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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

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 ...
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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

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 ...
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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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Efficient strategies when recording alone

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 ...
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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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How should a pop shield be set up?

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 ...
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Avoiding Plosives

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 ...
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Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

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 ...
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How to record and add the voice of my friend for a song who is in another country?

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 ...
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Why do people use a microphone to record an electric guitar

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 ...
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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 improve my piano recording?

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....
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How to connect a Shure SM58 to a mac? Do I need something like an XLR-USB adapter or just an XLR-jack cable?

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, ...
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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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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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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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Avoiding Plosives

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 ...
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Efficient strategies when recording alone

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 ...
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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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