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    Q. How should I split my guitar signal for recording?

    I want to split the output from my Gretsch electric guitar, to feed both a Boss Acoustic Singer combo and a computer audio interface...

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    11 Tips For The Cash-strapped Studio

    Cheap & Cheerful Solutions

    I've put together 11 of my personal favourite cost-cutting tips that won't burn a hole in your wallet, covering everything from monitoring and recording improvements to making your instruments play that bit better.

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    Q. What gadget can switch a mic between my looper pedal and the PA?

    I have a Roland RC‑30 looper pedal, but I want to be able to use a single microphone, set up so that I can use a foot pedal to switch the mic from the PA to the looper...

    Sound Advice Jun 2019
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    Q. What's the best 'console tape'?

    What is the best tape to use for sticking to mixers and writing down what each channel is being used for?

    Sound Advice Jan 2019
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    Q. Can I use USB pens for sample libraries?

    I’m in need of some disk space for sample libraries, and wondered if there are any obvious drawbacks to using a USB pen drive over a HDD or SSD?

    Sound Advice Jan 2018
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    Q. Do I need a shockmount?

    I would just like to ask if it’s important to use shockmounts on my microphones and how effective they are?

    Sound Advice Jul 2016
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    Q. Can PSU voltage be ‘stepped up’?

    I’ve read so many people saying that a 9V power supply for guitar pedals means they can’t give you enough headroom, and the same for the 500-series 32V (±16V) supply. But surely there’s a way designers can ‘step up’ the voltage inside a device?

    Sound Advice Jul 2016
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    Q. Should I use an active or passive mic splitter?

    I use an ART S8 eight-channel mic splitter, a passive device, to send mic signals to two separate recording systems...

    Sound Advice Jun 2016
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    Understanding Speaker Stands & Platforms

    Stand Up!

    The humble speaker stand or desktop speaker platform can make a huge difference to the sound in your room.

    Sound Advice Apr 2016
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    Q. How do I use two guitar amps with one speaker cabinet?

    I have a friend who has a problem. He uses two different amps on stage, one a Marshall and the other a Hughes & Kettner, with a 2x12 and 4x12 cab, respectively. Is there any way he can just use one cab for both amps?

    Sound Advice Jun 2015
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    Q. Why are Reflexion Filters used behind the mic if the mic picks up sound from the front?

    I've noticed that a lot of companies now market a variation on the curved screen theme to go behind a vocal mic, with the...

    Sound Advice Jan 2014
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    50 Smart Studio Buys

    Improve Your Setup Without Breaking The Bank

    Even if youre tightening your belt, you can still upgrade and improve your studio and methods — you just need to be a bit more crafty about how you spend your cash...

    Sound Advice Feb 2009
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    Q. Do I need to use a DI box?

    I have just started playing mandolin in a live band, and we're currently touring the UK. However, although my mandolin is...

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    Q. How do I author Surround Audio to disc?

    I understand how to record and mix music for surround, but how do I burn an audio-only disc to share my surround mixes with others on their domestic systems?

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    Flightcasing And Protection

    Buying Advice

    Stage gear takes a lot more punishment than studio equipment, so investing a few quid in suitable protection for it has to be worth considering. But what do you need to know before buying?

    Sound Advice Mar 2006
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    Q. What kind of ear plugs should I wear at gigs?

    I've been coming home from gigs recently with my ears ringing and I'm worried about damaging my hearing. What kind of (preferably unobtrusive) ear protection should I be looking at?

    Sound Advice Jun 2005
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    Neutrik 48 Jack patch bay.

    Q. What's wrong with my patchbay?

    I have a Neutrik quarter-inch jack patchbay that I'm having problems with. The unit is only a few months old but already I...

    Sound Advice Jun 2005
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    Q. Can I run US gear off UK mains supply?

    I've recently bought a couple of bits of recording gear from the US via eBay (I'm in the UK) and wondered if I have to run them off a transformer (240V to 110V) or whether they can run off 240V?

    Sound Advice Mar 2005
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    Q. Does a DI box raise the signal level?

    A sound engineer said the DI box only brings a level down, and won't bring it up to produce a stronger signal. I thought what DI boxes do is increase a low signal to a high signal. Who's right?

    Sound Advice Dec 2004
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    Q. Is a pop shield better than a wind shield?

    I recently bought a large-diaphragm condenser mic which came with a foam wind shield (the kind that fits over the top of the mic). Will this do a good enough job of stopping plosive blasts?

    Sound Advice Dec 2004
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    Q. How can I stop my guitar buzzing?

    I am having serious earthing problems which are making it difficult for me to record a clean guitar sound. All my leads are good, and I don't have this problem with any of my other equipment — just the guitar stuff. Could it be a problem with my domestic mains supply?

    Sound Advice Sep 2004

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