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Microsoft Windows SBS 2008 (Small Business Server) Network Administrator, supporting Windows 7 clients.

Former Volunteer Business Administrator for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.

I have also been a technical writer, computer magazine tech journalist, music critic and music journalist, copywriter and publicist, and professional musician.


Jun
9
comment What is needed for an electric woodwind?
You can use the EWI to trigger any VST or AU virtual instrument synthesizer or sample player or soundfont that runs on Windows or Mac OS X. This is because the instrument transmits MIDI data to the host computer.
Jun
9
comment What is needed for an electric woodwind?
You can use any VST or AU virtual instrument synthesizer or sample player or soundfont that runs on Windows or Mac OS X. This is because the instrument transmits MIDI data to the host computer.
Jun
9
answered What is needed for an electric woodwind?
Jun
5
revised How do guitarists switch on/off multiple effects via pedalboards?
Needed to make a distinction between an effects loop and a looper, which are very different concepts.
Jun
4
answered Where to find orchestra-only tracks for concertos?
Jun
3
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
1
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
I guess the answer is "sort of". In the Baroque era, all music for trumpets was written in D major, unless you had a trumpet that could employ a certain kind of mute that dropped the pitch by 1/2 step or 1 whole step (and that was rare). At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, however, one trumpet player would have two trumpets because he might play the same piece from the same sheet music with one orchestra that tuned to A=440 and another orchestra that tuned to A=415 or A=430.
May
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revised What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
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May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
@thSoft, what is the name of your musical group, and where do they perform, please? Do they have a website?
May
31
answered What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
May
31
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
It's great that we have some DMAs and PhDs in Music participating on this site. I merely hold a Bachelor of Music degree, but I claim the self-appointed title of "Armchair Musicologist".
May
31
revised What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
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May
31
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May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
The person asking the question said that their group plays on period instruments, which would be designed for the lower diapason. In order to play in A=392 or A=415, you have to have special woodwind and brass instruments that are built for that tuning. You can't "re-tune" woodwind and brass instruments that were built for A=440 down that low. By the same token, if you are going down to A=392, bowed string musicians may have to change to a thicker gauge of strings.
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
So I would say quarter-comma meantone with the pitch A tuned to either 392Hz or 415Hz (I am not sure which was used in Monteverdi's Italy; in France around that time it was A=392Hz.) We refer to the tuning of A as the diapason or kammerton.
May
31
comment What kind of temperament to play Monteverdi with?
No, tjb1982, in Monteverdi's time the tuning would have been around A=392 or A=415, which are a whole step and a half step below A=440, respectively. In Bach's time most orchestras tuned to A=415, but there were pipe organs tuned to A=466, which is a half step above A=440. The tuning of A=430 appeared around Schubert's time. A=440 did not become widely adopted until the early 20th century.
May
30
answered Baroque music composed in the 21st century
May
30
comment What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?
What schools give a PhD in Composition, and how would it differ from a DMA in Composition?