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The fatter bass strings move a lot more air when they're hit with the hammers in the piano, so they produce more volume of sound. The short thin strings at the top do not, so having more of them compensates. Also, they sound richer when more are played. Think of an orchestra - not many double basses, but quite a few violins. With one thin string or ten, ...


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In addition to Tim's answer, a correctly tuned piano actually de-tunes the group of strings on each note a teensy bit. This leads to resonant energy transfer back and forth among the strings, which improves sustain as well as sounding more pleasing to (most) ears. Keep in mind that "volume of air moved" does not translate linearly to "volume of sound," ...


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While maple is the standard wood used for bassoons, in Europe mostly Bosnian mountain maple is used. In the colder climate the tree grows slower and so the wood has more growth rings per inch improving stability. Even then maple is inferior to Grenadilla, since it is easier damaged by moisture, lacking the resins contained in Grenadilla, so it is more ...


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The pitch of a string is roughly inversely proportional of its length, the square root of its mass per unit length, and the square root of its "average" tension (the term "average" referring to a complicated weighted average, as opposed to an arithmetic mean). In order for the pitch of a string to remain reasonably constant as the vibrational amplitude ...


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Firstly, big appreciation for making your own sounds from scratch. It will lead into a personal style of music and a better understanding of the anatomy of sound. The fact that layering makes the song "a big mess of sounds" tells me that you're not aware of mixing and equalizing the synths. I'd see the layer of sounds as a scale: if you add a sound, in ...


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Without going into a great, detailed oration, I'm going to suggest just two fundamental things that I think would help you in your pursuit. In his comment, Basstickler touched upon a great point - music experience. If you understand music theory and basic principles of orchestration, you can apply those concepts to synthetic sounds and learn how to voice ...


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There isn't anything "optimal" about the keyboard. Not all chords or melodies are the easiest to play using only the white keys, even if they are purely diatonic (could be transposed to C major). It can be regarded as a virtue of the keyboard that transposition to different keys leads to different fingerings. A chromatic keyboard would "feel" the same in ...


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Unless your speaking about Baroque instruments, I'm assuming you're referring to making Oboes and Clarinets, and Bassoons. Flutes and saxophones are obviously made out of metal. I am unsure of Bassoons, but I know that the preferred wood for Oboes and Clarinets is Grenadilla because it is a very, very dense, heavy, and sturdy wood that resonates well. ...


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You can also make them in sections, like a clarinet. For example, you could carve out the bell section by hand. When the bell is done tapering, this would be the end of the section. You could then carve the end into a smaller diameter, and glue some thin cork onto it. The next section would have a female end for the corked section to slide into. By ...


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Sanding there will not hurt as long as you do not over do it and change the angle that the neck joins to the body, and thus the action, in fact light sanding to smooth the area could possibly help a tad with sound wave transfer from the neck to the body, enhancing the sustain and tonal qualities, which is one of the benefits of the way (for an example) ...


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On professional quality pianos and mediocre quality grand pianos, the middle pedal maintains only the notes that were maintained when the middle pedal was being depressed. This helps in any passage where a note or some notes should be maintained while some notes far away should not be maintained throughout. On some mediocre or poor quality upright pianos ...



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