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Can you use XLR "microphone cables" to connect an RME AD converter to studio monitors?

"Microphone" cables are suitable for all balanced, analog audio signals that use XLR connectors, whether they are mic level or line level. So yes, you can use these cables with the "...
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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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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

Micing upright pianos is hard because of the limited space available. The usual way is to take the panels off and use a stereo micing technique with some distance. But that won't work on a live stage, ...
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Health Issues at Open Mics

As you can't clean the mic capsule itself, or any integral pop-shield… One 'mickey mouse nose' foam pop shield per user, which can be sanitised afterwards. Alcohol wipes for the mic body, between ...
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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 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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Saxophone mute - or mic

People often think the sound of a saxophone comes all out of the bell, but a large part of it comes from the tone holes, particularly for the higher notes. Aiming a mic directly at the bell gives you ...
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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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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

You've got one SM58 and a piano against a wall? Drop it down the back, to hang slightly to the treble end of centre. If it clanks, wrap in a bit of foam. If you can pull the piano out far enough ...
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What useful corrections can be made, in the mixing phase, using an Aston Origin connected to a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

As commenters have said, there's no way to decide what "fixes" to apply without knowing what "defects" exist in the recording. In my home studio, there is only one "effect&...
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Health Issues at Open Mics

I found this website useful. (https://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/proper-mic-hygiene#:~:text=To%20disinfect%20handheld%20and%20pencil,on%20surfaces%20to%20kill%20germs.) "To disinfect ...
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Mic to mixer to speaker

You say your speaker is SPL-100/A but you have posted a picture of SPL-080/A: ??? What make is this please? I cannot find it. BUT ANYWAY the main problem looks to be that you're using the speaker's ...
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Ableton Live: Using a USB microphone and Audio Kontrol 1 at the same time

The USB microphone contains an audio interface that's logically just like the NativeInstruments box, but it's just hidden inside the mic. The same thing applies to e.g. USB headphones, webcams etc. If ...
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Does it make sense to invest in a better microphone if my recording room doesn't have good acoustics?

Yes, not despite, but especially because of your bad room acoustics. There are big differences between microphones in how much of the room sound they pick up. I would recommend a microphone with a ...
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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

The best solution, by far, would be to tape a pressure-zone (boundary) microphone to the wall directly behind the piano. Position it about 1/3 of the way down from the high register of the piano. Put ...
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Mic to mixer to speaker

The powered speaker will have a mono jack input, which should connect to the mixer (L or R out) with a single TS jack to TS jack. The mic will go into channel 1 of the mixer, as a mono input, and the ...
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TRRS > 2 x TRS bypass to amplify laptop headphones not working, headphones channel mute

wouldnt a Helm DB12 AAAMP solve this problem? inputs and outputs are trrs and the microphone functionality passes through this compact amp even when the unit is off.
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Zoom H6 - Record electric guitar with pedals

I've been exploring this option as well and the easy solution is buying an active DI Box. Try to find one with a 1 Megaohm Input.

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