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Functional programming enthusiast, audio engineer & musician. Whilst not busy with any of that, I study physics at Universität zu Köln / Bonn-Cologne Graduate School.


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comment How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?
Good idea to consider the vibrations of the pickup, but I don't think that really makes an audible difference on a solid-body.
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comment What is a session musician?
I daresay B major is actually not that unusual (perhaps that's what you meant to say too, @Tim?) in styles such as pop, where pretty much full 12edo-enharmonicity is assumed, and keys are chosen almost exclusively to best match vocalists' ranges. And in particular on piano, such many-accidental keys needn't be a problem – in fact their pentatonic subset on the black keys could be considered a handy feature. My band's keyboarder loves to do glissandi on those scales (which I usually find rather annoying...).
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comment Electric guitar vs classical guitar
At any rate, playing techno on electric guitar is hardly less of a stretch than on classical guitar.
Nov
18
comment How to order VST plugins correctly
Lots of great points. Two remarks: 1. linear does not actually imply that effects commute, to use the mathematical term; only linear operators with a common eigenbasis commute. That is indeed given for time-invariant effects, but a wah-wah and a delay will not commute. 2. You're right that a equaliser before distortion won't shape as much and an obviously the result character, but still it's often very useful, for instance boosting higher mids so the low harmonics won't be too dominant in the distortion.
Nov
15
comment How to record the sound of an acoustic guitar with a magnetic pickup?
IME, well-designed (low-impedance!) magnetic pickups for western guitar tend to sound much better than a piëzo on the same guitar.
Nov
15
comment Quantization for recorded audio tracks
@JCPedroza: right. I wouldn't generally recommend "humanise by randomness" though... to quote, I believe it was the NI Battery manual: "randomness is perfect for emulating a human drummer who's had a few pints too many..." Deviation from metronome in a good human player's times is usually quite systematic, adding subtle emphasis to particular phrasing details.
Nov
15
comment Do musicians count the meter all the time?
What's up with the voters today? +1 to everyone from me, even to you – though, frankly, your answer is a bit on the short side: generally on StackExchange, when a question already has multiple answers, adding a new one is discouraged unless you have something substantial to add. If you merely agree with an existing answer, well, upvote! — At any rate, welcome to Music.SE.
Nov
13
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
As always when "cross-harmonic distortion" is mentioned as a problem, I'd like to remark that this is not in principle a problem of full-bodied chords – only, distortion makes the deficiencies of 12-edo tuning (in particular, its really not so good approximation of thirds) painfully obvious, that's why all full chords get so muddy on a distorted standard guitar.
Nov
12
comment Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?
In fact, even without slapping, if you release the tension and put it back on then the strings will sound a bit brighter again. But I think this has more to do with the wire and dirt getting a bit "loose"; they'll quickly clog together again, the brightness certainly won't last as long as with new or boiled strings.
Nov
12
comment How many inputs do I need to record drums?
Have an upvote – this is not a bad answer, though it certainly errs a bit on the vague side. — About downvotes without comment, yeah they're annoying but it's no good worrying too much: if there's really something bad about a post of yours, somebody will hopefully point it out; if there isn't a comment, then just reflect whether you could have written something better. And sometimes people are just nasty and downvote without sufficient reason...
Nov
11
comment How to play barre chords high up on the neck
Actually I think the barre-12 version of the chord does appear in the studio version, if only once (before verse 3, as the first chord after the chorus) and not really as clear as it could be. Later in the song there are chords which definitely have notes above e''. But even if the tabs would be complete nonsense and everything could be played below 10th fret, it would reasonable to ask how higher chords can be played, independently of Under The Bridge – and that is the question here. — That you don't really need such a high voicing in the particular spot is a valid comment, but no more.
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Nov
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comment How to play barre chords high up on the neck
While this is quite correct, it doesn't answer the question. Such a high note as e'' gives a chord quite a unique character that, even if not here, I would definitely try to preserve in situations where it's needed.
Nov
11
answered How to play barre chords high up on the neck
Nov
11
comment How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar?
Whatever you do, it'll never sound quite like real string instruments. I recommend rather than trying to achieve string sounds with guitar, you get a feeling for how different things sound on guitar vs. strings, by e.g. playing parts of a string quartet on guitar. You may also want to toy around some with a borrowed cello – not so you can actually play it, but so you get a feeling for what might be possible.
Nov
10
comment Memorizing a random sequence of complex chords
That strange Gj7sus2/A chord I wouldn't classify thus at all: it just remains F♯m/A, with a superimposed melody tone going to G.
Nov
10
comment Can the interference of a power drill damage a guitar's pickups?
Your right that sparc noise is evil, but guitar amps are designed so nonlinearly that such impulses come out hardly different from signals you might produce in ordinary playing. (And guitar cabs don't have tweeters!)
Nov
10
answered Can the interference of a power drill damage a guitar's pickups?
Nov
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comment Is there any other blues chord progression?
The 7th chords in blues are not dominant seventh, though they're enharmonically equivalent to dominants (but what makes a chord a dominant is the classical V-I resolution, which doesn't happen in blues). Those chords should rather be understood as approximations to harmonic seventh chords.