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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 '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 is harmonic mixing / mix in key?

I'm currently learning how to become a DJ. One of the concepts that caught my attention was "harmonic mixing". I know some very basic music theory, and I'm having some trouble understanding it. What ...
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When is it a remix, and when is it a cover?

This question might not be fit for this stack, but I didn't find any other. My apologies to music students out there :) When is a song a remix, and when is it a cover? Lets take Corona - The Rhythm ...
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How can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?

I am helping a friend (very talented aspiring singer songwriter in the folk music genre’) by making some free demo recordings of her music to promote her talent. She has a nice voice but it’s on ...
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How to configure Traktor to analyse non-analyzed tracks only

Upon importing a folder to my collection in Traktor, Traktor analyze all tracks, even tracks that the same version of Traktor had already analyzed. How can I configure Traktor so that only non-...
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How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?

I'm recording vocals with a SM58 mic through a USB audio interface and getting clean audio with no ambient noise. At this point it sounds pretty flat (no reverb or echo from the room). So in my DAW I'...
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Difference between mixing and mastering

I am a musician, and I have amateurish-ly recorded my own musical inspiration. I am curious to learn, though, and one of the most confusing things is - as so often - in terminology. I am looking for ...
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How can I remove all the tracks contained in a folder and its subfolders from my collection with Traktor 2?

I imported all the tracks contained a folder and its subfolders into my collection. I now want to remove them from my collection: how can I remove all the tracks contained in a folder and its ...
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Making all elements clearly audible in the mix

I often struggle with mixing a song when I have all my recordings ready to use and I get closer to the "whole song". My approach is often to take a single track and add effects such as EQs, ...
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TS vs TRS cables to connect mixer to audio interface

I understand that TS cables are mono and TRS cables are capable of delivering a stereo signal. However, if a jack supports TRS, could I still run a TS cable to it (and if so, what happens), and if a ...
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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 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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Can I force Traktor to use more than one CPU when analyzing tracks?

I have many checks to analyze with Traktor and the latter only use is one CPU when analyzing tracks despite having activated the multi-CPU support: Can I force Traktor to use more than one CPU when ...
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Acoustic Guitar in the Live Mix

I play acoustic guitar in a band with drums, electric bass, and electric guitar. I'm often told that I need to switch to electric because nobody can hear my guitar However, I like the sound of ...
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Efficient strategies when recording alone

I've been recording in my own room for about two years and I've been in semi-professional studios for a few bands as well. I have noticed that working in a studio, where a recording engineer gives you ...
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How to order VST plugins correctly

I have recently noticed that the order of the VST plugins on an audio track can make a great difference on its sound. I usually use virtual preamps, compressors, distortion and chorus effects, ...
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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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Mixing and mastering at home

I have been playing guitar, piano, and keys for over ten years, and have been recording my own stuff for about eight years. I understand the basic principles of recording and have spent many hours in ...
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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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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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How can I multitrack record my band practices?

I would like to start recording my band practices. Current configuration is bass, guitar, and drums. I would like to record individual tracks to my computer so that we can add other parts, work on ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

I've been learning how to master songs with a few tutorials and I've stumbled upon various plugin categories I'd like to be able to distinguish a bit better. Many of those tutorials recommend to use ...
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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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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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How can I analyse all the tracks contained in a folder with Traktor 2?

I want to analyse all the tracks contained in a folder with Traktor 2. Using right click on folder (in Traktor's browsing window) + "Analyze (Async)" only analyses tracks located at the root of 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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Why doesn't Traktor update the key and BPM fields after I analyze the track?

This video shows the issue. After restarting the computer and Traktor everything worked fine, but I wonder what could have caused the issue. The track in question was not being used/opened by other ...
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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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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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Which first: comping or timing correction?

I have a number of takes (usually 5-8 are usable) of the whole band, all recorded to click that I would like to comp (merge together into one performance). It is no-brainer what to pick if some part ...
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What does a goniometer (sound) show?

In looking into 2D representations of audio, I came across a tool called a goniometer. I'm aware that a goniometer refers also to a device for measuring angles, but in this context it refers to one ...
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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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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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Getting the right balance of frequencies in mix

I generally use Voxengo span vst to check if my frequency balance is right. I would take a professionally produced song with a similar set of instruments that my song uses (or genre) and compare the ...
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Does the microphone gear/setup used to record vocals determine the output quality of the music or does the mixing and mastering?

I know that they both have a role to play, but could a grammy award winning engineer make a crispy vocal using just his engineering skills regardless of equipment used?
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How to judge a mix, on e.g. muddiness and balance?

I have been producing music for 7 years: And I have yet to understand how artists are able to tell what a proper mix sounds like. They often tell me that my mix sounds weird and "muddy", but I myself ...
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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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Simple one-channel audio-interface plus analog mixer, or multi-channel USB audio interface?

Wondering on what all things would one miss, for a hobbyist home-studio if one were to go with a single-channel audio-interface, that is fed by an analog mixer, as against a multi-channel USB ...
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Providing phantom power to 3.5mm mic

I need to provide power to a mic that has 3.5mm jack. All of the external phantom power supplies are for XLR. Does anyone know of a good solution.
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How to make a backing track from any song. (If possible)

I've seen a lot of tutorials about how to remove vocals and such with audacity, which never seem to work. But I want to know if I can find a song like on YouTube or something and remove all the lead ...
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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 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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How to delete/change type of bus in the channel strip in Logic Pro X?

I'm playing around mixer atm, and I wanted to try to set pre/post fader send on one of my channels. Thing is that I'm able to add a bus, but I have no idea how to remove it, or change it's type. There ...
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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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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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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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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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SDC or LDC for specific cymbals?

Not exactly your typical SDC vs LDC question here. I have 2 condenser mics, a Samson C01 Pencil SDC and a PreSonus LDC. Say I have the rest of a drum kit miked up properly, but also wanted to record ...
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Mixing with Maschine 2 software

I have recorded a multi group sequence in Maschine 2. In the mixing mode, if I am on a group that is a drum kit, I am able to adjust the volumes of each individual track without issue. However, on ...
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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 ...