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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.


Oct
25
answered What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?
Oct
23
answered Alternative Analysis for Non-Functioning Secondary Dominants
Oct
23
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
That impedance tweak article is great.
Oct
23
comment How to record a piano with high quality?
... And for the reflections you need to consider how the sound emission changes with direction, which is considerable for piano. So even with good digital reverberation, a single-mic'd piano alone will sound rather boring and small. You need to either have an amazing room, then you can use only one direct mic and capture the actual room reflections in stereo (either with a dedicated pair, or though other instruments' mics), or you need to capture at least some of the directionality with some multi-mic setup and feed it to a room simulator.
Oct
23
comment How to record a piano with high quality?
That's not the point. Sure, for a listener more than 20 m away, the direct sound of the piano comes effectively from a single spot. (Yet that's not necessarily a good thing to simulate – for chamber music, I wouldn't simulate a listening position more than 10 m away, where the spatial expansion is notable. And in pop productions, you don't care at all whether the audio space makes any "real world sense", but mix everything "larger than life".) But obviously, in particular in a concert hall, direct sound makes up a rather small part of the total sound. ...
Oct
22
comment Problem with low tunings on my guitar
That is certainly the reason of the problem. Though I'm bewildered how the OP's wammy must be set up to actually snap the upper strings!
Oct
22
comment Who plays the chords during a live performance when lead guitarist is soloing?
John Paul Jones, like a couple of other good bass players, is actually able to cover the chords quite well even without a keyboard – by cleverly interweaving chord notes in the bass line.
Oct
22
awarded  Scholar
Oct
22
accepted What's the purpose of a sound post?
Oct
21
awarded  Mortarboard
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
What I'd give a +1 for alone is: high pass. Such a simple thing, and often so incredibly effective!
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
Good that you add an alternative view. Yes, despite my answer I acknowledge that the SM58 can have valid use even in the studio for vocals – just, you should be aware of its particular sound, which I'd say is verily on the opposite end if what you want is "depth". That about A/D converters is valid, but usually the deficiencies become an issue only above 10 kHz, where the SM58 barely provides any signal in the first place: you need a condenser to make the differences really obvious. More relevant for dynamic mics: USB interfaces, in particular bus-powered ones, haven't great mic preamps.
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
And as for overpriced: there are very reasonably priced tube mic preamps available, e.g. ART Tube MP.
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
@Almo: yes and no. Yes, tube amps in stereo systems have questionable value, because there's not really a good reason to saturate the signal at that point (the mastering engineer will already have done that as much as sensible). However (unlike $100 power chords etc.), there's no doubt that tubes do alter the sound, and in a way that is quite benefitial in particular as a first stage for vocals (adding smooth even harmonics, and boosting RMS for given peak gain without really committing compression). Sure you can also simulate that later in digital, but that incurs aliasing etc. problems.
Oct
21
comment Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal
As to "scientific source" – xkcd is actually quite excellent in this regard, in particular the what if blog. Things like the Ballmer peak (with two ℓ, mind!) are of course a parody, but of a thing that really exists.
Oct
21
revised Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal
xkcd link
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
Well, you don't need to spend a fortune. For instance, I've done a lot of stuff with the Behringer B1 – it can't rival the AKG or Neumann sweeties, but is miles ahead of any dynamic mic (except prehaps studio specials like the SM 7) when it comes to recording voice in the studio. Though you should try some models yourself: large-diaphragm mics can have quite different responses, some of the cheaper ones may sound really unpleasant with a particular voice.
Oct
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
Or, to turn your argument around: there's hardly any recording problem you can't solve with enough FX-foo, but many of them wouldn't even have surfaced if you had used a better mic-setup in a room with great acoustics!
Oct
21
comment How to give more depth to vocals when mixing?
I very much agree on that last sentence. It's just that such ingenuity comes only through long experience, experimentation with all kinds of effects – and, IMO, to start you should get a proper understanding of the basics, so you can even appreciate how such and such effect behaves in a more complex setup like parallel-comp. These days, a lot of people think they know all about mixing because they have read so much about a bunch of "miracle effects". Well, to me the records such guys produce usually sound less than ingenious!