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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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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 ...
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Does the send order of a track affect the effects on the track

I tried to change the send order on a track in reaper; to put the reverb send before the delay but found out its not possible to switch the initial order. Does the order of sends on a track affects it ...
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How to play changed lyrics

Suppose I have a mp3 song and its lyrics, for example dream on by Aerosmith Every time I look in the mirror All these lines on my face getting clearer And I want to change the lyrics, basically one-...
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Is there an efficient approach to setting distorted guitar EQ when mixing?

Recently I've been running into brick walls with mixing distorted rhythm guitars. It seems that whatever I do the tone is either indistinct/muddy, fizzy, wimpy or over-processed. Approaches tried (...
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Is dynamic range compression used in classical music?

In the era of "loudness war", a modern popular music song with no quiet passages generally has a flat dynamic range: Clipping is also common - albums can be practically 100% distorted when record ...
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Mixing two songs very different bpm help

Question is : I need some suggestions of how I can create a 124 bpm version of this song while still keeping the same level of energy to match the original track This song has a bpm of 161 and I will ...
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Singing, Reording, Mixing, Mastering

Do I need a audio interface for my laptop to use USB mic? I'm about to buy Blue Snowball iCE for recording my vocals to mix and master with karaoke tracks. But, when I was using same headphone mic ...
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How to connect this setup, i don't want to blow up something. (RCA to TS) Please advise

In order to be more precise with this application, I will explain you the exact set up im aiming for. I have an old dj mixer, the NUMARK DM1050, picking up dust for the past 1 year, and I recently ...
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Digital dj'ing, mp3 or wav? [closed]

I used to dj with vinyl back in the day. Am now wanting to get back in the game. What is the best file format to bye tunes in, mp3 or wav. I want to play through pa sound systems.
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trying to get a better bass sound

first sorry for my Eng.i have a problem with my mixing. my music style is edm and when i mix my music, everything is ok except that when i looking to my 32 band monitor plugin, i see that around 100-...
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Vocals from one song, Instrumental from another

Many DJs use vocals from one song on an instrumental track from another song. What are the criteria that have to be met for this to sound good? Should both tracks be in the same key? Same chord ...
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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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Balanced xlr to unbalanced xlr

I need to plug my balanced xlr (left and right) into my mixer which has unbalanced inputs, should I just connect two balanced xlr cables directly from the output into two unbalanced xlr inputs in the ...
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Digital mixer to digital mixer

I currently have a large drum kit which means I use a lot of mics. If I had a sub mixer next to my drum kit in order to mix my drums without taking up most of the mic inputs of the main mixer, would I ...
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mixing 2 signals question

[edit: sorry for the misuse] [Edit again: the looper is the digitech jamman Express xt] I have to mix two mono signals: the output of a piezo mic and the output of a looper. the piezo goes both into ...
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How to use Fruity Compressor in FL Studio?

I often use Fruity Compressor in many of my sounds or elements, but I don't think I actually know the complete functions of the knobs in Fruity Compressor. If anyone is using FL Studio here, can you ...
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How to mix guitar and other source(laptop, mp3 player) into headphones?

This might get asked a lot but I find it difficult to search for an up-to-date answer and one that does not suggest using a laptop or something like a pod with digital amp modeling. Basically I want ...
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How do you find the tempo of a song with piano as only instrument?

I am not a musician but I am making a piano playing machine for a simple project. I need to trigger linear actuators which push the piano keys. I can use midi interface to trigger the actuators but I ...
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Effects and mixing

Does an effect added to one instrument effect other instruments in a mix if each instrument is on its own track? For example: We apply/add reverb to an electric guitar on its track, will then the dry ...
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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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Positioning the sound in 3D using VST plugins

I've listened to a lot of stereo music that when listened to through good headphones sounds quadrophonic. For instance Pink Floyd's The wall seems so 3D even in stereo. How to place my instruments ...
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Connecting Roland A-01K to Mixer

I just bought a Roland A-01k because I like the chiptuned sounds it makes, and I want to connect it to my mixer. Problem is, there's only a headphones jack! I tried connecting it like a line in device,...
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Listening, mixing, and understanding on multiple playback devices?

A common question that people ask me when I begin mixing their music (I mainly deal with drumsets), is something like, "Where will you mix my music? Will you use more than one device to listen?" Now, ...
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Question about panning

I did read this on the internet,but just couldn't find the answer. Goal is to make room for voice in the mix. If i have background music (Stereo) And then separate channels in mono.Pan lef/right.Would ...
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Big “saturation” after export on Cubase 8 Elements

I'm kinda desperate. After mixing everything and made everything sound right in Cubase, I encounter an issue while exporting and listening to the result. The bass(and most low-frenquency sounds) have ...
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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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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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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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What is on the stereo output of a mixer if I'm recording with only one mic?

I got a small mixer and am using it for singing and applying some effects. I'm using a single microphone for recording. It's connected to an XLR to the mixer. Given that I have a mono signal going ...
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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 to learn mixing music [closed]

i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video. normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent ...
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Performing a song with changed lyrics — is it a cover or remix? [closed]

I rewrote most of the lyrics of a song, keeping just a few key phrases from the chorus. Most of the background melodies (piano, guitar) are the same, although there are a few small changes. I plan to ...
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Grand Audio Engineering/Mixing and Mastering Course?

Does anyone know of a course or playlist that shows someone how to get into the world of mixing, mastering. I'm a complete noob and would like to learn about that stuff but I don't know the first ...
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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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Why do certain keys sound good together? [duplicate]

I am a DJ and the software I dj with just introduced key analyzation (Serato DJ). So now I have the key to every song in my library. Someone invented a way for DJ's to mix music in key without having ...
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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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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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The Greg Kurstin ethereal breathy vocal effect

I think I'm a pretty solid producer and engineer, but there is one specific effect I've always had a hard time reproducing... that shimmery, breathy, bordeline-ghostly vocal sound. Greg Kurstin uses ...
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How Can I Isolate Individual Drums From An Overhead Track?

Me and my band were demoing some stuff at rehearsal the other day. For my style of mixing, I'd much prefer every drum close miked and as isolated as possible from everything, but this wasn't possible ...
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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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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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Do I need Phantom Power?

I wanted to ask that I want to buy a condenser mic, I know it needs phantom power to work. So my question is will it work if i will connect it to a 3.5mm jack to my amp.
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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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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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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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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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Connecting audio interface to mixer

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and a Yamaha MG16/6FX mixer and I am considering to use the Scarlett 2i2 as an interface to a condenser microphone (to be recorded using the USB out). ...
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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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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 ...