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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A computer as a synthesizer, or something about MIDI keyboards ...
Once, while walking around the expanses of the Web, I accidentally stumbled upon a forum where the main topic was creating music on a computer, and this was done exclusively…

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Several microphones. Three to One Rule
Interference is the phenomenon of amplification of oscillations at some points in space and weakening of oscillations at other points as a result of the superposition of two or more…

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Music effects

A compressor is a device that allows you to smooth out the dynamic range of a signal. In simpler terms: what was quiet will become louder, and what was loud will become somewhat quieter. As a result, the sound will become more dense. In addition, the compressor allows you to even out technical recording defects: for example, when recording vocals, vocalists (especially not experienced ones) shake their heads, swing the microphone back and forth, periodically bounce, kick their feet and do other funny tricks, which leads to a floating volume level. In this (and in many other situations) a compressor will help, which will smooth out the level change. Continue reading

What acoustics do we live in

The sound of even the most beautiful branded dynamic heads (speakers) without a case, as well as the measured technical characteristics, is absolutely not impressive … But this circumstance can only be bewildering for beginners. We all understand well that a speaker without a box is just like a string without a guitar. The role of this box is so great that they gave it their serious name – acoustic design. And only a harmonious combination of good heads with a well-built acoustic design as a result ensures a decent sound quality of the speaker system (AC). This inevitably leads to the thought of a significant influence on the sound properties of the room itself, in which the music is played.

Rooms, rooms and rooms of various sizes – our housing – turn out to be full participants in the Continue reading

About the direction of the microphone. Microphone directivity

By the angle of sound pickup or directivity, we mean the zone of the possible location of the source of the sound signal, inside of which there is no significant loss in microphone efficiency.

The direction of the microphone is the sensitivity of the microphone to sound, depending on the direction or angle from which the sound comes.

Microphones use several directivity characteristics. Usually they are depicted in the form of polar diagrams, in order to graphically display the sensitivity variations in the 360 ​​degree zone around the microphone, taking the microphone as the center of the circle, and putting the reference point of the angle in front of the microphone.

The radiation pattern shows the dependence of the sensitivity of the microphone to the sound signal on the location of its source.

By direction, there are three main types of microphones: Continue reading

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Acoustics Studios
To describe sound fields in acoustics, the sound pressure p, measured in Pascals (Pa), is widely used. As with electrical quantities in sound engineering, it is usually more convenient to…

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Articulation
The word "articulation" means "articulation", "connection". This is an oversimplified assessment of the complex activity of the body, in which thoughts are transformed into words. And a lot here depends…

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Musical performance and its problems. About musical performance
Performing as a special kind of artistic activity does not exist in all arts. In painting for example, it is inseparable from creativity: to create a picture is what it…

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Prelude. About Prelude
Prelude (from lat. Prae ... - before and ludus - game) - a short piece of music that does not have a strict form. At the time of its inception,…

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