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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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Volume knob doesn't effect when rolled guitar

I have a problem with my yamaha SG copy guitar The volume knobs are not effective at 1 its ats its peak and rolling it up to 10 does nothing its more like an on/off switch Am in Nigeria with no ...
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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 an automatic, computer-controlled reed organ built from a melodica. Is there any record of similar instruments being built? It looks like a very interesting project.
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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 ...
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Can a guitar pickup be eq'd to imitate a different wiring from its own?

For example can a parrell humbucker be eq'd to sound like a single coil? Or even can it be eq'd to the other possible wiring's, series etc.
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Why is this guitar making so much noise?

My brother has an electric guitar which he has not played or even touched for at least fifteen years. It's a cheap strat-like guitar, equipped with three unknown (most likely stock) single coil ...
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Connecting a PC via AUX IN to guitar amplifier

I have VOX VT100X that comes with a AUX input, usually used to play for example a backing track via a phone. Can i connect my PC to the amp to play music via said AUX input or will that blow my amp?
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Why does my guitar pedal “pop” when I click it?

I recently added an Xotic Effects EP Booster (true bypass) to my board. Everything works properly (in fact it sounds great!) except that when I turn it on or off, it makes a very noticeable popping ...
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What is the frequency range of a typical subwoofer in a club PA?

I am an amateur producer of techno music. Needless to say, low frequencies have a high importance to the sound in this genre. I have often read that generally in a final mix, very low frequencies ...
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Is my amplifier badly grounded?

Today I noticed that if I touch both the guitar strings (while connected to the amplifier) and the metallic radiator in my room, I can feel a current flowing (nothing too strong). Does this mean the ...
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How to create silence in MP3

I need MP3 file consiting of literally 2 (two) complete frames @ 44100/16 bit/stereo, without any metadata. The issue here is that I need to be able to create it myself as cutting 2 frames from larger ...
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What could be the approach for hacking closed Synths/Sequencers? [closed]

Specifically I'd like to write an application that allows pattern and track information to be uploaded to a sequencer via its USB connection. That way If I have something in a DAW I can transfer it to ...
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Electric violin amplification problem

I have a (cheap) electric violin I use for practice. The violin requires a 9V battery to be amplified. After a couple of times I forgot the violin on (and hence I consumed the battery in like one ...
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What exactly is the “cross modulation” on Roland Jupiter and JX analog synthesizers?

Roland's later analog synthesizers have a setting for cross-modulation between the two oscillators. I'm trying to find out what the exact technical nature of this effect is. Is it phase modulation, ...
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

People keep telling me you need humbuckers to play metal but I want to play some heavy stuff on my strat. How does high gain work on single coils and what are some of the pitfalls? People keep ...
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What makes different tube amp heads different?

I want to make my orange dual terror have that chimey/glassy sound that an VOX AC 30 has, i know amp heads have circuit boards and tubes, but my question is, what makes a tube amp sound different then ...
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Do vintage guitar amplifiers really sound better when run at lower voltages?

I got a Marshall JCM800 2203X about a year ago and on the back of the amp it has selectable input voltage settings for 110V, 220V and 230V. Since I live in the US, the voltage that comes out of the ...
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How to improve 1/4 plug connection on hybrid -XLR jacks

I got a Mackie SRM150 for stage monitoring but I'm having problems getting a good connection in the hybrid-XLR jacks on the front with a 1/4 inch jack guitar cable. Even when it feels like it's firmly ...
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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

I have a 1982 Roland Juno-60 'polyphonic' analog synthesizer. Starting about 6 months ago it began having 'moving' dead notes. What I mean by that, is that there is no evidence that any one key is '...
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Killed an amp through audio interface in the effect loop?

I was just using someone else's guitar and it stopped working. I'm not sure if something I did damaged it It was some kind of tube amp. The signal was: guitar -> amp -> amp effect send -> input on ...
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Guitar buzz gets louder when strings are touched, goes away when I touch both the strings AND either pickup

I have a semi-hollowbody Epiphone Casino, single coil pickups. Granted some hum is to be expected with this setup, however the hum I have is unusually loud. When I am not touching anything there is ...
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What's the best way to play variable-tempo samples live?

When I play with my band, I'd love to integrate background samples into our music. However, our group isn't fond of playing to a click track. Ideally, when a sample is to be played, we could dial in ...
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What is on the stereo output of a mixer if I'm recording with only one mic?

I got a small mixer and am using it for singing and applying some effects. I'm using a single microphone for recording. It's connected to an XLR to the mixer. Given that I have a mono signal going ...
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string grounding

I know that string grounding makes my guitar more silent, but by grounding my strings, I am connecting my self to the amplifier and the grid. This can be dangerous, especially with vintage amps that ...
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How do I get an emphasized “click” effect at the beginning of my guitar signal?

I use a magnetic pickup to run my guitar signal through an Electro-Harmonix Super Ego granular synthesizer. It works great but there are times when I want to add a Hammond Organ B9-like "click"--not ...
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Why is the ribbon controller on the Otamatone not linear?

Most ribbon controllers are linear, but the one on the Otamatone behaves like a guitar or a cheap theremin, with higher notes closer together. Can it be made linear?
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Is it possible to upgrade entry level guitar to a professional one?

I have old Ibanez GIO Fat-Strat copy and I somewhat like it (the colour and body shape). The frets are worn and keys (tuning machines) are bad quality. Will replacing whole neck (with keys and nut) ...
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Why do A/B/Y boxes commonly use AND and OR instead of two toggle buttons?

Here's an example of a common ABY box: Why do these pedals use AND and OR? Is there a technical reason/limitation that causes this to be used over something like a toggle switch for A and a toggle ...
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Electric Guitar Jack: How To Get A Nice Fit

I've noticed on several guitars I play, that I will get a satisfying -click- when I plug the jack into the guitar. But on one guitar I own, there is no haptic sensation. You can feel that it barely ...
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How to reproduce the “pumping” effect on a live drum kit

In electronic music, a "pumping" effect is often produced to accentuate the sound of the kick drum. To do this, usually a synthesizer's volume will be compressed when the kick drum is triggered. ...
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Can the installation of a silent system in a grand piano interfere with its performance?

I am thinking of installing a silent sytem on my piano. I have read and talked with some people about it. Some people have warned me that the installation of such a system can interfere with the ...
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Guitar amplifier speaker replacement - different connector size

I want to change the speaker on my Bugera v5 Infinium amp. The current speaker (a Turbosound) is apparently not too bad compared to the one used on the previous model of the V5, but I've found it ...
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How to use a compressor to create a more singing sustain with the guitar?

I have tried to utilize a compressor to extend sustain of notes while playing lead guitar. I have used it in conjunction with various distortion and boost pedals and delays. I am trying to achieve a ...
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Using MIDI with Serial Midi Converter using usb to ttl converter

in market we have available usb to ttl converter. So can i use them to send midi signals to usb using This circuit https://irq5.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/midi-sch.png?w=640 connected to the pins of ...
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What does the modulation effect actually do?

i'm trying to study for my A levels and struggling to understand the purpose of modulation? I'm getting the idea that it is simply something that enables a effects to change the timbre of a raw ...
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Upgrading a guitar from low to high impedance pick ups?

I'm upgrading an Ibanez copy of a Gibson recording (a 2380 from 1973). I believe Ibanez went the low impedance route, but didn't include the transformer/XLR output. The pickups are certainly very ...