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How hard would it have been for a small band to make and sell CDs in the early 90s?

There are two scenarios here, a DIY one, and a semi-pro one, which would have been affordable for a band with saturday jobs or middle class parents. The DIY scenario is: they record and mix their ...
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How can I connect my condenser microphone to my PC using a Saffire PRO 24?

The Rode needs phantom. The Saffire can supply phantom, on XLR. Nothing is built to run phantom along a TS/TRS jack, because the chances of shorting the socket or accidentally sending it to something ...
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Why would someone use a DI box if they're recording directly into the external sound card

The job of a DI box is not to colour the sound at all. Some may, but that is not the original purpose. The original purpose is impedance matching. You only need a DI box when you are going into what ...
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Is it necessary to have an audio interface to record electric guitar directly?

In short; yes it is necessary. Firstly, your proposed cable wouldn't work - you'd need one made up specially to go from a regular mono TS jack to whatever socket configuration your laptop uses… ...
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How hard would it have been for a small band to make and sell CDs in the early 90s?

Short-run CD duplication didn't become economic until the late 1990s. Until then, if you wanted just a few hundred copies you'd probably be selling cassette tapes. Though short-run vinyl pressing ...
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Impulse response: does it represent a cabinet only or the whole chain used to record it?

The impulse response can represent any linear time invariant parts of the signal path. In practice this means frequency response and delay, so it is good representing room response and equalisation, ...
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Record drums for cheap

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 -...
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Why are most microphones XLR and not USB?

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 ...
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Why are most microphones XLR and not USB?

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 ...
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Why would someone use a DI box if they're recording directly into the external sound card

No reason for that. A DI box will change the impedence of the signal, and also convert it to a balanced output; if you need to be over 20ft or so from the mixing console, a DI box is essential. Some ...
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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?

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 ...
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Why would someone use a DI box if they're recording directly into the external sound card

When recording to a sound card, a reason to use a DI box is input impedance. (DI boxes have many other uses in live sound) EDIT: Looking at the manual of the MOTU 896 interface, I'm not sure if it is ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

Depending on whether it's creaks or thumps from the pedal itself or from the damper mechanism, you could try alternative mic positions. From the front, aim higher up the body, or mic it from the rear, ...
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How can I connect my condenser microphone to my PC using a Saffire PRO 24?

Yes it’s true that a 1/4" input will not provide phantom power. We want it this way because phantom power on 1/4" cables is dangerous for the power supply and devices. A 1/4" connector ...
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How hard would it have been for a small band to make and sell CDs in the early 90s?

The first short-run CD makers for bands were just using CD burners themselves, so the answer to your question is “close to impossible”. In the early 90s there just weren’t CD burners and making CDs ...
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How hard would it have been for a small band to make and sell CDs in the early 90s?

I have anecdotal evidence that this might have been feasible in 1996 (upper bound): a band playing exclusively in a medium-sized local church, all with day jobs except probably the band leader, ...
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Any bed sheets thick enough to be used as sound proofing?

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 ...
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

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 ...
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Doubt regarding Frequency Response & Polar Pattern

The -10dB shown in the second image of the polar pattern is a rather generous 'average' of some sort. This pattern is typical for a super-cardioid mic & it will display similar characteristics at ...
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Recorded track is fractionally ahead of the beat

This is probably a latency issue. DAW audio works by filling up buffers with a small amount of PCM-sampled audio, sending that to the computer, which does some processing and mixing, filling up ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

Aside from other pretty much reasonable recomendations to relocate or reorient the microphone, there is one thing you can try for a bumpy pedal: Insert something soft (rubber, few layers of fabric, ...
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Record condenser mic and acoustic guitar in the same time?

The phantom power is only applied across pins on the XLR connections. A guitar plugged in with a 1/4” cable will not have the phantom power voltage on that connection.
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Does it make sense to invest in a better microphone if my recording room doesn't have good acoustics?

Room acoustics is indeed a very important and often underestimated component of good recordings. However, that doesn't mean microphone quality is less relevant. It's impossible to say which of the two ...
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what types of equipment do i need to rapidly produce songs with keyboard instrumentation, USB microphone vocals, and multi-track recording?

This is really far too broad to cover in a few paragraphs, so let's just hit the basics… Oh… one thing this is not going to be is rapid. You are not going to learn this stuff in a week or even a month....
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

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 ...
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How do I record piano and voice music to the best of quality?

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 ...
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Changeover from Garage Band to Logic Pro

Will the same GB file work in Logic Pro or do I need to start with the beginning with all arrangements from scratch? You don't have to start from scratch. You can import your Garage Band files ...
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How do I use an audio interface to record music on my PC?

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'....
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How do I get higher recording quality for my Nord Piano 3?

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 ...
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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?

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 '...
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