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Will playing without mistakes at all become easy for me in the future?

Consider the wise words of Ira Glass: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is ...
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Will playing without mistakes at all become easy for me in the future?

If your aim is to record smooth performances without having to do too many takes, the simple answer to that is to perform pieces that are comfortably within your capabilities, rather than pieces where ...
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Why do guitarists put tape on their amplifiers?

If you look closely at the picture, you'll notice that pieces of tape are placed in very specific positions: one in the middle of speaker cone and the second one on the edge of speaker cone. ...
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Programming in early 80s synth music

'In general' is pretty hard to nail down. There is so much to say about this era I could write a book - perhaps I should ;-) Late edit - Let me add a quick TL:DR Hardware sequencers were such a pain ...
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Why do people, not devices, play music?

It's kinda problematic. Devices already play music. The player piano was already automatically playing music on rolls before 1910. There are pieces with musical notation written for player piano--what ...
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Every time I press 'record' I forget how to play and sing!

Well, ok, I see what you're saying. Keep that record button down all the time then. If that makes you suck all the time, then so be it. Suck and slowly improve. If your music is only being ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

So, I work in live production, specifically in audio. With very, very few exceptions the mics themselves and the mic cables have no immediate redundancy other than someone being ready to deal with a ...
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Is CD audio quality good enough for the final delivery of music?

Tentatively: Yes. As medium for final delivery, I've not yet seen any strong evidence that a well-designed 16-bit, 44,100 Hz system can be significantly improved on as a vehicle for listening to the ...
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Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D: Why do some recordings seem to be in C sharp?

Tuning forks, invented in 1711, standardised tuning. (A student of mine used to call them pitchforks...) Trouble was, there was no standardised pitch for the note,that came much later. So various ...
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Why do people, not devices, play music?

As you probably know, there are many non-human devices that play music. Dekkadeci has mentioned some historical examples; today, a typical workflow is to feed MIDI (or MIDI-like) data to a computer or ...
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How to preserve audio from old tapes: baking tapes to transfer to digital?

Sticky-shed The great 80s tape debacle - which I'm determined these days should be called ShedShed;) - affected a few tape types from the period. The first to be spotted & which spawned the ...
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Is CD audio quality good enough for the final delivery of music?

The short answer: 16-bit 44.1 KHz PCM encoding, when properly sampled and played back, is close enough to perfect reproduction for human hearing in virtually all situations that it's unequivocally "...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

What I've found is that the acoustic piano is the most expressive when played softly. We all like loud, but anything can be loud and the ear will tune loud OUT after a while. But it pays attention ...
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Will playing without mistakes at all become easy for me in the future?

Practice it at a speed where you CAN play perfectly. If you can't play a section correctly however slowly you go, sort out why. Your fingers are moving to the wrong place. Move them to the RIGHT ...
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How to make a sound appear to be more distant?

It depends on what kind of environment you want to reproduce, but there are two main factors that lead the brain to think a sound is coming from farther away: As sound travels through the air, it ...
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What is the definition of Mid-side stereo as compared with X-Y stereo?

Both XY and Mid-Side recording use two mono signals to create a stereo image, but they do this is totally different ways. XY is probably the more common method. It requires two matching microphones. ...
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Why was Le Concert Spirituel playing out of tune at Proms 2012?

You are right, it is because they are using very old horns known as natural horns which had no valves or holes. They had known limitations and were quite difficult to play. You can see and hear a ...
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Will playing without mistakes at all become easy for me in the future?

I think this is more a matter of perception/gratification. Before the days of YouTube & instant vanity publishing, it would take people years of practise before anyone other than family & ...
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How can I get the vocals to stand out better in the mix when recording?

Well this is a big question, so let me start with a big answer: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Secrets-Small-Studio-Senior/dp/0240815807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426508544&sr=1-1&...
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What is the difference between high impedance and low impedance microphones?

The simplest difference to grasp is 'intended use'. In one sentence, professional vs consumer. High impedance mics are cheap & cheerful, designed to plug straight into computer headset sockets. ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

If you are playing an organ sound, you might want a keyboard that can feel and respond like an organ, rather than a piano It's possible to make a very shallow non-weighted action, which is helpful ...
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Spectrum analyzer on electric guitar

You might be actually playing A 110, two octaves below A 440. The open A string on a standard tuned guitar is actually two octaves below the A that is normally tuned to 440. To play the A that should ...
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Why is Hendrix's tuning at Woodstock in between Eb and E?

Back in the 60s, unless there was an instrument that couldn't easily be re-tuned, i.e. piano, organ, etc, featuring in the set, all guitars were tuned to each other, probably using the first one that ...
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Is CD audio quality good enough for the final delivery of music?

There are two separate issues here - resolution and frequency. And we also need to separate out recording and playback. 16-bit resolution is plenty good enough for playback. However when recording ...
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How fragile or durable are condenser microphones?

No piece of electronic equipment appreciates being dropped. Stage-ready dynamics are tougher than most, studio condensers are not. Treat a large diaphragm condenser like you'd treat a high-end DSLR ...
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

There are several youtube videos showing live setups for large bands, and you'll see that there is a LOT of redundancy in there. Thinking of Billy Joel's keyboard player David Rosenthal - he has two ...
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Can you record several individual string instruments and put them together to sound like a real orchestra?

This is a great idea and as long as you record to some type of reference like a click and make sure everyone records their individual tracks at the same sample and bit rate you can mix all the ...

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