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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
15
revised What does a neutral 7th lead to (in maqams or in general)?
Corrected spelling of quarter-tones tag.
Jul
15
comment Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system
True. Of course under bad conditions, in particular for something like a musical production, the engineer will usually have enough trouble preventing all other mics on stage from getting drowned in bleed from the guitar amp... which is certainly an argument for using only a small cabinet as "guitar monitor" and getting the proper sound via line, rather than using a nice all-tubes monster that would on its own sound much better with a mic.
Jul
15
comment Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system
+1 for the sound considerations, but I really don't see under what circumstances you fear feedback for a mic'd guitar amp. Guitar amps are basically the single thing where mic-feedback is never an issue, because •you don't need the signal on the monitors (at least not on any close to the guitar amp) •you can put the mic closer than on most other instruments •you have plenty of sound pressure from the speaker to work with •and the signal doesn't even need to be particularly loud on the PA. Bleeding can be more of issue, but even that only for an uncharacteristically quiet guitar amp.
Jul
15
answered Why does a melodic half step resolve on the higher note?
Jul
14
awarded  Excavator
Jul
14
revised Glossary of Guitar Effects
Clarified point about intrinsic latencies.
Jul
13
comment How do I know when I'm singing in key?
Honestly, I don't think it's a good idea to rely on a tuner for practising intonation, certainly not for vocals. Not only is the feedback mic->processor->display->eyes much slower than the immediate hearing you need when actually doing music, it also trains a cue you can't use when playing with others. (Also, it's not really accurate if you want proper just intonation.)
Jul
13
comment Best DAWs for absolute beginners
I don't think this is a good question for this site; but my recommendation would definitely be Reaper
Jul
12
comment Intended shift of meter in certain songs?
What's weirder is if the guitar starts and is really on 1, but sounds like it's playing offs... that's how I perceive This Fire Is Out Of Control by Franz Ferdinand.
Jul
12
comment Intended shift of meter in certain songs?
I think Sting got the idea for that one from Stewart Copeland: there's a whole lot of Police songs with such beginnings, e.g. Bring On The Night, Spirits In a Material World, Murder By Numbers. Another great example is Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin. – One of the oldest instances would of course be Beethoven's 5th: the beginning so sounds like a triplet on 1, rather than a rest and four quavers!
Jul
12
comment Intended shift of meter in certain songs?
The Eagles definitely do this live as well, e.g. Hell Freezes Over. It's very much on purpose and nothing comes in wrongly, indeed the first guitar chords are just syncompated in an unexpected way but they count as in the rest of the song right from the beginning. Don't know about cover bands... I did cover the song once with a band, and we played the original intro.
Jul
11
comment Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
+1 for a proper source, but I don't agree with some of the conclusions. Octaves and fifths certainly are consonant in western music, only, consonant plus dissonant makes dissonant and 8ve and 5th take part in both kind of chords. Perfect fourths are also never dissonant on their own (though they may become so by addition of a fifth, implied or real, to make a suspended-4th chord). – As for "the skillful musician will produce thirds still more out of tune"; yes, there is "expressive intonation", but its purpose is not emphasising major vs. minor. but consonant major vs. dissonant major.
Jul
11
revised Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
added 23 characters in body
Jul
11
comment Acoustic guitar live set ups
I can certainly sound good (depending on what sound you want), but at any rate it is a big difference. For one thing, e-amps don't have any dedicated treble drivers: a clean electric guitar has a cut-off at no more than 6 kHz anyway and distortion introduces rather too much in the range above; but for a clear acoustic sound a faithful projection of the range 10-15 kHz is really desirable and you won't get that from an electric-guitar amp. Also, the uneven frequency response tends to make any feedback problems rather worse.
Jul
11
answered Are octaves, fifths, fourths and thirds considered as “consonant” in all music cultures?
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
"I can tell you no one there would even consider blind test of tube amps vs. simulators, too obvious" well, refusing to do some scientific test on grounds of "too obvious" is often a good sign somebody's just scared to find out they've been wrong.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@filzilla: the credibility of Vacuum Tube Valley aside (the valve industry is making a lot of money from vintage craze / audiophoolery these days), even if they can tell two particular tube variants apart that doesn't say anything about simulations. Quite possibly these valves have significantly different response at some edge of the parameter space – this can certainly manifest in the final tone in a recognisable way. But just as well it would manifest in a simulation of the amp's setup. If these guys can tell two real tube models apart, they can also tell the respective simulations apart.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@filzilla, Lee White: while I won't argue against mic-recording amps (like to do it myself), I find it quite unnecessary, indeed wrong, to denounce simulations like that. Have you properly made the test yourself, double-blind? A good amp/speaker simulation with multiple stages of well-designed nonlinearities plus highly resolved convolution can imitate any amp so well I bet you'd be hard pressed to tell any difference at all except in direct comparison. The main thing that feels better about real cabinets is the direct sound you hear without mic/monitor, but that doesn't go on the recording.
Jul
9
comment Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?
Nothing is enough to seriously impair or damage skill (except actual physical damage). Of course you'll always need to refamiliarise with a proper keyboard after a change, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. — Other alternatives: if this is not so much to keep you in training with piano as with being able to play music, then why not bring a completely different instrument? Might be a good opportunity to learn one.
Jul
9
comment Is it better to tune an instrument by procedure, or while playing?
Of course, tuning a chord won't give quite the same result as with a tuner (12-edo) or 5-7-frets harmonics (Pythagorean), in particular if you tune the G-string so its g♯ fits E-major in just intonation then other notes on that string may be a bit too low. Similarly, tuning an A-minor chord will give you a slightly sharp b-string.