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Mic use for masked performers

I'm going to offer a non-technological suggestion. As several answers have already observed, you're fighting some impossibilities (not the least of which is "I have been assigned to improve the ...
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Loudness of A Contrabass

This is partly a myth and partly due to the physical size of the bass. Some people (even professional musicians) believe that low frequency sound waves "need room to develop". That's completely false....
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Mic use for masked performers

There are three things I'd recommend in terms of PA-settings that do usually make a significant improvement on intelligibility in excessively reverberant rooms: Cut the bass. Like, properly. Many ...
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Loudness of A Contrabass

If the sound 'developing' includes adding some reverb, I can see what they're talking about. But this isn't unique to bass instruments. There's a rule-of-thumb in 'classical' recording that you ...
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How to reduce noise in a mixing console

Mixing consoles don't have space to house top-notch (and expensive) discrete preamps. The Soundcraft preamps may be, well decent – that is, sufficient for any typical source: condenser mics and active ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

The drummer usually has a click (and the track) in his (in-ear) monitor. The rest of the band can choose if they want the additional track in their monitors or not. As long as they can hear the ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

I'm not sure you'll achieve this completely in a 200-seater, because the sound of the kit itself in the room will still be fully audible even from the cheap seats at the back, unless you are a loud ...
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Cheap way to make sound from a MIDI keyboard, without PC

If you want to go really cheap, I found this little sound module on Amazon that costs only £50. Haven't tried it, but it should get the job done. Accepts both USB and MIDI as an input and in the ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

You may absolutely use a spare guitar amplifier as your personal vocal monitor. Set the amp up clean (no Gain higher than 2, and the Bass, Middle, and Treble at 12 o'clock at first) and run the mono ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

Yes but... My covers band did exactly this for a year or so, until I could afford a couple of reasonable monitors. It certainly works, but there are issues. The most obvious problem is that a guitar ...
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Is there a big benefit to running stereo?

This is a familiar question for keyboard players; our instruments are stereo by default[note], so we have to decide whether to run in stereo or mono all the time. The biggest issue with stereo is ...
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In-ear monitoring - will adding ambient mic help my monitor sound be less isolated

Yes, if you're using IEMs (particularly if you're using them in BOTH ears) mixing in an audience mic is standard technique. IEMs solve many problems. But they put you even MORE at the mercy of the ...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

The first hint is that they both sound like an 'electro-acoustic' [especially the second one] with an internal piezo-type pickup & the second is you can see the cable out to what is probably a ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You won't learn anything useful singing through studio monitors. Don't even bother. You will learn some useful things by singing through a powered PA top that is on its side in wedge configuration ...
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Using two microphones for vocals

It was for noise canceling not recording. The Mics are out of phase so no feed back. this is the time when they used there own PA called " wall of sound" only used for one year. all the speakers were ...
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Can a physics simulator be used to generate sounds for music?

This has been done for many years, probably more than 20. It's called physical modeling. Ableton Live Suite comes with at least two synth instruments based on physical modeling. Many digital pianos ...
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Using both outputs (internal speakers and headphones) on digital pianos

I can see two solutions. 1) not using the inbuilt speakers. Add monitor speakers instead (speakers aimed at the musicians, with a mix helping with the performance). It is not unusual to want to ...
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Best way to replicate acoustic guitar sound live

As piiperi commented, there's unfortunately still no 100% satisfying solution to this. While it is now possible to replicate the response of a guitar/room/mic system with convolution processors, that ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

If at all possible, using in-ear monitoring has many benefits over using a speaker of any kind. (You can hear it better and you avoid feedback.) Custom in-ears can be expensive, but there are very ...
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Mic use for masked performers

Two solutions for you which are either no-cost or ultra-low-cost. They just need a little of your time and effort. Clean or renew the foam mic windshield Foam windshield are often left in place over a ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You can't ever really tell what you sound like though either a PA or studio monitors… because you're singing at the same time. If you really want to hear what it sounds like to others, you'll have to ...
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Connecting two mixers

The connection between sub-mixer and main mixer doesn't have to be RCA., it could be jack to jack, or XLR. With 50', you may need balanced leads, so it will depend where physically your snake is, or ...
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Is it possible to run the Steinberg UR 12 with passive studio monitors on cinch outputs?

In order to run monitors or any other kind of sound amplification, you need a power amplifier and a loudspeaker. A "passive" monitor is just the loudspeaker. "Active" monitors have a power amplifier ...
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Difference between 2 mono/stereo setup?

Once you've lost the stereo image by going mono, the signal in any split subsequently will be the same in both channels. So each side will sound the same. If there is a stereo output,initially, from ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

Yes, as Matt L. said - it's a "click track" sent to the drummer's headphones; the rest of the band simply hears the drums in most cases and follows that. If you need to do this, a solution I came up ...
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how do you tune speaker systems?

"Tuning" covers a lot of ground when it comes to speakers. I'm not really sure what the guy meant about having the wedges tuned when they were built, but there are aspects of construction that are ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

Using a mic to amplify a guitar absolutely can make sense, but it also brings a hoard of problems that you don't really want to deal with in a live setup. I would strongly avoid plugging a microphone ...
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Compensating for brass wound guitar strings when using a sound hole magnetic pickup in an acoustic guitar

The problem (difficult to solve with EQ) with "Bronze/Brass" Wound Acoustic guitar strings with magnetic pickups is the windings are not magnetic and therefore the magnets in your sound hole magnetic ...
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How to close the gap between the engineered drum sound and the live drum kit?

Let me tackle this from the other end, as it were, after clarification that this is to get a drummer to "turn down" rather than needing reinforcement to provide to 'whoomf'. This complements ...
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In-ear monitoring on a budget, what gear should I look at?

Disclaimer: I'm an instrumentalist, not an audio engineer; I'm writing from my consumption of sound systems, not experience running them. Let's agree that the ideal, if you had unlimited funds and ...
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