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Why does Metal sound so muddy?

I've been a metal-music addict since my early teens. But in the last few years I've listened to more and more Rap/Trap and so on. And I've bought myself some really really expensive headphones to ...
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Why do many vinyl albums place sides I and IV on one record and II and III on the other?

Why do many vinyl albums of classical music have Sides 1 / 4 on the first record and 2 / 3 on the second? An example of this is the RCA Red Seal recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony by the Boston ...
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Is there a high quality audio recording of Widmung (Schumann - Liszt) by Martha Argerich?

The title basically says it. The only recording of her playing the piece that I could find was this one on Youtube, but the sound quality is very bad. Does anybody know if I can find a better ...
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What are the instruments Miles uses to record “Was he Slow?” in “Baby Driver”?

In the movie Baby Driver, Miles "Baby" records pieces of dialogue and creates his own mixtapes in his home studio which includes various analog equipment. I'm mostly interested in one which was used ...
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Is there a prepared piano in Staier's recording of Diabelli Variations?

In Andreas Staier recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, there is some weird stuff going on throughout variations 22 and 23 (recording here starts at var 22). It sounds like there's paper ...
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Click sound in Chicago's song

Every time I listen to Chicago's "If you leave me now" song in the beginning 00:09 I hear a slight click sound. I guess it's natural sound of guitar strings touched while changing the chord. But I'm ...
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Did Aphex Twin ever used samples from someone else's tracks?

Did Aphex Twin used samples in his tracks and is his music 100% his own creation?
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Unable to premaster sections on tascam 788

Is it possible to pre-master sections within a song on a Tascam 788 multitrack recorder and write to CD?
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What's the difference between o/b/o and c/o

Often times when reading the publishing credits of a track I come across the terms o/b/o and c/o. From what I understand: o/b/o: on behalf of c/o: care of With all that being said what's the main ...
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Famous examples of one mic drum recording in pop/rock music?

I have read here that the drums in Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" were recorded with only two microphones. But are there also famous examples of pop/rock songs, where the drums were recorded ...
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For Classical Music, is there a database of online recordings that feature the composer (as a conductor or musician)?

Obviously, this question concerns only composers who could have been recorded after 1877, the start of the poor, impractical Acoustic Age of recording equipment; or more realistically, 1925, the ...
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Why Kirk Hammett didn't seem to help in Hardwired…To Self-Destruct?

By seeing making-of videos of the new Metallica's album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, Kirk Hammett didn't seem to help at all in the making. He appeared in the studio only for his solos and they never ...
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Sounds of fret scratches and pick [closed]

How valuable to a song are the sound of fret scratches, when the player lifts his fingers of the strings, and the sound of the pick? Is it better to leave them hearable or volume them down? How often ...
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Where can I find the original, drunken version of Screaming Jay Hawkins' I Put a Spell On You online?

Wikipedia says that Screaming Jay Hawkins' very first recording of the song that would both define his image from thereon and cement him as one of the pioneers of modern shock rock was recorded in ...
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Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

I have searched everywhere on YouTube, but could not find the original song video by Sam Sparro, the one where the black Mercedes car with gold metal strips walls along the stage, and then the fish ...
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Why do most recordings of “Land of Hope and Glory” not include the stanzas?

Looking around recordings of the British Anthem "Land of Hope and Glory" I find that most of them do not include either one of the two stanzas of: Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned, God make ...
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Did Glen Gould record the full Liszt transcription of Beethoven's 7th symphony?

Disclaimer: My main reference for all facts in the question is wikipedia. In 1992 Glen Gould recorded (recording released by Sony) Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Roughly a year ...
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Why are vinyl records sometimes off pitch?

I can precisely tune my turntable to play at concert pitch. But there's quite a bit of variation in pitch on each record or even each track on classic vinyl. Why is that? Is it variation in studio ...
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Arrested Development: Static on 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of

I have several copies of this album (CD, cassette, etc) and there is static on many of the tracks. Back in '94 I remember hearing the explanation was: (some guy left the master LP in the sun, or ...
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How often are label recordings off-note: sped up or slowed down?

How rare is it that recordings are sped up or slowed down after recording, by a few percent, during the mastering process?
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Songs with a backwards instrumental solo [closed]

I'm Only Sleeping by the Beatles has a rather impressive backwards guitar solo in it. This seems like a rarely-used technique; even Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" uses the backwards guitar ...
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The Beatles' song “Yellow Submarine” sounds slightly off-tune on YouTube

Hope it is not extremely off-topic for I have no idea where to ask else... Listening to Yellow Submarine song my wife pointed that it sounds off-tune. I never thought of this (my ears are not as well ...
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Can you convert recordings where certain instruments/parts are in left or right headphones only?

I'm actually have a tough time finding the right words for the type of recordings where you only hear a certain instrument (or part) in the left or right ear when using headphones. I find these types ...
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Drum beat mistake in Daydream by Wallace Collection?

I noticed there is a off-beat drum at 0:50 in the song Daydream by Wallace Collection. At first I thought it's a sampling problem, but then every single version of this song I could find had this ...
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Is there a recording of just the orchestra for Beethoven's 5th piano concerto?

I would like to practice with the actual orchestra (or even something synthetic) in the background to see if I can actually play at tempo. I'll never be in a position where I would be able to play it ...
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Splitting a single FLAC file into songs with a Cue sheet?

I've got a complete CD which is one large FLAC file. I also have a Cue sheet, which could be used with certain CD burning software (such as ImgBurn) to allow the CD to be split into tracks. What I ...
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Is it possible to extract supposed backward/subliminal messages from a song without the master?

I had a friend back in the early 90's who was going to give some kind of a talk in a church about the dangers in modern popular music. In this talk he had planned on spending some time discussing ...
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How many songs are already been pressed on cd (or vinyl) of all time in the world? [closed]

How many different songs are already been pressed on CD (or vinyl) of all time in the world ? Are there any estimations ?
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Non-stylistic reasons for whole-song fade out

I have noticed that a good chunk of songs, particularly older ones, use whole-song fade outs as outros to end the song. By "fade out" I am not talking about playing a final note and having that fade (...
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Recording LP Records [closed]

I have over 400 LP records. About half of them are classical, many of which are European imports (such as DDG, Das Alte Werk, Argo, and Seraphim). Many of my LPs are also jazz (such as Ellington, ...
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What is the longest recorded version of “Freebird”, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Being a keen guitarist, I have collected quite a number of versions of "Freebird", by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the longest being around 9 minutes long. I'm pretty sure I remember hearing a much longer one ...
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Who recorded Rusty Dusty Blues for the first time?

The song Rusty Dusty Blues has been sung by many blues musicians. For example, BB King has recorded this song. I also have Jimmy Rushing (with Count Basie Orchestra) version from 1943, I believe. I ...
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Please recommend: haunting or dark organ music

One image that has long stuck with me is Captain Nemo (from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea), up late, in his submarine, playing melancholy music on his undersea organ. I think the power of an organ ...
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Why does a clean nylon-guitar appear to be chorussed, on a cassette player?

I just bought an album which is in a compact cassette format, folk band, consist of vocals, clean acoustic-nylon guitar, double-bass, and a drum/cajon. I have the CD format too. But when I hear the ...
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What is the name of this piece of music? [closed]

I recorded it with my phone while I was listening to it on the television. Here it is: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1f8IGq0VcAz
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Why did Maverick Records ask Muse to remove falsetto?

Origin of Symmetry was an album made by alt-rock band Muse in 2001. Maverick Records, the planned publisher before release, had asked that some songs be recorded again without lead singer Matthew ...
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Has anyone recorded a cello version of Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C major (BWV 846)

Note: I really mean CELLO version! I'm sure I've heard it, but starting to think I imagine it. It's also called 'Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major, BWM 846'. I believe it's the warm-up piece Bach ...
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Has “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” been recorded in the USA?

Has Bossa Rio’s song Do You Know The Way To San Jose? been recorded in the USA, too? On YouTube: サン・ホセへの道/ボサ・リオ Do You Know The Way To San Jose/Bossa Rio
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Released recordings of The Jive Bombers

An American group called The Jive Bombers has come to my attention through listening to the Cry-Baby soundtrack. I want to find more of their recordings and was wondering whether there has been any CD ...
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How is/was this guitar vocoder effect achieved?

In Funkify Your Life by the Meters (and many other Funk tracks I've heard), the guitar line blends with a vocoder effect. You can hear it in the first 30 seconds here on YouTube. How was this ...
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Before the days of downloads, were 'single' releases ever really only one song?

Every single I have on vinyl, cassette, and CD has at least two tracks, even if they are alternate mixes of the same song. With downloads you can obviously buy individual songs these days, but ...
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Pictures from the recording of Pink Floyd's On the run

I remember a radio interview with some members of Pink Floyd concerning the making of The Dark Side of the Moon and in particular some comments around the track On the Run. Anyone who knows this song ...
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What are the historical roots of auto-tune?

Auto-Tune is a technique to hide bad vocals in a track. Good or bad, it seems that it's here to stay in popular music. Many people credit Cher's Believe as the first use of auto-tune in popular music. ...
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Permission for remixes?

Do artists (such as the Propellerheads or similar) need to gain permission to remix another artist’s song? For example, Professional Widow by Tori Amos was not only remixed but appeared on the Boys ...
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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - John Peel version

Originally, Vivian Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performed the 'narration' on part one of Tubular Bells. I recall a remix version, created I think for the BBC on one of the Tubular Bells ...
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What was the first music recording reproduced for sale in any format?

What was the first music recording that people could go to the shop and buy a copy of? Was it even a gramophone record, or was it some kind of wax cylinder recording?
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How are backward messages created on tracks?

It is famously known that on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" are hidden satanic messages if you play the track backwards. Is this true? I've heard some backwards recordings on Youtube, but I don'...