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Guitar strings feel electrified

STOP PLAYING You should not feel any electricity when playing guitar. There could be many reasons, including electrical equipment malfunction or incorrect electric installation in your room. There ...
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

Are there any All-Pass filter plugins(AU, VST, AAX)? The standard EQ plugin of Reaper (ReaEQ, you can also get this as a separate VST plugin) has different modes for the filters (a parametric EQ is ...
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Are musical floppy drives tone wheel instruments?

They are not. Tonewheel instruments have metal disks in them that are cut in a pattern and then a pickup (a coil of wire around a magnet) that is near each wheel. When the wheel spins, the pickup has ...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

This could be a lethal problem. It's just not safe to continue. Firstly, check the socket you usually use. Socket testers are very cheap, and worth having. When I was gigging several times a week, the ...
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How to choose drum pitches?

Drums have pitches, but by the time they are in the track, then unless it is for very specific purposes, to complement a melodic line etc, then those actual pitches should not be truly apparent to the ...
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Are musical floppy drives tone wheel instruments?

I’m going to say that the best fit for this would be 515: Transducers. The closest comparison I can think of is to a loudspeaker. You are sending an electrical signal to a device that converts it to ...
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Can I write a program to calculate the BPM of my mp3s?

Sure you can. It would require some knowledge in audio programming and analysis. However, I would advise to not reinvent the wheel and use existing tools, such as BPM Counter (free). I'm not sure if ...
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

The obvious answer is yes, you can! The question is if you really want it, because it will be easier to achieve an appropriate metal sound with humbucking pick-ups. Today's amps or (modeling) effects ...
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Can I plug a 2.5A 250V~ cable to a synth that is 100 - 240v?

The 2.5A and 250V on the cable is just the highest current (Ampere) and voltage (Volts) that it's safe to use at. Provided that your mains supply is in the range 100V to 240V then that's no problem. ...
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How do I find a guitar pedal that shuts off output below a set volume?

What you're looking for is called a noise gate. There are a ton of options.
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Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?

It is true that a tube amp should not be operated without a load, i.e. without speakers (or a dummy load) connected. Solid state amps don't have that problem. The reason is that (almost) all tube amps ...
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What is the nature of the signal between an electric guitar and an amplifier?

The signal between an electric guitar and a guitar amp is called a signal voltage. The voltage in the line oscillates in a manner analogous to the strings' vibrations, summed. The level of the voltage ...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

Do not touch a microphone/stand or any grounded equipment or go anywhere wet - you may die. Incidentally I had a similar sensation with my last mobile phone (a Huwawei). When it was plugged into the ...
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How does phantom power work?

Stage monitors generally come in two varieties- powered and unpowered. The first need AC power (220v in U.K.) to run, just as an ordinary guitar amp., p.a. etc. would.The other is passive, in that it ...
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What does the modulation effect actually do?

Modulation is not an effect. Modulation is the process of varying one or more properties of something, in this case the sound of a guitar. Effects are achieved through modulation (variation, change) ...
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Electric Guitar Jack: How To Get A Nice Fit

They vary quite a lot. The basic ones - but still usually good - are just a sort of springy steel that clips onto the neck of the jack plug. In itself, that part can be bent so that the clip action is ...
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How to create silence in MP3

This question may not be on topic here, but in Audacity if you create a new (empty) project and then go to Generate > Silence... you can generate whatever length of silence you want in units of ...
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

I am going to answer only your first two questions (or at least, I will try). An audio signal can be seen as a sum of sinusoids. These sinusoids each have an amplitude and a phase. The amplitude is ...
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Why aren't computer-generated instrumentals THE thing?

"Why" questions don't work very well on SE, because the answer is often 'no-one knows', however… In this case, there is little commercial drive for it. A musician wouldn't want it because ...
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Why aren't computer-generated instrumentals THE thing?

A few points: The charm of music or any art lies in the artists expressing something from their inner cognitive universe through their instruments, in an aesthetically attractive way. Playing a ...
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Reason for ground hum coming from jack port and plug

Most guitar jack sockets are made of 30 cents' worth of bent tin. If you want to try diagnose/fix it then your simplest running order is Spray it with contact cleaner. Loosen the socket a bit & ...
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How to choose drum pitches?

If you are making music as an artist, you may pitch the drums however you feel compliments the rest of the sound. Don't be afraid to pitch them down or up even a whole octave to get some weird effects....
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

The only real problem you may have with playing high-gain stuff on single coils is if the pickups are picking up hum, a high-gain signal chain that introduces a lot of clipping (distortion) is going ...
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What's XLR output impedance?

The confusion comes from the fact that “line level” is a sort of signal standard and “XLR” a type of connector or cable that uses such connectors. So there is no “XLR” type of signal. XLR cables can ...
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Can I plug a 2.5A 250V~ cable to a synth that is 100 - 240v?

A simple cable with just wires and no electronics inside, as the one your photo shows, will simply forward any voltage. It won't change it. The label on the cable specifies the maximum voltage it ...
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Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?

Bob. I changed the switching on my Tele a couple of years ago, using a propriety 4 way switch. This gives the original switching, plus the pups out of phase. It was a bit of a fiddly job, with an ...
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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

If it's anything like the archetypal polyphonic analog synthesizer (the Prophet 5), it has six analog voices (probably consisting of two oscillators, a low pass filter, and a couple envelopes each, ...
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What makes different tube amp heads different?

We can divide any complete all-tube guitar amp system into three major sections, each of which has important effects on the final sound: The preamp, the power amp, and the speaker cabinet. All tube ...
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Why does my guitar pedal "pop" when I click it?

True bypass pedals often pop when switched at first because of a buildup of static electricity that is discharged when the pedal is engaged. Usually turning the pedal on and off a few times with the ...
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Electric guitar: why such heavy pots?

The main reason is that guitar technology is permanently stuck in the 1950s, when smaller potentiometers just weren't available. (I'm sure they did exist, but only in specialised military applications ...
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