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I'm an electronics engineer.

My programming experience is limited to high-level Matlab/Python signal processing stuff, and low-level C microcontroller stuff.


Feb
18
awarded  Student
Feb
18
comment What frequencies should the violin and viola be tuned to?
Not really, you avoid open strings as much as possible, playing in higher positions, etc.
Feb
18
comment Violin Pickup that will sound like natural violin?
"which makes them suitable for applications such as violin and classical guitar where no metal is involved" Magnetic pickups would work fine with violin since the strings are ferromagnetic steel. The pickups would be bulky though. "Output buffers ... almost always color the tone of your instrument because they are designed to boost some frequencies and attenuate others in the name of controlling clipping." I think this is the opposite of the problem. Do you have a reference? The reason they have a bad sound is because they have a naturally flat response, while the violin does not.
Feb
18
comment Violin Pickup that will sound like natural violin?
"violin piezo pickup ... but all of them were nasal" Were you using a preamp? Piezo pickups require a very high input impedance preamp, or they will roll-off the low end. The output impedance of a piezo will be something like 1 MΩ at the G string's fundamental, so the input impedance of the preamp should be at least 10 MΩ.
Feb
18
comment What frequencies should the violin and viola be tuned to?
"One may use equal temperament when playing with the piano for example" You do this by adjusting your fingers, not changing the tuning of the strings
Feb
18
asked Loosen strings for long-term storage of violin?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
5
revised Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?
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Jun
13
awarded  Yearling
May
20
comment Is there anything quantitative/qualitative about tone?
Makes me think of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouba/kiki_effect and that someone should do an experiment like blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results
May
18
answered Sound spectrum to notes software
May
18
comment Why does a piano have only one or two strings per note in the bass register, but three for other registers?
What if the strings were made of uranium?
May
18
comment Why does a piano have only one or two strings per note in the bass register, but three for other registers?
I think the amount of air moved by the strings themselves is insignificant. They vibrate the sound board, which moves the air.
May
17
revised Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?
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Jul
23
comment Why are there twelve notes in an octave?
Actually this was known before Pythagoras. He was just the first whose followers wrote it down. Also, modern theory shows that small integer ratios are only applicable to harmonic sounds. Inharmonic sounds or sounds with only odd harmonics produce different scales.
Jul
23
comment Evidence of Just Intonation in Recordings with Non-fixed-frequency Instruments
Actually I recently read that violinists play closer to equal temperament than just, but this surprised the author and was supposed to be from accompanying pianos too much. I'll post the reference if I stumble across it again.
Jul
23
awarded  Commentator
Jul
23
comment Examples of songs or phrases played in different temperaments
soundcloud.com/tracks/search?q[fulltext]=just+intonation soundcloud.com/tracks/search?q[fulltext]=xenharmonic soundcloud.com/tracks/search?q[fulltext]=microtonal or the same searches on freesound.org for smaller snippets
Jul
23
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Jul
23
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