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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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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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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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Confusion about overtones and a slow-motion video of a plucked string

Until now, I thought I understood the basic idea behind a "timbre" of a sound: The specific combination of overtones. For example, this waveshape illustrates a combination of the first ...
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Sliding whistle making weird noise

I recently bought a sliding whistle. Can't lie, it wasn't the most expensive, but it definitely was a not suspicious price. I tried using it, but the sound was very off. The best I can describe it is ...
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Why does my amp sound better when I am not standing directly in front of it?

I recently got a JCM800 2203x amplifier and the thing is killer. I'm one of the lucky people who has a practice space where they can crank it to 10 and hear that beautiful power tube distortion! The ...
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Guitar Tone/Sound help

I am new the guitar scene and I love it but I don't know how to change my sound and I have a very specific sound I want. If you could help me I would like to know settings, pedals, strings and guitars ...
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New Jackson Rhoads RRXMG control knob confusion

I just bought a New Jackson Rhoads RRXMG with EMG 85 Neck and EMG 81 Bridge pickups. I am having trouble with the control knobs. In theory I should have one master volume, one neck p/u tone and one ...
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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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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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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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Are percussion instruments the only instrument type capable of making an unpitched (indefinite) sound? [Electronic instruments excluded]

I just want to confirm, wind instruments and stringed instruments are completely incapable of creating an unpitched sound correct?
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How necessary is a USB Audio Interface?

I'm currently recording songs on my computer and the quality of my microphone is awful and the microphone is very quiet. That doesn't surprise me, because it's a 20$ karaoke microphone... I got into a ...
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Why do I feel like I sound really bad when I'm playing Guitar?

I'm going to try and articulate what I feel about myself when I play guitar, whether it be in front of people or by myself. I'm not sure if its a common thing for musicians to feel or if its just me. ...
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How effective are acoustic panels to deaden a room?

I need to deaden an echoing drum practice room and am considering acoustic panels, probably DIY ones 3.5" deep filled with rock wool. I'm look at these vs. heavy blankets for aesthetic reasons. I'd ...
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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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Ableton Live - gradually curve an Audio Effect knob every time a note plays

Novice question. Automation can gradually activate an Audio Effect over the course of a track. But is there a feature that can initiate an Effect knob curve on each note the instrument plays? For ...
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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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What is the reason a given note can have different "sounds"

People, instruments, objects, etc. all are capable of producing "sounds" that sound different (not sure the proper term for this) but can produce the same note. Given that sound can be ...
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How is it possible to filter either high or low frequencies of a single sine wave?

I started learning music production. I created (or generated) a sine wave with the oscillator in FL Studio, but did not add any more sine waves into it (by turning the volume off for the two other ...
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What is this type of piano sound and playing style? [closed]

I can't find out what is the name of this type of piano playing, it sounds really great and seems popular. Thanks, and I appreciate it!
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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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Sounds used by music instructors to induce pauses in people playing or singing

I would like to know whether it is common for music teacher instructors, and, perhaps, also with musical orchestra directors, but perhaps not, to introduce special sounds, in special ways, by means of ...
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Why do PA speakers driven with more power deliver clearer and better sound?

I have notices with my own equipment as well as making note of other musician's equipment that there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of power (in watts) driving a PA speaker, and ...
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Is there any software process to decrease volume contrast?

Contrasting dynamics are important in music, but it is not always good to have too much contrast when, for example, you are listening to music and reading a book at the same time. Is there a process, ...
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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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What does the actual difference in sound between different brands of electric guitars come from?

I own 2 different electric guitars (a Fender stratocaster and a Gibson SG) and this question came to mind. How do the actual differences in sound differ between the two? And by which components this ...
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Can someone help me find this audio? [closed]

I found this really cool song but I’m unable to find it anywhere and Shazam is giving me the wrong result. I was hoping someone may recognize it. This is the link to the video since it’s on Instagram: ...
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Is this type of sound wave possible (Picture)

I apologize in advance if this is off topic for your stack. I saw this picture of a sound wave on a website. I have never seen a design like this for a sound wave. I am under the impression that this ...
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Are sharp keys "bright" and flat keys "dark"?

I was reading this book and on the "Circle of Fifths" chapter, it claims that keys with sharp key signatures (C, G, D, ...) are "often thought by musicians" to be "bright"...
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Why do two identical notes never cancel each other out?

If we consider a note as a sine function with a certain frequency (ignoring timbre), if you start playing another sine function, even with the same frequency but starting at a different offset, ...
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How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?

I'm working on differential equations homework right now, and I just came across a solution to a problem that has the form: I graphed the function with my computer and it has an interesting waveform ...
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Would mixing 80/20 Bronze with Phosphor Bronze guitar strings be a good way to alter the tonal balance of a particular acoustic guitar?

It’s generally agreed that different woods used in the body of an acoustic guitar will accentuate different tones and emphasize different parts of the tonal spectrum. Some woods will emphasize the ...
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What is the purpose of phase invert?

Can anyone explain why when I record are jam sessions that after a certain amount of time the recording starts sounding like there is effects being added and the guitar starts to sound like it's off ...
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How to import sf2 file to keyboard? [closed]

How to do so?? I have searched, but couldn't find any relevant information
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How does Sitar produce sound while it doesn't have any sound holes?

I always thought that stringed instruments have hole(s) called soundholes so that the produced sounds can be heard. But the sitar as a stringed instrument doesn't have any soundholes. So how is the ...
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Does a trigger trombone sound the same as a traditional trombone?

I own a student trombone, and I am looking to purchase a professional one with a trigger. Does a trigger trombone produce the same sound as a non-triggered trombone of the same manufacturer?
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How do unpitched instruments work on a technical aspect? [duplicate]

I dont know a lot about how sound waves work, so this question might sound stupid, but as far as I know the frequency determines the pitch and the amplitude determines the volume. What confuses me is ...
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Using Synthesis to Create Original Sounds

Many videos I've watched on synthesis aim at emulating physical instrument sounds (or sometimes physical sound effects), with the pursuit of realism as a guiding principle. At first, this struck me ...
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How to do a vibrato with a piano? [duplicate]

I didn't find any tutorial on how to do a vibrato with an acoustic piano. So: How to achieve a vibrato with a piano ?
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how to generate wave functions of different instruments? [closed]

Sadly i don't have a harmonica or acoustic guitar i could easily access. But i was playing around with a sinusoidal wave function and managed to build a really basic oscillator using software. I'm ...
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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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Do I need an audio interface or is this good enough? [closed]

Honestly, I don't hear the difference. One of them is recorded with Behringer UMC22 and the other one is recorded with the Asus Z370-H motherboard's onboard sound card. I have a powerful PC, I can ...
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Equivalence of intervals with octaves between them

Say we play C4 and G4 on the piano at the same time, stop the notes, then play D4 and A4 simultaneously, then the quality of this sound is the same as the quality of the first. To understand why that ...
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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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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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