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Important note This answer is now obsolete. FlexASIO seems to be the current solution. I think I know where is the issue. My Windows-fu is rusty, but here is what I found. Solution, in short Get ASIO multi-client from here or here (they are different, you might want to try both). After installation you should be able to use your interface with more than ...


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I found ASIO Link and it lets you listen to windows audio as well and send audio over the network. The price $39.95 AUD on Nov 10, 2016 so please ignore the price information in the below comment by mateen-ulhaq. Update November 2019: As explained in this post, the developer of ASIO Link recently passed away, and his nephew authorised the software to be ...


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One simple "technique" can improve your solo recording drastically: whenever you start recording a song, begin with recording a guide track. This is a track where you sing the song, accompanied by a rhythm instrument such as an acoustic guitar or a piano. You don't need to play or sing everything right in this track, but it's important to get the rhythm ...


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Yes. Get two identical mics, condensors if you can afford them, if not then SM-57s. You also need at least a two channel audio interface with two or more mic preamps. Bare minimum total is about $300 - $400 (US) new. If you can afford more than two channels with more than two mic pres and a third mic, that's even better. A kick mic like a D112 will be fine ...


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Contrary to what Todd Wilcox said, a pop screen is actually more effective if placed further away from the mic. The main trouble with plosives is that they are pretty directional (see here for a detailed study). That means, if you place the mic pointing straight at your mouth, the plosives will hit it really hard even if there's some distance. Placing the ...


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Two things: You want a pop filter: You can use techniques to avoid the negative effects of sibilants (s and soft c) and plosives (t and p). Bad-sounding sibilants and plosives have one thing in common: they are unvoiced. That means that your voice box is not vibrating when you say them - they are created just with air moving past the lips and tongue. One ...


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Should I buy an audio interface to support my AT2020USB mic? Is it necessary to buy it... If you keep the existing microphone, than no. The primary purpose of an audio interface is to convert an analog signal into a digital one. Because your microphone is a USB mic (and USB cables carry a digital signal) there is already an analog-to-digital converter ...


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With the assumption that you have the proper equipment to record this, what you are asking can all be done with Audacity. Record your track(s), then go to File -> Save Project As. Create a folder and save the project within that folder. This will create a sub folder called "[filename]_data" and a file named "[filename].aup". To open this file in the future, ...


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It sounds like your problem is you've been told (as we all have) that the quality of a recording is determined by the quality of the recording equipment, which is completely false. The quality of a recording is determined by the skill and experience of the recordist. You wouldn't post a question saying, "when I play bass, it doesn't sound like Les Claypool. ...


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Simple answer: because microphones are analog and USB is digital. The only way you can make a "USB microphone" is to build an analog-to-digital converter into it. Of course you can buy the electronic components to do that with garbage sound quality for a few dollars, and for some applications (e.g. headsets with microphones) that is fine, because audio ...


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A USB microphone is essentially a microphone, preamp, and audio interface in one. They're convenient when you're recording or streaming with a single microphone that can be placed within a short distance of the computer (the specification for USB has a maximum cable length of 5 meters). But they become almost unusable outside of that situation. A live sound ...


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There's lots of material online, go looking for it. There's also a lot of good books on recording technique. It's worth spending a bit of time with a book on the subject before you put it in to action. I would focus on equipment, mic placement etc. more than adding effects. There's a phrase amongst technicians that you can't polish a turd. If you want a ...


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Yes, in a way it would indeed be "easier", as long as there is a line output on the amp. The reason for using a microphone when recording an amplified electric guitar is that the speaker is a significant part of the sound, not to mention the room (although to a lesser extent). Even the microphone is part of the sound! (Of course you don't have to use a ...


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High end engineers do not use headphones for the final mixdown; you need decent quality speakers to do this. In addition, the speakers need to be chosen for the accuracy of the sound reproduction and placed properly in a neutral sounding room. It isn't hard to do this, it just takes some work, and there's lots of information online to do the job properly. ...


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Just FYI, you're looking for sound treatment and not sound proofing. Sound proofing stops transmission in and out of the room while treatment is controlling the reflections inside. Most material will work to simply tame reflections and deaden the room. As Alphonso said, the denser the material you get the more absorption you'll get and yeah a thin bed sheet ...


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I can't tell you what might work best for you to reduce the amount of time you are spending on your recordings. But I can tell you what works for me. Before I am ready to record a demo of an original song, I have carefully written a lead sheet with lyrics and chords and practiced playing the song and singing with it as if I were performing it solo. Once ...


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Use a 'plosive catcher',a.k.a. 'pop-shield', which is a gauze or such like between the mouth and the mic. There are lots of ideas on youtube to diy. I made mine from embroidery rings and a piece from a pair of tights. It just stops the little explosion of air produced on 'B', 'D' and 'P' being picked up during recording.


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The gender of the first cable is wrong--it would need to be XLR female. But the signal you would get would be unusably quiet anyway. The raw output of a microphone is at a level called mic level, which is on the order of millivolts (it's the energy that can be generated from the sound waves bumping into the mic element--think trying to power a wind turbine ...


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This is normal. Mastering engineers make a living every day partly by making music sound good no matter how one listens to it. Different speakers and headphones emphasize different positive and negative qualities in audio. Balancing all of those qualities to make something sound the same no matter how one listens to it is a tremendous challenge and art form.


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It's not the app, it's the phone's hardware that is limiting you. Your phone has a mic and an analog-to-digital converter inside of it that picks up the sound and converts it to digital for whatever app to record. Because your phone is small and engineered to be of use to ordinary people and not audio engineers, those hardware components are not very good ...


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Every modern computer comes with an on-board 'sound card' - the traditional name for an audio interface. Back in the day it used to be an actual plug-in card, typically the ubiquitous 'Soundblaster'. Now it's more likely to be a single chip, showing up in Device Manager as something like 'Realtec High-Definition Audio' (other brands are available). ...


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First off, everyone else recorded in stereo. The Nord piano library definitely sounds much better in stereo. You'll want two TS cables instead of just one. Also make sure you have all the effects on the Nord turned off since some of them convert the stereo piano samples to mono. Anderton's has access to all the top-quality gear, so they might have run the ...


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The only result of 'not enough signal' would be a raised noise floor as a low level was brought up. And I don't think that's what you're talking about. No, you don't need a tube preamp to add 'interesting' distortion. A condenser mic will be brighter, but the SM58 was designed to flatter vocals, and still does a pretty good job of that. Paradoxically, ...


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You want the pop filter normally to be closer to the microphone than the mouth, maybe just about 1" away. Alternatively, you can use the pop filter as a way to keep a singer from getting too close to the mic by positioning it farther away. You should be at least an inch or so from the pop filter, to reduce the amount of saliva that builds up on it at least. ...


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I am surprised that nobody has mentioned using a high-pass filter or shelving EQ on your vocal track to get rid of these nasty plosives, so here I am. In most cases, a steep roll off of all frequencies below around 100 to 150 hz should get rid of the pop without affecting the sound of the vocal too much. This article explains how you can take this even ...


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In terms of raw materials, Corning 703 insulation panels (which I believe are fiberglass) is very popular. You can't really make a raw material on your own, and you don't really have to shape 703 panels, you just have to cover them with something and mount them correctly. You can do web searches on 703 acoustic panel DIY projects. Here's one hit that I just ...


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I don't recommend compressing, unless you are doing a full production. The problem with compression is that it squishes the transients in the recording, these transients are natural and make your recordings sound more organic. If you are unsure about what a transient is, it's basically a spike at the beginning of the waveform, so when you play a note right ...


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First off, put your ear right up to the speaker on your Pathfinder (while you're not playing!) and make sure it's not coming out of there. I doubt it is, but it's worth it to double check. After that, the most likely explanation (IMHO) is computer power supply noise leaking into the sound card through the ground plane. It's possible that recording on ...


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