signal at a crossover and process the parts differently

I have a bass guitar DI track. I would like to process everything below 300Hz in one way (ex: eq it differently, add warm saturation, etc). I would like to process everything above 300 Hz in another ...
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Balancing audio frequency bands and instrument volumes for consistent audio quality in highly variable environments, software, and hardware?

I use GarageBand to write music but in theory this question could apply to any composition and recording workflow. A problem I often run into is that different audio players seem to have their own &...
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How the communication and agreements for mixing & mastering happens?

I want to start the work of mixing and mastering but I am totally new. I want to know how the whole process of communication happen with clients. I have heard that beginners are supposed to do quite ...
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How to connect wireless mic (TRS output) to mixer (1/4 inch input)?

I'm having trouble connecting my wireless microphone (lavalier set) to an audio mixer. My wireless microphone is Saramonic Blink 500, which has TRS output on its receiver, and my audio mixer is ...
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How can I take an mp3 recording of live musicians with a varied BPM and make it consistent throughout the song?

I want to create a mix between 2 songs but one of them is recorded with live musicians and the other is electronic music. Naturally the electronic music has a fixed BPM that doesn't change throughout ...
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Mixing/Mastering headroom

I understand that headroom is needed between the mixing and mastering processes. For example, after a mix is done it may sit at -6dB so the person mastering the song has headroom to play with. I have ...
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Mixing tips and techniques

Lately I've seen tons of mixing tutorials. Mainly produce like a pro, Pensaudo's place and recording evolution. But still when I try these techniques I feel that my mix still doesn't sound right. 90% ...
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What’s the Purpose of “Mixing” a song

Can someone explain to me what the purpose of a “mixing down” a song is, and the purpose of it is. Oftentimes, next to certain pieces equipment, a “mixer” is regarded as probably the most important ...
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Is it normal to only hear the music and not the audio from the microphones as well, when plugging in headphones to a mixer?

I recently bought a “SubZero SZ-MIX08USB 8-Channel USB Mixer“ after using it a few times I thought I’d try out the headphone port but you can only hear the music through them and not the vocals from ...
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Why does compression seem to improve the fidelity of recording?

I understand the basic idea of compression: increase low amplitude, decrease high amplitude to some 'normalized' middle range. I especially understand how the effect enhances electric guitar to turn ...
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I find it hard to understand compression

Unlike other effects, compression seems to be the hardest for me to recognize as there's no much of notable change when it's applied, so how do you determine if your drums need to be compressed or not?...
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Synth pads summed to mono get quieter. How to fix?

I use pads in almost all of my tracks and they sound good in stereo mode but when I check in mono, suddenly a large part of the pad sound disappears. Anybody know a trick in arrangment or mixing to ...
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Ableton: quick calculation of average loudness of a track (without listening to whole track with a meter)

I would like to bring all tracks of a session to 0 db because I want to use a analog channel strip simulation simulation, and CLA points out that those sounds best with audio source within that range. ...
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Differences between eq and compressor in single wave forms

I mean when you use a single sound, for example a sample kick. Why should i use a compressor when i could use an eq easily? So i would just easily decrease or increase the frequency i want. Do they do ...
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How to make a single instrument fill up a sound spectrum?

I have an instrumental here (not particularly a fan of, but great reference for this question.) This instrumental starts off with and contains a synth pluck with a simple melody. My interest in this ...
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Could you clarify these statements regarding depth in a mix [closed]

I'm trying to establish the correct formula for these settings if you guys could correct them. It is imperative you're 100% sure of the answer as this plays a vital piece in my understanding of reverb....
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How long do early reflections take to become audible after direct sound [closed]

When speaking in terms of reverb, how long do early reflections take to occur/become audible after the direct sound? Also, do early reflections dictate if a space is long/short or does it also ...
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How do sound waves travel and their reflections? [closed]

I'm studying reverb from a first principles standpoint and I'm finding it difficult to find this answer in my studies. Firstly is this statement correct? "The quantity of sound waves ejected into a ...
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