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Feb
9
comment How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
"Asymmetrical clipping ... results in ... little to no intermodulation distortion" How so?
Feb
8
comment What are most common effects (pedals) for Post-rock music genre?
It would be nice if you had sound clips to demonstrate what this produces
Feb
8
comment What are most common effects (pedals) for Post-rock music genre?
it would be nice if you had a sound clip of what this setup produces
Jan
17
comment Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?
Note that MTS isn't supported by very many software synths.
Jan
17
comment Is there any support for microtonality and temperaments in (or beyond) the MIDI specification?
The MIDI Tuning Standard allows sending arbitrary frequencies for each note, so I don't think it matters how many MIDI notes there are.
Jul
14
comment Why are pianos traditionally tuned “out of tune” at the extremes?
This is a pretty good answer, but I'm not sure about the middle strings being more harmonic than the upper strings.
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
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
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.
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
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
comment Recommend reading why we have 12 pitches and another metrics in microtonal music?
Also worth reading, albeit unnecessarily confrontational: sonic-arts.org/mclaren/partch/errors.htm
Jul
14
comment Is there a defined note for the triangle?
It might not have a pitch. Percussion instruments like bells and blocks are often non-harmonic.
Jul
8
comment Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord?
@MatthewRead: Beating is the cause of dissonance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Jul
7
comment Piano tuning just under the absolute pitch
Which keys did you measure? Did you take stretched tuning into account?