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How to reduce tape hiss while recording a cassette tape with digital data as source

I bought a few Maxell cassette tapes, a portable Sony cassette tapes recorder (with the possibility to record also from an external microphone: in my case, a jack connected to the PC) and - as already ...
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How I can reduce breathing sounds from playing a penny whistle on a recording?

I would like to record some songs, especially with a Christmas theme. I will soon purchase some recording equipment and I am wondering how I can reduce the breath sounds.
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Tempo when recording a guitar amp by microphone?

As my external soundcard does not perform good when I record two guitars simultaneous, I want to take a shot at miking my amp. Is it possible listen to a metronome or drum pattern without ruining the ...
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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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How to record my Yamaha ydp 143 digital piano with a Focusrite Scarlett solo audio interface?

I have tried connecting my digital piano to my audio interface using a 1/4inch cable but the sound quality is very poor. The yamaha ydp 143 has 2 phone inputs which are used for adding headphone jacks ...
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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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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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BPM matching pre-recorded vocals in GarageBand

I have some recorded track vocals that I would like to work with in GarageBand. For example, add a beat soundtrack to it. The problem is I fail at exactly matching the bpm of the vocals track. I try ...
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How to improve upon a vocal recording in GarageBand? (Sample vocal attached)

As an amateur music enthusiast, I like recording vocals for songs I like to sing in GarageBand. I have a Blue Yeti condenser mic for this purpose. However, being the amateur that I am, I have to set ...
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Recording a video with Yamaha P115?

I have a Yamaha P115 keyboard and I'd like to record videos of myself playing, like Kyle Landry on YouTube. I have TASCAM TH-02 headphones that I plug in to my keyboard, but otherwise, that's ...
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Recording Piano Tutorials

I'm thinking about starting a YouTube channel for piano tutorials, covers, etc. I have some equipment, but I'm just not sure how to put it all together. I would like to have a camera mounted over me ...
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Ear pain when using on-ear headphones

I have a set of Bowers and Wilkins P3 headphones that I've had for about 2 months now and they are pretty comfortable but sometimes I get a very sharp pain in my right ear. I have experimented and ...
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Trying to use USB guitar cord in Windows 7

I was given an Ibanez Acoustic/Electric for Christmas. I don't think it was brand new, but it looks and sounds great. I want to use this: Which I got from Amazon for like $12. When I plugged it into ...
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USB sound card's microphone does not pick up anything from amplifier

So here's my setup right now. My electric guitar is connected to my amplifier using the standard 1/4" jack cord. The amplifier has a 1/4" headphone socket at the back, and I connected it to a USB ...
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Logic Pro X multi outputing problem

I have a problem here (Logic Pro X version 10.3.1): I want all my rhythm section tracks (all except guitar in this case) to sound through a wireless speaker iLoud, but I want my guitar to sound ...
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set up electronic drums in ableton

So, I have Alesis DM Lite electronic drum kit and I also have Ableton Live 9 software. I want to record the drums thorugh Ableton, but I don't know how to set up the drums in the software. The drum ...
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Can I record more than 2 tracks at once using a Behringer Q802USB?

I have a Scarlet 2i2, which I use to record Guitar, Bass, Vocals, and Drums. But I hate only being able to use two mics at once to record the drums. Will using the Behringer Q802USB allow me to mic ...
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SDC or LDC for specific cymbals?

Not exactly your typical SDC vs LDC question here. I have 2 condenser mics, a Samson C01 Pencil SDC and a PreSonus LDC. Say I have the rest of a drum kit miked up properly, but also wanted to record ...
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JACK JackRouter (and then?)

I'm using Jack 1.9.10. I want to record system sound into Ableton, and don't want to plug a cable from line out to line in. I start PortAudio, I turn on JACK Audio Connection Kit, it is already ...
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Can I record using electric guitar to Zoom G3 to M-Audio Fast Track?

I have an electric Fender and the Zoom G3 pedal; a friend of mine is going to provide his M-Audio Fast Track interface. Is it possible to record my guitar by plugging my Zoom G3 into this interface? ...
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Record with Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 and non-asio applications

Edit: in short, I would like to record both the images from my webcam and the audio from my Focusrite Scarlett external sound card in a (any) single recording application. Such applications generally ...
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I'm using a Roland TD-11KV Electric drum kit, and recording the toms sound different. Why is this?

I'm not sure if you guys can download the recording here, but please try. All the drum pieces sound well, except for the toms. I wonder what's wrong? Do any of you have experience recording with a ...
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Fiberglass vs Rockwool: What are their pros / cons in making acoustic panels?

I'm trying to decide which material to use for DIY acoustic panels. Rockwool and Fiberglass have comparable sound absorption except for ~125 Hz where Rockwool performs much better. But I can buy 3x as ...
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Recorded song in MP3 format has 30% lesser volume than any other songs

These are the steps I followed to record the songs of my composition. Write a melody using Musescore with determined scale, key, time signature and tempo by selecting voice option. Write lyrics ...
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How should I professionally record an acoustic guitar?

I'm not experienced with recording. I know that, first of all, I can choose to record from a pluggable acoustic guitar of attach some external device to a non-pluggable guitar. So my first question ...
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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 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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Is there an audio mistake in the Carole King You've Got A Friend YouTube video?

I think I've discovered an anomaly in this video at approximately 4:13. It is subtle and I describe it as a faint ringtone on a phone. A friend described this as a ...
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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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Is it necessary to have an audio interface to record electric guitar directly?

As it is told on title, should one have an audio interface to record electric guitar or If I use an adapter and plug into computer directly will it still work? With adapter I mean something like this ...
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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 I need Phantom Power?

I wanted to ask that I want to buy a condenser mic, I know it needs phantom power to work. So my question is will it work if i will connect it to a 3.5mm jack to my amp.
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

I am completely new to the recording world, please help (even there are dumb questions from me). I bought the AT2020USB mic, but I heard a lot of people said a condenser microphone plus an audio ...
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My USB microphone creates so much white noise in Fl Studio while recording vocals; why?

I have a CAD U37 condenser USB microphone directly plugged in to my i3 processor HP laptop in Fl Studio 12, but while recording vocals it creates white noise that affects my song quality. The same ...
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Which outputs to use on my mixer

I'm looking at doing some simple recording at home, and I'm looking to buy a Behringer 1202 12 mixer, or something of similar price or quality. The devices I'll need to record are as follows: A ...
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Record drums for cheap

As of in the title, I'd like to record my acoustic drumset fairly cheap, but I have no idea of what I need to buy to do it. My drumset is made of: hi-hat snare drum 2x Tom's, and a floor Tom kick 2 ...
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What is the purpose of slating a take when recording?

What is the purpose of slating a take when recording a CD? For example, the producer might say: "Song A", Take 16, from measure 53.
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Microphone positioning to record acoustic guitar & singing with a single mic?

To record a simple unplugged singer-songwriter setup with a single microphone (I have an SM58) is there specific position and orientation to use for the microphone? Obviously it may need tweaking to ...
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Timing issues with audio interface

I've been recording with a Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio interface for about a year now and I have improved my musical skills over the time, but I still seem to have timing issues. When recording ...
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Getting Started Recording and Arranging Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Etc

I'm new to the recording scene, and I'd like to jump right into making professional sounding, high-quality productions. Now that I can play the instruments, I need to know a few things about recording:...
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What is the difference between samples, interpolations, elements and portions?

When reading album booklets, I often see different terms being used to indicate some sort of sample. One thing I'm pretty sure about: A sample is a piece of a recording reused in another recording. ...
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Why does sound seem more life-like in person than on recording despite advances in recording technology? [closed]

My question is not why musicians often produce better recorded works than their live performances. The question is why are the flawed acoustics of a venue far less acceptable on a recording than in ...
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How can I connect my electric guitar to a PC without using an audio interface?

I have an electric guitar and I'm trying to record music from it. I used audacity as the DAW and connected my guitar to my laptop using a 3.5mm to 6.5mm cable. But the computer doesn’t recognize it as ...
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What instrument do you record first?

In a rock band situation, I have drums, bass, keyboard, guitar and a vocalist. My plan is to track each instrument separately instead of a live performance style recording. Which instrument is ...
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How Can I Isolate Individual Drums From An Overhead Track?

Me and my band were demoing some stuff at rehearsal the other day. For my style of mixing, I'd much prefer every drum close miked and as isolated as possible from everything, but this wasn't possible ...
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Does it make sense to invest in a better microphone if my recording room doesn't have good acoustics?

I record some of my own music at home, including singing. The microphone I'm using is not very good (it's a essentially a podcast microphone, some reviews explicitly say that it's not really suited ...
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Recording Setup for Guitar with Impulse Response using a Pedal

I am investigating the usage of the impulse response technique (IR) for the purpose of recording electric guitar in studio, since I do not like the tone of my existing cabinet that much. It is good ...
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Preparing for recording

I am an experienced musician playing over 30 years. But I have found out after attempting to record myself at home that I have nerves that interfere with the performance. What techniques do you have ...
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Is it possible with any recording software to snap to quarter notes when recording from MIDI keyboard?

I'd like to record some MIDI melodies using my MIDI keyboard, but I'm still very much a beginner in all areas of music, so my timing/rhythm tends to be slightly off. As a result, when I record in ...
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External Soundcard for recording/making music

Using Apple Logic X and IMac, I want to record my guitar tracks and put some keyboards and drums on it. I already have a guitar Effects&Amp simulator which also acts like an audio interface so I ...
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