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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.


Mar
1
comment What do I need to look for in a Y splitter for guitar?
Signal wattage is not that relevant here, the problem with passive DIs is that they interact with the guitar pickups' high inductive impedance and can thereby alter the sound quite substantially. As for the "thru" jack – to be honest I haven't looked in many DIs, but I'm quite sure that it's also simply wired parallel on most models, so that would yield exactly the same result as a Y-cable.
Mar
1
comment Turning off my monitors makes loud popping noise
"not having some sort of impedance load connected to the amp's output can permanently damage the amp" good modern power amps normally have protection against all such issues. In particular, high load impedances (i.e. no speaker connected) are not an issue at all for FET amplifiers (in contrast to tube or bipolar-transistor class A amplifiers, both of which aren't to be found in any modern power amp except guitar amps and maybe designer HiFi nonsense). — But of course you're right to give a warning, I really don't think it would be a good idea to try this, though it is indeed possible.
Mar
1
answered Turning off my monitors makes loud popping noise
Feb
25
answered Is is alright to switch from finger picking to slapping?
Feb
21
comment WHY do harmonics happen?
Nitpicks: the wavelength is the spatial length of "a single vibration", i.e. the distance between e.g. two knots on a string. That may be proportional to the period, which is the length in time, but it's not the same thing; in fact the quantities are not proportional on anything more complicated than a free string or a free column of air (e.g. drums, bells...), leading to harmonics that aren't integer multiples. That's why most melody/harmony-instruments use strings or air columns. — Most synthesizers use primarily substractive synthesis, not additive.
Feb
19
answered Practice amp for a flute/piccolo
Feb
19
comment “slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?
Though I'd say that C/A♭ is likely more accurate than /G♯.
Feb
18
answered WHY do harmonics happen?
Feb
17
answered How to understand layering of multiple elements in composition (pop/jazz)
Feb
17
comment Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?
@NReilingh right, however well-tempered is a term that, if you go by the definition "in such a way that it is possible to play music in most major or minor keys and it will not sound perceptibly out of tune" includes equal-tempered tuning. For the point I made it doesn't matter what kind of well-termpered tuning we're talking about, all of them have each one canonical c, e and g. So it applies even for a guitar that has fine-tuned frets so that the tuning is another kind of well-tempered one. — BTW, leaving aside keyboards and guitars, equal temperament isn't really the universal standard.
Feb
15
revised Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?
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Feb
15
revised Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?
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Feb
15
answered Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?
Feb
15
answered Is there some type of classical guitar strings that have uniform tone across all six?
Feb
6
comment Emulating the tone of a Rickenbacker
A chorus FX does cause comb filtering, albeit this is essentially a side-effect. But speaking of comb filtering for a 12-string guitar is highly questionable, this would require the strings to vibrate in exactly the same modes which never happens. Again, the comb filtering isn't the crucial part of a chorus sound anyway, more important (and more obvious, FWIW) is the broadening of the frequency peaks.
Jan
20
revised What is the most classically correct way to play this fast run?
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Jan
20
answered What is the most classically correct way to play this fast run?
Jan
11
answered How can I evaluate violin pickups?
Dec
27
comment Visual representation of sound
Any decent fourier spectrogramm offers pretty much everything you asked for, when set to large enough window size (and thus slow response).
Dec
22
revised Dealing with different tunings on stage
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