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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.


5h
comment Would it be worth buying better pickups for a cheap bass guitar?
"Of course it will improve the sound" – actually not "of course". In fact most good pickups would probably not make that instrument sound any better; some might even make it worse! For magnetic pickups there isn't really a meaningful way to rate "absolute quality": they all sound different, but what's good depends only on how good a pickup fits a particular instrument. — Sure, super-cheap pickups may have objective problems (microphony) or simply not work because the wire's broken. But as far as the sound itself is concerned, good/bad isn't really correlated with cheap/expensive at all.
17h
comment Would it be worth buying better pickups for a cheap bass guitar?
Honestly, the pickups are basically the only part of a bass that can be manufactured with decent quality for a price that makes a £20 instrument. Perhaps it would overall sound better with a particular replacement PU, but that wouldn't so much mean the pickup is better as it's more forgiving, as in, it simply ignores parts of the signal where that bass particularly sucks. I would call such a pickup rather worse, in the general picture (since for a good instrument, you don't want any frequencies swallowed). — Don't spend any money on trying to "improve" that bass, better get a new one...
2d
comment What is the difference between portamento and glissando?
I meant contiguous for glissando (but not necessarily for portamento), and continuous for portamento (but not necessarily for glissando).
2d
comment 2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_line
Dec
24
comment What is the difference between portamento and glissando?
I daresay it's rather the other way around. Glissando means, a contiguous pitch transition from the beginning note to the next specified pitch. Ideally, this should be a continuous slide, but instruments where this isn't feasible may approximate it with a chromatic or even diatonic scale run. OTOH, portamento must be a smooth "pitch bend" (if a composer writes something about "portamento" in a piano score, it simply means they've mixed up the term with portato, which is something different), but it doesn't really need to connect the specified pitches, only aim in the direction.
Dec
24
comment What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?
Alternative to Twist And Shout: Vocational Guidance Counselor...
Dec
24
comment “Correct” notation for a minor chord?
@BobRodes: there's definitely a lot of musical reasons to consider major the default chord gender, and minor the exception. Aside from that, not in all languages the word for "major" starts with an m (germanic and slavic languages use varieties of "dur"), but the word for minor usually does ("moll"). And finally, even if you don't know whether the m stands for minor or major, it's easy enough to find out, if just from nearby chords. A-major | C-minor | G-minor | A-major? Unlikely (though of course possible). — I really don't like the writing maj vs min, at all, IMO it's very inefficient.
Dec
21
comment Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?
Consecutive use of one finger "when going from one string to the next lower" is called raking, at least for bass that term is established.
Dec
21
comment Setting up a “hot mic” for a softer vocal sound
Feedback should never be a problem in recording. Also, "constantly adjusting" is quite doable with automation. So are you really talking about recording, or rather live performance? If so, please change the tags.
Dec
18
comment How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?
"It is very rare that preforming musicians will play every solo exactly like the original recordings." Indeed, and that's good the way it is. Most live music would be a lot more boring without such improvisation.
Dec
17
comment Why does the following chord progression sound good?
@luserdroog: ♭ works just as well and is almost as easy to remember as ♭...
Dec
17
comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
@BraddSzonye: that has a lot to do with what strings you use, though. Jaco used roundwound strings on a rosewood fingerboard (which was particularly vulnerable because it originally had frets in it). Flatwound or otherwise "unsharpened" strings on an ebony fretboard give much better longevity. On my fretless, I have black coated strings. I like a lot their feel and sound, plus they look pretty great (actually they're almost invisible) on fretless.
Dec
14
comment What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?
Most decent pickups you can get these days are wax-cast anyway by default, no need to do this yourself.
Dec
11
comment How does a DI box work together with guitar?
I guess I was being a bit harsh – this answer does, of course, still make some correct points, it just doesn't get to the gist IMO. In particular, the preamps in active DIs generally don't boost the signal voltage at all ("bring the output signal up to line level" – in fact they rather bring the signal down to mic level!), though they do in a sense boost the current. That, in turn, actually means that the signal is more immune to interference, though when the original source was low-impedance then the balanced connection after a passive DI is plenty stable for any realistic XLR connection.
Dec
10
comment How does a DI box work together with guitar?
Sorry, but that's totally not the crucial difference between a passive and active DI.
Dec
10
comment Putting a steel string on a classical guitar? (classical guitar with truss rods)
Agree too. Why would you want steel strings... though allright, if you want a brighter sound, extended bending range and/or magnetic pickups, then you can actually put steel strings on any classical guitar – just, definitely not the standard western-guitar kind, but specially designed low-tension rope strings, like the Thomastik Classic S.
Dec
2
comment Using an 8 Ohm amplifier output with a 16 Ohm cabinet
@Tetsujin: no, any solid-state amp is actually completely fine with headphone impedance.
Nov
30
comment How low can a normal 6 string guitar be tuned?
DROP Q!!1!
Nov
24
comment How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?
Good idea to consider the vibrations of the pickup, but I don't think that really makes an audible difference on a solid-body.
Nov
24
comment What is a session musician?
I daresay B major is actually not that unusual (perhaps that's what you meant to say too, @Tim?) in styles such as pop, where pretty much full 12edo-enharmonicity is assumed, and keys are chosen almost exclusively to best match vocalists' ranges. And in particular on piano, such many-accidental keys needn't be a problem – in fact their pentatonic subset on the black keys could be considered a handy feature. My band's keyboarder loves to do glissandi on those scales (which I usually find rather annoying...).