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Drums have pitches, but by the time they are in the track, then unless it is for very specific purposes, to complement a melodic line etc, then those actual pitches should not be truly apparent to the end-listener. Let the listener just get the 'vibe' of what you intend. They shouldn't really be hearing a 'tune' from the drum pitches, only the apparent ...


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Sure you can. It would require some knowledge in audio programming and analysis. However, I would advise to not reinvent the wheel and use existing tools, such as BPM Counter (free). I'm not sure if it can write the BPM into the file name directly, but once it's saved in the id3 tag, it's much easier to access it with your own program and then rename the ...


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The signal between an electric guitar and a guitar amp is called a signal voltage. The voltage in the line oscillates in a manner analogous to the strings' vibrations, summed. The level of the voltage is dependent on lots of things including string material, how much energy is in the strings, and the electronics of the guitar. There is no specific standard, ...


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It is true that a tube amp should not be operated without a load, i.e. without speakers (or a dummy load) connected. Solid state amps don't have that problem. The reason is that (almost) all tube amps use an output transformer, which can produce high voltage peaks if its secondary (output) winding is not connected, because the energy from the primary (from ...


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Stage monitors generally come in two varieties- powered and unpowered. The first need AC power (220v in U.K.) to run, just as an ordinary guitar amp., p.a. etc. would.The other is passive, in that it is a speaker cab.As such, it will need an amp. externally to run it, as well as being connected, often by jack plug, to the sound out. Phantom power is DC, and ...


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If you are making music as an artist, you may pitch the drums however you feel compliments the rest of the sound. Don't be afraid to pitch them down or up even a whole octave to get some weird effects... Here are a few tricks I use on drums to experiment with the pitch: Pitch layering - Often times I will clone a drum or even a whole kit, then pitch adjust ...


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Have you tried mechanically isolating the cabinets,as in resting them on carpet or rubber, rather than putting them on, I suspect, a hard surface which may even be a hollow floor - creating its own soundboard. You say that the hum is still there even when no speaker is connected. This will eliminate a suspect ground loop, which incidentally, shows up as very ...


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Bob. I changed the switching on my Tele a couple of years ago, using a propriety 4 way switch. This gives the original switching, plus the pups out of phase. It was a bit of a fiddly job, with an almost complete re-wire, but well worth it to have an extra sound. The new switch fits in place of the original, and looking at it, you wouldn't know. Obviously, ...


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If you have access to a looper pedal, such as the Boss RC series, they have a line in. Connect the pedal to the looper, and then your MP3 player to the line in of the loop pedal.


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I doubt this will be an issue, but there are plenty of ways to connect your guitar to an mobile phone. I'm guessing the electric violin outputs the same signal, so it can be used in a guitar amplifier. If so, you could use one of those together with your smartphone, and some sort of sound will be produced. Or even simpler, use one of those portable practice ...


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Take a close look at both Cable 1 and the adapter (jack) connecting Cable 1 to the amp. Are you sure that these are both stereo devices? A stereo plug will have three metal sections (tip, ring, and sleeve). A mono plug will only have two (tip and sleeve). If you are hearing only one side, and then get both sides when you pull it part way out, that is a ...


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There are already some good answers, but I just had a couple things to add. In general it's best to minimize the length of cable and number of adapters you use in your signal chain (I think you called the adapters "jacks"). This reduces the number of possible failure points. For example, do you really need the headphone extension cable? And getting the right ...


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I'd have thought that merely plugging the player into the input would do the job. The volume can be attenuated via the gain pot on the amp., and also by the volume control on the player. Turn it down initially, as there will be a propensity for lots of sound. The speaker extension output - it may already be switched, and cuts out the internal speakers of the ...


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Sigh, in the old days you would pull ot the tubes, put them in a suitable protective container (Standard was a woolen sock) and take them down to the local radio shop. They had a machine that would measure both cathode emmission and voltage gain. These days you probably need to try replacing the tubes. Common failures are Filament failure (no red glow ...


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As other answers have said, drums used in a drum kit are essentially treated as unpitched. Certainly, they wouldn't usually be retuned for songs/pieces in different keys, as you would do with timpani (kettle drums), for instance. However, a drummer colleague of mine told me some time ago that he tunes his kit differently depending upon what style if music ...


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Phantom power is just a way to transmit DC power over microphone cables. It's most used for condenser mics and direct boxes (DIs). Phantom powering consists of a phantom circuit where direct current is applied equally through the two signal lines of a balanced audio connector (in modern equipment, usually an XLR connector). The supply voltage is ...


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I asked my friends on Facebook too and got several recommendations for miniature amplifiers like the Roland Micro Cube the irig (though I don't use an iPhone) or the Amplug but then one friend pointed out that headphones suffice to demonstrate the difference between the electric violin turned off and the electric violin turned on and many of us ...


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This security change in Airport exists because they fear that the batteries might have been replaced by explosives or that the device might be a fake one, so they ask you to switch on your electronic device in order to check that it's a real battery and a "real" working device. Moreover, the targeted devices are mostly phones, tablets and laptops (I even ...


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Practical? Absolutely. Beneficial? I would say so! I recently rewired a Tele of mine, from a three-pickup "Nashville" style to the classic two-pickup, but with some tricks under the hood: A four-way pickup selector switch, offering bridge and neck pickups either individually, combined in parallel (as is standard) or combined in series; and A push-push ...


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With a couple of my smaller Peaveys, the amp. switch works in conjunction with the footswitch. When the amp. switch is 'on', the footswitch will then toggle between clean/dirty. You may have inadvertently switched the footswitch, which you may or may not usually use.Check the instructions (downloads available) before doing anything drastic. Do not swear at ...


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A mono jack in a stereo socket or a stereo jack in a mono socket will shorten out the right channel. Maybe your adapters are not what you think they are for.


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While the specific pitches of drums could certainly have a some impact on the music — small consonance changes with the other instruments, "feel" — tuning real drums is more about tension than pitch to my understanding. Since you're working digitally, you can adjust the pitch a bit without needing to over-loosen or over-tighten a real drum, ...


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In addition to the other answers regarding the creative implications of pitch-shifting drum sounds, you can also choose the pitch of a drum to stop phase issues in the track. For example, if you layer different kicks on top of each other, you may find that it loses its punch. Changing the pitch of one of the samples can get the kicks complementing each ...


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My instinct is to blames those adapters (or 'jacks' as you call them, but I've always used 'jack' to refer to the the input assembly on the device or the lead assembly on the cable). Adapters, being conceptually so simple, are easy to botch in production. It's just some bent lengths of wire that fit (or don't!) into little slots in the molded plastic. From ...


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The effects loop on a guitar amplifier is between the preamp (where the gain and EQ controls sit to modify the tone) and the power amplifier (which pretty much just makes everything louder). Your specific amplifier has a multi-channel tube preamp with a solid state power amp. As your amplifier has an effects loop, you can feed a non-guitar input in through ...


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You can take a passive DI box and run it backwards, or get a specialized box called a ReAmp to do this.


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The following pieces of equipment offer cheaper alternatives to purchasing a dedicated performance computer: Use the house stereo (if available) Use your smartphone (if available) Use your dumbphone (if you still have one) Use your tablet (if available) Purchase a candy bar-style digital recorder and use it as your device (I do this personally and it works ...


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No, not unless you have a cable several thousand miles long !! It's running on, probably, 9 volts DC, so all you need is a DC converter with the appropriate plug to fit physically and electrically in whatever country you need it for. The original one would be for 220 VOLTS, rather than watts ! You need to check also that the frequency is right - they're ...


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In Europe where there is no fixed assignment for "neutral" and "live" in most outlets used, it might help to reverse the orientation of the plug by 180degree. In many musical equipments audio signal ground is connected to the ground wire of a grounded outlet, which is further down in your house connected to the "neutral" wire of your outlet. The direct ...


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In general, the way you fix this is disconnect EVERYthing so you don't have hum. And one by one, plug stuff in and see when the hum starts. Even if a device isn't ON, it can still cause ground loop interference just due to the ground in the connecting cable. Although disconnecting your ground on the main wall plug MAY get rid of your hum, do NOT do that. ...



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