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  1. The regular built-in soundcards aren't recommended for serious recording and audio. You will experience latency issues. You should look into getting an audio interface, it is basically an external sound card or device that you connect using USB connection. They are specifically designed to handle instrument and microphone inputs and they have low latency. Focusrite, Presonus and Roland are some popular brands that make audio interfaces.
  2. I'm not a drummer myself, but I've been engineering drum recordings for a number of years. If you're dragging consistently throughout the entire recording then most likely its a latency issue. Latency can be a combination of delay in both the output (monitoring) and the input (recording). This can easily fixed using time shift in editing and is a legitimate reason to do so. If the song has a slow tempo, its actually more difficult to have precise timing, because the gap between beats is wider so any timing issues with be more noticeable. Are you recording along with a click track? It should help with timing. If you are, then make sure the click track is loud enough so its not drowned out by the track or masked by your own drum hits.
  3. There's a difference between sound treatment and soundproofing. In order to do legit soundproofing (isolating sound) on an existing room is very difficult. You would need to tear down the walls and insulate the insides. You can do some makeshift soundproofing like sealing windows and doors, thick curtains for windows, replacing doors with more solid ones, which might help somewhat. Sound treatment, aka sound absorption, which is placing acoustic materials inside the room, isn't exactly soundproofing, but it might help reduce the loudness of a room, which in turn may make things somewhat quieter. A room with a lot of hard surfaces will reflect sound more and may be perceived as louder. Reduce these hard surfaces and the room will naturally get quieter. Just a simple thing like a floor rug might reduce the reverbation/echo by a lot. Making do-it-yourself acoustic panels using Roxul (safe and sound) is a pretty cheap solution. I've made 8 acoustic panels (4' x 2' size) myself and they helped a lot. Will probably cost around $100-150 in materials/supplies to make a set of 8. This is very affordable considering that acoustic panels retail for like $80-100 each. Moving blankets are sometimes commonly used too (I occasionally use them), but too many blankets will absorb mostly high frequencies and make the room sound dull. Acoustic panels made from materials like Roxul will absorb frequencies more evenly throughout the spectrum, resulting in a more balanced room sound. This is what people call broadband absorption. What are the dimensions of your room?
  4. I'm not sure if I remember how the tele sounded exactly. It was probably 10 years ago. lol But one thing I noticed in my jazz bass is that the brass saddles give more of a humming quality in the higher overtones, which imo made the attack sound more defined. Have you ever considered using Graphtech Tusq? Its a very interesting material. It's probably the one material that maximizes overall tone. I use both Tusq saddles and nut in my Yamaha 'strat', which is my main tracking electric guitar. It's originally a budget guitar, but I made it more usable with some custom mods.
  5. I used to own a tele. I think I had both steel and brass saddles on it at different points. I think brass saddle might give the guitar a slightly brighter attack. I had the 3 saddle version, which looks nice aesthetically especially with brass, but the intonation wasn't as accurate as guitar with 6 saddles. I also switched the saddles on my jazz bass from steel to brass. It definitely changed the attack, it is brighter sounding to me.
  6. This is an interesting topic. Although I started playing guitar since I was a teenager, I hardly prioritize being "technical". I play more based on vibe and feeling rather than complexity or virtuosity. My philosophy when it comes to performing music, is to serve the song or music first, and not necessarily for making the musician look good. To me its about using fewer notes but also the most appropriate notes to taste, not playing as many notes as possible. I don't really consider electric guitar as my primary instrument these days, but I do occasionally have electric guitar parts and I try to apply this philosophy in my own songs.
  7. To discuss lesson details, rates and scheduling, please visit https://www.daviekuan.com/lessons
  8. What is up with this ranking system? wasn't the reputation score enough? feels a bit convoluted at this point.. Are we going for a D&D RPG Alignment system or something? lol Can you have high rank but negative reputation?
  9. I haven't logged in for about a week and suddenly I'm a 1/14 newbie.. 😒
  10. As Felipe said, the Reaper built-in pitch correction plug-in 'ReaTune' should be good enough for you to get by. Another better but fairly affordable plug-in would be Waves Tune or Tune LT, they usually have them on sale for around $30.
  11. Interesting issue. How old are the strings? Are they new? It's possible for a older strings to lose volume and sound less crisp over time.
  12. I haven't done any singing wearing a mask. But in general I have an easier time breathing while wearing a basic surgical mask as opposed to a cloth mask.
  13. Phil doesn't seem to be active on the forums anymore. But I'll try to give you my feedback on it. I think it sounds pretty good. Not much I would change. Maybe the boost the high-mids on the vocals to make it a bit more in front of the rhythm guitar. Something more of a recording/production decision, I'm hearing the rhythm guitar moderately panned to the right? I feel like you could get some more openness in the mix if you try hard panning the rhythm guitar and balance the left side using either a double or miked in stereo. Again, another production suggestion, maybe the second half could use the introduction of hand percussion (eg. shaker) or something, the song doesn't seem to progress enough sonically during the second half, especially for a song over 4 minutes. I think the singing works well in this track and within the context. A minor detail I noticed in the vocals at 1:19, which sounds like it could be a mic plosive or rough edit on the Be of Could Be. Maybe double check that part, re-record that phrase, or automate some EQ to attenuate it. I hope this helps.
  14. Hey guys, I want to wish everyone a happy new year. Hopefully this year will be better than the last (seriously..) I also re-released my song 'Winter' for this year. If anyone is interested in checking it out you can stream it here https://smarturl.it/daviekuan-winter Keep on singing and all the best!
  15. I think you might possibly be a tenor. Especially judging from your 'opera style' clip
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