Questions tagged [electronics]

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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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?

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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Filter the amplitude of a track based on the amplitude of another

I'm trying to convert noise including taps and scratches into a pitched sound. To do so, I'm planning to use a generated frequency (say, 440hz) and filter the sound, somehow. One way could be to ...
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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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What's XLR output impedance?

I read that Line output impedance is about 100 ohm and input about 10k ohm. However I cannot find information about XLR connection (output) impedance (in a preamp, for example). XLR input in mic ...
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Behringer mic preamp Ultragain 2200 as a DI box

I've bought a Behringer Ultragain 2200 preamp and want to plug the guitar in. I know that usually when I'd plug my guitar to the amp or audio interface the input impendance would be around 1 milion ...
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Is there a way to make a square wave sound more like an instument in a simple circuit? [closed]

Basically I've built a simple circuit that outputs a square wave of different frequencies (i.e. a DIY tone generator), but it obviously sounds very robotic. Are there any small, simple devices that ...
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Volume knob on guitar has no effect when rolled

I have a problem with my Yamaha SG copy guitar. The volume knobs are not effective. At 1 it's at its peak and rolling it up to 10 does nothing — it's more like an on/off switch. I am in ...
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Electric guitar: why such heavy pots?

From what I've seen the potentiometers in electric guitars tend toward the large sizes, in the sense of physical dimensions, but I don't understand why that should be. For example, wouldn't it be ...
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How to sample live and loop with live musicians without a laptop?

I'm a musician in a live band that plays folkadelic music. Folkadelic music is played by bands like Kila or Shooglenifty. Instrument mix is acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, bass, drum kit ...
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What is that product he is using? The sphere I mean

Imgur image I think it's used to put a microphone in it.
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Purpose of XLR - mono jack cable

I just got an XLR-mono jack cable from a friend and am trying to understand why such a cable exists and what problems would it solve. I have those combo XLR/jack inputs on my speaker so I tried ...
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Bass is picking up hum - did I damage the pickup?

I have this cheap copy of a 50s Precision Bass, which came with an ugly pickguard. So I made a new pickguard, and in the process of fitting it to the bass, I scraped off the protection tape on the ...
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Electric bass suddenly not transmitting any output

I play on a Carvin 5 string bass with active pickups. The other day while I was playing, my sound became suddenly very quiet and heavily distorted, until it eventually faded completely. I initially ...
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Guitar into Interace into AMP

I'm planning on buying a behringer u phoria UMC22 interface in order to connect my guitar to my PC to emulate effects and amps. I believe the correct way of outputting the sound is into a set of ...
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How can I connect pedals and amplifiers without accidentally damaging them?

I've understood that there are some risks with connecting pedals, amplifiers, instruments and microphones and that I should be aware of what I'm doing, or it could damage my equipment. How can I ...
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Problems placing analog synth on window shelf above radiator?

I have recently purchased an analog synthesizer (the DSI OB-6 Desktop). Unfortunately, the only place I can place it is on a window shelf which has a water-heated radiator below it. I have read that ...
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Confused about what the problem is

I have a guitar with two pickups and a three way switch. Which the switch is set to either the neck or bridge pickup, it works fine. When the switch is set for both, only the bridge pickup comes ...
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Different capacitor values needed for baritone guitar tone controls?

I am trying to wire up a baritone electric guitar with controls similar to a G&L legacy (volume, treble, bass). My question is whether or not I need to change the capacitor values to account for ...
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Standard effect pedal connector/barrel size?

I use the regular 9V DC negative center power adapter, and every so often the connector gets ripped or the internal soldering wears off and in middle of a gig the adapter stops working. It usually ...
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Understanding signal-flow of Neutrik NYS-SPP-L1 Patch-Panel

I purchased a patch-panel for my home studio, coming with the following diagrams: My question is about the signal direction. Where are inputs and where are outputs on the first images in the row? ...
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Modeling amp with FX Loop

I need a guitar amp for practicing at home. I was considering buying Marshall Code 50 as it has a lot of effects built in and can save me some money on pedals. However I just realized that if I will ...
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Computer-controlled portable reed organ?

The "Melauton" is a computer-controlled reed organ built from a melodica. Is there any record of similar instruments being built?
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Are musical floppy drives tone wheel instruments?

So I'm doing a project involving classifying electrophones according to MIMO's Hornbostel-Sachs system (see here) and I'm looking at musical floppy disk drives specifically (see here). The drives ...