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Wave is an uncompressed or lossless format, whereas MP3 is compressed or lossy. Technically .wav is just a container format and can hold various types of compressed or uncompressed audio, but typically you'll see it containing LPCM uncompressed audio (the same as on audio CDs). With .wav files, you are essentially getting a raw bitstream representation of ...


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when I'm picking a "bass" can I choose any instrument..? Yes, you can. However, you might find that not all instruments work well to your ears as 'bass' instruments. When you see 'bass' in a synth patch name, it usually doesn't only refer to the instrument being low - because, as you say, you can usually play low notes with any sound in a synth. ...


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What you are trying to achieve is not a trivial task. If you want a good master it'll take more than some tips. I'll try to do some quick observations on some possibilities. There's nothing specific to Ableton Live, because there's nothing exclusive to Ableton Live in this subject. You want more loudness in your track. As you might know we can't just turn ...


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Quick answer - try running your output through a compressor. Long answer - work on your composing, arranging and recording skills. Get years of experience. Then try running your output through a compressor.


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Well this is a big question, so let me start with a big answer: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Secrets-Small-Studio-Senior/dp/0240815807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426508544&sr=1-1&keywords=mixing+secrets Now for the smaller answer more approriate to this format. A good mix starts with the arrangement before you even record. If the ...


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The only thing that matters is if the sample sounds good. You have to listen to it and decide whether you want to use it. No numbers or waveforms or analysis programs are going to tell you whether the sound is good. But be aware a sample that sounds good by itself might not sound good in a mix, and other sounds that work well in context might sound bad when ...


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What you're asking is similar to "I want to write great software, but I'm not a programmer and have no knowledge of computer science or programming or anything like that. Will I be able to write great software if I just get the right IDE?" I'm a programmer too; take it from me: YES theory is extremely important for what you want. Given that you are a ...


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The executive summary of Charles' very detailed answer is: Use WAV for recording and editing. Use your audio editor's native file format with references to the WAV files to keep disk space under control use MP3 for distribution. 44.1 and 160kbps is lots, unless your audience has a home stereo that is worth more than their car and ears to match.


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Making everything audible in the mix is not always possible. Elements that share frequencies will mask each other. The most crucial part of the mix is not actually in the mixing phase itself, but in the composition, instrumentation, and arrangement phase. Experienced composers will give each element its space in the frequency spectrum, so there is little to ...


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This has been a raging debate for the past 30 years or so. There has been a healthy competition between the two platforms in an effort to corner a large segment of the market share. In the beginning, Macs targeted the creative artsy types and the platform had features and benefits specifically geared to favor musicians and photographers and graphic ...


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Simple as that. Bass refers to the range of the instrument, so electronically, turn a piccolo into a bass if you want. It's much harder with fish, though. Turning a salmon into a bass doesn't seem to work as well...


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Always remember one thing: the sound that you hear depends on the device you are getting the output through. As you say, you like the sound through your amp but not from the software, this is because you probably use the same settings on your pedalboard when you plug it into the interface as you do when you plug it into the amp. You need to check the output ...


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It depends on what kind of environment you want to reproduce, but there are two main factors that lead the brain to think a sound is coming from farther away: As sound travels through the air, it loses energy, but not evenly across all frequencies. High frequencies are attenuated (become quieter) more quickly than low frequencies. So when we hear a sound ...


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MilkyTracker is just a tool, and like any tool, the quality of the tool is less important than the skill and knowledge of the person using it. You could give a carpenter terrible, rusty old tools and they would make something far better than I could even with the very best tools available. These things take a lot of practice to get good at, but everyone ...


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[are there] any guidelines as far as recording a mechanical instrument versus using a midi controller or synth? No, only pros and cons. It all depends on what you want the finished product to sound like, and what instruments and equipment you have available to you. Are there any benefits to recording a real instrument [eg piano]? Assuming you have an ...


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I'm happy to hear you're brave enough to start producing music with no musical background but being a passionate listener. You don't need a lot of money to do great sounds but in the beginning having a sample pack, great VST plugins and full version of a DAW does speed up the process of learning. ~300€ for the software and samples will do fine for more than ...


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The real instrument will sound more real, but as you note, there are many challenges to recording acoustic instruments or anything with a microphone that are completely bypassed when using a virtual instrument plugin. With a plugin, you don't have to have an audio interface, microphone or cables. You don't have to have an actual acoustic instrument, which ...


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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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One thing that no one has mentioned yet (I think) is the audio driver. On Windows, to get multiple audio drivers you either need to use the windows driver, which in general doesn't work very well with DAWs, has more latency and limited multi-device options, or use ASIO4ALL which allows you to combine the inputs into one device and work with low-latency, at ...


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Matthew has provided a great answer. I want to expand a bit and look at different aspects of your question to help with some misconceptions that might be causing trouble. I would take a professionally produced song with a similar set of instruments that my song uses (or genre) and compare the frequencies through the voxengo span vst... ...Even though the ...


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Other than plagiarism, if you're creating your own music, "cheating" really doesn't matter. Sure.. I think effects, like pitch & rhythm correction, are all bad substitutes for being a great musician. But there aren't any "music cops" making sure you don't use those tools. One exception is if you're recording for an audition. Then any post-...


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Are there general rules or tips on how to organize VSTs? (...) I would like to know if there's a way to arrange VSTs properly, so that every plugin uses its full potential. There's no correct order. It's all about preference, what you want to achieve, and the context. You'll find a lot of suggestions, like putting time-based effects (like delay or reverb) ...


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Start with some kind of software, after that, the important thing is: Make LOTS of music and don't ever stop. There is a relevant quote from Ira Glass about this: It is going to take you a long time to get to Madeon's level of skill. Keep at it. Eat, breath, live and enjoy music. Hang out with people who love producing....


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Is it only performance of the covers you are interested in, or also recording the covers? If the former, in practice I suspect most small, independent bands DON'T contact the original artist and ask permission to perform a cover of their song - unless the artist is a friend! As a case in point, my little band haven't contacted Joni Mitchell (whose songs we ...


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It's all about practice and experience. You have to train your ears, you have to know your tools. Producing is not the same as mixing or mastering, some skills overlap but they need mostly different skill sets. There are tools and techniques that will help you judge the frequency balance of a mix. You might eventually not need them at all, though some of ...


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equal looking frequency spectrum's do not mean that the sound will be perceived similarly. Dynamics, instrument separation, clashing tonal centers, there are a myriad of things responsible for how a mix is perceived that don't get translated to a frequency analyzer. (i use the same plugin too). instead, use your ears to check if the mix is sounding the way ...


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What you're describing is a pretty typical workflow. Sibelius is a notation program and isn't that concerned with great synthesis. Reaper is a DAW and isn't that concerned about being an awesome notation editor. You can import better sound libraries into your notation program, but then you'll just find something else that's lacking, such as fader automation ...


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I think we can confidently conclude that the answer is "Yes, no, and it depends". Yes Right now, Fruity Loops and Ableton Live are probably the most popular sampling and beat making technologies in the world, and they are both software packages. As hardware controllers like Ableton Push and NI Machine have become available, the workflow that one might be ...


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