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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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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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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Electronic drums in apartment

I'm a drummer and recently moved into an apartment with high ceilings and hardwood floors. I have a Roland TD-4. I've been researching for ways to be able to practice quietly without disturbing my ...
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Difference between one violin and an ensemble of violins

Can someone please explain to me the difference between the sound of one violin and the sound of an ensemble of violins? Take for example an ensemble of only violins playing a Concert C. Why is it ...
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Examples of acoustic instruments producing sounds very close to pure square, triangle or sawtooth waves

I've been able to find plenty of info about acoustic instruments that create sounds close to sine-waves, and I understand that sounds approximating square, triangle and sawtooth waves are produced by ...
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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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How Can I Replicate The Sound Of An Instrument?

I have experience of basic music theory, guitar and piano. My current project involves creating a computer program that can replicate the sounds of any given instrument (starting with piano). I can ...
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How does the Risset Rhythm work?

Many people know about the Shepard-Risset Tone/Glissando, which is a tone that starts low and seems to continue ascending(or descending) when you listen to it, even though it actually is playing the ...
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Sound-to-color synesthesia - a good and helpful thing?

In hearing about sound-to-color synesthesia, or rather Chromesthesia1, I have always been rather jealous, and wanted to experience this unexplainable phenomenon for myself. I have read up a little bit ...
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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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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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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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How do I get my flute to sound clean?

I'm a beginning flute player. When I play, I often- but not always- have a "shh" sound along with it. I noticed that it usually starts out pretty quiet when I start practicing, but after I play for ...
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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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What are my options to incorporate a sub-woofer into a PA system for live music performance?

My current PA system I use with my band (usually 2 guitars, a bass guitar and drummer - with 3 vocal mics) consists of a powered mixer (Mackie 808S) driving passive speakers with 12" low/mid drivers ...
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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 ...