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How to practice hearing what other people hear and techniques to detect I'm diverging

I'm not hearing sound objectively. For example when I produce music, even after the final mixdown, I think my brain is actually adding things that aren't objectively there. Not entire instruments and ...
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Why do they say recorded when there is no instruments [closed]

For example i read bio of artist and it says After forming Ovum Recordings as an independent label in October 1994 with former partner King Britt, Josh recorded the cult classic 'Liquid Summer'. He ...
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Arrangment/voicing vs EQ/production

When composing rock/pop music, I am wondering, when considering the timbre of the guitars, whether focus should be placed on voicings (power chords vs barre chords vs single notes etc) or simply on ...
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What’s the Purpose of “Mixing” a song

Can someone explain to me what the purpose of a “mixing down” a song is, and the purpose of it is. Oftentimes, next to certain pieces equipment, a “mixer” is regarded as probably the most important ...
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How does sound design affect musical composition?

For the purposes of this question, I'm using definitions commonly used in electronic music production: Sound design: The creation of single sounds, that can be used in a composition. For example, ...
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Focusrite Saffire (56 and others?) “no hardware connected” on windows 10

Spoiler: At least for my issue I found a solution, see my answer for that. Recently I got back into recording and wanted to connect my Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 to my Windows 10 machine. AFAIK the ...
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Who is the owner of the rights of the mastertape? [closed]

We produce a new album by ourselves. Person A Music and Lyric (100%) Arrangement (12,5%) Vox Guitar Finance Person B Recording and Editing Midi-Drums Arrangement (12,5%) Person C Key Vox ...
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How is voice processed in Elliott Smith's Angeles?

I've been wondering how is the voice processed in Elliot Smith's song Angeles. My guess is that it's duplicated (maybe recorded twice? That would already make them a little different) and then eqed ...
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Are studio monitors necessary for producing tracks?

Studio monitors are expensive. Excellent quality headphones are cheap. When I look at how people listen to music, it's almost always on earphones, headphones or cheap small speakers. Are studio ...
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Digital Music Distributor… What is important to know?

i will Release my Single on a digital Distributor, what is important to know about it? Focused on rights, payments, conditions an so on?
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How do DAWs work, and specifically, communicate?

I have done very little in the way of production other than use GarageBand a little, but from what I've read, DAWs allow applications to be chained together. But how? I had pictured they might expose ...
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What order should I use guitar amp, sims and cabs in?

Please explain to me what’s what and why? There are many plugins on the Internet. I do not understand. There are amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, pedals. Then there are cabinets, impulse loaders, what are ...
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Can you use a midi controller without knowing how to play any instrument?

Can someone without any instrument experience create a song "by ear" using a midi controller? Or would you recommend getting a piano keyboard, learning how to play it first, and then use the midi ...
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Youtube live video song

Help me figure out how they do it. here live video , the sound from the video, but they added the audio backing track and the artist sings on top of it. How they synchronized it all. I don’t ...
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Does including a sport commentator voice in a music track make me owe him mechanical royalties?

If I make some electronic music and it contains voice of a sport commentator (soccer game) over the music of my production, then when publishing the track, do I owe this commentator any royalties? ...
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I find it hard to understand compression

Unlike other effects, compression seems to be the hardest for me to recognize as there's no much of notable change when it's applied, so how do you determine if your drums need to be compressed or not?...
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Why does compression seem to improve the fidelity of recording?

I understand the basic idea of compression: increase low amplitude, decrease high amplitude to some 'normalized' middle range. I especially understand how the effect enhances electric guitar to turn ...
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Applying Autotune to a Video [closed]

I would like to auto-tune a video, but I do not know how. Please tell me how I can achieve that effect.
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Can i stack stereo recordings on stereo and then output stereo mix?

I record stereo mix with drums and synth. Drums are mono (only hihat left) and synth has a bit of width. Then i layer on top stereo pad and another synth. Is it right to render that? Or should i ...
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Can a 16 step sequencer be used to play any song?

I was wondering if having a series of 16 step sequencers can power any song in 4/4 time. Since 16 steps = 1 measure. Let's say I take some classical sheet music, could it be converted to a series of ...
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Numark Mixtrack Pro as a midi controller?

Can I use a Numark Mixtrack Pro as a midi controller in Ableton or other DAW? For example map fader/knob to cutoff synth or other parameters?
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In gain staging, what's the safest way to make a track audible?

I'm trying to understand gain/volume/speaker volume and how to gain stage. I understand that gain is the input signal amplitude, and have read that we should try to keep something around -18db (...
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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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What is an MC/Producer in Hip-Hop/Rap?

I saw this terminology used in an article I was reading and was wondering what an MC/Producer was. I am not that familiar with rap or hip-hop terminology so was curious what it meant. Thanks.
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How to change mixing mid-song without it sounding abrupt

I’m writing a song for electric piano, bass, guitar, drums, and clarinet. The clarinet starts off as an accompanying instrument but later becomes the central melody. I am completely new to mixing and ...
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Is it normal to use a clipper instead of a limiter?

I ask because I get too hot on master and I like the mix. I don't want to change anything. I want to keep it there as it is, but maintain the same volume. Some people tell me that a limiter is a ...
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Why get an audio interface if I could just use USB?

I have a USB mic, USB midi controller, and monitors that use a regular 3.5mm jack connected directly to my computer. I was wondering why people get audio interfaces? Is there something they provide ...
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How are synthesizers used in music production?

If you record sounds from your synthesizer into a DAW then aren't you just recording the audio? Wouldn't it be better to record midi information so that you can then fix any mistakes when you record. ...
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Do people that play instruments use sequencers?

I've been coming across videos lately where people have these step sequencers and they even use it for melody/harmony. Such as volca bass. Why would people that can play a keyboard use such sequencers?...
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How long is a bar? [closed]

i have knowledge in reading tonic solfa notation. 4/4, 6/8 etc. I also have knowledge in music and audio production with the use of computer softwares, e.g FL Studios. I wish to know about the length ...
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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

Out of experience, I found that recording with smaller microphone gain results in less noisy audio, which later can be amplified by increasing its volume or adding a gain. My question is which one is ...
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Is it normal to write automation for compression?

Is it normal to write automation for compression/limiter?Or you can automate everything if it's right.
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Are most modern drums in pop/hiphop/edm music synthesized?

I was wondering if the drums that I hear around me on the radio/youtube/etc for the most part are synthesized or sample based. And even if they are samples, were they originally created by synths? I ...
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ADC converter to Audio interface makes noise crackle

In short, the sound card I have is behringer fca610. Then I have an Analog to digital converter. when I connect the ADC to the sound card, even if I do not turn on the audio, there is still noise, ...
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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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Rock Vocal Production - The Strokes (Live)

I am curious about the production on the singer's voice in this live performance and this live performance (the effect is similar). I'm sure you are all familiar with the vocal sounds of Is This It ...
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How to produce high pitched sounds on James Holden and the Animal's “Each Moment Like The FIrst” [closed]

I'm starting to dabble in synth music but don't know much at the moment. I love this track - "Each Moment Like The First" James Holden and the Animals and I'm intrigued by this high pitched synth that ...
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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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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

As an amateur bedroom composer working in a DAW on my song, I might have a general idea of how something ought to sound, but through endless 'random walking through knob space' - i.e. tweaking ...
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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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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. ...