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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Determining the root key and note of this riff

I am just starting to produce music and, for music, I learn better by doing and then learning about what I've done. Let's say that I have two measures in 4/4 time with each of the following eighth ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...