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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.


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comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
I don't mean to sound disrespectful. I've been working with music notation on computers for almost 30 years. I have published articles and lectured on the subject. I know MIDI, MusicXML, text-tablature, and many more forms. I'm bemused that there is a form of music notation called "ABC", and computer software to work with it, yet I've never heard of before, no matter how obscure it must be. I've been posting on this site every day for three years, and I cannot recall anyone else ever mentioning "ABC" here before either.
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comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
@KevinJohnsrude, I looked around on your link and read that it was invented in 1991 by a single individual named Chris Walshaw. I know a lot of folk musicians in the USA and I've never heard anyone make mention of it before. It appears that it is only usable for notating melodies, not a chord progression or an arrangement or anything polyphonic or contrapuntal. And just because somebody has written out 400,000 melodies that does not indicate how many people use it. Can you tell me the names of some prominent musicians who use this notation? I just don't get it, but obviously, you do.
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comment What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?
In that case, if the relative humidity in my condo is 45%, because of the need to run the dehumidifier to control the mold and mildew on surfaces, then perhaps I need to humidify my instruments to get them up to 50%, and start monitoring conditions in the winter as well.
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comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
What is your "neck of the woods", "in these parts", exactly? I followed your link and read about this "ABC Notation" and all I can say is that I've been a musician familiar with many kinds of music, for many decades, yet I have never heard of this system of yours. I mean no disrespect, but I cannot believe that any number of people anywhere in the world actually use it. Has it been around for any length of time? Is it associated with some obscure national or ethnic music culture, and is that why I have never heard of it?
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comment How to synthesize grand piano sound
This Keyboard Magazine review details the physical-modeling synthesizer capabilities of the Yamaha CP1 virtual piano keyboard instrument. keyboardmag.com/gear/1183/yamaha-cp-1-cp5-and-cp50/28212
Aug
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comment How to synthesize grand piano sound
My recollection is that the Yamaha CP1's grand piano sound is indeed made with a physical modeling synthesizer, but it also has an FM-synthesizer for DX7 "electric piano" sounds, and has a sample playback engine for other keyboard sounds besides that. I remember reading this from when the model was introduced a few years ago. The lower-priced models in the CP line use sample-playback for everything. I've never seen or played this model (and it hasn't been a big seller, apparently) so if anyone wants to verify this, please do.
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comment Softer strings?
You are talking about the difference between nylon strings and steel strings. Nylon strings feel "soft" and steel strings feel "hard".
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