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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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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 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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The electrical theory between balancing a daisy chain of EQs [closed]

I have not much experience or knowledge about sound engineering, but I came across this question that won't stop bugging me. One time at some event my BF (an amateur sound engineer) had to tune the ...
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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 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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Do analog mixers produce more noise than digital mixers?

We are recording interviews inside a studio setup. Mostly 2 people or a maximum of 6 people will participate. The noise floor is around 55-60dB, and we want to reduce it to at least 80-85dB. Shall we ...
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Why does the Ampeg SVT4-pro and B4R require a special cable for mono-bridge mode?

These two amps require a special cable for use in mono-bridge mode. In an instructional video, you can see that the speakON connector is only using two wires. The manual for these amps says: Only ...
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How can I play two overlapping parts with different sounds on keyboard?

I'd like to be able to play two separate overlapping parts using different sounds, without having to invest in two separate keyboards. In my new project, we're moving from some arrangements laid ...
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Does anyone know of an in-place adjustable keyboard stand? [closed]

Our Church has a number of pianists who like to sit down when playing, and a number, who especially when leading worship, stand to play. This means we are constantly re-setting a very tricky ...
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Chaining amplifiers together

I just bought an Ampeg B5R head and I'm curious about how to combine this with my Ampeg V4. I want to use both amps to get more volume. Both amps have the "POWER AMP INPUT" and "PREAMP OUTPUT" ...
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Are there any music rest holder extension available for Keyboard X stands? [closed]

I'm putting together my setup with piano keyboard and second level synth and the piano keyboard I have (mx88) doesn't include a music rest or holder. Surely there's some product that will bolt into ...
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Setup for project reusing old PCs?

this is my first question here on this Q&A, so great that it exists - I've been avid user so far for other subjects. I have a project in mind where I want to reuse old PCs to make music. There ...
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2 drum stools broken in 2 years, both the same way at the stem, is that normal?

2 drum stools broken in 2 years, both the same way at the stem near the 2nd hole, is that normal? Before snapping 2 of them, I played drums for nearly 10 years with the same drumset and same stool ...
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How do professional musicians listen to music [closed]

What equipment do professionals use to listen to music? Is it really all mp3 these days? Do they use bluetooth? I am mostly interested in classical music.
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Novation Launchpad MK2 lights don't turn off from previous scenes, or freeze at certain scenes

I recently purchased a Novation Launchpad MK2 to use via FL Studio 12. I learned that the left arrow button (third round button up top) cycles through "scenes." However, arriving at the tempo control ...
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Using the bar's hifi system for performance

I have a mixer of my own that has small preamps build in for the guitar and mics. I'm trying to understand what additional playback equipment would be needed to play in a bar that can usually play ...
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Buying a harp, what to consider

I'm considering the purchase of a harp for a first-time harpist with a high level of competency playing the piano and recorder, as well as composition. What factors should I consider? A few more ...
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Roland pt-3100 Piano with Yamaha HS50M Troubleshooting

My friend lent me his pair of Yamaha HS50M monitors to output my Roland pt-3100 digital piano (2 x speakers to L and R phone output). He instructed me to buy balanced cables for the setup so I bought ...
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Is it advisable to use hand grippers to train for barre chords

First of all I just started doing barre chords after learning ordinary non-barre chords. Problem is they don't sound so well, so my question is, will training with hand grippers help me achieve this? ...
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Why can't we leave all mics on during a gig?

We have a six person blues band. Our bass player is also our sound person. During a gig, he periodically forgets to turn on mics for soloists or turn on instruments from the board. My husband has ...
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Avoiding small, beginner amp problems

I just started playing around with a Fender Frontman 10 W amplifier and I find it hard to use consistently. First, the biggest annoyance is the constant hum and static. I've read that the static ...
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How can I prevent filters from falling from my earplugs when I remove them?

I have a few pairs of flat-response attenuators (a.k.a. musicians earplugs). On one of them, the filters tend to fall when I remove the earplugs from my ear. How can I prevent that? Demonstration:
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In what order should I put my guitar pedals?

I was wondering in which order I should put my pedals to get the most out of each one. I have an overdrive, a fuzz, a delay and two boost pedals. Assuming they will all get in one single circuit, Is ...
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Recording setup for live performances with various sound engineers in various venues

My band plays in a variety of venues with a variety of sound engineers with varying levels of competence. The venues supply the mics and DIs. So we would like to record live the raw feeds from the ...
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Does the microphone gear/setup used to record vocals determine the output quality of the music or does the mixing and mastering?

I know that they both have a role to play, but could a grammy award winning engineer make a crispy vocal using just his engineering skills regardless of equipment used?
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Where can I get a pen that draws sheet music? [closed]

Where can I get a pen that draws sheet music effectively? I have seen this used by a composer during a streaming programme about Max Richter.
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Mapping the “change kit” action to a trigger on Alesis DM10

Is there a way of mapping the "change kit" action to the triggers on the Alesis DM10? For example I would like to map "move 1 up/next" to the kick trigger so when I kick it, my drum preset goes from 5 ...
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Concert equipment or software

If I want to perform to my family with a microphone, what equipment should I have at least? My voice is not loud compared to the piano, and I also want to add some effects to my voice such as reverb, ...
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Humming/Buzzing on OP-1 Synthesizer

Help! I just got my OP-1 and every time I start it up, it's fine but as soon as I push a note in synth mode it creates a background humming/buzzing and it doesn't stop.
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What's the difference between Audio Monitors and Speakers? [duplicate]

I have a YouTube channel that I started as a hobby but is growing to a point where I want to invest some equipment so I can produce better music. I've been using really crappy speakers for the longest ...
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Is it normal for an Oud/Lute not keeping in tune?

I just bought a 12 string oud/lute from Egypt, and I'm having some problems with its tuning. Sometimes when I twist the tuning peg to get in tuning, it releases suddenly and drops the tuning all the ...
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'True bypass' pedal doesn't allow signal to pass through when turned off

I've never really messed with guitar pedals so I'm a little confused. I just got the Hall of Fame Reverb pedal of TC and it says true bypass on it. When the pedal is off, I don't hear anything from ...
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Electronic drums, Ableton, Addictive Drums + additional audio source from laptop

I have Alesis DM10 studio. Currently I'm using the Alesis module for drum presets and my laptop to put some music on to play along and practice. This is the back of the module: I'm using the AUX IN ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

i am beginner and i would like to know what equipment do i need to connect Ableton Push, Akai APC40, guitar + pedals, vocal processor and mic to play and record live? Do i need a preamp? Thanks.
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Connecting two mixers

I'm piggy-backing off "Can I daisy chain two mixers together for more input channels". In that question, I read that I can do that, so long as the submixer is going into the powered mixer through RCA ...
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Setup for multiple sources

Say I have the following sources: Electric guitar (Fender Deluxe '72) through guitar head (HoTone Nano) Keyboard (Korg SV1) Laptop through bluetooth (Belkin receiver), playing all sorts of poor ...
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Why some instruments have binding around the neck and/or body while some do not?

My question is simple: Do bindings around the neck or body of a guitar play any role in the sound that the instrument produces?