About the piano
Piano mechanics. The sound in the piano is extracted by hammering the strings. With the help of pegs, the strings are pulled onto the resonant deck (in the piano, the…

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Cello history
Cello (Italian violoncello, abbreviated. Cello, German Violoncello, French violoncelle, English cello) - stringed string instrument of the bass and tenor register, known from the first half of the XVI century…

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Efficient singing
Each musical vocalist must learn one rule: singing is sacred! Most problems associated with voice are caused by a lack of understanding of the importance of warming up the ligaments.…

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Ballad of effects

Effects are an integral part of any musical composition. Often whether it will be successful depends on their correct choice. And it doesn’t matter what genre the song belongs to, effects are used everywhere. There are people who claim that “real” music does not need effects. Partly they are really right. After all, with the help of them hides the shortcomings of sound recording, vocals, professionalism of musicians, and the immoderate and frequent use of effects can simply do harm. But think about how monotonous and boring music would be if humanity did not come up with effects.

We will understand when it is appropriate to use them.

The first purpose of the effects is to mask interference and all kinds of technical and executive errors. To clean music from clutter, the Noise Gate effect is often used. It is supported by many modern sound Continue reading

Arrangement

There are several interpretations of the word “arrangement”. In the Soviet methodology, it meant transferring finished music to another performing staff, for example, from a piano to a four-voice choir, from a vocal duet to a trombone duet with balalaika. When the subject of instrumentation begins at a music school, students begin to get confused – how is the arrangement different from instrumentation? Another interpretation is variation, i.e. approximately the same changes as when composing variations: changes in tempo, rhythm, size, style. At the same time, significant changes are often made to the author’s melody.

The arrangement can go so far that it completely replaces the original music with another one that is not even consonant with the original – but still remains an arrangement, because the image, thought, emotion is Continue reading

What are vocoders

Vocoder (English voice coder – voice encoder) – a speech synthesis device based on an arbitrary signal with a rich spectrum. Initially, vocoders were developed in order to save the frequency resources of the radio link of a communication system for transmitting voice messages. Savings are achieved due to the fact that instead of the actual speech signal only the values ​​of its certain parameters are transmitted, which on the receiving side control the speech synthesizer. The basis of the speech synthesizer is made up of three elements: a tone generator for forming vowels, a noise generator for forming consonants, and a system of formant filters to recreate the individual characteristics of the voice. After all the transformations, the human voice becomes like the voice of a robot, which is quite tolerable for Continue reading

About digital effects
Most compressors and gates are based on analog circuits. Most of the effects that apply time change in any form are based on digital electronics: delay, reverbs, pitch shifters, multi-effects…

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Music. How to make a good sound
Use high-quality hosts, samples and instruments. Do not forget that even if the sample is 24 bits, 96 kilohertz - this does not mean that it is of high quality.…

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Why do you need compression
Of all the processes used in the production of modern music, signal compression is perhaps the most difficult to perceive. This is primarily due to the fact that often the…

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What is rondo
Rondo (from French rondeau - “circle”, “movement in a circle”) is a musical form in which repeated (at least 3) conducts of the main theme (refrain) alternate with episodes that…

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