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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.


May
14
comment How do you check or correct the FOH sound engineer?
In my experience, fans tend to give horrible advice. Most either say everything's fine regardless of what a complete mess the sound is, or always say the vocals are too quiet when the problem lies somewhere completely different that just happens to make the voice incomprehensible. Of course, you can't generalise this – there will usually be some guys that know a good bit about sound, but you should know whom to ask. But +1 for the other paragraphs. When the engineer is bad then loud criticism from stage usually won't help much either, better let them concentrate as good as they can.
May
10
comment Are smartphone tuner apps reliable?
I think more problematic than the limited frequency response (a properly designed autocorrelation algorithm won't be affected too much by this) is the distortions bad cell phone microphones indroduce, possibly mingling the instrument sound with environment noise to cause intermodulation shifting.
May
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are smartphone tuner apps reliable?
May
4
comment What is the proper name of the dash symbol over a note and how to play it
@Sazid_violin: I first wrote only pressure, but that doesn't quite catch it. There are multiple ways to execute tenuto with the bow; as you teacher says one of them is to use more bow (increasing the bow-speed and thus tone intensity, but not the attack). I think "pull" is a good description of how to do this. You may however amplify or replace this effect with some firm and steady extra pressure and perhaps move closer to the bridge, in particular if using much bow is not feasible for some reason (e.g. it's an upstroke and you're already close to the frog).
May
3
answered What is the proper name of the dash symbol over a note and how to play it
May
2
comment What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?
Actually, I was sure to remember the wolf used gingerbread to sweeten his voice, but as you can see in the link it's really chalk.
May
2
comment What food / drink affects vocal characteristics?
Chalk, of course!
Apr
29
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Apr
28
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
@steveverrill: true, though at least for the tin whistle I reckon it's more the other way around: because the fiddlers like D major, let's build the whistles in that key!
Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
Yes, I'd reckon so. Personally I certainly find the minor keys till C or F to be quite nicely playable on the cello. But in folk playing in minor keys you use parallel major chords quite often (and major dominants much less), so I reckon the minor keys should be considered more like "use the major relative key, but end on the Tp" here, rather than "flatten the third, sixth and seventh degree".
Apr
28
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Apr
28
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Apr
28
comment Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
FWIW, it's a bit misleading to put the minor keys together with their parallel, rather than relative, major variants.
Apr
28
answered Why is music for strings more likely to be in keys with sharps?
Apr
28
comment What's this weird sound coming from my speakers?
It tends to be much worse with electric-guitar equipment, which is notoriously susceptible to any interference because of its (technically questionable, but you know, vintage) high-impedance design.
Apr
22
comment Why are there many guitarists, but only one drummer in a band?
True, but lots of drummers have two or more drum kits in their garage anyway (at least one acoustic, one electronic). And drummers generally aren't as fussy about using somebody else's instruments as guitarists are, so It wouldn't be too much of a problem for another drummer to come over.
Apr
21
comment Synth sounds that make good solo instruments but don't mimic pianos, organs etc?
Also, IMO most decent bass synth patches actually make for good lead melody lines when played in high registers, and vice versa – it's just a bit different. What doesn't work well of course is replacing mono lead/bass sounds with pads, which again is an issue of dynamics and attack character (as well as possibly portamento etc.) rather than pitch range.
Apr
21
comment Synth sounds that make good solo instruments but don't mimic pianos, organs etc?
That's really a naïve argument. Synths can use any kind of keytrack curve for any parameter you like, so it's much easier to build a synth patch that will sound good in every octave than to build an acoustic instrument with a large range. And even if you don't account for this at all – a synth sound that's uniform everywhere can be used very well for playing homophonic organ-like accompaniments. Only, that'll become boring rather quickly. The main problem is that you have a hard time getting any part of what you play to stick out, short of the dynamic response a piano offers.
Apr
16
comment How does a metronome help me play music better?
OTOH, if a group of musicians has trained really a lot "syncing" their respective clocks, everyone will be in time with everyone else but not to any fixed tempo, which sounds amazingly better than anything you can achieve with practising to metronome (let alone, recording songs to a click track!) And good musicians will also find their way to others' tempo quite easily in a jam session. — That notwithstanding, many not-so-great musicians have timing that would indeed benefit a lot from metronome practise...