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Questions tagged [tone]

The characteristic quality of sound produced by an instrument or performer.

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How can you distinguish instruments by their timbre characteristics?

What I am trying to achieve is to distinguish instruments by their timbre. What I have read so far made me think that different instruments have different number of overtones. Is it possible to ...
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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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How to make a more “mature” trombone sound?

I'm in my 8th year playing the trombone, and will be entering my first year in University at the beginning of next year. I started recording myself playing recently, and one of the first things that I ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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How does one project well when singing in the low range of their voice?

When I sing low in my range (notes around G2-A1), I often get a really resonant, airy sound that is quiet enough that it cannot be heard when singing in a group setting. How can I make these notes ...
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Harmonic implications of an instrument's timbre

Is there a study of harmonic implications of an instrument's timbre in western music theory? For example: If i use an instrument with a "rich" timbre, with lots of overtones, then isn't the sound ...
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What's the difference between timbres built from sine and square waveforms?

Once again I've come across some ambiguous concepts,which I'm not sure if I've got their meanings right. It says that a sine wave has a pale timbre whereas,for example,timbres built from a square ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Electric guitar problem, bad resonance?

I've been facing this problem for quite some time now: some notes sounding bad with an overdriven amp. It's a 19 years old solid body Kaman GTX-33 (the maker of the Ovation acoustic guitar), made in ...
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Can the timbre of a marimba be changed?

I was wondering can the timbre of a marimba be changed? Maybe by changing the length of the resonators? Thanks for all of your help.
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How can a novice singer develop their tone?

Let's say someone can sing in tune and doesn't have any bad sounds to their voice - but their tone is simply not that nice/interesting. How can they work on their tone to develop it... what actually ...
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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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After just one night of putting on new strings on my electric guitar, they sound dull

I've replaced the strings on my old electric guitar for the first time in, I think, 5 or 6 years. In that time, I haven't played my guitar at all. Now, when I put on new strings yesterday, the sound ...
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Are all pure tones that are separated by intervals of greater than a minor third equally consonant?

In this Quora answer Why do certain musical notes sound good together? the answerer claims it is important to distinguish between pure tones, that is, simple sine waves, and real tones, such as ...
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Are some instruments more tonal than others? How do you measure tonality?

If I consider the range of musical instruments, one thing that seems to vary is tonality. For instance, a snare drum clearly doesn't produce a tonal sound whereas a piano does. How does one measure ...
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Which way do I tilt the bow hair?

I've been playing the viola for quite a few years. Recently I got a 16.5" viola and noticed that it was harder not to get a scratchy tone, especially on the A string. I noticed that tilting the bow ...
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Bass trombone articulations and tone quality worse after switching from tenor

I switched from tenor trombone to bass about a year ago, and ever since then my tone (especially in notes above middle C) has not been very good. Additionally, playing fast articulations, such as ...
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Is there a general explanation for why my timbre varies when I choose to sing at different ranges?

I'm a woman who has generally fit more into the alto range, and I haven't sung formally for more than five years. For the past few years, I've noticed that I've generally found it more comfortable to ...
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How does a piece of wood that blocks the trem system contribute or hamper tuning stability and tone?

It is fairly well known that Eric Clapton used a piece of of wood to block his trem system. However, when I tried researching the why I only found what seemed to be a bunch of unsubstantiated claims (...
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How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp? An example of the kind of sound I'm looking for ...
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I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?

I'm amusical - I cannot discriminate between higher and lower pitch even when there is a large difference between them. I want my child to develop musical abilities. I know that an out-of-tune piano ...
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Clean Amp + Distortion pedal vs Distortion from amp?

How does it compare using a distorting amp - say an Orange AD30 or similar - to a clean amp with separate distortion/overdrive/etc effects? I generally prefer an amp with a little "bite" to it but ...
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Billy Corgan's Sound, on Siamese Dream

Does anyone have an idea how Billy Corgan achieved the "Wall Of Sound", saturated guitar tone on Siamese Dream? I am more of a guitar owner than a guitar player. I have some guesses about it. But I'...
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How to get better sound through multi-effects processors

I wondering if sound quality is meant to reduce through multiple multieffects processors. I have a Boss GT10 as well as a Boss RC300 loop pedal running through some decent little 25 to 30 W bedroom ...
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Electronic device that introduces harmonic overtones

I play electric guitar but love the sound of violin. I have read articles where violins have been placed under spectral analysis and show rich overtones of harmonics. Is there any device I can use to ...
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Improving tone quality of old bass trombone

I'm playing on a very old Yamaha YBL bass trombone. Back when I played tenor I had very good tone quality, but now in the notes above the staff I'm getting a very sharp tone. Is there anything I can ...
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what kind of equalization is done for different music genres for your guitar tone?

I have articles which say that if you are into classic rock and metal then you should have more of MIDS etc can some one please provide information that for different kind of genres what kind of EQ is ...
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Acoustic guitar live set ups

With an acoustic guitar, is it appropriate (i.e is the sound quality retained) to run the guitar through a high end electric guitar amp? I'm considering buying an Orange Crush 120C amplifier for my ...
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Unable to sing, but not tone deaf

I have always assumed I am tone deaf because I have no memory for music. Although I can harmonize, or sing a long with a song or others, I cannot reproduce it if I am not hearing it currently or ...
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Why do certain rooms/vessels respond to specific frequencies?

Since I was a kid I was always wondering why is it that when I sing in a small room (i.e. bathroom!), whenever I touch a certain frequency, the whole room vibrates sympathetically. What are the ...
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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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Transposing the human voice

I've been playing around with the pitch changer in Audacity. I noticed that when I change the key on instrumental music, while it may sound off, the timbre is mostly the same. In fact, it only sounds ...
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Is bassy vocal tone okay for rock and metal singing?

After extensive practice and using my diaphragm I've found my full voice tone being pretty bassy. (Even when singing high, the tone is still pretty bassy.) So, is this kind of a voice used in rock/...
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How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?

How do I get Zacky Vengeance's sound on my SG Special electric guitar? The sound I would like to get is from Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King".
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How do different strings (of the same gauge) affect the tone?

Something I've been wondering quite long, but never had the time to really try it out myself: Let's say I buy two sets of strings, both with the same gauge, a cheap one and an expensive one. What are ...
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B flat minor - the key of death … seriously?

My music teacher always rambles on about B flat minor, endlessly repeating how it is the key of death and is therefore used in movies for death scenes. Alright, I understand that it is minor, no ...
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How does the violin strings' gauge affect the instrument's functionality

There are several gauges in violin string, heavy, medium, thin etc. I know the heavier the strings the louder the tone, but Does it affect the richness (complexity of overtones etc.) of the tone? ...
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How do you play loud notes on the piano without slapping the keys?

How do you play loud notes on the piano without generating a harsh, slapping, or percussive sound? I read about pressing down from the surface of the keys rather than from above. And my piano teacher ...
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Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem

I just finally got a decent audio interface (M-Audio MTrack) and now I'm trying to figure out how to make nice sounds with the virtual amps in Logic, and Amplitube LE. I figure now I have creative ...
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A case of tone deafness or not enough practice?

I always wanted to play an instrument but ever since I was a kid I was told by my parents I was tone deaf, mostly because I have a terrible singing voice. Now what I have read is that when your tone ...
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How does one isolate a specific tone from an audio file?

What im trying to do is if for example if i have an audio file where a person says "Today", i could isolate a sound like the "o" sound and extend it as a tone for any length of time. So for "goal" it ...
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Instrument Register tone and quality chart

I have been looking for some time now, for a chart of all the different register tone qualities of all the instruments played in an orchestra. If you have a hard time understanding what I mean by that,...
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What does it mean to be tone-deaf musically and how does one improve?

I had a vocal session over the weekend and I couldn't get the sound right on the song I was supposed to present, it was "Nothing like Heaven" by Men of Standard. My instructor said I needed to ...
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How to modify Trace-Elliot Velocette amp to make it more suitable for use with bass?

I have a Trace-Elliot Velocette that I'm very satisfied with. This amp works very good also for recording bass, but the low notes will be much less sturdy when recording through this amp than if I ...
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Effect of nickel cover on Telecaster bridge pickup?

Traditionally telecaster guitars have the neck pick-up covered in a nickel/chrome cover, and the bridge pickup left with exposed pole pieces. What is the origin/logic of the nickel cover? What ...
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Andy Timmons Dimarzio AT1 pickup sound

Well, the story goes like this : I have a custom made Tom Anderson guitar which has a fender style body (alder wood). The guitar comes with VAx pickups which sound great but the pickup near the bridge ...
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How to make Electric guitar sound like a saxophone

I'm not talking about midi or synthesizers. I have a Digitech Rp 500 processor. I want to know what settings I must do to make my guitar sound (atleast in a rough way) like a sax.
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What are some good tips for vibrato on a bassoon?

I understand it requires control of the diaphragm and air pressure, but how does one modulate it and are there any good exercises for training vibrato on a bassoon?
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Math formulae for organs?

I already know that an organ can be synthesized by using sine waves at specific frequencies. But if you generate sine waves like that, the timbre of the note is very very plain (it sounds just like a ...
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Is there anything quantitative/qualitative about tone?

Warm, mellow, bright, loose, tight, fat, bright, rich, muddy, crunchy, bite, edge, smooth, full, rigid, dark, crisp, attack... I'm lead to believe that these types of descriptors are subjective, but ...