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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 a periodic current induced in it by the pattern cut in the wheel. The electric current induced in the pickup is normally muted but is unmuted when the ...


15

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 end-listener. Let the listener just get the 'vibe' of what you intend. They shouldn't really be hearing a 'tune' from the drum pitches, only the apparent ...


14

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 mechanical motion and the sound comes from the resulting vibration. It doesn’t seem to quite fit any of the other categories in the “5: Electrophones” section....


13

This image from guitar-mod.com should help: If you can visually flip it around in your head to match the pickguard picture, you can see that the rhythm pickup's volume and tone controls are thumbwheel-type roller pots.


13

Those are x-y MIDI controllers more commonly referred to as Kaoss Pads. If you are familiar with a modulation wheel on a MIDI keyboard, you know you can assign that wheel to control any number of aspects of the instrument, from pitch bend, to volume, to vibrato, an LFO, or perhaps a filter. The x-y pad gives you two of those on a plane, with which you can ...


13

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 it can write the BPM into the file name directly, but once it's saved in the id3 tag, it's much easier to access it with your own program and then rename the ...


12

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 provide you with insane amounts of gain, so gain is no problem, even with (lower output) single coil pickups. As explained in topo morto's answer, hum can be a ...


10

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 use an output transformer, which can produce high voltage peaks if its secondary (output) winding is not connected, because the energy from the primary (from ...


10

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 is dependent on lots of things including string material, how much energy is in the strings, and the electronics of the guitar. There is no specific standard, ...


8

I have read much about the Telecaster, but I still don't know what Leo Fender was thinking. I know that Seth Lover was thinking the same thing, as PAF humbuckers had covers too. It was only into the 70s when you started seeing pickups with their covers removed. Even Strat pickups are covered, albeit with plastic. In part, the nickel cover was to make the ...


8

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 is a speaker cab.As such, it will need an amp. externally to run it, as well as being connected, often by jack plug, to the sound out. Phantom power is DC, and ...


8

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 stronger, although if you go too far, the plug jams on that part of the mechanism. A problem I've found is that occasionally the neck on the plug is quite ...


7

For anything that can be powered directly (stomp boxes), do that. There are power strips that will lock down your transformer bricks, and also breakout boxes that will provide you directly with a number of DC terminals. Wireless mic battery packs should be replaced for each performance. Unless you're only performing for a small group of people and the space ...


7

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... Here are a few tricks I use on drums to experiment with the pitch: Pitch layering - Often times I will clone a drum or even a whole kit, then pitch adjust ...


7

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) of some property of the sound (like the phase, harmonics, frequency, amplitude, etc), but modulation itself is not an effect. This is very important to note to ...


7

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 to amplify that hum relative to the level of the actual notes played, potentially to the point where it could sound intrusive. Humbuckers, on the other hand, ...


6

My job involves helping my boss film academic talks and presentations. This involves ensuring that our cameras and wireless mics and whatnot do not die. Our rationale is that the potential cost of having batteries of an unknown age run out during a recording is greater than the cost of just replacing them every time we shoot. I personally tend to use the ...


6

The USB 2.0 standard does not allow for "low speed" or "full speed" devices to be polled more than 1,000 times/second; "high speed" devices may be polled up to 8,000 times/second, but require fancier electronics. A MIDI interface takes 320 microseconds (0.32 milliseconds) to send each byte of data; if multiple notes are pressed simultaneously, two bytes ...


6

No - you can't just use any footswitch with any amplifier. Some footswitches are really simple - a make or break connection, but others do different things - sometimes voltage drops, sometimes active circuitry, sometimes polarity changes. So while it may work, it may not, and in some circumstances you may be able to damage your amp (rare, but possible)


6

I have replaced a few of these, and all I use is a pair of long nose pliers with a piece of cloth over the jaws. It is very easy to avoid scuffing the tightening ring or the surface of the scratch plate. The tool itself is just not worth the money- it only does one thing, whereas a pair of pliers and a cloth can live in your guitar case as part of your ...


6

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 almost complete re-wire, but well worth it to have an extra sound. The new switch fits in place of the original, and looking at it, you wouldn't know. Obviously, ...


6

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 preamps almost always exclusively use dual-triode tubes that are either 12AX7 tubes or very similar (e.g., 12AT7). The main aspects of a preamp that affect the ...


6

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 which would probably have cost more than the entire guitar). In fact, for the most part, electric guitars would work much better if they included modern parts (...


5

Of course there are many categories of both solid state and circuits that can affect tone and response, not to mention the many variations in speakers and cabinets. But the main difference between tubes and the majority of solid state amplification is the non linear transfer curve of a tube, vs. the nearly straight line linearity of most solid state devices, ...


5

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 seconds, samples, frames and more. Then go to File > Export audio, and choose MP3.


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You can emulate various tonal characteristics, yes, but pickups have differences that aren't just tonal, so not able to be emulated with an EQ. These include phase differences, sustain and decay, interference, the differences between parallel and serial wiring etc. If you want to be able to emulate different guitars, so you don't need to carry many with ...


5

Read the start of the "Electrophones" section. Instruments that use materials generating acoustic sounds, mechanically-driven signal sources, electronically stored data or electronic circuitry to produce electrical signals that are passed to a loudspeaker to deliver sound. A floppy drive does not "produce electrical signals that are passed to a ...


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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 carry mic level or line level analog audio, digital audio (AES/EBU), and in rare cases, MIDI, lighting control signals, or other types of signal. So there is no ...


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older usb midi throughput would lag a little in SOME drivers due to usb sending "blocks" of data. Now adays, those problems are gone. In addition, some usb midi can cause audio interference (my Yamaha CP-33 suffers from this) so I have to use the midi port and a midi-usb interface to get around that. Very few usb midi setups suffer from this, though. ...


4

The simple answer is that you can't. The reason these are so cheap and simple is that there aren't a lot of configurable parts and sadly you are stuck with odd harmonics if you overdrive the LM 3886. As JimR said, you'll need to use a valve overdrive in your signal path if you do want that sound.


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