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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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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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Phase issues in vsts [closed]

Does anyone know a way to remove phase issues in vst instruments like piano for example. Because the track always sound good in stereo but not in mono. I've seen one solution using a mid side eq and ...
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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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Why my Bb4 and B4 comes out naturally but have to put little efforts after that

I'm a guy 18 right now I'm able to sing songs which consist of F2-Bb4(D5) in chest voice. However after Bb4-B4 I slightly start pushing my voice: B4 is the highest note I can get out naturally when my ...
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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

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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What is the difference in using mono reverb vs stereo reverb?

I'm getting into mixing the last month as it's a vital role in publishing my music for sale online so here goes my question. When would you use mono reverb on an instrument and for what purpose/s? ...
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A mixer or an audio interface? [closed]

So I wanna jam live and record, I first wanted to buy a normal Behringer mixer with a built-in USB but I've been told the recording quality is not that good compared to audio interfaces, so I have two ...
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Connect a balanced mono output - to - an unbalanced stereo input?

I am looking at purchasing this line mixer: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=615108 Here is the manual: https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/615108_Manual_160818.pdf At the output ...
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Giving a digital piano an acoustic sound

When I was in my youth I played the violin for about a decade, and therefore, I suspect, I have become heavily attached to acoustic instruments. Now I’m in my mid thirties, bored of the violin, and ...
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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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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 ...