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Questions tagged [production]

For questions regarding the creation, recording, mixing, and mastering of music.

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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 ....
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Want to learn composing and producing music with a DAW. Where do I start?

I am a computer engineer and a passionate music listener. I have been listening to movie scores and soundtracks for many years now and it has really inspired me to want to learn more about music and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Covering songs by other artists - does money change hands?

Many bands cover songs by other bands, unofficially at concerts, or usually on live recordings (for example, Kurt doing Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie, at an MTV unplugged concert. I always ...
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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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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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I want to be like Madeon. Where do I start?

I recently stumbled upon this live mashup and I am electrified. The fellow's name is Madeon, and he has a number of similarly great remixes and mashups on SoundCloud. I've always enjoyed electronic ...
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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 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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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 possible to identify autotuned concerts?

Like the rest of the Christians in America I was watching Disney's 2014 Night of Joy concert. It was even trending on twitter. I was pretty sure the artists were using autotune during parts of their ...
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How do you accredit producers if you remix a remix?

If a producer remixes (b) a musical piece (a) by another producer, they are often (in my experience) accredited as follows: Original Producer - Original Title (a) (Remixing Producer's Remix (b)) ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...