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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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Standard scratch samples used in every dang song ever

I'm trying to find out where artists get those cheesy stereotypical scratch samples a la 24K Magic (Bruno Mars), My Name Is (Eminem), 69 Boyz songs, etc. Maybe they're from some ROMpler keyboard?
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How can I create bass like in “HandClap”?

The chorus section of "HandClap" has one of the best bass tracks I have ever heard. It's powerful yet blends seamlessly and cohesively with the rest of the mix. Does anyone have any specific clues ...
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

I've created great vocals on studio one, in wav format 32 bit at 44.1 khz. Problem It only sounds good on headphones. It sounds distorted on bass and high notes. Is it because the wav was created ...
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Connecting a Looper to a Guitar Multieffects Pedal

I want to practice guitar silently via headphones using a looper (Boss RC-30) and a multieffects pedal (Im considering the Boss GT-100). The Multieffect board has an fx loop (send/return). I'm ...
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Logic Pro X Gate Stutter

Is there an easier way to use create a stutter effect in Logic for something like a riser or anything else WITHOUT side-chaining to the noise gate plugin? I've only seen tutorials like this. By the ...
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Move track from Ableton to Logic Pro

I'm trying to take a track to be mastered from Ableton Live 9 to Logic Pro, but the original on Ableton is on a MBP with no Logic Pro installation, and my Logic Pro installation is on a MBP with no ...
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Should I go to a studio or release demos?

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I'm a solo rock artist with CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). If I was healthy I would definitely pay to produce my songs in a studio or send them off to labels etc, ...
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Clicks in bass tracks

I found that in the recent recording I am producing the double/upright bass track is full of small clicks here and there. Not loud, but audible. Here they are clearly visible on the spectogram: Just ...
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How to add reverb to the snare only in superior drummer?

Is there a way to add reverb to just the snare in superior drummer? I am using Nuendo and if I add reverb as an insert, it is added to the whole track, making the bass drums and toms sound a little ...
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What if I want to make a living out of music? [closed]

First off, I don't even know if this belongs here or in music fans, please move it accordingly admins. So far, I am sure I want to be a full time musician. This is where my pleasure lies, mainly ...
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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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Why does the recording of distortion guitar sound different than what I hear through the amp?

I write music using Nuendo and by connecting my electric guitar to my tonelab LE pedalboard and then to my focusrite scarlet 2i2 audio interface. I feel that there is something that I am missing. I ...
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How can I combine my guitar playing, compositions in Sibelius and an music maker software together

To begin I feel I have to mention that, while I did get information regarding recording and composition, I feel as if they did not answer my case entirely. So here goes: I have been playing classical ...
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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's the difference between Audio Monitors and Speakers? [duplicate]

I have a YouTube channel that I started as a hobby but is growing to a point where I want to invest some equipment so I can produce better music. I've been using really crappy speakers for the longest ...
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How to fix Bias FX buzz?

I just got Bias FX and am using it inside FL Studio. However, when I use it there is a terrible buzzing sound that dominates whatever I'm playing. It sounds like something is maxing out, but I don't ...
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Aspiring Sound Designer should start where?

First off, I am new to this website so I will say sorry in advance if I have broken any rule. Hi, just one simple question for an aspiring sound designer like me. What things should I start ...
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Odd question for our music producers [duplicate]

I don't know if anyone noticed, but in many modern day songs, the vocal seems as if it is being played twice with a small delay to prevent it from being noticed. Alternatively, it is accompanied by a ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles? [closed]

Currently, artists just release singles with 1 track - the song. For example, Ariana Grande's single "Focus" has 1 track: Focus But wouldn't it be better to release additional tracks as well, like ...
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Mac vs PC for music production

I'm a musician and occasional composer, and a Windows PC user. I've heard a lot of times about benefits of using a Mac for these purposes. But I wonder: what are these "benefits"?
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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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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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Stage manager of music?

Is there an equivalent of what in theatre is a stage manager for music? Someone that either stays at a specific venue, or travels with a band, and manages the light, sound, and other effects used in ...
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Talking with the audience in a show [closed]

How long is most practical for talking to the audience to create interest? Why talking to the audience is important to create excitement? When is the best timing in a performance for talking to the ...
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newbie trying to decide between cubase pro and cubase artist edition [closed]

I can't decide between cubase pro and cubase artist. The artist version is cheaper but I don't mind getting the ultimate package if it means faster learning and composing. I only have a computer and ...
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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 ...
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Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?

When creating electronic beats, I have a hard time deciding if I should really use a synthesizer to sequence my whole rhythm section. Sometimes I end up using samples or recording something close to ...
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When should I use a direct input box vs. plugging in directly?

How does someone evaluate whether you should run the output from an instrument through a direct box before sending the signal on? For context, my current setup has my digital piano running separate ...
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How can I vary shuffle rhythm in recording with Reason?

I've been handed a few audio tracks from a local beginning artist. I'm struggling with various shuffle rhythms from the artist on guitar. I'm tasked with writing accompanying tracks (piano, strings, ...
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How to remove reverb from a recording of a voice?

How to remove reverb from a recorded voice? Is there a difference between a monophonic audio signal and a stereophonic reverb related to this removal process?
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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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Is it ok to release a demo EP with average quality on Spotify?

My rock band was recording a Demo EP with a friend of a member of the band. This friend lost his job and house and left the country before he had a chance to mix and master the tracks. And he didn't ...
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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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How do you achieve this bass heavy effect?

I noticed that a lot of modern metal songs sometimes have this booming drum sound (I think it's made on the toms and/or bass), for example before/during a breakdown in some metalcore songs. It's a ...
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Tips for increasing loudness while mastering in Ableton Live

I am a drum and bass (Jump Up) producer using ableton, I have been producing for about 8 months now and I would say I have progressed really well with it. I have got to the stage with it where I want ...
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What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?

Being an electronic music producer, file format is something I have to consider at some point. I usually export my songs as .wavs and then convert them to .mp3s later (since they are smaller than ....