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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.


Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
On the hazard of not surprising anyone: I would refute the premise of this question. Notes don't have multiple names (...except do-re-mi vs C-D-E...). Rather, there are different notes which happen to come out at the same frequency if you render them in certain tuning systems.
Sep
28
revised Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)
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Sep
28
answered Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)
Sep
28
comment Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?
Also, note that a couple of pedals take a good deal of their characteristic sound from the unusual interaction with the guitar: they have a low-impedance input, which largely kills the pickup resonance and takes away a good deal of treble. This won't happen if the pedal comes after a buffered one. (You might argue colouration-by-impedance is horrible design, but then guitar circuits in themselves are horrible design... if I were to decide, I'd mandate guitar manufacturers to make all instruments active.)
Sep
28
comment Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?
Good answer. Your point about putting a buffered pedal early in the chain should perhaps be phrased a bit differently: "driving all the pedals" is not really an issue, you always drive only the first one that's not in true-bypass mode. Unlike a guitar cable, a pedal in true-BP shouldn't even change the capacitive load (though some no doubt do, despite the name). Perhaps the most relevant concern is not to drive the cable going from the pedal-board to the amp, so what I should say is put a buffered pedal ᴀɴʏᴡʜᴇʀᴇ in your chain.
Sep
24
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Sep
22
comment Notation for a turn with a half step
Depending on the style it might not be desirable to be too specific about how the ornament is laid out. Indeed, in Irish folk tunes and the like you may find a turn written, and some players will make a note sharp, some will use the natural scale, and some will play entirely different notes... all ad-lib!
Sep
22
comment Why does music seem to transpose when I yawn?
This is a really good question, but it doesn't have anything to do with music. Might better be asked on Physics or Biology. — "Change in eardrum tension" might be involved, but that hardly explains why you'd perceive a pitch shift.
Sep
21
comment Finger Picking vs. using a Pick on Bass Guitar
Never blisters? Funny. But then you say fingers give a "smoother" sound... evidently we have a bit of a different approach to fingerstyle violence... — Indeed you can get pretty percussive sounds on a fretless with slap techniques – but not this kind of bright rattle as frets give you when just playing loud apoyando, rather the characteristic fretless growl (which is very unlike pick-attack). That's what I meant there.
Sep
21
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Sep
21
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Sep
17
answered In 12 tone equal temperament, why are the notes named c, c#, d, d#, e, f, f#, g, g#, a, a#, b, instead of something else?
Sep
17
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
That's certainly the idea at least behind that particular $2 fee. I don't find the application of this argument very convincing though – in fact, a daresay the fee is more effective at keeping away people who have some ambition (because they'll feel that gnawing sense that it's just not right).
Sep
16
comment How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?
I think I might start looking for a light french-style bass bow... would probably also get a bit more sound out of my low-F string!
Sep
16
revised Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
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Sep
16
comment What's the purpose of a sound post?
@luserdroog: well... yeah. But this is a bit like saying "the engine is essential for tuning the weight distribution of a car": it does have a great influence on the weight distribution, but obviously that's not the reason we put engines in cars.
Sep
14
comment What's the purpose of a sound post?
@MatthewRead: the bottom will be in phase with a small spot on top: where the energy is passed from the "treble" leg of the bridge to the sound post. A much larger part of the top is however in phase with the other leg, because a) it's not fixed by the sound post and b) the bass bar readily distributes the vibration over a large area, more quickly than the thin wood alone on the other side.
Sep
14
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Sep
14
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Sep
14
answered What's the purpose of a sound post?