Questions tagged [equipment]

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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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?
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Is it possible to play Jordan by Buckethead without kill switch?

I don't want to destroy my Les Paul by drilling any holes into it. I've seen someone create a kill switch that you can take off anytime but I don't know how to use a soldering iron. I also do not want ...
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How to keep music books open?

You know, many sheet music books are quite springy and would rather close than stay open on the music stand while practising. How do you keep them open while allowing to turn the pages easily?
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Cheap audio interface for recording electric guitar

So, I own an electric guitar, and I would like to record it using my laptop. I live in a place where I can't possibly play without headphones, so I can't mic the amp. My idea was to buy a cheap USB ...
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Microphone stand locking knob failed - how to fix?

A common problem, the locking knob on my microphone stand no longer tightens. Taking it apart, a small metal 'collar' seems to have had the thread partially stripped. It's a tiny part but I've no idea ...
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Upon loading a track, the CDJ 2000 automatically goes through very quickly (~5 sec per one min of track)

Whenever I load a new track, it automatically goes through very quickly, unless I touch the jog, in which case everything goes back to normal:  Any idea what could ...
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What do equalizer controls provide in decibels?

What do equalizer controls provide in db? What do equalizers (like New Klark Teknik | High-Performance Dual-Channel 30-Band 1/3 Octave Analogue Graphic Equalizer, DN370 with Low/Hi Pass and Notch ...
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What equipment can be used to measure sound equipment quality?

My audiologist has a special device which measures the performance and distortion of my hearing aids. It graphs input to output quality of reproduction. Does such equipment exist for studio speakers, ...
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Can I daisy chain two mixers together to create more input channels (a sub mixer)?

Last week in a live show I had some guest singers join me on stage for additional harmony and I had maxed out my mic channels and could not add another microphone. I love my powered mixer and don't ...
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How does speaker design affect audible sound?

Speaker design for guitar/bass cabinets seems to have been the same for the past 50 years. A traditional guitar/bass cabinet is usually made a wood, with 8-12 inches speakers mounted to the frame, etc....
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Microphone pick up patterns for live performance - advantages/disadvantages of cardioid, supercardioid or hypercardioid?

I perform in small venues (sing and play acoustic/electric guitar) through a small PA system with a monitor on stage. I have several Shure SM58 Microphones that have a cardioid pickup pattern. I ...
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What do I need to start playing violin amplified?

I play acoustic violin, but would like to start playing amplified sometimes. But when I start looking into equipment, I get lost in options. Piezos? Microphones? DI boxes? Pre-amps? Speaker systems? ...
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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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Are there any small, cheap devices I can record audio onto from a 3.5mm or 6.5mm source?

I would like to record the audio output from the mixer. I would usually do this on a laptop, however I want to avoid the extra bulk of taking a laptop to the studio. I did consider a Dictaphone, ...
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What is the difference between monitors and (loud)speakers in technical terms?

I have seen people mention (reference) "monitors" when talking about equipment for (semi)-professional musicians, but when I google the products I find that they look just like the boxes that we used ...
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Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

I am going to record music with the guitar and bass guitar. However, I am still undecided between using an amp with microphone, and an amp simulator. Which of the two would be a better choice when ...
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Lower guitar tuning

I know that there are devices to quickly lower a guitar’s E string into drop tuning. Are there also devices or effects pedals to lower the entire guitar? There’s a lot of rock music in E-flat tuning (...
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What technical spec should I look for in noise isolating headphones?

I am looking to buy some noise isolating (not noise cancelling) headphones, but I am very confused right now. Initially I thought that impedance was a good measure of the capacity for a pair of ...
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How to connect a line signal to a guitar amp?

My Laney Lv300 Tube Fusion Combo amp, doesn't have a Line-In, as such. It merely has one "Input" on the front, for the guitar and a pair of FX sockets, as an FX Loop (FX Send and FX Return). It also ...
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In electronic music equipment and software, what are some good ways of cutting costs without sacrificing quality/effort?

I'm interested in getting into producing electronic music (EDM, house, whatever I end up digging at the time), but I've recently run into a roadblock: money. Potential costs include: Computer DAW ...
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Why are “music bags” with the metal bar a distinct bag for sheet music?

Though these look old-fashioned one can still buy "music bags", special satchels or briefcases designed to carry sheet music. They are easily distinguished from other bags because one of the handles ...
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How to setup a live/practice rig with my Zoom MultiFx/AmpSim Pedal

I've been playing guitar for the past 2-3 years mostly in my bedroom and jamming along to songs using rocksmith. I have a Zoom G1XN and a 10 watt combo amp, i don't use the combo amp much because i ...
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Rocktuner CT2 problem

I have a problem with a piece of equipment I have. I've found in the old locker this tuner, and wanted to tune my guitar with it. But after I do that, I find that my guitar is 2-3 pitches higher than ...
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Two electric guitars on one amp

Here's the deal: I have multiple guitars and a single one-input Line6 15WT amplifier. And now I have encountered the need to play two guitars with someone at the same time, with minimal equipment ...
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What are the advantages of different mouthpiece sizes?

I played horn from age 10 until age 22, and after a couple of years off I'm starting to play again. I was always pretty mediocre, so I was content to use my elementary-school Holton MDC mouthpiece the ...
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what's the difference between light rosin and dark rosin?

I see two basic kinds of rosin available, light rosin and dark rosin. What's the difference between these?
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How can I rehearse and perform with PDF scores on screen instead of paper scores?

As a chorus and opera singer, I have gotten tired of lugging thick opera scores everywhere. Most of the music I sing is public-domain, and the scores are freely available in in PDF form. I am working ...
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What are some ways I can secure my piano stand so it isn't moving as much?

I just got the L85 stand for Yamaha P95 (with 3-pedal LP5), assembled the whole thing, and when I started playing, I noticed that it is moving quite a bit when I play something faster, or just hit the ...
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How to become a DJ

I'd like to become a DJ, and to tell the truth, I also have made many tracks using Encore notation software. But, now that I want to bring it to reality, I don't know what instruments to purchase. A ...
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What tools should every guitarist have?

What tools should every guitarist have to do most small/medium projects for their guitars? (change strings, tuners, knobs, pickups)
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Epiphone SG-400 and straps

New owner of an Epiphone SG-400 and obviously beginner at playing guitar, I am somehow surprised to see that unlike the guitars I have so far been able to touch, the strap "hook" on the neck side is ...