Music: tempo, rhythm and meter. About pace, rhythm and meter
The tempo in music is the speed of metric counting units (the ratio of the number of events that happened to the time they took). According to a long tradition,…

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The music of the ancients. Primeval music
The origin of the word "music" is known to everyone: from the Greek "art of muses." But the question of how this type of art arose was controversial in the…

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Christine Linklater Voice Release
The exercises of this system are aimed at releasing the voice from tension, at developing and strengthening it, primarily as a human instrument and as an actor’s tool. It is,…

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Joking and ugly music. Scherzo

Scherzo (Italian scherzo – literally “a joke”) is a playful character, can be part of a symphony, sonata, quartet or an independent musical piece in a lively, fast pace, with acutely characteristic rhythmic and harmonic turns, in three parts.

In the music of the XVI-XVII centuries – a small instrumental. So called canzonetta (songs) for one or several singers with humorous verses.

Such scherzo were written by C. Monteverdi, A. Brunelli, B. Marini. Since the beginning of the XVII century. The word “scherzo” also denoted plays for various instruments, close to capriccio (a free-form instrumental piece in a brilliant virtuoso style) with their bizarre change of episodes and moods. Continue reading

Effects for sound processing. Composition processing

This article discusses the principles of operation of various devices designed for sound processing.

About how and in which cases it is correct and it is necessary to use them we will discuss further.
The effects considered in the article are divided into the following categories:

Time transformations: delay, echo, reverb, various delays using modulation (phaser, frequency modulation, chorus, flanger).
Frequency Conversion: various types of equalizers.
Amplitude transformations: compressor (limiter, maximizer), expander, amplitude modulation (ripper).
Other conversions: vocoder.

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What is an equalizer? The use of equalizers

Equalizer (English equalize – “equalize”, the general abbreviation is “EQ”), a timbre block is a device or computer program that allows you to increase or decrease the volume of individual zones of the frequency range, equalize the amplitude-frequency characteristic of the sound signal, that is, adjust it (signal) amplitude selectively, depending on frequency.

Born in the 30s, the equalizer is the oldest and most commonly used sound processing by sound engineers. Today, the market lacks a variety of instruments for timbre correction – from a simple bass-treble corrector of the 50s to a sophisticated multi-band equalizer with perfect parameters. At its core, the equalizer is a few electronic filters that allow you to change the amplitude-frequency response of a sound device. Over the past half century, the equalizer circuitry has improved tremendously, trying to satisfy the increased demands of the audio industry. Continue reading

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About the direction of the microphone. Microphone directivity
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About sound synthesis methods. Sound Synthesis Methods
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Quartet what is it
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