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"Worth the money" is very subjective. Let's instead talk about the various factors you have to consider. Fitting A into B Good quality microphones usually have XLR connectors. These have three wires arranged so that any interference picked up in the cable is cancelled out. Many USB audio interfaces have XLR sockets (but check that the one you choose ...


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I know exactly what you mean and I've thought about it quite hard myself. Not everyone can do this, but as you attune to music more and get used to what a drum kit or guitar playing in a room sounds like, it's easier to pick out the characteristics of live vs. recorded. I think it's a mixture of things: The mix- sometimes live music isn't mixed as well ...


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This is an extremely broad topic, so I'm going to try to distill it down to just a handful of points: There are (basically) two ways of generating sounds electronically: sampling and synthesis. Confusingly, we tend to call all of this sound generation "synthesis", as you are generally working with a "synthesizer". You will want to read Wikipedia - ...


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As others have mentioned, those strings do not have dampers (the felt things that mute a note when you release the key). The reasoning is several-fold. First, the higher notes have much less sustain than lower notes. The dampers wouldn't really have much effect since those notes die out so quickly. Second, undamped strings are free to vibrate ...


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Obviously, headphones are the very first thing to recommend if you aren't already using them. A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones works both ways; you can be thumpin' it at 95dB and nobody but you will hear it. The sound produced by you hitting a rubber pad with a drumstick is a dull thunk, typically quieter than an ordinary conversation. If you have ...


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Yes. All tenor and bass trombones are pitched the same. The difference between student instruments and professional ones is actually more in the bore size than whether or not the instrument has a trigger (which is typically called an "F attachment"). The F attachment's primary use is to extend the low range of the instrument, and enable technical facility ...


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Sounds to me like exactly the same principle. The first rhythm gets faster and faster until it becomes a blur of noise and is removed from the sound, but over the top of that is superimposed the same rhythm at half speed. While you're listening to the first rhythm get faster, the second does the same, and eventually becomes the main focus of attention. By ...


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There are many different types of synesthesia, and it is only recently that it has been taken seriously as psychological phenomena. For anyone who is unfamiliar (or too bored to click the links in the OP's question,) synesthesia is essentially where a person's brain is hard-wired to experience sensory stimulation in multiple, simultaneous ways. For ...


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I have absolute pitch and associate colors with specific keys. I have had this ability for as long as I can remember and only discovered in adolescence that others did not have it; the two are very much intertwined in terms of how I think about music. FWIW, absolute pitch runs in my family on both sides, with my mother possessing it and my paternal ...


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Consonants are primarily just noise—largely high, semi-random frequencies. Vowels are generally the only part of speech that have harmonic content as opposed to the inharmonic content of consonants. Bright, forward vowels like EEEEEE have way more overtones than dark, back vowels like AHHHHHH. Most consonants other than the nasals are so brief that I'd ...


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You need to reproduce the full spectrum for each note and model the way the amplitude (and harmonic mix) varies over time. See Analysis and Parametric Synthesis of the Piano Sound For accurate reproduction you also need to take into account complex effects such as induced vibrations in other undamped strings.


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Sand. The Grateful Dead lined their space in sand, Moby encased his NY apartment in sand. If you are on the second floor, put your set on a sandbox. Line the walls with sand bags. It's cheap, portable, labor intensive, works great. You'd probably get a kick out of this article, sums up the plight of the modern drummer well: ...


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Mesh should certainly be quieter, but to help save the sanity of your neighbours below, you will need to look at an isolated drum riser. Tennis balls could work, but more commonly you see neoprene pads as these do a very good job reducing transmission of vibrations. Underneath that you could also use a square of carpet cut to the size of the riser as this ...


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I'm not 100% sure this is the reason, but it is something I noticed about the guts of a piano. I no longer have a piano available to check, but I'll stick my observations in here anyway. :) At some point around the 2/3 point of the range of the piano, strings go from (mostly) wound to (mostly) plain. Plain strings tend to ring more, like you describe. ...


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If one strikes a note (say C3--an octave below middle C) on an acoustic piano without the damper pedal and then with it, one will likely notice that the second note sounds slightly different--probably brighter. This is because the struck string will vibrate with energy not only at the frequency of C3, but also some other frequencies including C4, G4, C5, ...


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This is a complicated topic. Julius Smith has a book about physical audio synthesis. The section on piano hammers has some decently heavy math. In order to make the chords sound like they are being played on a piano, you have some options: Correctly model all aspects of a piano (hammer, string, other strings, soundboard, etc.). This is hard. Record what ...


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There are many ways you could approach this, but the best way is to find a qualified teacher. For something like this, even one lesson a month, (or even less frequently) would do much to help your tone along. Since embouchure and tone are such individual characteristics, both of you and your equipment, I can only offer a few sweeping generalizations. In my ...


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There are two distinctive sonorities on the beginning of "Seven Devil" by Florence + The Machine as found on this music video: On the right and center fields is a very good imitation ...


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There is no such thing as "natural voice" in singing, like there is no "natural movement" in sports or "natural look" in makeup. In all of that cases, "natural" is a particularly hard to pull off artificial creation that has to become a second nature to pull off convincingly. Now if you write stuff like Then I try to shape up my voice consciously to sound ...


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I came across your post today and I think you have identified the same problem I have with my Peavey Wolfgang. I hear the warble on my guitar at frets 16-19 both plugged and unplugged - suggesting that it's nothing to do with amplification or electrics. And there is no string buzz. My research on Google suggests that it is magnetic pull on the strings from ...


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Just wanted to add I've been trying to eliminate what appears to be the same issue on a custom Warmoth Strat using YJM Fury pickups. I've cranked the action up (and the pickup height down) to absolutely absurd settings and it doesn't help. I don't hear it unplugged, nor do I hear it if the amp is "clean", but hear it with any kind of overdriven sound (both ...


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The problem may lie with the guitar itself. If you haven't already, have the guitar checked for any type of warpage. It may not look warped but that means your warp just isn't visible. Also have it check for fret bore, which is uneven or 'bored' frets and check for any cracks, pits, blemishes, or damaged spot on your fretboard. I sympathize with these ...


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Most transcription software will automatically loop; or at least easily let you loop a section of audio such as someone making the "ooh" sound in "Today". It will do this easier than a full-blown waveform editing program. Doing this inside transcription software will save you from having to manually edit the track, loop it, etc. These programs will allow ...


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This could be done with a piece of hardware or software called a sampler, but you should be able to accomplish the same with any waveform editor--or a combination of the two. Essentially, you will be "cropping" the audio file in order to isolate only the tone in question, and ideally in a way that sounds the same both at the beginning and end of the ...


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You really dont need an expensive udio interface. Invest in a good dynamic microphone like the sure sm58 or a condenser mic if really needed. An audio interface also decreases audio latency. This helps when you want to monitor your vocals live with a headphone 'wet' as in with effects.


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It was said that Hendrix experienced it but he wasn't born with it. apparently it was induced by lots of LSD, which probably isn't a good thing. the E7#9 chord was referred to as the purple chord, hence purple haze. I remember reading about Synesthesia a couple of years back and its do do with the sensory connections in the brain, we tend to have different ...


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Percussion sound also travels well through the hard surfaces - drum stand, then floor and walls - much better than through the air. In some badly design buildings you may hear that way a tennis ball dropped on the floor two flats above. Put something like a carpet or towel under the drum stand.


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This is quite a lot like this thread, which was quite comprehensive : Electronic Drums in apartment A few points : The problem isn't so much sound travelling through the air and through the wall so much as making its way to hard surfaces and travelling through that. If you have a wooden flor, the wood will resonate nicely as you hit the kit (especially ...


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There is indeed! (at 1m46s) I don't believe they're widely manufactured though, not from what I could find


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I'd say that last.fm and following youtube links are good way to discover new music. Two more possibilities from me: SongPop game (available for android, iOS and as facebook app) - a chance to sort out the bands and songs you know, recall songs you listened in past and forgot, and finally meet new music Coincidence :) few days ago I was tagging (ID3v1 by ...



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