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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.


Jun
22
awarded  Organizer
Jun
22
revised Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
Tagged virtual instrument.
Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
@RobertSoupe: interesting (do you have a reference?); but I'd strongly suspect this was for ensemble sounds. In a string ensemble, so many instruments play unisono that the instruments' nuances are "smeared out" to something you can basically model as noise. In a wind section, there's less duplication.
Jun
22
revised Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
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Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
When somebody talks about a straight bow I'd normally take it that they mean the angle between bow and string, i.e. it's straight vs. angled. Curved bows, though extant, are sure rather exotic.
Jun
22
answered Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
Jun
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
19
revised Are the discrete hexachords of a tone row always either the same set class or z-related?
I don't like diamond-shaped clockfaces.
Jun
19
answered What's the difference between alnico and ceramic pickups?
Jun
18
comment Which audio file to use for benchmarking?
@Dave: exactly. Because there's so little sound in that recording, nothing to mask any artifacts the compression algorithm might produce. (Actually I do hear some gentle reverb in the record, but hardly enough to be much use for masking.)
Jun
18
comment Which audio file to use for benchmarking?
I'm quite sure parameters such as power consumption will not be measurably different even in a comparison of chamber music with dubstep. Just use any file you happen to have lying around, that's not a problem license-wise and perhaps which you like yourself.
Jun
18
comment Which audio file to use for benchmarking?
If anything, this could be a question for either sound-design or DSP – but at the moment, it's far too vague for both. You'll need to properly describe what you're trying to benchmark: an audio compression codec? Some speakers? An audio file by itself can't have good or bad "performance".
Jun
17
comment What use is knowing how many sharps or flats a key signature has?
Sure you need to know which sharps if you want to play. OTOH, if you just want to know the key quickly by looking at some sheet music, counting is faster and quite sufficient.
Jun
17
comment What characteristics of a single-coil (Telecaster) sound to consider for simulation?
Nice analysis! — "Unlike a nylon string"? I was always under the impression that nylon strings had stronger inharmonicity, have you measured otherwise? (Of course, on a nylon string the higher harmonics decay faster, so it might just be less noticable.)
Jun
17
comment Can I use bass pick as guitar pick?
Brian May would use a sixpence, not a dollar of course!
Jun
10
comment What is the origin of the up bow and down bow symbols for bowed string instruments?
That's what I always though as well, but I don't have any sources either.
Jun
9
revised In Pythagorean tuning, what's the frequency of the tonic of each key?
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Jun
8
comment What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?
You're probably just not giving it enough peak level from the computer, that's why you don't hear distortion (modern mastered tracks, due to RMS optimisation, sound much louder at the same levels than a raw guitar signal). At any rate the keyboard is distorted in much the same way as the guitar, so this definitely is about the amp.
Jun
8
comment What are the significant schools of 20th century music theory?
For a moment I was getting really excited, thinking this theory had something to do with Riemannian manifolds. Pity, it's another Riemann guy.
Jun
8
comment What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?
Sorry to say, but I'm afraid there's no problem as such here – it's just not a very good amp. Actually, most guitar amps have a substantial amount of distortion even in "clean" mode and at low levels if you measure it, only, in a good tube amp this comes over more as a pleasant kind of soft-compression. In a bad transistor amp, it comes over as a nasty rasp, that's just the way it is.