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What is on the stereo output of a mixer if I'm recording with only one mic?

I got a small mixer and am using it for singing and applying some effects. I'm using a single microphone for recording. It's connected to an XLR to the mixer. Given that I have a mono signal going ...
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string grounding

I know that string grounding makes my guitar more silent, but by grounding my strings, I am connecting my self to the amplifier and the grid. This can be dangerous, especially with vintage amps that ...
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How do I get an emphasized “click” effect at the beginning of my guitar signal?

I use a magnetic pickup to run my guitar signal through an Electro-Harmonix Super Ego granular synthesizer. It works great but there are times when I want to add a Hammond Organ B9-like "click"--not ...
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Why is the ribbon controller on the Otamatone not linear?

Most ribbon controllers are linear, but the one on the Otamatone behaves like a guitar or a cheap theremin, with higher notes closer together. Can it be made linear?
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What are the touch-pad things that the guitarist and bassist of Muse use?

In concert video footage of Muse, I've seen both the guitarist and bassist use touch-pad devices integrated with their instruments. What are these devices, and what are they designed to do?
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Is it possible to upgrade entry level guitar to a professional one?

I have old Ibanez GIO Fat-Strat copy and I somewhat like it (the colour and body shape). The frets are worn and keys (tuning machines) are bad quality. Will replacing whole neck (with keys and nut) ...
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Electric Guitar Jack: How To Get A Nice Fit

I've noticed on several guitars I play, that I will get a satisfying -click- when I plug the jack into the guitar. But on one guitar I own, there is no haptic sensation. You can feel that it barely ...
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How to reproduce the “pumping” effect on a live drum kit

In electronic music, a "pumping" effect is often produced to accentuate the sound of the kick drum. To do this, usually a synthesizer's volume will be compressed when the kick drum is triggered. ...
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What changes in the amp when I adjust its presence?

The tone controls on a guitar amp are pretty obvious, but what does the presence knob affect? It's a subtle effect but can sure make or break a sound. It doesn't seem to be treble or midrange boost, ...
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What are the most popular types or styles of pickups, and what is the genre of music most associated with them?

I see humbuckers, single coil, active pickups, etc. I see P90's, PAFS, etc. Which are basically for jazz, blues, metal?
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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?

I think this would be a wonderfully instructive question to people who are new to tube amplifiers. In short, how do I know that it's time to change a tube, and what's a good strategy for figuring out ...
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Can the installation of a silent system in a grand piano interfere with its performance?

I am thinking of installing a silent sytem on my piano. I have read and talked with some people about it. Some people have warned me that the installation of such a system can interfere with the ...
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Guitar amplifier speaker replacement - different connector size

I want to change the speaker on my Bugera v5 Infinium amp. The current speaker (a Turbosound) is apparently not too bad compared to the one used on the previous model of the V5, but I've found it ...
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How to use a compressor to create a more singing sustain with the guitar?

I have tried to utilize a compressor to extend sustain of notes while playing lead guitar. I have used it in conjunction with various distortion and boost pedals and delays. I am trying to achieve a ...
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How to modify Trace-Elliot Velocette amp to make it more suitable for use with bass?

I have a Trace-Elliot Velocette that I'm very satisfied with. This amp works very good also for recording bass, but the low notes will be much less sturdy when recording through this amp than if I ...
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Using MIDI with Serial Midi Converter using usb to ttl converter

in market we have available usb to ttl converter. So can i use them to send midi signals to usb using This circuit https://irq5.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/midi-sch.png?w=640 connected to the pins of ...
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What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?

What are the advantages of having a pedal or amp that is point to point wired as opposed to one that is built on top of a printed circuit board? Are there any disadvantages of PTP?
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What does the modulation effect actually do?

i'm trying to study for my A levels and struggling to understand the purpose of modulation? I'm getting the idea that it is simply something that enables a effects to change the timbre of a raw ...
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Upgrading a guitar from low to high impedance pick ups?

I'm upgrading an Ibanez copy of a Gibson recording (a 2380 from 1973). I believe Ibanez went the low impedance route, but didn't include the transformer/XLR output. The pickups are certainly very ...
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What's a good strategy for adjusting pole pieces?

One thing I fiddled with for a short bit once upon a time is adjusting the pole pieces on my Humbucker/P-90 equipped guitars. As a matter of fact, doing just that was the only way I could get my P-90 ...
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What is the usage of “Zooming Out” in showing an amplitude envelope

Sorry if it might sound a bit of trivial to some of you peeps..I don't get what the author wants to say with this: " To represent the amplitude envelope,we will continue to use the waveform view,but ...
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Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp

A Gainclone chip amp makes for a nice benchmark/monitor amp. How can I add controllable even order harmonic distortion to one?
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How to choose drum pitches?

I've been learning Ableton Live with an interest in making electronic music, and this has been my first exposure to drums whatsoever. Of course, I'm not dealing with a real drum set, but rather an ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

Two-channel Stereo sound can be provided by two Mono cables, or a single Stereo cable. What differences, whether significant or not, are there between pairing each voltage lead with its own ground ...
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Using my keyboard overseas

I have Roland XP-30 which I bought in America, and I am now in a country running on 220V. The section in the manual on power consumption says 10 W (AC 117 V), 10 W (AC 230 V), 10 W (AC 240 V) which ...
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How do you sync a Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external rhythm sources?

I'm looking at ways to fatten the sound of the combo I play with. But the band plays to tight tempos in strict 32 bar choruses. Is there any way to sync the Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to ...
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IEM, 3.5 and 6.35 jacks - Only get left ear when plugged fully in

I am using a vocal and guitar processor in one. The headphone out is not loud enough so I am using a small amplifier (for 4 sets of headphones). Problem is, I only get a left ear unless I remove the ...
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What is the nature of the signal between an electric guitar and an amplifier?

I can't seem to find information on this, but what are the properties of the signal passing through the guitar cable? What I mean is, if I were going to make a pedal of some sort, what sort of input ...
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Can I write a program to calculate the BPM of my mp3s?

I'm a DJ and have stacks of mp3s on my laptop. What I usually do is open the track in Ableton, wait for it to calculate the BPM, and then adjust the track name to XXX_Artist_Track, where XXX is the ...
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Tracking down hum in several amplifiers in a home studio

In my home studio I have several amplifiers: Fender Blues Junior III (guitar combo, all tube) Gallien Krueger MB150E (bass combo, solid state) SWR Studio 220 (bass head, tube preamp) Alesis RA 300 (...
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Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?

I don't recall where or from whom, but I heard that switching on an amplifier head without a connected load (a cab, that is) may cause damage—presumably to the tubes, but perhaps something else, I'm ...
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Playing with an mp3 player in performance

I'm getting ready to do a show where I play guitar & sing and use backing tracks I've recorded and turned into mp3s, but I don't really want to take my laptop out of the house, would rather use a ...
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Spd-sx Roland and power converter

I bought the Spdsx from Roland while i was in Dubai, so it's running on 220 watt. Now i'm back in canada where we use 110 watt. Is there anything else then buying a power converter that i can do?
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How does phantom power work?

I've set up stage monitors that only took 1/4" cables as input, and I took it for granted that they just worked until I realized they did not plug in to the stage's power source. Eventually I learned ...
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How to connect a line signal to a guitar amp?

My Laney Lv300 Tube Fusion Combo amp, doesn't have a Line-In, as such. It merely has one "Input" on the front, for the guitar and a pair of FX sockets, as an FX Loop (FX Send and FX Return). It also ...
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Travelling with electric violin under revised airport security rules

In light of suspected terrorist threat airport security has been tightened to include new restrictions on "electronic devices". For example, on Heathrow Airport's site they say: Make sure your ...
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Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?

I play three Telecasters, they all have standard single-coil pickups. The oldest of these has a really individual sound when using the middle pick up setting. It is really thin and nasal; great for ...
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What can I build into my guitar and use the “tone pots” buttons to adjust?

The tone pots are fairly useless, for the most part, so I was wondering what else people have done to take advantage of having those two controls available. I would love some ideas of something I ...
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When should I be concerned about calibrating the bias of vacuum tubes in an amplifier?

I think it would be useful to discuss the concept of bias as it pertains to guitar amplifiers. I have read some articles saying that you should always rebias your amplifier when you change the power ...
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What do the different tubes in an amplifier do?

Preamp vs Phase Inverter vs Reverb vs Power vs Rectifier. Many people get really, really confused when they try to understand anything about tubes. I spent a very long time myself trying to ...
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Electric guitar amp won't switch to distortion channel

I have a Peavey Classic 30 combo amp (tubed). There's a channel switch button on the amp that is meant to toggle between the clean and distortion channels. However when I attempt to toggle from clean ...
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Which (non dedicated) tool to use to fasten a Gibson 3-way toggle switch without marring it?

I do not have access to a dedicated tool (can't buy one in Germany) and I'm afraid to marr it with my pliers. You can see the knurled nut in this photograph from stringsdirect.co.uk
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Epiphone LP Special II neck joint corrections and electronics

I just started this summer project with my Epiphone Les Paul Special II, making some kind of overhaul by changing the nut, the bridge, and the electronics. I took my guitar completely apart and now I ...
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Guitar produces hum due to poor soldering

Is it possible that a guitar could produce a low hum after replacing a pickup? I own a guitar that I (poorly) replaced a pickup on when I first started playing, and I was wondering if there was some ...
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Is anyone able to outline the purpose of these controls?

I have an Aria MAC57/7 (7 string). Excuse the dust (the flash on the camera shows it up...) It has a dual humbucker setup and a set of controls that I never fully got to grips with. I assume the ...
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Managing batteries for live performances

Many musicians use battery-powered "stomp boxes" and wireless microphones. When do you change the batteries? You can't have a device running out of power halfway through the show. Do people put in ...
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How does sending MIDI over USB compare to using a dedicated MIDI interface?

Is there an informed comparison between sending MIDI over USB versus directly from MIDI interface on an expansion card - would a MIDI interface on a sound card provide some useful system enhancement ...
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How can you tell if the sound of an electroacustic nylon guitar is going to be good?

How can you predict whether an electroacoustic nylon guitar is going to have a rich/deep sound by looking at its technical specifications?
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Effect of nickel cover on Telecaster bridge pickup?

Traditionally telecaster guitars have the neck pick-up covered in a nickel/chrome cover, and the bridge pickup left with exposed pole pieces. What is the origin/logic of the nickel cover? What ...
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Buying a guitar amplifier from another country

A while back (before stackexchange) I read that it's not recommended to buy an amplifier from a country with different electricity (110v 50hz vs 220 60hz) because the circuits will create a different ...