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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.


Nov
7
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.
Nov
5
answered D major in a C major Chord progression?
Nov
3
comment What exactly are complex sounds in terms of audio waves?
I object a bit to saying "perceive the fundamental frequency even if no sound of that frequency is present". A combination of 300 Hz, 500 Hz and 700 Hz sinusoidals has 100 Hz as its fundamental frequency: the oscillation repeats every 10 milliseconds, the inverse of that time is by definition the frequency! It just so happens that 100 Hz is not contained in the signal's Fourier spectrum. But Fourier transform, though it's an extremely useful tool and the ear does something rather similar, is ultimately just an arbitrary basis switch.
Oct
31
comment Need help with notation and time signatures
Does this look right? There's no right or wrong, unless you're refering to some particular restrictions. 12-tone technique imposes some restrictions on what tones you can use when (restrictions that, IMHO, could be called wrong in themselves... but that's another issue), but not on the rythm. So, it certainly looks right... in the sense of not being wrong. Of course, it's pretty whacky – but why shouldn't it be. People might not like it, matter of taste. The only objective problem I see is that's it'll be close to impossible to sing this piece really faithful to the score.
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