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Questions tagged [sound]

Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through some medium (like air or water), composed of frequencies which are within the range of hearing.

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Dealing with MacBook Pro fan noise during audio production sessions

While working, i find it very disturbing to have the constant hissing of the MacBook Pro next to my ear. How do other people deal with the noise? Since i can't really go far from the MacBook with my ...
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Why do certain parts of songs sound so much better than other parts? (With examples) [closed]

I have a question that's been on my mind for quite a while now. Now, I'm not extremely knowledgeable about music theory but it is one of my interest that I like to learn about. I can't seem to find ...
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Safe to use XLR outputs on non-powered mixer into phantom power inputs on powered mixer?

I play in a band and for our p.a. Setup we have a powered mixer running into passive speakers. The powered mixer only has 4 channels and we want more. I've been given non-powered mixer with 12 ...
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Setting different sounds on synthesizer [closed]

I recently downloaded some synths including the ample sound ABPL and AGML. But being an amateur I don't know how to set a different sound and how to upload my own recorded sounds to the synth. Please ...
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Difference between timbre and tone and frequency

I understand that a pitch is nothing but a frequency which is wave cycles per second. So if i sing(human voice) a note A(which is 440hz) then why does it sound different that my friend singing the ...
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Train listening to notes coming out of my trumpet

I'm with an old trumpet that sold me in Si Bemol(Bb), I'm still learning, and my biggest difficulty in music is being able to be constant in the sounds that come out of me, to reproduce them when I ...
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1MORE Quad Driver vs Shure SE846 Quad Driver earbuds? [closed]

In terms of treble, bass, high, mid and low ranges, frequency response?
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Transforming non-musical data into music [closed]

Let's assume I have gathered a large collection of data, such as 1000s of triangles, consisting of 3 points each, in a defined 2D space, consisting of 2 values for each (X,Y) and a color value for ...
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Does shape of waveform affect sonic perception?

Title says it all - does the shape of a wave have any effect on how we perceive it as a sound?
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What are the differences between live and separate instrument recording in a studio?

I want to record a song, and I have no clue which is the better choice: Recording of each instrument/vocal separately (by several band members) or all together in one room, well separated, and do the ...
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Safest Place For My Oud!

quick question, can i keep my Oud in the basement? i live in Chicago and it gets little cold here in the winter. i was told that the humid will ruin the wood of the Oud, which it makes sense to me, ...
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Keyboard sounds which begin before the audible beat: are they playable?

I often hear sounds and think "boy, would that be a cool sound for playing a tune on a keyboard." But, often the sounds begin substantially before where the understood "downbeat" would be. An example ...
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Balanced Output on mixer to Unbalanced Input on another mixer

Can I safely take the L/R stereo mix (using two balanced 1/4" TRS connectors) out of one mixer into unbalanced inputs (two 1/4" unbalanced TS connectors) on a second mixer? Options Use two 1/4" TS ...
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Frequencies that interfere with human speech

I had this interesting question in mind, sometimes when you listen to loud music, there is no problem speaking to a person at an ordinary volume so that he can hear and understand you, but mostly when ...
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Musical systems with more than 12 notes

From what I remember of music theory, all music (at least Western music) boils down to scales that revolve around the 12 notes (circle of fourths/fifths). I know there are scales in different regions ...
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How can i soundproof my room for music making ? [duplicate]

I was looking for a suggestion, how to soundproof my room with a budget. and it should be good, since i am recording vocal, instruments etc My main job is to make cover song and our own song ...
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Are there similarities between musical temperament and colorimetry? [closed]

It is well known that musical temperament is the basic of music theory, just as colorimetry is the basic of color theory.
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Note combination doesn’t sound right on digital piano

So I’m trying to learn this song, but I have a bit of a problem. The left hand part from 00:00 to 00:08 sounds weird and not correct on my digital piano. I don’t know how to explain it, but it just ...
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How can I listen to specific keyboard presets online?

I would like to listen to a keyboard preset online. I know the model of the keyboard and the preset number, how could I find a recording? As an example, I'm interested in the Korg Kronos 88. If I ...
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Problem with a Digital Piano

So, I have a digital piano, a Casio CDP 130 that I bought at the start of the year. It has been working perfectly until yesterday a friend of mine was playing it and noticed that when the seventh B of ...
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Is asio4all compatible with bluetooth headsets? [closed]

My question is simple. Is asio4all compatible with bluetooth headsets? If it's yes, can somebody give me an information about what kind of bluetooth headset I should use? I use Ableton Live 10 intro.
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Buzz problem in Ibanez RG350dxz

I was cleaning up my guitar and removed my edge ii tremelo bridge and the springs holding it along with the stud screws holding the blade. But now when I reconnected everything, there is no sound ...
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Is the pitch-producing mechanism for singing and humming the same or entirely different?

The sound-producing mechanisms in string instruments and the flute are entirely different. Are the pitch-producing mechanisms used while singing a song and humming a song (humming with closed lips and ...
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What combination of features should I look for an electric guitar to be as flexible as I can?

I am an amateur guitar player for some time, and I have owned a couple of electric guitars. Now, I am looking to buy a new one. I mostly play metal (Lamb of God, Godsmack, Metallica, Megadeth etc.), ...
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Do sounds from different musical instrument merge together into one wave? [closed]

I am trying to understand what happens when two or multiple sound waves meet up or clash into one and another. An example: Lets say I play middle C on the piano and a C an octave higher on the guitar ...
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How do multiple sound waves interact physically to create music?

What happens on a physical level when many notes/sound waves interact with each other at the same time? (For example, a big chord on the piano with all of its harmonics/overtones clashing together.) ...
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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 does Metal sound so muddy? [closed]

I've been a metal-music addict since my early teens. But in the last few years I've listenend to more and more Rap/Trap and so on. And I've bought myself some really really expensive headphones to ...
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How come you can hear individual notes but not overtones?

In my understanding, all sounds are technically made from a combination of sine waves together that form a timbre, and as such any sound can be represented as a combination of sine waves. Let's take ...
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Do I need an audio interface to play only voice/keyboard?

I have a CASIO CTK-6200 and I've been testing its line outputs. Used a cable and connected to my mobo (Gigabyte 990XA UD3). The quality of audio is pretty decent. I'm going to buy a mic now, and since ...
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Types of tools to automate “tape-like” audio manipulation [closed]

[To anyone who recognizes the following setup as shamelessly derived from musique concrète and Cage's music: apologies for the gross simplifications] Setup: I have a project in which I need to ...
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AT2035, I need some help, XLR cable issue, ''Replaing the Stereo PC Sound'' [closed]

Is there anyone who know why the sound of my computer dissepears when I connected the XLR cable to PC it merely replaced the stereo sound
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What is the purpose of phase invert?

On many sound cards and mixers there is a button "Phase invert". What is its purpose? When should we use it?
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Cents vs semi-tones on guitar

I was wondering, since we can tune our guitars by cents we can make them sound anywhere close to the note we need. So we can have open A be not 440 but 448 for instance. What restrictions are there ...
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Are theremin's pitch hand positions unique?

I don't know much about theremins, and wondered about this: given a constant volume, I would like to know if I can produce the same note with different hand positions or if all notes have a specific/...
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Is there a color representation of music? [duplicate]

I was wondering, is there a color representation of music? If someone ever tried to represent frequencies with colors could the whole music piece be represented by color somehow? What do Beethoven's ...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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Problem with my new Gibson Les Paul Classic 2015

I'm italian so there may be some grammatical errors.. basically my guitar sounds really "sharp" when I play the first two strings (E, B). By "sharp" I don't mean the tune of the guitar, the tune is ...
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The name of the kick [closed]

These days, I hear a lot in a lot of music that contains a specific technique that I want to understand better. Composers use some kind of kick in their music that sounds somewhat like the sound of a ...
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Live AR in music performance

What does it mean by Live AR in music performance? Sometimes, they also put it as Live AR mic open in the setlist/cue sheet of the live music performance/concert.
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Decay vs Sustain on synths

Could you explain to me the difference between "decay" and "sustain" on synths? I'm using the Korg Kronos 2 and the synth engines have both sustain and decay and they seem to be doing the same thing ...
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Can you listen to your computer's sound with a soundcard

I would like to buy a Lexicon Alpha Studio, but I wanted to make sure that I can listen to my computers sound through it (it seems logical to me). Because my computer's jack plug is broken and my ...
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DAC for optical out and XLR in (Samsung TV - Behringer Studio 50USB)

I'd like to connect Behringer Studio 50USB studio monitors to Samsung TV UE55MU70002. I understand I need to have a DAC which takes optical audio in from TV and gives XLR (or rather TRS?) to monitors. ...
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Behringer STUDIO 50USB too loud on Macbook

I have a problem. I use studio monitors Behringer Studio 50 USB together with my Macbook Pro. Connected via USB. The problem is they are too loud even on the "volume 1" setting of my Macbook. And ...
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Cause of G string on Ibanez JEM sounding dead?

My Ibanez JEM with floyd rose tremolo, this exact guitar: , has a problem with the G string. The open string sounds out more or less properly (though it tends to go 'harmonic', which seems like it's ...
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Whats that sound my amp makes? [duplicate]

i have an electric guitar (Fender Stratocaster classic series 50's mexican) and a Fender Champion 40 amp. Everytime i put my amp on and turn up the volume it makes a really buzzy sound. I figuered out ...
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Messiaen Prelude Colors

According to wikipedia, each of Messiaen's 8 preludes is associated with various colors. 1 La colombe (The dove) Orange, with violet veins. 2 Chant d'extase dans un paysage triste (Song of ...
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What cello technique used in titles of “The Night Of”

At the beginning of the title sequence of "The Night Of" the double bass is clearly plucked, but I'm not entirely sure about the higher cello part? Is it simply a (very) dry staccato? There's just so ...
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What makes some instruments louder than others?

Main question: are longer pianos actually louder? Context: When a musician plays on an acoustic instrument, I expect that the loudness produced corresponds to raw energy (as measured in Joules or ...
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How did baroque music sound at the time?

Historical context Let's for example consider Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (click here to enjoy). It was composed at the very beginning of the 18th century in Germany. At that time: ...