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Are large displays bad in a recording studio?

And 87% of statistics are made up on the spot too ;) I've never heard such tosh. In a home studio the least of your worries is going to be reflections from a couple of screens. What about the windows, ...
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Studio monitors: Should we break them in and why?

The only measurements of speaker parameters made before and after alleged break-in periods I could find online support the notion that break-in is almost entirely a myth. The essence is that any ...
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Day-long recording session in a studio

Before spending a lot of money in a studio (as studios can be expensive) it's a good idea to demo a few songs yourself beforehand. You don't have to be an expert mixing engineer, all you need is just ...
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What's a "guide" in the studio recording process?

The simplest way to do a guide track, is simply to record the vocals for a song, along with one accompanying instrument (maybe guitar or piano). These parts don't need to be recorded well enough to be ...
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What does a DI box do?

A DI box breaks the galvanic connection. It's most important use is breaking ground loops, and also for changing unbalanced signals to balanced (the latter transfering better over long connections). ...
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What if i use Home theater instead of studio monitors for mixing at home?

As a beginner, you can use whatever you can lay your hands on. As you get more competent, you will start to see the failings in your structure & be more interested & knowledgeable in more ...
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Are large displays bad in a recording studio?

I feel like most non-home studios—and I suppose any home studios that can manage it—put everything “engineer-facing” in a separate room from the actual mics. Computers, mixing board, screens, etc. I ...
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How does phantom power work?

Stage monitors generally come in two varieties- powered and unpowered. The first need AC power (220v in U.K.) to run, just as an ordinary guitar amp., p.a. etc. would.The other is passive, in that it ...
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Are large displays bad in a recording studio?

There are plenty of counter-examples in pictures on other answers. But I think it's important to go back to refute the OP's friend's misconception directly. He says that large flat surfaces cause ...
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Day-long recording session in a studio

I would say more important than that is to have a goal on each recording session. Based on experience with your band you could say: We record one song per day or We record 3 songs per day. I think ...
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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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What does a DI box do?

Very simply: a DI (direct input) box is a utility, not an effect. It lets you run the input of an instrument directly into, say, the mixing board. This is sometimes necessary for the grounding/balance ...
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How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?

In band rehearsal, the mix typically isn't really good anywhere in the room. And it needn't be, because since everybody has their own amp, there's very good spatial separation. Which is almost as ...
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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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Clicks in bass tracks

The situation is normal in the sense that it happens very often. From what I know the most popular way of avoiding it in the future is building your personal experience and working with highly ...
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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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Newcomer to mixing - what levels should I set for each track?

In the end, the relative levels of the different tracks (instruments) in a mix is a matter of taste and it's an artistic decision. However, as you are just getting started, there is one basic skill ...
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Clicks in bass tracks

It's definitely difficult to truly weigh in on this without actually hearing the audio. It's hard to speculate as to what the sound might actually be and how present it is in the recording. Based on ...
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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?

The only result of 'not enough signal' would be a raised noise floor as a low level was brought up. And I don't think that's what you're talking about. No, you don't need a tube preamp to add '...
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How can my MIDI master keyboard send all MIDI messages _except_ "program change" to receiving synth modules?

According to the manual, the AN1x has no mechanism to prevent sending only program change messages. According to the manual, the Blofeld allows ignoring program change messages with the setting "Prg ...
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How to avoid losing vocal comp on Logic Pro X when recording another take?

When recording a take folder in Logic, you can create multiple "comps". Your first comp should be "Comp A". In your bottom image, if you click on the B next to the disclosure ...
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How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

Most cities have rehearsal rooms, and most I have used have been very well soundproofed, so you may have just not found a good one. Hunt around - ask other bands where they practice. In city centres, ...
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Day-long recording session in a studio

There are some good answers with good advice. I can think of a few things to add to what the other answers have said. You did not mention if booking the studio includes booking an engineer or ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

There is no significant difference between two unbalanced mono connections and a single stereo connection. However, with two mono lines you have the option of making both balanced, which is usually a ...
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What does a DI box do?

A DI box makes an instrument look like a microphone electrically, so it may be plugged into a mic input on a mixer or recording interface, using a long cable if needed. There will also probably be a ...
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Building a Reference Room

Your 1/4" plugs should have three conductors (TRS) instead of two (TS) since you can plug TS cables into a TRS passthrough but not vice-versa. Both TRS and XLR connections can use the same wire ...
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Reading material for making the switch from FL to Reason

I think one of the best resources to learn Reason is the Reason's operation manual itself. It's free, in-depth, and made by the Reason producers. Other resources' relevance will depend on the Reason's ...
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What's a "guide" in the studio recording process?

Let's say you play guitar at a band. You (obviously) don't play every single second of the song you want to record. Suppose that you have an intro, then there is a vocal intro (where you don't play) ...
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I've recently had a power cut, now all my guitar and bass amps are making a humming/buzzing noise?

My first instinct would say its unrelated to the outage and more likely a ground loop issue. Have you tried taking your amp to another part of the house (or at least a new outlet) and trying to plug ...
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