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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.


Jul
25
revised How can I make my hammond chord organ sound like a keyboard or piano?
Corrected spelling, improved grammar
Jul
23
comment How can I make my hammond chord organ sound like a keyboard or piano?
While the Leslie cabinet makes up quite a big part of the "classic" Hammond sound, it's still just one part of it. You will still recognize a Hammond without a rotary cab (e.g. Brian Auger doesn't use one). In fact, "Laurens Hammond in particular was not impressed with Leslie's attempt to better his own organ design"! Similarly, you can microphone a grand piano and send the signal through a Leslie cabinet, it will still be a piano sound. — I think you might be confusing it with the tonewheels.
Jul
22
answered How can I make my hammond chord organ sound like a keyboard or piano?
Jul
18
comment Drumsticks: Nylon Tip vs Wooden Tip
"Good sounding" being, of course, subjective. Many drummers prefer the sound of wood on cymbals as well.
Jul
18
comment Oasis - Supersonic Harmonic analysis (What modes are played, explaining modulations and pivots function as roman analysis)
Pity... I though this song was about chords consisting of supersonic pitches, that would have made for an interesting question...
Jul
18
answered Barre chords kill my thumb!
Jul
16
awarded  Yearling
Jun
18
comment Why transpose at the octave?
Right, though this convention isn't all that widely adapted. Guitar is often written without an 8 below the violin clef, bass (be it electric– or double bass) almost always without the 8 below the bass clef, etc..
May
26
comment Ambidextrous instruments
"the left hand fingers do most of the work" just isn't right. The two hands do completely different kinds of work, but you can't really say which is more important, or more difficult. Nor is it actually correct to assert that a right-handed person is in every regard more skilled with their right hand; rather, there will be many things they can do better with the right hand – but possibly also a few where the left hand is better. I am left-handed, yet I can do a lot of things better with my right hand, the fretting of strings being amongst them – but not bowing or plucking.
May
9
comment How to play chords on full fingerboard without looking?
The two answers as of now have very much focused on position changes, but actually it seems your question is rather about voicing chords while already at the right hand position?
May
1
comment What is the reason for pitch inflation?
Good point to be made, but not an answer.
May
1
comment Learning instrument recognition
As for viola vs. violin, that's easy...
May
1
comment Are there any practical differences between Humbuckers and Mini Humbuckers?
Good summary indeed; however I'd note: the width generally has less influence on the sound than the inductance, which is affected by multiple things – the core does play a significant role, but a mini humbucker with very many tight windings may still have a larger inductance than a fullwidth one with thicker wire and less windings, in which case the mini has more output / bass.
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!