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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.


Apr
1
comment Stage volume levels in rehearsal and performance
Except for dynamics? Why would dynamics be any different from any other aspect of your playing in this regard? Also, it is unavoidable to "make wrong notes" on most instruments, since their output depends on far too many environment variables including temperature, humidity etc. (not really an issue for electric guitars et al.) and, perhaps more importantly, always on variances in your own physical condition. A good player will be able to counteract such pertubations extremely fast, but nobody can precisely enough anticipate them.
Mar
31
comment Stage volume levels in rehearsal and performance
Great answer, but I really can't agree to house-mix-on-monitor. The "more me" syndrome is perfectly fine, because in general you need more information about your own instrument's output than the audience is supposed to hear, in order to produce a perfect result. To quote Jascha Heifetz: "I play as many wrong notes as anyone, but I fix them before most people can hear them." – this works very well on violin and many other acoustic instruments, because you naturally hear yourself both louder and particularly closer than anything else. Only a bad musician would get too quiet because of this.
Mar
8
comment Is a violin's shape (particularly the f-holes) necessary or is it just for aesthetics?
mezzo-forte's carbon designs go away even further from the traditional looks – for instance their soundholes are merely slits – yet sound IMO closer to "ordinary" wooden violins than the Luis and Clark models, which probably has to do more with material choice (wooden vs. carbon fingerboard) than with those decorations.
Mar
5
answered Does bending the neck have any long term adverse effects?
Mar
5
comment How to tune crotales
The common term for the sound that tells you you aren't in pitch is beat, though I have to say I much prefer "wavy sound pitch"!
Mar
5
comment “Dull” sound when recording dry audio from an Ibanez S series, not caused by old strings?
I assume you are using the Focusrite's Hi-Z inputs? High impedance is very important when direct-recording guitars with passive PUs; with too-low ohmic load their inductance makes a strongly damped low-pass filter, which always sounds in fact dull.
Mar
5
comment Keeping a drummer in time with my keyboard
Apparently he was creating a steady pulse until now, and a metronome is unlike to be able to produce a better one. Steady does not mean static, au contraire!
Mar
5
comment Keeping a drummer in time with my keyboard
"the tempo is internally quantised to a whole number of beats per minute, so it's not the drummer's fault" actually I doubt that this is the "problem", I rather think the drummer does in fact keep changing the tempo slightly. Which is not a bad thing at all, most good drummers do this, it's an essential part of the musical expression. So if you want to keep the rythm as tight as it seems to be now, don't force a click track upon him!
Mar
5
comment Keeping a drummer in time with my keyboard
The loss of performance-freedom is much more of a problem you get yourself into with click tracks than the need to have in-ear monitoring.
Feb
23
answered Trying to find chord progressions of a song. How?
Nov
15
comment What are the most common barriers to becoming proficient at playing an instrument?
+1, though I'd object to a couple of details. "trying to speed up when you're not ready for it" while it's definitely bad to just force up the speed disregarding technical problems, it is good to go over the limit occasionally (if only to tell where it is, by watching yourself closely). — A metronome can IMO not teach the "sense of pulse/rythm", only ensemble practise can do that. A metronome is a great practise helper, it makes sure you notice when your playing flow is interrupted by technical problems; but musically, the mechanically fixed tempo doesn't make much sense at all.
Nov
11
answered How can I reduce the echo/reverb in a large room if I can't add physical damping?
Nov
3
answered How do I stop a sensitive microphone picking up breathing when recording acoustic guitar?
Aug
9
comment Dealing with different tunings on stage
Both are handy things, but neither actually helps much for switching between such many different tunings.
Aug
5
answered Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?
Aug
5
comment Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?
It very likely also has to do with the sounds you use with the MIDI keyboard. Modelling an acoustic piano well is still not a solved problem; even if your playing itself is very expressive on the keyboard it will likely not sound as expressive as the same playing on the acoustic piano, certainly not if you don't use a high-quality sound module or plugin.
Jul
16
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Jul
8
comment Identifying meter on double bass drum
You do have a better version of the track than the audio of this video? The sound quality appears to be degraded heavily by some lossy codec, that's obviously not good if you want to figure out fast figures correctly. But I honestly can't hear anything really complicated at all, certainly not at 1:34 where it's indeed just plain 16ths. The whole groove is just played a little laid-back, which is of course rather unusual for a double bass drum passage.
Jul
3
comment Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp
Good question, but certainly better suited for electronics.SE.
Jun
11
comment Can I easily defret a normal guitar to play it as a fretless guitar, or do I need to alter it further?
Roundwound bass strings may be thick, but they still chew up the wood after a while, especially if it's something softer than ebony. I believe the treble strings, much like flatwounds, are less of a problem in that account.