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    Q. How do I compress my orchestral recordings?

    I regularly make stereo location recordings of orchestras, using Cool Edit Pro for editing and mastering. If I simply...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Q. What is optical compression?

    What's the difference between optical compressors and other types of compressor, such as VCA, FET and valve compressors?

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Q. What's the difference beween morphing and crossfading?

    Is there any real difference between morphing from one sound to another and crossfading? In many cases, the two sound very similar...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Q & A

    Dozens of your recording questions receive poignant answers from SOS's editorial experts.

    Sound Advice Jul 2003
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    Q & A

    Your Questions Answered

    What advantages are there to variable input impedance? • How can I extract loops from audio sample CDs? • Can I use the True Tape option in Cubase to prevent clipping? • Should I use S/PDIF or AES for long cable runs? • Can you have too much low-frequency absorption? • What's the best way to use the multiple filters on my soft synth?

    Sound Advice Jun 2003
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    Q & A April 2003

    Definitive Answers To Readers' Questions

    What exactly is a modular synth? How slow is a slow release? How can I wire my 32:8:2 analogue desk to a 16-track recorder? How can I compensate for a lack of phase-reversal and EQ bypass controls on my mixer? Why do some bass notes have more 'punch' than others? Is there a problem with inputs on the Roland VS2480? Should I buy a DI box or a channel strip? Should EQ or compression be applied first? What is the advantage of recording with a higher resolution, as opposed to a higher sampling rate? Can I run V-Producer via OMS?

    Sound Advice Apr 2003
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    Q & A March 2003

    Sound Advice

    How can I create the fat bass sound I hear on commercial productions? What are the differences between S/PDIF and AES-EBU? Are there any problems powering UK electrical equipment with Vancouver voltages? Can you recommend some omni mics for chamber recording? How can I build a suitable enclosure to reduce the noise of my computer? Is it possible to create a fake stereo track from a mono source? How can I make my MIDI controller's knobs work? How can I mix a track on a multitimbral synth?

    Sound Advice Mar 2003
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    Q & A December 2012

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can you advise on the powering and positioning of Behringer's Truth monitors? How can I control proximity effect? Why do speaker stands have spikes? Will Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist run on my PC? Will replacing my carpet with laminate affect the acoustics? Can you recommend a second-hand sampler with a floppy drive? How can I get broadcast masters to sound louder?

    Sound Advice Dec 2002
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    Q&A September 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I use my external effects units with my Akai DPS16 hard disk recorder? How can I convert my mono recordings into stereo? Are there any cheap multi-band compression plug-ins? How can I reverse the effects of performing Windows XP tweaks?

    Sound Advice Sep 2002
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    Q&A August 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Is it safe to switch all my gear off using one power switch? How can I get a vocal sound that's dry, but fits in the mix? How can I measure my soundcard's background noise level? Can I connect my keyboard's output to a mic input on my desk? How can I calculate the frequency of individual pitches? Will silica gel have a limited lifespan in my mic box? 

    Sound Advice Aug 2002
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    Q&A July 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I produce aggressive female vocals? Mac Or Windows? How do I eliminate flanging MIDI notes? Can I use Virtual Guitarist with Logic on a Mac? Should I record at a 24-bit resolution?

    Sound Advice Jul 2002
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    Q. How can I get my CD master to sound as loud as commercial CDS?

    I have recorded an album of my own work and I am hoping to make an impression with it. My problem is that the album is...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Q. How should I go about using two 16-channel mixers together?

    I need to upgrade my 16‑channel Mackie 1604VLZ mixer to 32 channels, but there is a cash problem. The price...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Q. What's the best choice for 'live' backing vocals?

    For my next project, a theatre musical, I am currently writing MIDI backing tracks in Cubase, which will then be...

    Sound Advice Mar 2000
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    Enhanced CD Format: Part 2

    How Best To Use It

    Janet Harniman-Cook concludes her two-part feature with a guide to creating your own Enhanced CD.

    Sound Advice Aug 1999
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    20 Tips On Using Effects In The Mix

    Processing Guidelines

    The way you use effects and processors can make or break a mix. Paul White offers 20 useful tips to help you get it right first time.

    Sound Advice Jul 1999

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