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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?

I don't recall where or from whom, but I heard that switching on an amplifier head without a connected load (a cab, that is) may cause damage—presumably to the tubes, but perhaps something else, I'm ...
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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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What is “vintage” wiring on a Les Paul?

What does "vintage" wiring on a Les Paul look like? How is it different from "modern" wiring? What are its advantages? Drawbacks?
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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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Hot guitar pickup

What does it mean when a guitar pickup is deemed "hot"?
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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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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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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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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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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 are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?

What are the advantages of having a pedal or amp that is point to point wired as opposed to one that is built on top of a printed circuit board? Are there any disadvantages of PTP?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Managing batteries for live performances

Many musicians use battery-powered "stomp boxes" and wireless microphones. When do you change the batteries? You can't have a device running out of power halfway through the show. Do people put in ...
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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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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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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 left the violin on (and hence I consumed the battery in like one night) ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

Two-channel Stereo sound can be provided by two Mono cables, or a single Stereo cable. What differences, whether significant or not, are there between pairing each voltage lead with its own ground ...
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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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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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Guitar produces hum due to poor soldering

Is it possible that a guitar could produce a low hum after replacing a pickup? I own a guitar that I (poorly) replaced a pickup on when I first started playing, and I was wondering if there was some ...
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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? ...