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Why are digital tracks louder than digitized vinyls?

There is absolutely different mastering for vinyl. Whether the original mix has a separate vinyl master or whether a digital master was further processed for vinyl, you can’t cut right into vinyl from ...
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What's wrong with my strategy of recording two groups of 50 chorus members singing to an accompaniment over Zoom, and then mixing everything together?

As existing answers & comments have established, forget Zoom. Also forget trying to run 50 sets of headphones through an amp - as far as I know 8 channels is luxury in headphone amps, unless you ...
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Sound blowout or cut out from old cassette recordings...anyway to fix

Sounds like some sort of AVC (Automatic Volume Control). Otherwise known as a rudimentary compressor on the input to prevent recording overload. It kicked in on the attack transient of the piano note ...
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What's wrong with my strategy of recording two groups of 50 chorus members singing to an accompaniment over Zoom, and then mixing everything together?

I definitely have my doubts about the approach. (Also, TLDR spoiler: It's not really a new problem, and there are other solutions.) Among the problems a pessimist could imagine: On recording day, you ...
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Recording technique: not letting the crash cymbals ring out

Disclaimer: I'm in no way an expert in cymbals or recording (yay! guess that makes me fully qualified to provide answers on the Internet) but here's $0.02 from my experience. This cymbal is not only ...
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How to make something sound REALLY far away

That's an interesting challenge. It's not actually that it's really far away, but that it comprises of two sets of different distance cues. It's perhaps easier to hear in the second example, but you ...
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Recording technique: not letting the crash cymbals ring out

It's hard to give a definitive answer for a particular song, because there are many ways to skin a cat and we don't have the raw recording on hand. I suspect it's not a single thing resulting in this ...
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When recording acoustic guitar with a pickup, minor mistakes become notable. Solutions?

Funny, I have been doing some recording this week - first time for several months - and found the takes to be sloppy, particularly on bass, which never came over during the gigs each week. It may have ...
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How to properly set signal volume when sampling

Most modern audio electronics are designed to be linear. That means that ideally, it shouldn't matter how much signal level you have: the output level simply scales along with the input level, with no ...
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Sound blowout or cut out from old cassette recordings...anyway to fix

Like Laurence mentioned, it sounds like recorder adaptively changed the gain of the microphone as you were recording to prevent it from clipping. You might have luck repairing the audio with a program ...
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What's wrong with my strategy of recording two groups of 50 chorus members singing to an accompaniment over Zoom, and then mixing everything together?

Horribly complicated and prone to glitches. Do it this way. Record the accompaniment. Point some speakers at the singers. Point some microphones at the singers. As far as possible, try not to ...
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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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How to connect a guitar mono TS output to smartphone TRSS input without an interface?

It's not possible, you need some kind of signal amplifier between the guitar and the phone. The guitar has huge internal impedance, so the input impedance must be around a megaohm to sound right. The ...
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When recording acoustic guitar with a pickup, minor mistakes become notable. Solutions?

If your guitar has a piezo transducer, then it's likely to be accentuating string & fret noise because of the way it works. Miking it up would probably sound a whole lot sweeter.
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When recording acoustic guitar with a pickup, minor mistakes become notable. Solutions?

Strings with flat winding do exist. They have disadvantages, but they eliminate the sliding sound to a great extent. Disadvantages may be narrow vibrato, higher price and shorter usable life. You may ...
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What is the term in music recording for a mistake that is intentionally left in?

An excerpt from the wikipedia page on the Traveling Wilburys, a rock "supergroup" of sorts: The term "Wilbury" also originated during the Cloud Nine sessions. Referring to ...
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Record condenser mic and acoustic guitar in the same time?

Yes, you can do this. According to focusrite, "48V Phantom power is not sent to any 1/4" jack inputs, these are used for line or instrument inputs." So, plug the microphone into your ...
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Can I connect my guitar amp headphone out directly to laptop?

It's generally OK to send a headphone output to a line-level input. You may need to adjust the headphone volume to a suitable level to get a clear low noise but un-distorted signal. A headphone ...
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How do you properly/professionally record your vocals and its processing?

The best way to have any recording sound good is to make a good sounding recording in the first place. This is not an easy task. Excellent recording engineers have usually spent at least a decade ...
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Recording technique: not letting the crash cymbals ring out

You asked about recording techniques, so this isn't really answering that question, but regarding the actual cymbal, it may be a Zildjian A 18" medium thin crash. This is what I pieced together: ...
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How to choose a Direct Box for plug my Acoustic guitar to the level line of my Audio Interface

Andy is right, you don’t want a direct box for this. If your acoustic has an active pickup (with a battery that goes into your guitar), then you can plug straight into the line in on the back of the ...
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What is the term in music recording for a mistake that is intentionally left in?

Not limited specifically to music or recording, a happy accident might be called serendipity. Several things that end up as effects in recording started out as epiphenomena, e.g., a lot of what we ...
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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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Sound blowout or cut out from old cassette recordings...anyway to fix

Since simple recorders like this didn't generally have a recording level adjustment, they usually included Automatic Gain Control, which is a type of dynamic range compression, to prevent overloading ...
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Why does sound seem more life-like in person than on recording despite advances in recording technology?

I'll try to present a personal armchair-psychological view on this, not talking about auditory systems, nerves, biological physics and other stuff of which I know practically nothing. But I know what ...
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When recording acoustic guitar with a pickup, minor mistakes become notable. Solutions?

I already commented on the OP but will expand a bit here. If you have a guitar with a built-in piezo pickup, a good way to record is to double it with an external mic recording. They won't give the ...
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How to make something sound REALLY far away

It depends on many factors and the sound of a trumpet plyaing on a playground (i.e. outside) will differ from one playing in another building. And then obviously the layout of the room, the ...
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How to make something sound REALLY far away

In Audacity, use the reverb effect. From the defaults: increase the "room size", because you want it to be in an open area reduce "reverberance" increase "damping", ...
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How to make something sound REALLY far away

In your examples, I just hear a normal recording mixed rather quietly. Would it be too obvious to suggest you set up a mic, open the studio door, send the trumpeter some distance away and press Record?...
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