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    Q. Is your Class-D amplification article inaccurate?

    I’m a long‑running technical electronics repair and design engineer working in music for film...

    Sound Advice Jan 2022
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    Q. Can I use software to measure hardware performance?

    I’m about to be given an old mixer to play with in my studio and am planning to check each input and output, check the EQ does...

    Sound Advice Dec 2021
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    Q. Why won’t Native Instruments Komplete install on my external hard drive?

    I got a separate 1TB drive to use with NI Komplete and told NI’s Native Access installer app to put the plug‑ins/apps on the system drive and the sample data on the external drive, and left it overnight...

    Sound Advice Dec 2021
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    LE Audio: The Evolution Of Bluetooth

    A New Standard In Wireless Sound

    The next evolution of Bluetooth contains a number of innovations that should appeal to consumers and professionals alike. And it’s coming to a device near you.

    Sound Advice . Nov 2021
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    Preventing & Negating Hearing Loss

    Damage Limitation

    We speak to some of the leading experts in hearing loss to find out why it happens, how to prevent it, and what to do if your hearing fails.

    Sound Advice Aug 2021
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    How Phasers Work

    Effects Explained

    Have you ever wondered what lies behind the intriguing wobbles and lush swooshes of this classic effect?

    Sound Advice Aug 2021
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    Q. Which MIDI velocity curve should I use with my controller keyboard?

    I've just bought a new MIDI controller keyboard that has a selection of velocity curves. How should I go about choosing which...

    Sound Advice Jun 2010
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    Broadcasting Your Audio: Part 2

    Net Notes

    In the final part of this two-part Net Notes about broadcasting your audio and video on the Internet, Dave Shapton discusses error correction and quality control, helps you to prepare for your webcast and suggests some solutions for broadcasting live events.

    Sound Advice Dec 2000
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    An Introduction To mLAN: Part 3

    Exploration

    After looking at the development of and theory behind mLAN, Paul Wiffen continues his series on the new FireWire-based music and audio protocol with a practical look at the effect it will have on the gear in our studios and how we connect it together.

    Sound Advice Oct 2000
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    Monitors Demystified: Part 1

    Compromise & Approximation

    Monitor speakers affect nearly all the descisions we make when recording and mixing — yet most of us know very little about how they are designed, and why they sound the way they do. In the first of a new series, Phil Ward explains what goes into the design of typical passive nearfields, and the effects they can have on what we record.

    Sound Advice Oct 2000
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    An Introduction To mLAN: Part 2

    Networking

    Last month, Paul Wiffen explained how he heard about mLAN — a new data-transfer protocol which will allow us to send audio, MIDI, and even video down one FireWire connector. This month, he finds out from Yoshi Sawada of Yamaha's mLAN development team how the system is likely to work in practice.

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Q. What is phase, and how can it be used to line up analogue recorders?

    I have been told that part of the job of 'lining up' an analogue multitrack tape recorder involves using phase to adjust...

    Sound Advice May 2000
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    All About Studio Power & Wiring

    Tips & Tricks

    Poor studio wiring can lead to hums and buzzes, but you can avoid the worst of these problems by following a few simple rules.

    Sound Advice Aug 1999
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    How ISDN Applies To Modern Musicians

    International Systems Digital Network

    ISDN is a term that you will have certainly have come across in the pages of SOS over the last few years, but perhaps without really knowing what it does and how it works. Hugh Robjohns explains the relevance of this international digital telecommunications network to the modern musician.

    Sound Advice Apr 1999
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 6

    Making Connections & Digital Clocking

    In the final instalment of our series on the techniques and technology of digital audio, Hugh Robjohns contemplates plugging it all together.

    Sound Advice Oct 1998
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 5

    Disk-based Recording Technology

    Following on from last month's look at digital tape recording formats, Hugh Robjohns turns the spotlight on the techniques and technology of disk-based recording.

    Sound Advice Sep 1998
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 4

    Digital Tape Recording Formats

    In the fourth instalment of our series on the techniques and technology behind digital audio Hugh Robjohns looks at digital tape recording formats.

    Sound Advice Aug 1998
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    Science Of Digital Audio Data Reduction

    Exploration

    Though you might not realise it, the audio industry has employed data reduction strategies since the earliest days of digital systems. Hugh Robjohns explains the concepts and explodes some myths.

    Sound Advice Aug 1998
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 3

    Error Detection / Correction

    In the third instalment of our series on the techniques and technology of digital audio, Hugh Robjohns turns his attention to digital audio error detection and correction — and some of the problems associated with them!

    Sound Advice Jul 1998
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 2

    Quantising & Oversampling

    Hugh Robjohns continues his look at the techniques and technology of digital audio. This month — quantising and oversampling.

    Sound Advice Jun 1998
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    All About Digital Audio: Part 1

    The Basics

    Digital recording systems have been in everyday use now for nearly 20 years, and such systems have become affordable to the project studio owner within the last decade. But what actually is digital recording, how does it work, and are the claims made about its sonic perfection justified? In the first of this new 6-part series, Hugh Robjohns revisits the technology and techniques involved.

    Sound Advice May 1998

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