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Audio Dynamics (Compressors, Limiters, Gates, Expanders, De-Essers)

Audio Dynamics (Compressors, Limiters, Gates, Expanders, De-Essers)

Audio dynamics is the concept that describes variations in the volume of music compositions and audio tracks. If an audio passage goes from quiet to loud very often, it is said to have a high dynamic range. If the opposite happens, it is said to have a low dynamic range. In music, dynamics have been around since ...

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What is the Loudness Penalty (How to Avoid It)

What is the Loudness Penalty (How to Avoid It)

The loudness penalty refers to the amount of dB in a master track that will be turned down by streaming services upon uploading, in a process known as loudness normalization.Loudness normalization measures the sonic characteristics of a master track and applies volume to it, depending on whether it is quieter or ...

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Preamplifier vs Amplifier (What’s the Difference?)

Preamplifier vs Amplifier (What’s the Difference?)

A preamplifier (preamp) is a device that converts a weak electrical signal into a noise-tolerant audible output signal, while an amplifier (power amp) is a device that can increase the power of the output level of any signal, albeit with some added noise. Both devices use voltage to increase the power of sound ...

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What is Audio Clipping (What Causes it and How to Prevent It?)

What is Audio Clipping (What Causes it and How to Prevent It?)

Audio clipping occurs when a waveform is amplified past its maximum allowed limit, leading to distortion and a reduction of audio quality. Clipping is caused by overdriven waveforms, which require more power from an amplifier than the power it can deliver.Preventing clipping is important because it can negatively ...

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What is Panning (Explanation, Tips, and Types)

What is Panning (Explanation, Tips, and Types)

Panning is the distribution of sound within a sound field according to a determined pan control setting. Panning matters in stereo tracks, which are characterized for having two channels: a left channel and a right channel. Stereo is commonplace in music, since most speakers and headphones have a left and right ...

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Gain vs Volume (What is the Difference)

Gain vs Volume (What is the Difference)

The volume is used to control the loudness of the output of a speaker, while the gain is used to control the loudness of the input inside an audio system.Gain and volume are similar concepts but they are different. People tend to mix up these two quite often, but it’s critical to know the difference between the two ...

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Line In vs Mic In (Line Level Differences Explained)

Line In vs Mic In (Line Level Differences Explained)

Line-in is an audio socket with low gain capacity used to connect high-volume signals, while mic-in is an audio socket with high gain capacity used to connect low-volume signals. Line-ins are best suited for full mixes and loud signals, while mic-ins are designed for amplifying microphones. Line-ins are typically ...

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Can You Produce Music on a Chromebook?

Can You Produce Music on a Chromebook?

You can produce music on a Chromebook, but you'll face many limitations in the process. A talented producer can come up with a new beat using virtually any music-production tool. However, if your goal is to create a studio-quality track, then Chromebooks are not ideal. However, Talented musicians can make ...

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Rode NT2-A Review – Is It Worth It?

Rode NT2-A Review – Is It Worth It?

The Rode NT2-A is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that I’ve been using in my studio for producing my songs and instrumental tracks. It’s a great microphone for recording both vocals and instruments because of its well-built versatility, with different using options. Rode NT2-A is a large capsule, ...

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Why Your Voice Sounds Different in Recordings

Why Your Voice Sounds Different in Recordings

When we listen to our own voice as we talk or sing, the sound waves vibrate through our skulls resulting in us thinking our voice is lower in pitch. This is why our voice sounds very different when we listening to it in recordings. Even the greatest of singers often cringe when hearing their voice. This happens ...

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Mono vs Stereo Sound – What Are the Differences?

Mono vs Stereo Sound – What Are the Differences?

Although the primary difference between ‘mono’ and ‘audio’ is the number of channels they use and send to the speakers, this has quite an impact on the output sound. So what are they and why do we use them? Read on to find out: Differences Between Mono And Stereo Mono refers to the use of only one channel ...

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Soundproofing vs Acoustic Treatment – What’s the Difference?

Soundproofing vs Acoustic Treatment – What’s the Difference?

Soundproofing prevents the passage of sound inside or outside a room, while acoustic treatment creates a well-balanced environment for recording and listening to audio. The difference is very important depending on your needs. For example, if you have some very loud instruments such as drums, then you will need to ...

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