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I just purchased a pair of Neumann KH120A monitor speakers and am in the process of calibrating them for my room. Can I adjust each monitor differently?
I want to run two balanced microphone signals down one four-core screened cable, using five-pin XLRs at both ends, with short dual-XLR3-to-XLR5 splitter leads at each end. Are there any inherent disadvantages of doing this?
How do you differentiate between the following terms: saturation, harmonics, distortion, overdrive? Are all of these just similar terms with different names?
For years I've noticed crossfades between two audio files don't behave predictably. I always thought the logarithmic shape was fool-proof, but is it programme-dependent?
If the loudness sits below -14LUFS, can I rely on the streaming services to apply their normalisation process to bring up the level when the song is streamed?
I recently got some 110V rackmount synths and, being in the UK, I need a step–down transformer to power them...
Can you recommend a mid-range (in terms of price) mic with a good off-axis response, for recording acoustic instruments?
I keep reading that some microphones' figure-8 behaviour is not equal. Does this apply to capacitor mics like the AKG C414 or Rode NT2-A?
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...
I'm having real difficulty routing a source track to FabFilter's side-chain when using Reaper. Has anyone done this before?
Could you please explain what the Waves V‑Comp auto-release setting actually does? What is it trying to accomplish?