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Is boosting all frequencies on an EQ equivalent to a flat EQ

Suppose you have a flat EQ, vs an EQ that is boosted by the same amount on each frequency (so that the new frequency is still a flat line, but just shifted upwards. Will these two settings sound the ...
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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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What is the process to produce vocal effects similar to Oblivion by Lo Key (using Cakewalk by Bandlab)?

I am trying to create a vocal effect similar to this in Cakewalk. I also have a tool for shifting pitch and/or formant. So far, I have just been duplicating a vocal into several (around 3-7) tracks, ...
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How authentic is the sound if I use a real effect pedal before GarageBand?

If I consider this setup : Electric guitar -> (real) distortion effect pedal -> audio interface -> garageband -> maybe no need to use virtual pedals from garageband How authentic will the (...
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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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How to use focusrite ISA 220 with 3rd gen focusrite scarlet 2i2?

Recently got my hands on a Focusrite ISA 220 and want to know how best to hook it up to my current focusrite scarlet 2i2 3rd Gen interface? I’ve read lots of conflicting opinions online about this ...
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How can I effectively route Stylus RMX channels to individual MIDI tracks in Ableton Live?

I'm currently facing challenges with routing separate Stylus RMX channels to individual MIDI tracks in Ableton Live in a well-organized manner. While I've followed tutorials to create a functional ...
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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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How does an analogue mixing desk fit into a small studio with a multichannel audio interface?

So I've recently started helping out at a local community centre, which has a recording studio. Specifically, it has a live room and a control room, with an A&H Zed 436 36-channel analogue mixer ...
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Creating a Mono-Only Bell Timbre in Cakewalk

This video outlines the production a sort of bell timbre which can only be heard when played in mono. I am trying to reproduce this in Cakewalk. I think I've figured out how to make the correlated ...
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Is it better to use a clipper to cut peaks of a audio or a limiter?

One trick that I know to get loud mixes (although I am certainly not a fan of the recent trend where everyone is trying to make a piece as loud as possible) is to cut the peaks of the audio first and ...
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What websites upload and sell online records of guitar and piano music? [closed]

Can you advise, please, what websites upload and sell online original records of guitar and piano music (authored by unknown players) ? How much to pay for that and what websites are known as fake and ...
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What does ff mean for time duration?

I found a cue manager for composers and saw a record: Start TC End TC (hhmmssff) (hhmmssff) h - hours m - minutes s - seconds I don't understand what f(ff) means. Can you explain me please? the ...
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Ableton Live - gradually curve an Audio Effect knob every time a note plays

Novice question. Automation can gradually activate an Audio Effect over the course of a track. But is there a feature that can initiate an Effect knob curve on each note the instrument plays? For ...
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Do I need 88 keys to produce film soundtracks?

This question is motivated by the following reality: The Brazillian real is a very depreciated currency compared with US dollar; 1 US dollar = 5 Reals. I want to compose orchestrated soundtracks and ...
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Audio interface outputs lower volume from the monitor outputs

I own Behringer UMC202 HD audio interface, and a pair of Yamaha HS8 monitors. When I plug a monitor into the headphone jack, it is very loud, however, once I connect it to the dedicated monitor ...
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Can you help me analyze this approach to laying down a drum beat?

In this article music producer Rami Yacoub says the following while discussing the mixing console at Cheiron Studios: “[Max Martin] said ‘this is the magic…’ and he routed the kick on one, snare on ...
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How much more is there to learn in “music production” as opposed to “music technology”? [closed]

I mean, imagine if a techy person went through every menu, button, function, etc, of Ableton, so that from a software perspective they had deep knowledge of how to do everything it can do. I do not ...
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How is it possible to filter either high or low frequencies of a single sine wave?

I started learning music production. I created (or generated) a sine wave with the oscillator in FL Studio, but did not add any more sine waves into it (by turning the volume off for the two other ...
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I thought I’ve sounded good while singing along to my music, but when I recorded my self after 1 year of practicing, I think I sound horrible [duplicate]

So, for the past year and a half I’ve been practicing my singing by simply listening to my music and singing it out loud in a shed in the back of my house. In December, I got a little studio to record ...
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How can I access the "fades" dropdown option in Ableton?

I'm having trouble finding the fades option circled in red in the following screenshot, which was taken from this video: Here's a closer look at his options: And here's what I'm seeing in ...
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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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How to reharmonize a sample already with heavy harmony?

If one is to reharmonize a sample, let's say, a full song with its own chords that can be clearly heard, how can one make sure the new chords do not clash with the existing ones? I want ...
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What are next steps to release an EP or an album, once I will finish recording?

I wanted to know, what are steps to do once I will record a DIY ep ? Actualy, I started this project : recording songs, and make out of them a punk rock ep. I do play all instruments, I record using ...
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Is it ok to equalize mic signal?

I have different microphones (dynamic and condenser ). And what i want you to ask is is it ok to equalize singnal from they. For example from condeser sometimes it too bright or from cheap dynamic ...
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How do I transfer my garageband project to logic pro without the vocals messing up?

I exported a project to logic from garageband and everything lined up PERFECTLY. I got so excited because I recorded this song years ago before I had logic. I thought everything was perfect until I ...
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What should be key considerations when splicing drum loops?

In this post, I asked you all about isolating individual hits from a drum loop. This was important to me because I wanted to actually edit the drum loops to create my own version of the original. ...
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How do I convert drum loops purchased online into MIDI drum racks in my DAW?

I am totally new to the world of loops, which seem to be a pretty big deal for some genres, such as EDM and techno. I've always taken pride in creating my drum beats from scratch and modifying the ...
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Can you bass boost a song repeatedly?

I was using a plugin/service to bass boost a song when this question came to mind: Can you Bass Boost a song that has already been Bass Boosted after being Bass Boosted? In other words, can you ...
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Music Practice Question (I think?)So I tried replicating notes of one piano to my piano, same notes, but it still sounds different - help? [closed]

I’m an amateur. I also have the sheet music stuff with me as well, and I have reference to the sound. My attempt sounds about similar, but the original music seems a bit higher. I’ve copied the notes ...
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How to make something sound REALLY far away

I'm trying to add some trumpet solo into my film and I want to make it feel like you are in the school and someone is playing it in the far away playground/another building. For (1) post-production, I ...
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Where are these audio clicks coming from Ableton Live 11 Suite?

Audio clicks and pops in Ableton are nothing new to me. Needing to fade audio clicks at the beginning (and sometimes ending) of clips is part of my workflow if I don't want to re-record an instrument,...
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Ableton Push Start/Stop with a Sustain Pedal

MacBook Pro (Big Sur 11.5.2) Ableton Intro Ableton Push 2 OnStage KSP20 (the sustain pedal) Is there a way to get an Ableton Push 2 to play/stop via a foot pedal? My sister has a gig in a few days and ...
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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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Is the number of keys on a controller keyboard important in music production?

Recently, I've been doing bedroom productions as a personal hobby, and I've been thinking of buying a midi keyboard, a digital piano, or a synthesizer to help me produce songs. Right now, I'm using ...
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Is there an equivalent to "format painter" (Microsoft formatting tool) in Ableton when editing MIDI notes?

For example, I recently had a two MIDI chords. They were the same chord, but one was eighth notes and the other was quarter notes. Is there a quick way to apply the "formatting" (read: ...
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Using Synthesis to Create Original Sounds

Many videos I've watched on synthesis aim at emulating physical instrument sounds (or sometimes physical sound effects), with the pursuit of realism as a guiding principle. At first, this struck me ...
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Do electronic instruments need to be EQ'd?

Producers use EQ to shape sound generally, but I know a particularly useful feature of EQ is the ability to cut frequencies that are unwanted. For sounds that are created/designed digitally, though, ...
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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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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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How to properly record electric guitar?

I want to record my electric guitar for the sake of making covers as well as my own music, however I'm having trouble getting a good tone. I have 3 possible approaches (one of which has worked fairly ...
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What is the best WAV encoding and why? [closed]

I'm using Audacity to export a track, and there are just too many options to encode a .wav export: Signed 16/24/32-bit PCM Unsigned 8-bit PCM 32/64-bit float U-Law, A-Law IMA ADPCM, Microsoft ADPCM ...
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What's wrong with my wave? It looks fat

I compared the waves of the track of someone else and my own and my track is very thick. Can you please explain who knows what's wrong with my wave? I think a thick wave like this means a lot of bass? ...
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How can I transpose an audio track in Logic Pro X without having the duration changed?

I'm recording vocal audio tracks, but I don't reach some pitches (like a C2) so i tried singing the parts one octave higher and using the transposition feature in the inspector (Shortcut: "i"...
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Types of synths used in modern guitar-based music

I have a solo project where I write rock/metal, and I am interested in adding synths to my music in order to expand the sonic possibilities, add more interesting textures, make the tracks sound bigger ...
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Instrument plugins with weak attacks

I have some instrument plugins that have unfortunately weak attacks -- by this I mean it sounds like they have an ADSR envelope with an attack value higher than I would like, so it makes the ...
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How can I make my vocals stand out without ducking the instrumental in my EDM drop?

I'm pretty excited about my new EDM track, but first I better figure out how to make the vocal chops in my drop stop making the instrumental sounds duck (especially the melody synth). You can really ...
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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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For electronic music production, are there any differences between using small synths vs big synths?

This is a newbie question by someone who is just learning to play piano. On YouTube there are some talented musicians that play and remake famous electronic music riffs and tunes. One group uses very ...
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How to flatten frequencies like that

What I just didn’t work out. No multiband compressor will work that way. It's only a clipper or distortion that can do that.
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