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    Q. Should I use my patchbay upside down?

    I’m wondering if it makes sense to flip my patchbays upside down in my rack, to put my mixer inputs on the top row and signal outputs on the bottom?

    Sound Advice Apr 2024
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    Meet The Problem Solvers!

    Essential Gadgets For The Recording Studio

    These gadgets might not be the most glamorous devices, but at some point in your recording adventures you’ll probably find you need each and every one.

    Sound Advice Jan 2023
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    Pedal Power

    Stompbox Power Supplies

    Does it matter how you deliver power to your pedalboard?

    Sound Advice Jun 2022
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    Q. How should I power my 19-inch equipment rack?

    I’ve got a 19‑inch rack setup which currently houses six units and I’m wondering if it’s time that I considered powering it in a better way?

    Sound Advice Mar 2022
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    Q. Why does my mains socket keep failing?

    I’m running my whole studio from one 13 amp socket. I should imagine the total load is no more than one kilowatt. Even at twice...

    Sound Advice Sep 2021
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    Q. Will a patchbay degrade my audio quality?

    I have an inexpensive ART P16 XLR patchbay that I’d like to reintroduce and I’m wondering whether this will degrade the quality when I’m tracking, mixing and mastering — it would potentially be the weakest link in my signal chain?

    Sound Advice Jul 2021
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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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