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    What can a stereo control plugin do that functions in a DAW can't?

    I don't really use them. Regular panning is usually all I need. If I want to manipulate the width of a stereo source, I know some tricks for doing it without a plugin. But I do like the mono bass thing. I mentioned TC Basslane, but I just bought FabFilter Pro-Q 3, which can also do it.
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    What can a stereo control plugin do that functions in a DAW can't?

    It's basically a mid-side processor with a variable high-pass filter for the side channel. You can increase or decrease the stereo spread of a stereo signal while also making the signal mono below a chosen cutoff frequency. There are some panning options, including dual pan and balance. Balance...
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    Mastering without compression?

    No, just keep the gain set low enough that it doesn't clip. If noise is a problem, find and address the source of the noise.
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    Mastering without compression?

    I do like singers who can work a mic, but the downside is that they go in and out of proximity effect. There's no one perfect solution. If I know the performers I'm working with, I'll generally compress a little on the way in. If I don't know them, I tend to be more cautious in order to avoid...
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    Mastering without compression?

    If it's compressed and limited in the mix, or is mostly heavily distorted guitars (which has a similar effect), perhaps you won't need to limit it to achieve a normal level.
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    Home Recording with Chromebook

    Any software capable of getting the job done is going to be fairly complex, but you don't have to learn all the details to start recording. So be prepared to get through a steep part of the learning curve, then it will get easier.
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    How Many People Are Using Cassettes Here?

    I think a lot of physical media sold these days is merch at live events, which people might not even intend to play. For example, you can still have Edison cylinders made if you want. Some bands are actually releasing new recordings on them. Will people actually play them? A few, but that's not...
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    How Many People Are Using Cassettes Here?

    Yes, as long as your standard for quality is low, you can still find something that will "play" your cassettes...for the moment. But it won't be long before even those products are discontinued. The EOL of cassettes has been in progress for some time.
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    How Many People Are Using Cassettes Here?

    The first product linked is sheer junk. I wouldn't put any tape I cared about in anything like that. The second has no actual Dolby NR, just a generic noise reduction for playback only. I doubt the transport is much good. The third link is probably the exact same product as the second, but with...
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    Are there any generalities regarding attack and release times on comp/limiting hard rock?

    Some of the pro stuff I've looked at was literally just clipped, absolutely flat topped. There are also some things you can do in the mix with all-pass filters to make mastering loud easier.
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    How Many People Are Using Cassettes Here?

    I doubt the claim that the gear will still exist in a usable form. It's already hard to find working or salvageable decks of good quality. Heads wear out and I don't think there's any source of new ones.
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    Presonus studio live series III mixer

    Good point, the latest generation of mixers are making recording performances easier. First it was USB to computer, then USB flash drives, now SD cards. I think they're also allowing playback, but mostly for "virtual soundcheck," where you can play back a previous show's recording at the next...
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    Presonus studio live series III mixer

    It's just a mixer as far as I know (well, with effects). You would still need something to record your audio onto. Why not a computer?
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    Historical analog mixer: is it worth buying?

    And of course this popped up on my FB feed.
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    Years of unsolvable (RF?) noise stopping everything.

    Since it happens on the monitors and amp sim, I don't think it's the amp.
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