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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.


Mar
2
answered Are electric guitar types associated with certain music genre?
Mar
2
comment Are electric guitar types associated with certain music genre?
@Basstickler: actually I'd say such an “association list” question is fine, but only as Community Wiki. This kind of stuff is what the feature is there for.
Mar
2
comment How to differentiate between a diminished fifth and an augmented fourth interval?
This gets even more relevant in barbershop harmony, to some degree also in blues and soul: the 7-limit tritone 7:5 is actually a consonance, and sounds very different from its inversion 10:7.
Mar
2
comment Why would expectations of students vary largely between instruments?
When your instrument is the viola, you're pretty restricted anyway, so... — Seriously: it's a fact that almost all instruments have a preference for certain keys. Violin, cello, guitar, probably also oboe, indeed viola, and flute, they all prefer keys with a few sharps. But they are flexible enough to also handle a few more ♯s (though I suppose from B major upwards, you'd also struggle, wouldn't you?) or several ♭s. Now, for the bigger instruments it is probably really more difficult to “squeeze” in such a non-idiomatic key. I've never tried any brass instrument, so I wouldn't judge.
Mar
2
comment Why would expectations of students vary largely between instruments?
I once heard a violist complain his instrument “wasn't supposed to play in F-major”. Turns out the key was actually C – he'd merely misread a grace note for a ♭.
Mar
2
answered Confusion about major and minor second intervals
Mar
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revised Multieffects Pedal to USB Recording Device
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Mar
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revised Multieffects Pedal to USB Recording Device
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Mar
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answered Multieffects Pedal to USB Recording Device
Mar
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comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
@topomorto: yes, of course simple analogue amps aren't very flexible in their range of overdriven sounds. But the point I was making is basically: too much sound-flexibility is not necessarily helpful for a beginner to have – in fact it tends to distract from the playing itself, and from developing the technique necessary to get a good and versatile/dynamic sound out of the guitar itself, to start with. That's just a personal opinion of mine: all guitarists I really like are able to get a good sound even with the most minimalistic amp setup (or with an acoustic guitar).
Mar
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comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
Ahem. So you're arguing that any music with electric guitars can not be listened to over a home stereo? — What's correct is: if you apply power stage overdrive to a home stereo amplifier, it would likely not end well for the tweeters, perhaps even overheat the woofers and/or circuitry, and definitely sound horrible. But, you'd probably have to mod the amp circuit to even get there: modern amplifiers, at least professional ones, should have a limiter built-in, precisely because power-amp overload is so disastrous. OTOH, unfiltered preamp distortion sounds not nice, but it's pretty harmless.
Mar
1
comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
If you mean a consumer stereo system (I wouldn't really call that a PA) then it'll probably have only RCA inputs. But, yes, you can still use those, get a twin 1/4" to RCA cable, plug it into the stereo line-out of the FX processor and the AUX in of the stereo system (or whatever it's called).
Mar
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comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
Use a simple 1/4" instrument cable from the guitar to the FX processor, and then a pair of such cables from the processor to the PA.
Mar
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comment Electric guitar effects and amplification
@MattL.: right, but then you need to start with a good guitar amp for the “basic sound”.
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revised Electric guitar effects and amplification
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answered Electric guitar effects and amplification
Mar
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comment Different modes of pentatonic scale
@mey: Pelog can be considered a microtonal scale, it can not really be played on western instruments at all since the precise intervals don't exist in 12-edo tuning. If you admit microtonality, there are obviously infinitely many pentatonic scales, but this question was apparently asking only about the usual western pentatonics, i.e. the subsets of diatonic scales which don't contain a semitone step.
Mar
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revised Different modes of pentatonic scale
Spacing doesn't work unless you use a formatted block, and using DE as a name for ♭E is unusual at best.
Feb
27
comment Why is my bass making a buzzing noise?
Are you sure you need a second bass for different tunings? If it's just tuned some semitones up or down, this shouldn't be necessary – unlike guitar, almost everything is easiest played in standard-fourths tuning, just transpose accordingly. – If by “different tuning” you actually mean, a different chamber-tone reference (or up/down a quarter-note), this is of course a different matter; but for such microtonal changes it should be fine to just slightly re-tune the four strings of a single bas.
Feb
25
comment How to tune a guitar/bass without a tuner?
There is in fact nothing humourous about this answer, nor is it purely theoretical (though as I said it's nowhere precise enough to be actually useful on guitar). Beat-counting is a very real thing, it has always been used by piano tuners (though probably not for finding the chamber tone itself...), and if you applied the above recipe to organ/synthesizer you would indeed get the precise difference frequency as calculated. Also, the notes would be long enough so you can time it with arbitrary precision, making this method pretty feasible indeed.