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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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Recording with Scarlett 2i4 in Audacity (Mac)

I want to record audio into Audacity via Scarlett 2i4 audio interface (connected to a Behringer DDM4000) on Mac, but I does not show up in the drop down list, I only see the integrated microfone, ...
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Is the audio in mp3 and video files the same?

For example: I'm listening to an artist's album on my PC. The tracks are mp3 audio. I then listen to the YouTube official video clip, and what I find is that audio in the video of the same track ...
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What are the benefits of stereo or mono recording?

Is there any difference between recording in mono or in stereo? Does stereo convey more atmosphere? What is the use of recording in stereo or mono? And what do you recommend?
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When To Register With Peforming Rights Organization, such as PRS or BMI?

I am a newbie freelance musician. I make music of various genres but my main work will be in ambient type music I will be uploading on my own Youtube page and Spotify. I will also be making a range of ...
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Is it necessary to be a performing musician to be a music producer?

Is it necessary to be a performing musician to be a music producer? I have some years experience playong guitar and keyboard. I just know how to play Gymnopédie nº 1 by Satie. On these two instruments ...
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Where can I find useful stuff to learn music production?

I'm trying to learn how to produce music. More specifically, I use a lot of MIDI for orchestral/chamber works. And as a classically trained musician, I don't find it useful when they start trying to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...