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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
1
revised What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?
proper bullet points
Jun
27
answered Guitar making weird noise
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
BTW, Superstition is not played on synth but clavinet, a stringed keyboard instrument with magnetic pickups that are, in this song, actually used like two guitar single coils. — I quite agree with all your arguments, however I prefer HSS on a strat-like guitar as it doesn't have the too-muddy-neck-humbucker problem. On a Les Paul or Tele, a neck humbucker is much more useful of course.
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
Please do not forget that for a properly fat sound you need not only a neck humbucker but foremostly a suffiently rich guitar, in terms of mechanical response. Les Pauls and semiacoustics are obviously great, but there's no way to get a "proper" jazz sound out of an average HSH superstrat.
Jun
22
comment Techniques for pitch shifting vocals while maintaining a natural sound
That's exactly it: slowing down the voice lowers not only the the pitch but also the formants, that's the main cause for this particular sound. A lungful of Xenon can also do that, and might still be cheaper than a new larynx!
Jun
22
comment Is it common to play several strings of a cello simultaneously?
@RobertSoupe: well, for string quartet, my point wouldn't apply. Surprising! Although, it doesn't really tell very much without knowing about the particular synths that were used.
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?
added 1601 characters in body
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.)