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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Why is the harmonic series presented as a succession rather than a chord? And has it been definitely proven that all partials sound at once?

It is my understanding from so far limited research that all whole number integer ratios sound simultaneously with the fundamental, but has this been proven beyond all doubt? Is it possible that the ...
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Do all periodic or “natural” sounds contain major chords?

This seems to be the implication from what I have seen posted on here. If this is so then it is quite profound, because then even in any complex sound wave without a clear pitch and with many partials ...
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How can I create a switchable filter in Pure Data?

I have watched a tutorial series on Pure Data, but I still feel uncertain about how to think about the "execution point" in a Pure Data patch evolving over time. Suppose I want to create a ...
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Does swaying your head like Stevie Wonder improve your musical hearing?

Stevie Wonder famously sways his head left and right when he's performing on stage. I've always thought that it was a listening technique linked to his blindness; I assume you can locate sounds easier ...
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What changes are need before using my sound on social media? [migrated]

I am a keyboardist/pianist. I am having trouble with my keyboard sound at some point. I usually put my keyboard playing videos on social media. I record my keyboard through a cable to laptop(Audacity),...
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How do Fender wide-range pickups change the sound?

Billie Joe Armstrong's blue strat has a tilted pickup in the back, its tilted a bit clockwise from the front of the guitar, so the pickup gets more lower end and and a extended higher end, it gives ...
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Which electric piano tone on keyboard can have good accent and can be played loud at the same time?

I have to play a song which has electric piano tone which has a good distinct accent sound and can also be played at different dynamics. The problem is that you've to hit the key hard to make it ...
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Generated sine wave in Python comes out buzzy or 'square-ey' [closed]

For anyone who finds this in the future, I've opened up this thread on stackoverflow, which will hopefully be more informative: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/66129025/generated-sine-wave-sounds-...
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How many violins should play alongside a single flute?

I'm 17 years old and I play the violin for my local church. A lot of people expect the violin to be loud, by loud they expect the sound to carry out to distant places without the aid of an amplifier. ...
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Artificially Extended Drum Duration?

I am watching a beginner's guide to music production using Cakewalk on Youtube. An interesting fact it points out is that adjusting a drum's note duration in the piano roll view has no effect, ...
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To what extent can humans perceive musical notes when they “blend” together? Do composers intentionally blend notes together?

I have a fidget-spinner. When it is still, it looks like this: When it is moving, it looks like this Physically, the prongs are always there. The issue is how my brain processes it. There is a ...
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Accordion bass volume too loud

I am playing a piano accordion. Seems the bass is very/too loud than the treble even I only pressed the basses quickly and lightly. I googled and saw someone said that Open the box and put a tape ...
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It it possible to find the equation of any melody, in principle? [closed]

I was wondering, is it possible to work out the equation of a melody from looking at the soundwave (although I don't know how one could obtain it from the recording)? How hard would this be? What ...
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At what nps a note could be considered as just continuous hum?

I am just curious to know the limit of our ear to distinguish time between two notes played. For example: A person playing quarter note at 60 bpm(4/4) is easily distinguishable because the delay ...
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My guitar has no sound when the gain knob is turned off. Do all amps need need a little gain to be able to output sound?

So I just got my guitar, for the amp I am using the Yamaha THR10II. It doesn't produce any sound when the gain is all the way off. What I'm doing now is turning it up just a little so the amp is able ...
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Hammond sound from a Technics GX5

What Organ Preset settings might emulate the Hammond sound on a Technics GX5
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Horse hooves sound in the song background

I would like to know how the Horse hooves sound is recorded and played in the above songs URL? What are the sound recording & playback techniques to achieve this? Is it possible to extract only ...
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My electronic snare sounds so hollow, I can hear it over the music. How can I fix this?

I recently bought a Millenium MPS-850. Sounds reasonable, but especially the snare drum sounds so hollow, you could mistake it for an actual percussion instrument. It's so loud, that I can hear it ...
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Would Wrapping Rockwool in Plastic Ruin its Sound Absorption?

I bought enough 3-inch-thick Rockwool to sufficiently treat my studio's walls, but building (ideally) 11 wood frames does not sound fun. If I were to wrap each piece in a thin but sealed plastic (to ...
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What is most correct and natural attack curve shape?

Can not find any scientific or credible source which would discuss the subject. Number of similar images on the Internet showing different shapes without any properties. Examples: (source) (source) ...
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Fiberglass vs Rockwool: What are their pros / cons in making acoustic panels?

I'm trying to decide which material to use for DIY acoustic panels. Rockwool and Fiberglass have comparable sound absorption except for ~125 Hz where Rockwool performs much better. But I can buy 3x as ...
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How to connect wireless mic (TRS output) to mixer (1/4 inch input)?

I'm having trouble connecting my wireless microphone (lavalier set) to an audio mixer. My wireless microphone is Saramonic Blink 500, which has TRS output on its receiver, and my audio mixer is ...
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Fender amp knobs not responding

I have a Fender Champion 100 amp that plays when my guitar is plugged in, but if I try to change the volume, gain, or really any of the knobs the sound is not affected. It’s acting like it’s working ...
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Can you change some composition I wrote to whatever music you want just by changing the timbre of the instruments?

Here is my problem: suppose I am a composer you have contracted to create any sheet music I dream of with the unique condition it is not pure silence and that I don't stipulate the instrument section (...
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How do I add sounds to my Yamaha psrew300?

I watched a YouTube video of someone using a sound effect as a piano on there keyboard. I was wondering how to add sounds to my keyboard. Also can you do it with a mobile device?
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Is a frequency modulated (in an FM synth) signal perceived by our ears in the same way as two signals played at the same time?

Setup 1: oscillator with the carrier frequency and a oscillator modulating the carrier frequency. Setup 2: two independent oscillators, one set to the carrier frequency and one with the modulation ...
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Simple ratios create harmonious frequencies?

I’m trying to wrap my head around consonance and dissonance in terms of the harmonic series. From what I understand, the value of having simple ratios is not because they are ‘simple’, but because the ...
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Avoid disturbing neighbors/roommates … is a pillow fort effective? [duplicate]

Does anyone have a good idea on how to reduce the noise I am producing when speaking in my room, so to avoid disturbing my neighbors me. (Without I have to speak lower than usual; i.e. whisper). I ...
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How loud are you allowed to play a Trumpet (learning at home)? [closed]

I want to learn to play the Trumpet, but wondering how loud it may be at home ? I'm living in a flat (neighbours up and down)
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MY GUITAR AMP STOPS PRODUCING SOUND

whenever i strum my guitar the amp stops producing sound for a couple of seconds and then the sound returns again. Anyone has the same problem / knows what i can do? thanks in advance. (amp = line6 ...
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Violin wheezing sound

So recently I've started playing the violin, but so far I'm not successful at all. Every time I try to get a sound out of it, all I hear is a high wheezing sound, like someone is trying to catch its ...
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Violin string G not playing smoothly

Whenever I play my violin (beginner) I always find that the G string doesn’t play well and is very choppy and dull while the other strings are fine. I have tuned it multiple times to try and get it to ...
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Doubt about Harp Sound

I have some doubts about the acoustics of the harp? What is the resonant oscillator and sound effuser on a harp? For example, on a trumpet, the resonant oscillator is the body of the instrument ...
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why my asio4all is not working?

I've been working on a project for while but today when I opened it I found out there's no sound coming out of the Fl Studio and also there's a exclamation point on asio4all icon on the taskbar. I ...
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How to silence the piano

My acoustic piano at home is very loud. In addition, when I use the pedal, which is most of the times, I find it a bit harder to control the volume of the keys. I know how to play quietly, but what ...
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How do I automate the timing of a sound effect to a list of exact times?

I have an effect I have to make where two sounds alternate, starting with large pauses between them, and then get faster and faster until they alternate on a sample-basis. I am using the roots of sin(...
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How do acoustic DIs soften the harsh sound of transducer (piezo) pickups?

When you compare the raw output of an acoustic guitar recorded by a mic and by transducers mounted under the bridge, you will notice that the the transducer output sounds much harsher/crisper/uglier ...
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How did musicians know what were the notes frequencies if they had no measuring tools? [duplicate]

Today we have devices that with the aid of a microphone can detect the frequency of a note. We can therefore calibrate all instruments and voices to a same pattern. But, how did people know how the ...
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Compensating the loss of sound in instrumental version of song

Vocals often are, aside from transferring a message or telling a story, a vital part of the sound of a song even when not understood because of language issues. In instrumental versions of a song this ...
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Guitar External sound card with multiple audio devices

I want to use my PC as an amp simulator. Im currently using guitar rig 5 with asio4all plugging my guitar trough line in. It works fine but i want to listen to youtube simultaneously but it doesnt ...
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Do accidental notes have their own name?

So if I understand correctly in western tonal music we chose 12 lucky notes that we decided use tremendously more than the others, among which we have gloriously named 7 even luckier notes as follow : ...
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Physics of Guitar frets and sound

I understand how Guitar works. Pitch/Frequency of sound produced depends on length of vibrating string. So we have different frets to product different notes. Fine. However I am curious to understand ...
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How to get clean sound when playing guitar

I have been practicing guitar (classic, electric) for years. But I cannot get a clean sound when playing melodies or chords. Often notes do not sound at all. To get a clean sound I have to press so ...
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At what rate does the volume (velocity) of a note decay?

Forgive me if this is more a physics question than a music question! My question is: When a note is struck on a piano and held down (or a tuning fork is struck, or any instrument where there is just a ...
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Why Is My Music Waveforms Exported From LMMS So High?

The height of music waveforms exported from LMMS are very high and I'm afraid it might lead to clipping or unbalanced volume when accompanied with video. The track in LMMS which is a 1-min loop was ...
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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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Will shure 520DX green bullet harmonica mic work with the guitar pedal effect?

I plan to buy shure 520DX mic to plug it with my guitar pedal Behringer SF300 superfuzz. I know that if I was to plug my shure sm57 then the signal would be too weak, but since it's a green bullet mic ...
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How to make “plastic” sounding distorted guitar sound

I usually don't go for that kind of sound because I usually want my distortion to sound balanced and even (like cutting highs a lot and cutting boxy low end) but I'm interested in how can you achieve ...
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Is there a way to make a square wave sound more like an instument in a simple circuit? [closed]

Basically I've built a simple circuit that outputs a square wave of different frequencies (i.e. a DIY tone generator), but it obviously sounds very robotic. Are there any small, simple devices that ...
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Are there any simple ways to improve the sound quality of songs I made in MuseScore?

I have composed several tracks using MuseScore. I exported these as MIDIs and played them on my phone to my friend. His comment was: "It sounds like the music from an old computer game like Super ...

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