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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What's the name of the phenomenon in which upon hearing same sound repeatedly, one begins to hear a rhythm?

When making non-music recordings, sometimes I listen to a three-second snippet repeatedly and after a few listens, I cannot help but hear a rhythm or a certain musicality. What's this phenomenon ...
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Which has more overtones: vowels or consonants?

When comparing frequency patterns(e.g. using an FFTSCOPE) for spoken vowel sounds and that of consonants, some of us found vowel sounds to have more overtones(i.e., a larger number of peaks in the ...
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How does the Risset Rhythm work?

Many people know about the Shepard-Risset Tone/Glissando, which is a tone that starts low and seems to continue ascending(or descending) when you listen to it, even though it actually is playing the ...
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What exactly are complex sounds in terms of audio waves?

If you listen to a song through headphones you have a "right" sound wave and a "left" sound wave, correct? But these waves have a lot of complex sounds combined in them and a digital sound wave is ...
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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 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 to monitor a song with a low budget

I'm working a lot with home recording but the loudspeakers of my computer are a bit old, so I might get new ones. The problem I frequently had while recording was, that my speakers had a very full ...
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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.
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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 Replicate The Sound Of An Instrument?

I have experience of basic music theory, guitar and piano. My current project involves creating a computer program that can replicate the sounds of any given instrument (starting with piano). I can ...
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Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?

I learned Overworld Theme 2 from Super Mario Bros. 3 a few years ago, which features the nice bright high notes of A6, G6, and F6: I noticed on my 80 year old upright piano that the A and G rang ...
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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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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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Examples of acoustic instruments producing sounds very close to pure square, triangle or sawtooth waves

I've been able to find plenty of info about acoustic instruments that create sounds close to sine-waves, and I understand that sounds approximating square, triangle and sawtooth waves are produced by ...
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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 to get better sound through multi-effects processors

I wondering if sound quality is meant to reduce through multiple multieffects processors. I have a Boss GT10 as well as a Boss RC300 loop pedal running through some decent little 25 to 30 W bedroom ...
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Does a trigger trombone sound the same as a traditional trombone?

I own a student trombone, and I am looking to purchase a professional one with a trigger. Does a trigger trombone produce the same sound as a non-triggered trombone of the same manufacturer?
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Working on trombone sound

I've been playing the trombone for a couple of years and only now I've understood how breath and sound are important. When I listen to my long notes I can hear that the tone is not clear and some air ...
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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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Could someone help me understand a little about sound/tone? Beginner/intermediate guidance perhaps

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now. I always hear someone in the band mention something like, 'that tone needs to have low-mids', terms like 'gain..feedback'(just saying). I would 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 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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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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Electric guitar tone control fault

I've got Epiphone LP Special II for two years. Some time ago I noticed that tone pot set at maximum or minimum was cutting all lows or highs and the guitar lost power (volume doesn't changes while I ...
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Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem

I just finally got a decent audio interface (M-Audio MTrack) and now I'm trying to figure out how to make nice sounds with the virtual amps in Logic, and Amplitube LE. I figure now I have creative ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?

I have read a lot of advice on how to mix live performances and recording of bands. I have learned about making sure instruments are isolated in their frequency ranges during performances so that each ...
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Is there anything like “tremolo arm” for acoustic guitar?

If an electric guitar have tremolo arm, floyd rose, or bigsby for doing vibrato sound. Is there anything (or tool) that can make vibrato sound in an acoustic guitar. Other than manually pullback the ...
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Should you shape your voice consciously or try to find a natural voice?

I have a pretty average non-distinctive voice with which syllables like "a", "e", "i", and "u" sound pretty cool. Sometimes, I try to shape up my voice consciously to sound better using nasal ...
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How does one isolate a specific tone from an audio file?

What im trying to do is if for example if i have an audio file where a person says "Today", i could isolate a sound like the "o" sound and extend it as a tone for any length of time. So for "goal" it ...
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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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What does a goniometer (sound) show?

In looking into 2D representations of audio, I came across a tool called a goniometer. I'm aware that a goniometer refers also to a device for measuring angles, but in this context it refers to one ...
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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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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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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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Linux Multimedia Studio Sound Font note fade away

I am currently trying out some sound-fonts I just downloaded, in Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS). All is going well, besides the fact that I haven't, even after a Google search, found out how to make a ...
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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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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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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? ...