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For questions relating to electrical sub-systems of many common musical instruments, as well as to aspects of professional audio amplification.

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Reducing noise between guitar amplifier and mixer

I am trying to add electric guitar amplifier to my setup, and I am experiencing a lot of noise between the amplifier and a mixer. My setup is wired as following: Computer running Ableton Zoom H4n ...
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How do I plug in a electrospace sg2 compressor to my amp

I have recently bought a used electrospace sg2 compressor for my guitar but I don’t know how to plug it in. There are 3 spots to plug things in on in the back. 1 of them look like what you’d plug a ...
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Speaker and mic connection

Can I connect 1 wired mic to 2 PA system so the both of them can work? I have 2 public address systems and one wired mic. How can I use the one wired mic to connect to the both speakers all at once?
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Compatibility between guitar with 9v pre amp and Phantom Power

Just been doing some recording using a condenser mic and an acoustic guitar. Condenser mic needs phantom power from the recorder (Boss 1200), but with that turned on, the input for the guitar will ...
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Wireless Sustain Pedal?

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask this question but I don't actually know where I should so I'll ask here anyways. So if someone could point me in the right direction before closing ...
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Electric guitar ground wire

I recently bought an old electric guitar (an SG copy) on eBay, as a little restoration project. I have some basic experience with electronics from university, but that was 15 years ago and I've never ...
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Launchpad X Causes Power Surge on USB Ports [closed]

Essentially what the title says. I recently picked up a lightly-used Launchpad X. Out of the box, it was working fine. It lit up, was receiving power, and was recognized by my computer. That was, ...
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Phase of synced oscillators in analog synthesizers

Most explanations of oscillator (hard) sync in synthesizers focus on the theoretical idea of retriggering the oscillator (using simple diagrams), or on the frequency spectrum of the resulting waveform....
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Can I use a guitar amp with an electric bass? [duplicate]

I have a passive bass and a Fender Frontman 15g guitar amp. Is it safe to use the amp with my bass?
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Painted Epiphone V tailpiece

I recently bought a 2nd hand Epiphone V. The tailpiece was rusted and badly damaged. I tried finding a replacement part, but couldn't find in locally (South Africa). Even after importing one from ...
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What footswitch can I use on my Ammoon Stereo Looper pedal?

I recently bought this Ammoon looper pedal. For the price, it has a great quality. However, I want to use a footswitch on it. As you can see on this picture, on the left side (amp side) of the pedal ...
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Stomp box losing power issue

I have a new stomp box (to me; purchased used from a friend). Since some may ask, it's a Big Muff Pi, recent NYC Reissue (the big red and silver one). I used it for a few days without issue. Then, ...
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Distortion of AMP [closed]

I have a question that is a little bit of "engineering nature". Why can't I plug an audio signal(music from computer) and bass/guitar in the same speaker if I somehow wire outputs together ...
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Is low DC resistance good or bad for a mic? Is this Lav mic (CVM-WM300) incompatible with my mixer (Zoom PodTrak P4)?

I'm pretty deep into debugging this. I suspect there's just some knowledge I'm missing. The lav mic is a stereo 3.5mm TRS male from a wireless lav kit CVM-WM300. This mic is working for sure as I ...
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Can I plug a regular distortion pedal in front of a Zoom G5 multi-effects?

I'm wondering if I'm risking some kind of electrical damage while plugging a regular disto pedal (or other kinds of gain pedals) on the guitar input of a multi effect expecting a passive/active guitar....
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Korg SP-300 .. 21 volts?

We have laying around one of the Korg SP-300 (which were made in Italy - they weigh a ton!) Have misplaced the original power supply. That thing was a HUGE black cube, getting on for the size of a ...
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Reason for ground hum coming from jack port and plug

I was lucky enough to come by a 1976 Ibanez solid body lawsuit-era Les Paul. For its age, it plays and sounds great. I do have one concern. I bought a mid-range guitar cord to go from the guitar to ...
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Why aren't computer-generated instrumentals THE thing? [closed]

Below I document my thought process, which is obviously wrong, else one of the billions of people would have commercialised it. Assumptions: A good piano player (let's substitute piano for ...
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

Wikipedia says: An all-pass filter is a signal processing filter that passes all frequencies equally in gain, but changes the phase relationship among various frequencies. What does changes the ...
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Swapping mim Tele bridge pick up for humbucker

Will there be any wiring problems eg series/parallel and I'm hoping to put in quick disconnects under the ash tray Also do I need to "match" the humbucker (get one that suits electrics etc)
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Weird amp behaviour

My solid-state amp isn't putting out any sounds lately. But when I turn it off there is a short time where I can hear my guitar playing until the amp turns completely off. What can cause this strange ...
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Wiring two pickups to a single volume pot on a bass guitar

If I wire two pickups to a single volume pot: Will they both work? Will they be wired in series or parallel? I suspect parallel but am hoping someone with more knowledge about this will know for ...
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How do polyphonic pitch-shifting algorithms handle doubled/tripled octaves?

I do not in the first place how polyphonic pitch shifters work. What happens internally when one that’s adding octaves (or simply, octaves are being played) is fed into another? Does it treat the ...
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All instruments hum except when I touch ends of instrument cable

I have a humming that comes through when I am plugged in on any of my instruments, it seems. I am plugged into a workstation and not to an amp. I do not think anything problem with the instrument as I ...
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Boss Katana 50 external effects loop mod

Is it possible to mod the Boss Katana 50 (version I or II) to add a send and return between the pre-amp and the power amp stage? I know the 100W version has an external effects loop, but I'm a bedroom ...
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What exactly counts as writing for "electronics"?

What does "writing for electronics" mean? For example, when a call for scores is asking for a piece for electronics, or for another instrument and electronics, what exactly is it asking for? ...
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Question about pickup phase

I currently have a hss guitar setup with a coil split and a five way blade selector. in 2st position with the coil split, it’s like a regular hss Strat with the middle single coil and the slug coil of ...
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5-position switch in an HH Strat set up for a killswitch

I am about to purchase a Strat-style guitar. It has two humbuckers, and a 5-way switch. It only has one tone and one volume. I'd like to modify the 5-way switch so that one of the positions kills ...
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Different frequency response despite having similar waveforms

I'm just comparing two pedals that generated square waves by using Audacity. The pedals are Homenoise Effects Serpent Cult silicon fuzz and Metasonix F1 distortion pedal. First is the waveforms and ...
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How do I find a guitar pedal that shuts off output below a set volume?

I'm looking to buy or build an effect pedal that would cut off all sound passing through it to the amp if the volume from the guitar is too low. Functionally this would make it so that you could pluck ...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

When my electric guitar is connected to the amp it's fine but when I connect it to my mult fx Zoom g1on and then to the amp, the strings and the bridge feel electrified. Like there's friction when I ...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

My electric bass guitar (Yamaha RBX374, active pickup) suddenly stopped producing any sound. Only if I play the strings very hard, I do get some noisy tone. Here's what I tried: I suspected it was a ...
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Is it worth it to upgrade the volume/tone control pots, 5-way switch, and input jack on a Squier Stratocaster? [closed]

I own a Squier Vintage Modified '70s Stratocaster, and I'm looking to upgrade some of the parts. I've already replaced the neck and the tremolo assembly, and I've also bought (but not yet installed) ...
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Are classic electronic instruments doomed to exist only virtually?

I saw a Farfisa combo organ at a guitar store two months ago and was blasted by its low price. I plugged it into an amp and was in great awe, up until I heard the first note. It was like meeting your ...
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Can you/how would you hook up a vintage chord organ to an amp?

I want to make a 1/4" jack a permanent feature on an old chord organ (there's tons on Facebook Marketplace). Other than buying those mikes that you use to electrify acoustic instruments, how would I, ...
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What's the importance in grounding my OpenTheremin V3?

I have just recently assembled, calibrated, and test-played my OpenTheremin V3. With what little I know, I believe the instrument to be performing as expected. It sounds reasonable to my ears. ...
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Headphones impedance for bass guitar combo/DI box

I used to practice my bass through my pair of old - trusty - worn Grado SR80 headphones which sound amazing, but they are 8 years old already and seem to have a blown dynamic (buzzing on low ...
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Guitar Pick-up issue

I've just bought a second hand ESP'81 humbucker pickup and have stuck it in a Les Paul project guitar of mine. I am by no means an expert but I've used the wiring diagrams available to put it in ...
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Is it possible to use a vocoder to imitate another singer?

Is changing pitch enough for anonymizing a person's voice? piqued my interest about digitally altering voices and the similarity to vocoders in music, and it just occurred to me: The carrier signal ...
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Applying Autotune to a Video [closed]

I would like to auto-tune a video, but I do not know how. Please tell me how I can achieve that effect.
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Splitting a 4x12 to two 2x12s

I have a 4x12 cab loaded with 8ohm speakers. I'd like to connect two amps to this cab, one amp running into the top two speakers, the other into the bottom two. Basically turn it into two 2x12s in the ...
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Unusual tremolo on guitar with overdrive

was looking for some help on a somewhat weird issue im having. I just installed new pots, caps, and humbuckers in a guitar. When you crank the overdrive, it has an extremely aggressive tremolo that ...
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Advice on undersaddle piezo replacement for A/E Fishman Presys preamp

After clearing a lot of doubts about my A/E dead guitar preamp and doing some testing Ive reached the conclusion that the undersaddle piezo is probably faulty. Looking for a replacement part Ive seen ...
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Can I plug a 2.5A 250V~ cable to a synth that is 100 - 240v?

I just got my new synthesizer, Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard. I live in Korea and the power plug that came with won't match. This is the plug that came with the keyboard: and this is the receptacle on ...
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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

From previous experience I know you are a source for good advices. Here is the thing. I have a cheap Fender guitar that use to play at Church. Since they changed the cable "asigned" for guitars it ...
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Why is my bass eating up 9 volt batteries like candy?

My Ibanez Soundgear SG6 is eating through brand-new 9v batteries in a matter of days... I've been testing it for a couple weeks now. I'll replace the battery (right out of the package,) and after 2 to ...
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Learning to play with one-finger chord function on a keyboard

Just started teaching myself to play the keyboard. I'm trying to use one-finger chords now, but not sure how long I am supposed to play the chord for. Is it over the whole bar or bars of music or just ...
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Connecting to unbalanced inputs from balanced XLR output

I'm looking at setting up something like the Behringer RX1602 in front of my current mixer to add more stereo inputs to it. These stereo inputs are chiefly regular consumer audio devices such as an ...
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low impedance output to high impedance input

I know that the impedances should be matches so the input impedance of the device is around 10 times bigger than the output signal that goes to this input. But is there a limit? If I have a signal ...
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Will shure 520DX green bullet harmonica mic work with the guitar pedal effect?

I plan to buy shure 520DX mic to plug it with my guitar pedal Behringer SF300 superfuzz. I know that if I was to plug my shure sm57 then the signal would be too weak, but since it's a green bullet mic ...
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