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Question: does compression affect different frequencies differently?  More specifically: if a compressor set at the same settings for attack and release were used to attenuate a 100 Hz signal and then a 5000 Hz signal, would the frequencies react differently …

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I have a question regarding headphones and mixing…. I think most of us know that mixing in headphones is not a good idea for many reasons. However, many of us, including myself, do not have a lot of control over …

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Hello!  I’ve not asked you a question in a long time, but now I have a silly question. I don’t know if I am recording correctly on a very fundamental issue: input levels.  When I record I push the faders …

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I have another question for you about EQ’ing…you answered an earlier one for me with great detail and I learned alot from it….. I was experimenting with sweep EQing after watching a video of George Massenberg? demonstrating a parmetric EQ …

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I just started using an audio editing software, and the decibels are negative scaled (zero is SUPER loud, -24 is no noise). I can’t find anything in the software documentation about the reference level; is there a standard used in …

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I just want to make sure I have my PA run the safe way. I don’t want to trip any breakers playing live. In a large are we use 4 sw218 subs. I run one pair in stereo on a …

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I’m curious as to how often you might (and I know it probably depends wildly) cut high frequencies as a matter of course. For example, I usually cut quite a bit of low frequencies on most tracks just to keep …

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Just a quick question regarding compression – in the DAW environment, is it better to use “more” compressors on a track or fewer compressors ” but work them harder? Theoretically, in the DAW world, you could have “unlimited” compressors on …

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Question: how do professionally recorded and/or mastered audio recordings get that “sheen” or that “glass-like quality” ? Is that something done in the mastering stage, or is it something done during the mixdown stage? Is it something done with a …

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Is there any use for a multiband harmonic exciter? A harmonic exciter, I thought and correct me if I’m wrong, adds a high frequency “touch” to a sound. Couldn’t an EQ do the same thing? What would be the advantage …

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