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Sending signal from mic preamp to guitar pedal effect

I'm planning to use a fuzz effect from my guitar pedal on my vocals. Therefore I plan to send signal through my microphone to mic preamp and then to the Behringer sf300 super fuzz pedal. From there it ...
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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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How to check the quality of an audio sample?

I'm new to the music scenario and EDM production. With so many options of FREE samples out there, I'm wondering how to best check the quality of a sample? Bit? Khz? Wav? Are there any software that I ...
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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 hook my MIDI up with a guitar pedal?

I'm trying to hook my Behringer vintage delay VD4000 guitar pedal up with my akai mkp88 MIDI. However, it doesn't give any proper output wherever I plug the pedal in. And the pedal clearly works, ...
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Where to see the dbfs before recording an audio in cubase

When setting to record drums, for example, there is the db default setting on the left for 0 db. But there is the setting for recording audio volume which is recommended at -6dbfs. Where do Ι get ...
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Are hi fi amplifiers used in music production?

Are hi fi amplifiers used in music production? What if I run the signal through the hi fi amplifier and record the output? It has to become wider, more volume, deeper ? Does that make sense ?
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What does it mean to rework or remodel an existing composition?

I was looking at the contributing artists for Ryuichi Sakamoto's album ASYNC-REMODELS, where on the back cover are some terms I wasn't so sure what they meant: You can see that the first track is ...
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DAW on Linux (with midi input, samples, guitar riff recording, and coming with instrument sounds) [closed]

I need a DAW (digital audio workstation) on Linux with: - a synth input (midi) - create and use samples from disco tunes (mp3) from the 70s - (optional) time to time record guitar riffs - ...
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Recording with midi/synth vs actual instrument?

Just wondering if there's any guidelines as far as recording a real instrument versus using a midi controller or synth. For example, let's say I have a song that I need a piano part for. I could set ...
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How can I apply a plugin only to the lower frequencies?

Part of the MasterRig plugin in WaveLab is the ability to apply saturation to the lower frequencies. I love this plugin, it sounds amazing, but I don't love WaveLab and would like to do this in Logic. ...
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Can a song be made entirely of samples?

I'm just wondering what the point is of synth instruments (manipulating waveforms) if I can just use samples for everything. For example, say I sample a single middle-c piano note. My understanding is ...
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What is that product he is using? The sphere I mean

Imgur image I think it's used to put a microphone in it.
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EDM/Dubstep production [closed]

so as a kid I kind of dabbled in making beats and such, but never got the hang of it. Now that I'm older, i want to get back into it, but im hitting the same blocks... I know a little bit of music ...
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Logic Pro: Does a looped segment have to start with a full loop?

I have a loop that I want to come in on the "4 and" part of the previous bar, and then continue looping. I've got it so that it takes up an 8 beat segment, so that it will continually loop and sound ...
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DAW fit for composing/recording in standard music notation? [closed]

I was curious about what's the best recording software for a classically trained musician, but one who writes indie rock/pop/folk/hip-hop/EDM? In fact, I'm not professionally trained, but I grew up ...
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What setup do you think is best with this gear? [closed]

I'm a bit confused on how to get the most out of my gear. I have an 8 track mixer (LD Systems Vibz 8) where all my instruments (mostly synthesizers) are connected. The mixer main outputs are connect ...
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Should I treat Impulse Response signal as cabinet itself? [duplicate]

I got a pack of IR signals from redwire that I can apply to my guitar in DAW and enjoy real-like cabinet sound. Can I treat them as a cabinet itself and put in the signal chain right after the power ...
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Can I turn any synthesized instrument into a bass by lowering the frequency?

In terms of electronic music, when I'm picking a "bass" can I choose any instrument, including leads, and just set that instrument to be of lower frequency (lowering the octave) in order to create a ...
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What are the main drum elements used in beatmaking?

What are the main types of drum samples used to create a hiphop beat? I've narrowed it down to three: Kick Snare Hihat Are there any more? I think there's also an 808 but I think it's a type of kick....
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Where does the great audio quality of tracks released on YouTube come from?

For example, I produced a track, then exported an mp3 or wav, but it is in no way comparable to the quality of the clips on YouTube. Do the producers pass the track through some kind of equipment or ...
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Can iPad pro replace MacBook for music production?

I watched a video on YouTube titled 2018 iPad Pro - the Future of Music In the video, a professional music producer only uses his iPad to make all his music. So I'm wondering if the new 2018 iPad ...
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Count music in beats, bars or seconds?

I'm just wondering if when creating a song what's the correct way to time things. For example, I say the "chorus lasts 30 seconds" or the "chorus lasts 8 bars". Would I say this beat that I made a ...
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Do DJs ever use a third track to keep a third kick going for several songs or even entire sets? Or is the effect of “silkiness” achieved another way?

I listen to a lot of a specific genre, progressive house, but one DJ in particular, Hernan Cattaneo, seems to achieve a "silkiness" in his bass drum during transitions (or maybe it just stands out to ...
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Do I really need tube pre amp and condenser to properly record bass/vocals at my home studio? If so, is there affordable option on it?

I have a small home studio setup.I'm using a focusrite interface and dynamic microphones as SM-58. I feel as if the recorded signal is not big enough and I always end up having to push some Pro tools ...
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What free music production programs allow the user to specify frequencies? [closed]

What free programs allow the user to work with specific frequencies, resulting in, i.e., a range of "pseudo-notes" between C and C#? A quick summary of how to use this feature or a link would also be ...
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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 would you make this soft strings sound using another synthesizer?

I would like to recreate this sound: . It is a string sound from the Dave Smith OB6 (which I do not have). Can anyone tell me which oscillators are used, and how to ...
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Understanding signal-flow of Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1 Patch-Panel

I purchased a patch-panel for my home studio, coming with the following diagrams: My question is about the signal direction. Where are inputs and where are outputs on the first images in the row? ...
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Subconscious Plagiarization in Music Production

I have effectively no training in music theory, and have only ever produced a handful of "songs" (unpublished files on my hard drive, resulting from aimless experimentation with production software). ...
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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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How to reduce noise when recording audio to computer from keyboard?

I'm just getting into recording music, so I'm very new at this. My preferred method of recording would be to connect the audio output of my keyboard (in this case a Casio CTK-4400) to the auxiliary ...
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What's analog vs digital in music production?

What's the difference between analog and digital when it comes to music production? This might sound like a dumb question, but isn't everything that's connected to electricity digital?
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Did hardware generally move to software for music production? [closed]

I was watching this video of Adrock from Beastie Boys on how he switched from the SP-1200 to Reason. I'm wondering if this is generally the trend. People moving from hardware to software that is. Will ...
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What do we call it when everything—pitch, chords progression, etc.—changes in a song?

There is a technique that I don't understand in some songs where everything changes—the pitch drop, the chord progression, the melody, etc. The only thing that stays the same is the vibe. Here are ...
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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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Performance of Regular usb Audio interface when connected to MacBook Pro(with thunderbolt) via usb hub

Some of the audio interfaces are connected via USB. For instance the focusrtie Scarlett series. Now the question I have is regarding performance and issues if any when connecting this to a MacBook Pro ...
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Can you listen to your computer's sound with a soundcard

I would like to buy a Lexicon Alpha Studio, but I wanted to make sure that I can listen to my computers sound through it (it seems logical to me). Because my computer's jack plug is broken and my ...
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Is it legitimate to use music technology to make me sound more proficient than I am?

Music technology lets a single musician do things that are physically impossible for one person without the technology. For instance one musician can create a multitrack recording where they play ...
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Most practical way to compose classical music on PC

I write in Sibelius but I do not like the its sounds. I like Reaper's sounds but its notation editor is not practical. Thus, I export a midi file from sibelius which I import in reaper. However, I ...
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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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Where can I find this snare drum sample?

While producing a new track, the need arose to find a very specific one-shot snare drum sample. Unfortunately, the sample I got is polluted with an unwanted triangle sound, so I will need to find ...
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Do I need a lot of money to make music?

I am just a little kid who really likes music. I have been producing EDM House and Dubstep for about 6 months. I use a free software called LMMS with my Dad's laptop and no MIDI keyboard. I also use ...
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Role of music video in the perception of a song?

Could it be that the video is the key to the general impression about a song? Are there any stats/research on how much the video influences the song perception? I found a relevant paper: https://pdfs....
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Chord progressions' necessity in a track [closed]

Is it necessary to have a chord progression in a track or is it okay to just have the chord progression as an outline?
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What do the different reverb parameters mean?

Inspired by this question: How to make a sound appear to be more distant? What do all the different reverb parameters (like "ER" and "Diffusion") actually mean?
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How to make a sound appear to be more distant?

I have made a recording of a source close to the microphone. How can I make it sound more distant than it is? Which effects do I need to use for this task? (I need an imitation of small room. ...
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Music production without low-latency software [closed]

I keep hearing that low-latency software is very important to music production, but it's very unclear to me why this is so. I'm about to try my luck with some music production after some time, but my ...