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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.


Sep
5
comment Does there exist a singer's muzzle or silencer?
If this is about your health and your hearing, you had better consult a physician, and not accept advice from a place like this.
Sep
2
comment What do we call music which is not played on the beat?
There are many different specific terms for this because there are many different specific types of "not playing on the beat". If you can give us some concrete examples we can explain further.
Sep
2
comment how to get better sound through multi-effects processors
+1 for reading the instructions. That's what they are there for.
Aug
25
comment What is Voice Leading?
There might be a couple of mistakes in my chord identification in my Bach example. I was trying to provide a quick illustration, not something rigorous.
Aug
23
comment What's a “guide” in the studio recording process?
Think of it as a "rough draft" track that is refined and completed by recording new tracks to replace it.
Aug
22
comment Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud
I wonder if they make a catalytic converter as well.
Aug
22
comment Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud
"Muffler attachment". Cool. I think there are about as many different names for this contraption as there were manufacturers who built them into their pianos.
Aug
22
comment Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud
The proper name for this pedal, historically, is the "moderator". In Europe it is sometimes called the "celeste" pedal.
Aug
19
comment How do I find a good reverb pedal for a huge, soul-filling sound?
If your soul is really in need of filling, I don't think any electronic device is going to do the job.
Aug
19
comment guitar scales: where to start
If you are just starting out, you do not know enough to figure out what you need to do, and everything you find online will only add to your confusion. Save yourself all this trouble and pay for some lessons with a guitar teacher at your local music store. Your teacher will demonstrate things to you, answer your questions, and set you on the right path.
Aug
16
comment Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?
Buy a second guitar -- an inexpensive acoustic or electric, and string it and set it up for Nashville tuning. That would be only a little more expensive than investing in a polyphonic pitch-shifter effects pedal, and it would sound much better, too.
Aug
15
comment “Figured” woods and veneers for guitars
You are quite mistaken in your usage. "Solid wood" means one thickness of solid wood. No manufacturer would ever use the word "solid" when they mean "laminate" or "plywood." Those are separate terms. Furthermore, in guitar construction, the term "laminate" with regard to a top or back or sides of an acoustic guitar means at least three layers of wood. A laminate top on a solid-body electric guitar is another matter.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
OK, then, I'm just ignorant of this entire topic.
Aug
14
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.
Aug
14
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.
Aug
13
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.
Aug
13
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?
Aug
13
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
13
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.
Aug
12
comment Softer strings?
You are talking about the difference between nylon strings and steel strings. Nylon strings feel "soft" and steel strings feel "hard".