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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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How do I use an equalizer?

So mixing... (audio engineering). When using an equalizer on trackouts/instrument tracks, the general approach is cut out the "bad frequencies" and increase the "good frequencies" to accentuate the ...
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Song Quality and sound through speakers [closed]

I’m a new Hip Hop artist in Atlanta and my songs are sounding really good on my headphones and ear buds but speakers not so much, any tips?
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Mackie ProFX12 mixer desk to stage Monitor

I use the above desk to power 2 x 1000 watt Mackie thumps as Front of House and use 2 x 10" Mackie Actives as Stage monitors. I haven't used the monitors in a while but while setting up today prior ...
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Alternative ways to fix timing issues

I'd usually use Flex Time Polyphonic for such purposes but in this case it'll remove all tightness from the audio. But when I use Flex Time Monophonic, it creates a pop at the start of the transient (...
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Beginner DJ gear [closed]

I'm interested in learning to DJ and have been looking up local DJ schools that I could learn at for fun (although I like the idea of doing the occasional gig every now and then too). I'm really ...
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When stereo mix summed to mono, side information dissapears?

What happens to the side information (L-R) when mix is summed to mono? Is it removed and disappears completely or is it blended to the center so we can still hear things that previously made a stero ...
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Do I understand Mid/Side processing correctly?

Recently I've been reading about the mid/side processing and I'ce got this image in my mind: Let's assume I have 3 guitars in my recording. Guitar one "1" panned 100% left, second "2" in center and ...
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What gear for creating a headphone mix for a band

I have this mixer yamaha MG16XU 16-channel and I'm trying to figure out whether I can create a separate mix for each member of the band with this headphone distributor Behringer MicroAMP HA400, or ...
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Do I need an audio interface for recording if I have a mixer with a built-in USB?

I have Volca series synths and Behringer xenyx 802. I can record each Volca separately with an audio interface to my computer but If I want to play them and record them together (which is better for ...
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I tried to match the sound of this song but it sounds very different, what am I missing?

I'm an amateur music producer, I have little experience. I tried to create a cover of "Beneath the Mask" from the OST of the game Persona 5, and match the sound as closely as possible. Here's a ...
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I have a problem understanding Mono and Stereo

So I have some gears and instruments and they say that one Synthesizer I have should be connected in Stereo and not Mono, so I want to connect it in Stereo but the sound-system in the bar I want to ...
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Basic editing a piano score in garage band

I played a piano solo ‘ oh canada’ on my digital piano and imported the track into GarageBand on ipad. I would like to perform basic editing, correct a few wrong notes, add some dynamics and maybe ...
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Can two notes be at the same frequency or different octaves, or vice versa? [closed]

I was reading something that mentioned playing the same octave of two notes on different instruments but having them at different frequencies. Is that possible?
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Ok if a guitar sound is out of phase with the rest of the song?

I designed a sound for a clean guitar. At first it was in phase, which sounded OK, but when I flipped the phase I liked that sound more. The Correlation Meter (in Logic) shows that the phase is now ...
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Panning distorted guitars (get the attack sound)

I need a mixing tip: when I try to mix distorted guitars (dual guitars, but in fact, I just recorded once, created 2 tracks, copypasted onto them and hard panned them), I want to have a sound of ...
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Why is 'additive' EQ more difficult to use than 'subtractive'?

I've read in some articles that 'additive' equalization (EQ) (where you boost a particular frequency range) is more difficult to use than 'subtractive' (where you are reducing the gain in certain ...
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What's the difference between faders and compressοrs?

There's always the fader on the mixer to control volume.But what is the difference between it and the compressor? I know you can add attack release etc on the compressor, but if Ι only want a sound to ...
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Musicians' jargon, on-stage communication

I’m translating a documentary about a Hungarian folk-jazz musician into English and there are a few words, which I am sure are very simple, yet which I simply cannot find a solution for anywhere on ...
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FL studio automating with GAIN not PERCENTAGES

When I automate my track with gain control, in the upper left corner of the FL studio I can only see the change in percentage scale and I would really like it to be decibels as every other DAW does. ...
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What is Unison Synchronization?

I am reading the following article Schwarz, K. Robert. "Steve Reich: Music as a Gradual Process: Part I." Perspectives of New Music (1980): 373-392. Here is a paywalled link. On page 385, there ...
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Taking my own preset digital mixer to a live act - does it work or not?

I'm thinking of ways to ensure my band sounds great at every gig. I found a digital mixer called Behringer XR18, which is capable of setting up, saving, and restoring stage presets at a click of a ...
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Should I keep dBFS level on vocals relatively same?

While recording vocals, should I gain whispering so dBFS meter is on similar level as when I do a scream? Like should it always sit, let's say about -15 dBFS, or is it fine when whispers are much ...
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how to multi band compress the low end?

i have a problem with my low end when i am mixing. because it seems sometimes my low end lack of good bottom up ,fat bass on some notes(my synth bass). i search and find out that if i use multi band ...
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Ableton: Vocals missing from an old WAV file when played through Windows Media, are there when played in Ableton

I have an incredibly strange case. I've been assembling a collection of demos from old songs I wrote some years ago. I found one, a 2822 kbps WAV file, played it (in Windows Media Player) and thought ...
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How do I correctly mix my lead bass strings?

My orchestral composition has a bass lead line composed of a cello and a bass played in pizzicato. No matter how I mix my ensemble, the bass line does not stand out as I want. I tried: Double ...
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How to use spectrum analyser to find problem frequencies [closed]

I would like be able to identify problems in a mix by looking at the spectrum analyser, now I realize that mixing is done with the ears, not the eyes but I mix in a room with bad acoustics so I cannot ...
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How to identify mud and resonance in a mix [closed]

I am trying to self-learn how to mix music and while searching I have found that a lot of people talk about mud and resonance in the sound, why do they mean by that and how do I identify those. I ...
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Yamaha P115 Aux out issue

So I have a Yamaha P115 and I want to be able to mix the output with a YouTube video or some other reference. I've got myself a simple 4-channel audio mixer (r/http://amzn.eu/d/aP0TXbI) to try and do ...
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Do I need to EQ frequencies before layering or after?

I want to create kick-samples, snare-samples, etc... by layering recorded samples (e.g. 909-Bass-Drum + click + crunch). Also I want to cutoff frequencies to get suitable samples for the mix. I use ...
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Vocal Mixing Help

I'm doing a cover of a song, and I'm trying to replicate the way the vocals in the original song were mixed. This is the original song: I've been working on this ...
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Should I disable Addictive Drums native effects when using Pro Tools?

I'm working on some videos of myself recording at home. It doesn't need to sound professional but good at least. My setup is Pro Tools, Addictive Drums and some instruments. I'm wondering if it'd be ...
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Balanced Output on mixer to Unbalanced Input on another mixer

Can I safely take the L/R stereo mix (using two balanced 1/4" TRS connectors) out of one mixer into unbalanced inputs (two 1/4" unbalanced TS connectors) on a second mixer? Options Use two 1/4" TS ...
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Why do mixers use a compressor on each track?

If limiters on master buses can control peaks, then why is it necessary to add a compressor on each track to control peaks? (I am not talking about changing the dynamic of tracks, just pick control ...
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Judging a mix away from the studio

I've been doing studio sessions sporadically for over a year and am almost ready to send the tracks for mastering. We're in the mixing phase, but I find it very difficult to judge the mix when at the ...
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I want to mix a friend's 96kHz .w64 files from Sonar but Logic Pro X can't read them

My friend records jams at 96kHz using Cakewalk Sonar on a PC, and the audio is saved as .w64 (Sony format). I offered to mix the tracks but my Mac's Logic Pro X DAW can't read the files. There are ...
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How can I make sure my mix is not “bricked” before sending it to be professionally mastered?

In the instructions provided to me by the service I'm using to have my album mastered, the engineers include this advice: Include any desired processing, such as compression and equalization, but ...
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Effect of audio drivers on mixing

I was wondering about the effect of audio drivers on mixing music. When mixing you ideally use studio monitors because they are supposed to have a 'neutral sound' so that you can achieve a mix that ...
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Equalize on Mixer vs equalize on Instrument

i'm really newbie on the topic and i was wondering what changes and where is the proper way to equalize an Instrument (e.g. digital piano, acoustic guitar) on a PA System or during Home recording. It'...
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How to find the loudest part of a mix?

What are fastest methods to find the loudest part of the track during mixing?
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Do analog mixers produce more noise than digital mixers?

We are recording interviews inside a studio setup. Mostly 2 people or a maximum of 6 people will participate. The noise floor is around 55-60dB, and we want to reduce it to at least 80-85dB. Shall we ...
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Recording the parameters of a mix

Is there any DJ software available that allows you to record the parameters of a mix -- the offset and speed of the audio inputs, the levels of the left and right channels, the position of the ...
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how to joint the left and right channel in mixing?

when i am arranging a music i want a good wide stereo image, so for example i use a pad that have a wide stereo image. but when i am mixing that music, i notice that my left and right channels are ...
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Confused by overtones when transcribing music

I noticed that sometimes when I'm transcribing a song in which the recording quality/mixing makes things hard to hear, I can sometimes be confused by the timbre of a musical part. For example, if the ...
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How would you morph smoothly between two different vocal performances?

Suppose I have a backing track for a song and then record two different singers each performing the lead vocal for the song. Is any signal processing possible that would make it sound like the first ...
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What is the purpose of phase invert?

On many sound cards and mixers there is a button "Phase invert". What is its purpose? When should we use it?
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Does phase cancellation have side-effects?

If I have two lines (for example, two bass lines that one of them is inverted one of the other), after I mono the track, (for example listen it on my mobile phone), these two lines will cancel each ...
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send vs return effects

I was reading an article about reverb effects, and it said in that article that if you want to have good reverb effect, you can EQ the send and sometimes EQ the return sound. Now, I only know a ...
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How to make drums sound punchy and fat?

I know it's mostly about compression and EQ but I can't seem to get even closer to this. It just sounds really kicky, even the snares. I'm using Addictive Drums with almost all the presets, but none ...
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How can I make my music less dull, dry, and orchestrate better? [closed]

I recently worked on my new track 'Awakening' which was modeled off of 'Star Sky' by Two Steps From Hell. I had to use spaces in the links to post them because it wasn't letting me. Just remove the ...
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What is the frequency range of a typical subwoofer in a club PA?

I am an amateur producer of techno music. Needless to say, low frequencies have a high importance to the sound in this genre. I have often read that generally in a final mix, very low frequencies ...