Any unwanted sound from a musical instrument, the environment, people etc

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How can I reduce the echo/reverb in a large room if I can't add physical damping?

I was at an event this evening in a restored ballroom - absolutely beautiful, but parquet flooring, high ceilings, solid walls etc all made for terrible acoustics, and in fact I could hardly make out ...
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Electronic drums in apartment

I'm a drummer and recently moved into an apartment with high ceilings and hardwood floors. I have a Roland TD-4. I've been researching for ways to be able to practice quietly without disturbing my ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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Is there such a thing as a silent drum set?

One can learn to play the piano on an electronic or midi keyboard with closed headphones without waking up the roommate. Is there anything equivalent for drumming? Some sort of nearly silent drum ...
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How can I prevent the noise my guitar pick makes?

When I play the guitar (electric with steel strings), I can hear the noise of the pick clashing against the steel strings. When I play a chord, after my pick triggers one string it then falls against ...
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String sticking to the fretting finger - how to avoid?

When raising a finger from a fret, it sometimes happens to me that a string "sticks" to the finger, producing an annoying sound (like when I would do a pull-off, but unintentional). This happens most ...
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

I have been playing the electric guitar for over ten years now, and this is an issue that has been troubling me for ages. Whenever I play hi-gain songs and have to switch fretting hand positions ...
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What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?

I've read many postings about how important quality cables are for eliminating noise and preserving tone. What should I look for to make sure I'm buying a quality cable? I have a very good 10' main ...
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What's this weird sound coming from my speakers?

I keep hearing bursts of static from the speakers of my electronic keyboard. At first I thought there was a loose electrical connection, but sometimes it has a rhythmic pattern to it, like “rat ...
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Sound proofing underneath the drumset

I live on the 3rd floor of my apartment and people downstairs are just about to lose it cos of me practicing my "L R Kick" triplets. I want to know if there is an intelligent, makeshift way to ...
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I want to control the peak volume of guitar feedback and echo/delay feedback

So, I have just set up a rig which, along with other things, allows me to create theremin like feedback from my guitar, controlling pitch through various means... it gets pretty crazy at times, which ...
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Why did Lou Reed make Metal Machine Music?

For background, it's a record that was made "without musical instruments" by rigging up ring-modulators and envelope filters and tone generators to create a sort of living shape of feedback. But ...
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Are there any VSTs for removing harmonic content from audio?

Are there are any VSTs that automatically remove the main harmonic content from an audio source? For example: if I have a simple sine wave this VST would return absolutely nothing, silence. If the ...
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High pitched ringing noise on single coil pickups

My guitar has split coil pickups, and I've started to have more problems with noise on the single coil setting since I changed my recording setup. I used to use a laptop to record into and if I had ...
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How to reduce tape hiss while recording a cassette tape with digital data as source

I bought a few Maxell cassette tapes, a portable Sony cassette tapes recorder (with the possibility to record also from an external microphone: in my case, a jack connected to the PC) and - as already ...
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Electric guitar noise gate pedal

I’m new to electric guitar stuff. I am interesting about a noise gate pedal to reduce the noise of my amp. I do not use a pedal for over-drive. Instead I use amp’s over-drive channel. Since I do not ...
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Strange hum sound while playing open B note on the second string

Four months ago, I bought this Yamaha f310 beginner's guitar. I did not have any problems during practice. Since yesterday, when I play B note open on the second string, it sounds fine and when I ...
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Does anyone here get Musical Tinnitus ? Can it be influenced or controlled?

I am compiling a list of tunes being played by my Musical Tinnitus . It has started recently and sounds like a quiet radio which cannot be turned off. Mostly it sounds like a male voice choir. Always ...