Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through some medium (like air or water), composed of frequencies which are within the range of hearing.

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How can a musician determine the sound of different musical artists?

To be more specific about my question; I am currently trying to learn how to best identify the specific sounds of different jazz artists by listening for quantifiable differences in their style and ...
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Dissonant notes extremely panned - what is that I hear?

I was studying the musical theory and an idea came to me - what happens if I play dissonant chords at the same time, but one of them being panned to the extreme left and the other one - to the extreme ...
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Producing stereo sound from more than two speakers?

Is it possible to produce a stereo effect from more than 2 loudspeakers for example(4 full range driver) placing them one on each side of a square?
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Why does violin sound differently after playing on it for some time?

I have heard from some of my friends that when you have "fresh" violin, they sound different(presumably, worse) than after playing on it for some time(e.g. half a year). Is this statement true? If so, ...
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What technical spec should I look for in noise isolating headphones?

I am looking to buy some noise isolating (not noise cancelling) headphones, but I am very confused right now. Initially I thought that impedance was a good measure of the capacity for a pair of ...
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What can I do to improve this sound mixing?

I'm doing a project and the end product is supposed to be somethin like this: I'm just doing the mixing, someone else is doing the video. I'm going to be receiving ...
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Static noise with a USB MIDI controller

I have recently bought a seven-year old M-Audio Keystation Pro 88, and noticed that when I plug it into my MacBook Air, I get static noise when I press keys. Once pressed, the same key makes a ...
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Sound-to-color synesthesia - a good and helpful thing?

In hearing about sound-to-color synesthesia, or rather Chromesthesia1, I have always been rather jealous, and wanted to experience this unexplainable phenomenon for myself. I have read up a little bit ...
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How to improve the sound of a bass when playing with Guitar rig (software)?

Sound is very moody and unclear. When I choose a Bass Amp from the list, even with all high frequency knobs (mid, hi, and presence) turned up in their highest position, it still sounds like ...
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What exactly is it that is so magical about rosin for a bow?

We all know that rosin is the main cause of friction on a string-instrument bow, but it also seems to have other properties. For example, when I have a good coat of rosin on my bow hairs, they tend ...
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how to learn mixing music [closed]

i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video. normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent ...
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Are there any examples of music where each note in the piece is played by a different instrument?

I am interested in information pertaining the following questions: To what extent do you have to use a consistent set of instruments when composing? Can one make music where each note in the ...
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A bright sounding piano or a mellow sounding one?

When looking for a piano to buy, should I be taking note of the brightness of the sound of the piano? What kind of piano sound would I be looking for for romantic period music and arranged music? ...
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Aspiring Sound Designer should start where?

First off, I am new to this website so I will say sorry in advance if I have broken any rule. Hi, just one simple question for an aspiring sound designer like me. What things should I start ...
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What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?

Being an electronic music producer, file format is something I have to consider at some point. I usually export my songs as .wavs and then convert them to .mp3s later (since they are smaller than ....
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Why does my amp sound better when I am not standing directly in front of it?

I recently got a JCM800 2203x amplifier and the thing is killer. I'm one of the lucky people who has a practice space where they can crank it to 10 and hear that beautiful power tube distortion! The ...
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Connecting two mixers

I'm piggy-backing off "Can I daisy chain two mixers together for more input channels". In that question, I read that I can do that, so long as the submixer is going into the powered mixer through RCA ...
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Phantom Power supply or usb audio interface?

I recently just purchased a new condenser microphone . I wasn't sure if I should just buy the Nady SMPS 1 channel power supply or just save up and just get a usb audio interface ?
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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

I need to be able to play at loud volumes any time day or night. Is it necessary to have a house, or can I accomplish this in a condo or townhouse? If I need a stand alone house, how far must it be ...
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How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?

I'm working on differential equations homework right now, and I just came across a solution to a problem that has the form: I graphed the function with my computer and it has an interesting ...
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What is the unit for sound intensity?

I hear people say "decibel" for sound intensity, but a dB is just the ratio between two sound intensity levels, so it's really not a unit. So, if r and p represent the reference power level and ...
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electric guitar, no noise for family

I played some electric and bass guitar in high school (15 years ago) I am now looking to learn how to play again, so my question is; is there a way to play without annoying the family? As in, can I ...
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Why do I feel like I sound really bad when I'm playing Guitar?

I'm going to try and articulate what I feel about myself when I play guitar, whether it be in front of people or by myself. I'm not sure if its a common thing for musicians to feel or if its just me. ...
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How necessary is an USB Audio Interface?

I'm currently recording songs on my computer and the quality of my microphone is awful and the microphone is very quiet. That doesn't surprise me, because it's a 20$ karaoke microphone... I got into ...
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How does the choice of strings impact sound and playability?

I recently bought a classic series '50s Fender Telecaster. Beautiful guitar with 2 peculiar vintage-style pickups and vintage-style machine heads. It's best when I play classic rock songs, with clean ...
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Connect DDJ-SB2 to my speakers [closed]

I have a DDJ-SB2 controller and I need to connect them on my speakers (logitech Z200) which doesn't have anything to connect the RCA. What shall I do/buy? Thanks
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How much to pay sound person?

My band plays events in small and large venues like a bar to a bike night outdoors. We pay for sound at large events which they bring sound equipment to setup and tear down. is paying 30% of our pay ...
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Definition of Sonority for Flutists

I have not been able to find a specific explanation of what "Sonorous" or "Sonority" means for a Flutist. I have a vague understanding that it refers to sound quality. Can anyone please help me to ...
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How would this woodwind's shape affect its sound?

So, hopefully this question doesn't sound too vague, maybe I can completely explain it here. I have been trying to invent a theoretical instrument that has three main parts to it. The middle piece is ...
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What is the difference between mono and stereo?

I've always wondered what the difference between the two is, and sometimes (games, movie players, etc), you are given a choice of mono or stereo sound. I toggle both but don't hear any difference. So,...
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How can I tell when music is live and not recorded?

I was walking past a bar the other day and heard music coming out. I could immediately tell that the music was live, being played in the bar at that moment. This is something I have often noticed, I ...
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What is the math behind how keys/holes on woodwind instruments affect the pitch?

To make this question more specific, I'll provide an example of what I mean. Let's say you have an instrument that's just a tube you blow into, and it has one hole exactly halfway down the tube (I ...
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What are my options to incorporate a sub-woofer into a PA system for live music performance?

My current PA system I use with my band (usually 2 guitars, a bass guitar and drummer - with 3 vocal mics) consists of a powered mixer (Mackie 808S) driving passive speakers with 12" low/mid drivers ...
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Why do PA speakers driven with more power deliver clearer and better sound?

I have notices with my own equipment as well as making note of other musician's equipment that there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of power (in watts) driving a PA speaker, and ...
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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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Can these sounds be created with an electric guitar or do I need an acoustic one?

It's been a while since I owned my last guitar. It was an acoustic with nylon strings. I also played on acoustic guitars with steel strings. However, I haven't have a guitar for years and wanted to ...
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How can I practice clarinet quietly?

How can I practice clarinet more quietly? Is there a clarinet mute that works well? Particularly good ear plugs? I'd rather not either soundproof a room, or move to the basement / garage. What I don'...
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Is this type of sound wave possible (Picture)

I apologize in advance if this is off topic for your stack. I saw this picture of a sound wave on a website. I have never seen a design like this for a sound wave. I am under the impression that this ...
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Are there any guide with commonly used settings on sound synthesis?

I just saw the new york sound synthesis course on youtube. It's pretty good, but I wonder if there are any guide or pdf with the most common used settings in music, like a string pad on trance music ...
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Why does the right hand/high instrument usually play the melody? [duplicate]

I've been playing piano for 10 years, and I've never really thought of it until now, but it seems as if the right hand almost always plays the melody, and the left hand plays the accompaniment. ...
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How can I tell if my microphone is broken?

I am not sure if my microphone is broken or if it is how to fix it. I have a very nice yeti usb microphone like the one that can be seen here http://www.amazon.ca/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/...
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Will the sound change when a French horn is made detachable or has been lacquered?

Is there scientific proof the sound of a French horn will change when the bell is made detachable or has been lacquered?
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What attribute of sound will be identical (or close to) for multiple people receiving same input from different locations

Let's say there is a concert playing, and within the audience, there are three people: They are all receiving the same dominant input (from the speakers on the stage), but I'm assuming they will ...
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It's there a diference between a MIDI instrument and an analogue one?

I'm new to music recordings, and I would love to get a simple midi keyboard for practicing and composing basic stuff. I guess a MIDI keyboard is much better than using the computer keyboard, but I've ...
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How can I visualise the effects of EQ as a curvature represented on a graph?

I have just started diving into the magic world of EQ. Basically, I can hear what the effects are, and see them via a freq-analyser, however, what i'd really like is a way I can represent any sound ...
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Notes on string high E sounds out of tune even picking them alone

I know it sounds silly, but it makes me crazy. Maybe it's my ear, or brain I've been suffering from this on all my guitars (Yamaha acoustic with D'Addario bronses) and others. I've thought it is ...
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Stagg US10 TATTOO strings sound buzzy and loose

I bought my Stagg US10 TATTOO 1402/117 soprano ukulele yesterday while I was off home. The guy at the shop told me to look up on the internet how to tune it, but because I am bad at it I downloaded a ...
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What equipment can be used to measure sound equipment quality?

My audiologist has a special device which measures the performance and distortion of my hearing aids. It graphs input to output quality of reproduction. Does such equipment exist for studio speakers, ...
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Compare the similarity of flow and rhythm of 2 songs

First off, I apologize if I'm not able to articulate my question correctly due to my lack of knowledge on music terms. My friends and I were having an argument about whether two foreign songs we ...
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How do you check or correct the FOH sound engineer?

When you're on stage, how do you check the house sound when you have a sound engineer? All you can hear are the monitors.