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    Q. What’s making this waveform wonky?

    The waveform of an audio file looks bizarre when I load it in Adobe Audition, with a curious displacement of the audio...

    Sound Advice Jun 2022
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    Q. What is negative feedback?

    I keep reading about the use of ‘negative feedback’ to reduce distortion in audio gear. How does this work and how effective is it?

    Sound Advice May 2022
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    Intel v AMD

    CPU Audio Performance Tested

    Intel’s latest CPUs promise big performance gains. But can they topple AMD in our audio benchmarks?

    Sound Advice . Apr 2022
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    Q. How do balanced signals work in audio gear?

    Could you please explain why audio gear uses balanced signals and how they work?

    Sound Advice Apr 2022
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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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    An Introduction To Immersive Audio

    The SOS Authoritative Guide

    Immersive audio has huge creative potential for music production, but it can be hard to get your head around. Here’s the explanation you’ve been waiting for!

    Techniques 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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    Proximity Effect

    In Theory And In Practice

    We all know that close miking boosts the low end. But why? New research from DPA Microphones explains that some instruments are more affected by proximity effect than others.

    Techniques Nov 2021
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    Tackling Tone Suck

    Make Guitars Sound Great Again!

    Does your guitar sound dull and lacklustre through your pedalboard? Here’s how to side‑step the tone‑suck trap.

    Techniques 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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    Parallel Compression

    The Real Benefits

    Parallel compression is a powerful mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. Read on to find out what it really does — and how it can help you make better mixes.

    Techniques Feb 2013
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    Plug-in Modelling: How Industry Experts Do It

    Emulating Hardware In Software

    Have you ever wondered exactly what goes on when classic hardware is recreated in plug-in form? Heres the full story from some of the industrys biggest names.

    Techniques Aug 2010
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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


    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


    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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    An Introduction To mLAN: Part 1

    A New Interfacing Standard

    A new interfacing standard is just around the corner which can carry digital audio, MIDI, timecode and hard drive communications down a single cable, in addition to the digital video and multimedia signals which the likes of Sony, Apple and others are already sending down it. Paul Wiffen, long an advocate of high-speed digital interfaces, investigates and finds that he may just have a new religion to evangelise.

    Techniques Aug 2000


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