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For questions pertaining to maintenance of, usage of, and other musical aspects of equipment (the physical structures used in the creation of music).

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What do the labels on drumsticks (5A, 7B, etc.) mean?

There are different letters and numbers that different drumsticks carry, such as 5A, 7B. What do they represent? Does the material used (different woods, aluminium, etc.) have a bearing on the ...
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Are large displays bad in a recording studio?

The other day I visited a friend's home studio, and I noticed the computer was hooked up at a quite small display. Probably 19 inches, maybe even 17. I asked why, and my friend said that a larger ...
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Do nickel-free bassoons exist?

I am allergic to nickel. I come up in itchy bumps after contact. I would like to try playing bassoon but all the ones I have looked at have nickel silver keys, which isn't silver at all but is nickel. ...
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How to use an expression pedal with Yamaha THR10 II?

The Yamaha THR10 II has a USB port on the back but doesn't have RCA in/out ports on the backs like other models seem to have. I have tried to search some forums about how the set up is supposed to ...
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Proper configuration for: synth pedal + expression pedal + amp

Had some great input from this electric guitar question: What type(s) of equipment is needed for real-time distortion / tone modulation on an electric guitar? As a quick recap: Goal: To be able to go ...
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What is the purpose of this concert equipment?

What is the purpose of that equipment and how is it called? I have noticed they always have them in concerts with electronic instruments.
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influence of the bridge on how much a guitar "chugs"

Long story short, I am wondering about the influence that the bridge (considering always the same type - a Floyd Rose-like bridge) has on how much the guitar chugs. To expand a bit more. I have ...
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What type(s) of equipment is needed for real-time distortion / tone modulation on an electric guitar?

My goal is to play Seven Nation Army (Glitch Mob Remix) on my electric guitar. I am pretty much a beginner. I don't even have an amplifier for my guitar yet (just practicing acoustic). But the good ...
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Shortest possible 1/4" male to 1/4" female adapter or cable

My Line6 G10 juts into my stomach due to the angle of my guitar's output jack, making it very uncomfortable to play. I can turn it the other direction, but... ...the molding of the guitar there keeps ...
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Making an acoustic guitar sound like an electric guitar or vice versa

I'd like to get electric and acoustic sounds from one guitar. The Fender Acoustasonic is too expensive...$2k. Does one get better results turning an acoustic into an electric or vice versa? Do the ...
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Play E-Drums with Pedals only?

Let me explain. We are a two-man-group. My mate is doing guitar and vocals and I am doing bass and percussion. Some time ago I build (soldering and then also really assembling) myself a set of 6 drum-...
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What is the function of the black strip on the lower horn of a Fender Precision bass

What is the function of the black strip below the fretboard on the lower horn? Some basses have it, some don't
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Hot rodding the fender 100 rumble [closed]

I am looking for information on replacing 12 bass driver with a very good quality driver and possibly Stiffening cabinet using acoustic foam. I plan on using other amplification. And or using fenders ...
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Cords and Performance Rigs

I've got a setup with a guitar synth, looper, pedalboard and assorted flavors. Inputs are keyboard, sequencer, wind instrument, laptop and guitar. Setup isn't so bad except for the phono, MIDI and ...
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How can a snare's activation be made quieter?

I play the snare drum in an ensemble that plays a lot of classical music, and in order to avoid having the snare rattle during percussion rests, I make a habit of turning off the snare during long ...
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How Do I Make an Electric Upright Bass Sound More Standard?

So I've been playing an Electric Upright bass for about a year now; I have fallen in love with how easy it is to carry around and set up for street performing. I was wondering if anybody here had ...
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What is the term for a machine that helps record and layer tunes?

GarageBand is a software that lets users record music, e.g. from a piano, then play it back, and record an added layer, e.g. guitar, then play the two together, adding more layers, e.g. drums. And ...
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Will hooking the output on a monitoring loudspeaker to a bass amp instead of a subwoofer damage anything?

I bought a Thump15a and plan to use a focusrite scarlett solo with it. My brother plays bass and has a bass amp, and so I was wondering if I could take the output of the thump15a and plug into the ...
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Recording Audio from Yamaha P45 on a MacBook

I have a Yamaha P45 whose audio I want to record — I use headphones when I practice so I know there is an audio output that's not MIDI. Does anyone know what kind of cables / equipment / software I ...
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Guitarist and Bassist as only Bandmembers - Rhythmsection?

We are two individuals, one is playing guitar and sings and the other plays bass. We would like to just cover some rock songs we like and love. However, we do not really want to add another person for ...
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How far can 9's be tuned down?

Apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere, but before I commit to getting my guitars set-up, I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble using 9–42 tuned down a half-step (I currently ...
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How can some USB 2.0 audio interfaces support phantom power through USB alone?

I'm planning to buy an audio interface and it being exclusively bus powered is a requirement. However I also use condenser mics which require phantom power. Now I'm a bit confused about why some bus-...
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Advantages and disadvantages of three bolt necks on strats

I'm curious about why Fender changed from using a four bolt neck mount to a three bolt neck mount sometime back in the sixties or seventies and then decided to change back to the four bolt mount. What ...
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Audio Equipment for Transcribing

I have been having a blast transcribing pop songs to piano, but I have some trouble hearing the bass clearly. Even when I use EQ, the notes from the bass guitar don't feel very distinct. Is this just ...
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Salsa trombone harmonizer setup

I am looking to set up a trombone harmonizer to play salsa, but I'm new to both salsa and electronic music. It seems like what I want is unusual and not so simple, but it might be possible to do 85% ...
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What do shorter-than-thirty-two-note MIDI pedalboards bar you from playing?

There have been questions before about what utility can be derived from a two-octave keyboard in terms of learning any keyboard idioms. Well, two five-octave MIDI controllers and a volume pedal seem ...
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Solution for a more durable acoustic guitar G string?

I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years and probably haven’t broken a string for the past 20. However my G string consistently wears out much faster than all other strings; the wrap wears on the frets ...
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Are straplocks better than a locking strap for performing?

I have a really heavy (I mean really heavy) bass guitar. I currently have a strap that locks onto the strap holder, but I'm worried that that could cause problems. When I perform, I like to do lots of ...
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What is this flat thing on Ray Chen's bridge?

A recently released video of Ray Chen playing Clair de Lune shows what appears to be a strange flat object on the violin bridge. I thought originally that it was maybe part of the tailpiece or ...
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3.5mm to Sony LBT D107 [closed]

I'd like to connect my iPhone to my Sony LBT D107 as an input source. I'm no technician, but: 1) What's the most affordable way to this? 2) What sort of connection will provide the best quality ...
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Floyd Rose in Standard Tuning with .011 gauge strings

I have always played with medium to heavy gauge strings in standard tuning. I got used to that feel while in school for Jazz Studies and have stuck with it ever since. I'm interested in learning ...
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Will 22 gauge wire work for Microphone cables?

I accidentally bought some 22 AWG, balanced, shielded (Aluminum/Polyester Foil) wire. I've never seen audio cables use this small of a gauge before. Will this work for an XLR connector? Will it affect ...
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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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How to monitor multiple music instruments via headphones?

I'm relatively new to the technological side of music. My guitar amp has a speaker cable output, as does my keyboard. I would like to be able to plug both of those, and also a microphone into a device ...
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What are the alternatives to using Behringer P16-M Powerplay Personal Headphone Mixers?

This question is related to the accepted answer to Can the Behringer XR18 XAIR Digital Mixer be used as a breakout box? Please read before offering an answer. I also want to provide band members ...
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Which is more common when spinning a jogwheel clockwise, going forward or backward in time?

On a DJ controller, which is the more common default setting for jogwheels, say, on CDJs at clubs? Clockwise to move forward in time (toward the end of the song), or counterclockwise? I learned ...
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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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What types of drums in the picture below?

What types of drums in the picture below? I'm wondering if they are tom drums. Your help is a great source of inspiration for me!
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What is this metal M-shaped device for?

I inherited this with a box of piano sheet music, some of which was for beginners, and vaguely recall seeing one ages ago at a music store. It’s about the right size for wearing like a pair of brass ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

From the wikipedia page about redundancy: [...] redundancy is the duplication of critical components or functions of a system with the intention of increasing reliability of the system, usually in ...
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XLR (male) to TRS problem

Yesterday I bought a couple of studio monitors (Adam T7V) which should suppose to sound great if connected to my focusrite 2i2 with balanced wires (TRS to XLR male). So I soldered a couple of wires ...
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Can I plug my guitar straight into Behringer MIC2200?

Recently I bought preamp Behringer Pro MIC2200 and I wonder if I can plug my guitar straight to it with a help of jack 1/4" connector. This preamp has switch MIC/LINE with mic having 3k impendance ...
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What should I look for in a beginner guitar?

I'm currently looking into buying an affordable and decent quality guitar, but I'm wondering what to look for? I noticed that there are 6-string guitars and 12-string guitars, which is best for a ...
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Tascam ss-r250n playback and recording loop through same mixer

I just got a Tascam ss-r250n recorder & player. Is there anyway to turn off the output only when recording? I connect them both to my mixer but it creates a loop when recording. I guess the way it ...
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Are Cello straps and stops necessary to rent for beginner?

My daughter is starting cello at her elementary school in the fall, she is 8 years old, renting a 1/2 scale cello. In the process of renting the cello I need to decide if I should rent these two ...
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XLR Powered also an XLR output?

I own a small 8-channel mixer(moon mc606beta) wich according to the manufacturer has an XLR output. But this is used to get power from an adaptor(below on it:"AC adaptor"). I'm wondering if the ...
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What equipment and setup do I need to be able to hear both my vocals and guitar through headphones while playing?

I'm moving into an apartment after playing acoustic guitar in a house for the past year and starting to learn to sing; I now have to be a little more quiet. I want to play an electric guitar and hear ...
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difference in wattage descriptions

I saw this "RMS / Program" wattage description on a bass cabinet and it prompted several questions: Is it safe to run a 1000 watt bass head through a "500 watt RMS / 1000 program watts" cabinet? ...
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Tips for creating a dynamic guitar tone?

I'm not new to guitar, but I am pretty new to the world of gear and tone. I've spent around 6 years playing without paying too much attention to tone. Recently I've really enjoyed the tone from Chon ...
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Considering getting in-ear monitors

I am going to perform in a concert in a nearby club and I want to use in-ear monitors. But I don't have any idea which ones to buy or what other devices are required for using them. Will I get all ...
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