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    The Value Of Hardware In The Studio

    The Hard Way

    Mix engineers used to prefer hardware to software because it sounded better. Is that still true? And if not, is there still a reason to use it?

    Sound Advice . Jul 2022
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    Q. Should I compress at the recording stage?

    I’m seeing a lot of conflicting advice about using compression while recording. Some swear by it while others say it’s completely unnecessary with 24‑bit recording and modern converters. Where do you stand on this?

    Sound Advice . Jul 2022
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    Tim Carroll & Will Hoult of Focusrite

    Focusrite - Scarlett Interfaces | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    It's 10 years since Focusrite launched their best-selling Scarlett range of audio interfaces, now into its third generation. CEO Tim Carroll and Will Hoult, Head Of Product at Focusrite and Novation talk to Sam Inglis about what's behind the success of the Scarletts.

    Music Business Jan 2022
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    Q. Should I apply dither after sample-rate conversion?

    If I open a 16‑bit, 96kHz audio file, resample it to 48kHz, and then export it again, still at 16 bits, do I need to apply dither?

    Sound Advice Dec 2021
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    How To Succeed As An Online Session Musician

    Session Smarts

    Two veterans of the online session world share their top tips for success.

    Sound Advice Jun 2021
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    Why Do Bad Musicians Need Good Engineers?

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    A good engineer can make bands sound better than they are. In this video, Sound On Sound's Editor In Chief Sam Inglis explains how to turn musical lead into gold...

    Sound Advice Apr 2021
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    Classical Recording: A Practical Guide In The Decca Tradition

    Book Review

    For anyone with an interest in recording classical performances of any form — whether they’re an amateur, a professional or an academic — this is absolutely essential reading.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    Q. Is Ultrasonic Noise On DSD Recordings A Problem?

    I recently started capturing my vinyl collection to DSD and hi‑res PCM. The result sounds great but when I examine the audio file in iZotope RX 8 Elements I see a band of ultrasonic noise. Should I be worried about this?

    Sound Advice Dec 2020
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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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    Q. What's the best way to monitor any instrument connected to my interface?

    I want to connect my synths and drum machine to a computer DAW and actually make a song, but don't yet have the computer...

    Sound Advice Oct 2020
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    The Artist-Friendly Studio

    Tips For Keeping Musicians 'In The Zone'

    Here are 10 ways engineers and studio owners can ensure the studio works as well for the musicians as it does for themselves.

    Sound Advice Sep 2020
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    Glossary Of Technical Terms

    Recording | Audio Production | Music Technology | Music Software | MIDI | Audio Plug-ins | Acoustics | Live Sound | Electronics | Computers |

    Welcome to Sound On Sound's regularly updated, indispensible explanations of technical terms from the fields of Recording, Audio Production, Music Technology, MIDI, Music Software, Audio Plug-ins, Mac and PC Computing, Live Sound, Acoustics, Electronics and more...

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    Q. What mic technique is best for recording stereo ambience?

    What are your thoughts on recording stereo ambience on location (such as in a forest, supermarket, office, or restaurant) for use in movies, podcasts and so on?

    Sound Advice Feb 2020
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    Q. What do you mean by 'subsonic components'?

    In the AEA RPQ2 ribbon mic pre review, what exactly did the reviewer mean by "Still has limited ability to remove unwanted subsonic components"?

    Sound Advice Oct 2019
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    Q. How do I remove the noise from my lavalier mic recordings?

    I need to do some recording of spoken word, using a cheap and cheerful lavalier mic, but it’s noisy — there’s a steady ‘hiss’. Is there some plug-in that can reduce said noise, perhaps by taking a sample of it and then adding it out of phase?

    Sound Advice Dec 2017
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    Q. Why choose a condenser mic?

    Why do people recommend a condenser microphone over a dynamic? I know it’s an idiot question, but I’m new to...

    Sound Advice Nov 2017
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    Q. Why don’t D-A converters have a word-clock output?

    I have a very high quality D-A converter that boasts particularly low clock-jitter figures, so I thought it would be an ideal candidate to serve as a master clock — yet it doesn’t have a word-clock output socket!

    Sound Advice Nov 2017
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    Q. Why should a snare bottom mic be polarity inverted?

    Why does everyone, pros and all, say that the snare bottom mic is ‘out of phase’, and that its polarity must be reversed? Isn’t it the top mic that should be reversed?

    Sound Advice Oct 2017
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    Q. Which of these A&H mixers is best for recording phone calls?

    Will the audio quality from an Allen & Heath XB-10 paired with a JK Audio Innkeeper telephone hybrid be better than the Allen & Heath ZED-10, also paired with an Innkeeper?

    Sound Advice Oct 2017
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    Q. Can too hot a signal damage a mic?

    I’m soon going to be doing my first recording of live drums and it occurred to me that I don’t know the answer to this question...

    Sound Advice Sep 2017
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    A transformer-based splitter only allows one preamp to supply phantom power to the microphone.

    Q. How best can I split a mic signal?

    I’m currently setting up a small home studio for songwriting and demos and I’d like to use split-input monitoring, so I don’t have to worry about latency...

    Sound Advice May 2017

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