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Do bass traps actually reduce noise for neighbors?

There's a company called Real Traps whose main business is bass traps and acoustics. This is from their web site: Note that RealTraps products are intended to improve the sound inside a room. They ...
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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

'Gain' just means 'amount of amplification'. It can be applied at various stages in the signal chain between musical source and final playback. The topic we're talking about is called 'Gain staging'....
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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

In amplification jargon, all volume changes are described by the term "gain", where gain is the ratio of the input and output signals. In a lot of modern amplifier design, there are effectively 2 ...
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Drums in Apartment

Sites like this always get lots of questions about how to soundproof thin walls, and the answer is always that you can't do much. Soundproofing is achieved by having a lot of mass in the walls (and ...
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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

Electrical engineer here. Gain is the ratio of the output signal magnitude to the input signal magnitude of an amplifier. In idealized circuits, as you turn the gain up, you increase this ratio and ...
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Removing bad frequencies from electric guitar

If you have a problem with "hiss" in a sound, then it's rarely something that needs to be solved with a narrow frequency peak: you more than likely just need to cutoff highs above a certain point. ...
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Is anything that doesn't have a pitch considered noise?

I think when an instrument doesn't have a clear pitch, the musician's go-to word is 'unpitched', rather than 'noise'. Noise in a musical context often refers to something extraneous or unwanted - e.g. ...
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What is the difference between increasing volume and increasing gain?

It's as I said in the comment: Gain is referring to the input, volume to the output. Volume is how loud the OUTPUT of the channel or amp is. It controls loudness, not tone. Gain is how loud the ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

It is not the guitar It is the guitarist that plays the guitar Our body picks a lot of noise and if it is not grounded (by we hold the strings or any guitar metal piece that is grounded - our body ...
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

I play acoustic guitar primarily but I do use a great deal of sliding on strings to emulate bends that I would do on an electric guitar - and I like to keep the string noise toned down a bit. Most of ...
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Clicking sound when switching chords

I'm hesitant to add an answer, but I don't have enough rep to just comment. In any event, no, that doesn't seem "normal". :) Couldn't tell from the video because your fret hand was out if the frame ...
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Do bass traps actually reduce noise for neighbors?

Todd Wilcox is totally on-point here. The best method for eliminating sound leakage in a shared structure is the room-within-a-room method. I'm a musician and engineer with 15 year's experience, and I ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

Depending on whether it's creaks or thumps from the pedal itself or from the damper mechanism, you could try alternative mic positions. From the front, aim higher up the body, or mic it from the rear, ...
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Ways of reducing noise with single coil sound hole pickups

This is not always feasible in terms of performance, but the strength of the noise often depends on which way you are facing. If you turn left or right you might find a dip in the volume of the noise ...
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How can I reduce the echo/reverb in a large room if I can't add physical damping?

My method of dealing with problem rooms was to bring along a real time analyzer and test for the room resonant peaks and equalize the room with my graphic eq. The bass and lower mid-range tones are ...
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Playing acoustic guitar in a dormitory room

A sound hole cover will make a minimal difference. If you are really worried about it then what I would recommend is introduce yourself to your neighbors and let them know that if there is an issue ...
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Im having issue with my bass guitar

It sounds like FRET BUZZ. Cheap guitars and basses often have it. You can have the bass "set up" at a guitar shop, meaning they'll do their best to correct issues like this.
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

Aside from other pretty much reasonable recomendations to relocate or reorient the microphone, there is one thing you can try for a bumpy pedal: Insert something soft (rubber, few layers of fabric, ...
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String sticking to the fretting finger - how to avoid?

I have the same problem. I see this is a very old post, but thought I may contribute anyway. It may help someone. I have the problem not because of a lack of calluses. I have played for 40 years, and ...
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How to reduce tape hiss while recording a cassette tape with digital data as source

Magnetic tape was one of the first formats that allowed folks to easily record speech or music at home. Unfortunately one of the biggest problems with cassette tapes using the magnetic tape format ...
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

Flatwound strings It's an extreme option to be sure, but flatwound strings have drastically reduced scraping noises compared to roundwound. It's in their very design. Rather than a rippled profile ...
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Noise from signal chain

That's exactly what a noise gate is for: turning off everything when you are not playing. Remove the noise gate from your signal chain and then try going after the noise. Once you figure that your ...
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Noise after changing the guitar jack socket

From the description it sounds like the ground side of the guitar's circuit is no longer connected at the output jack. Possibly the issue simply is that the bridge ground wire has become disconnected, ...
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Recording an acoustic guitar with passive under-saddle pickup-system and having much noise

I don't know this instrument, but a passive transducer "suitable for any PA system" is hard to believe. An under the sadle pickup is most likely a piezo pickup (unless there's some technology ...
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How to reduce screeching "string noise" when playing the guitar

It's difficult to comment on your individual technique without seeing it, so the most important thing is that you practice, and play very close attention to your sound while doing so. Slow down your ...
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Puzzled by harmonic noise while releasing a chord on electric guitar

How can a harmonic sound come up when I am not even touching the fret? Because (as Tim says), that's exactly how a harmonic is played - by touching the string so that it can't move at that point but ...
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Muting string technique with right hand only

Use whatever you can - left hand fingers that are free, right hand free fingers, palm, as much as possible. Using left hand fingers can work quite well, with the exception that there's always the ...
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