Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

specs

I do so love these kinds of body shapes.
Thoughts: 9-string guitar. Fanned frets. Scale lengths... I dunno. 33 1/4 inches to 24.75" maybe?
Top six are tuned like a guitar: E-A-D-G-B-E. Bottom three are like a 5-string bass: B-E-A.

Specs for 4001 Rickenbacker


Body Type Solid
No. Frets 20
Scale Length 84.5 cm (33 1/4'')
[b]Neck Width at Nut 41.3 mm (1 5/8'')
Neck Width at 12th Fret 52.4 mm (2 1/16'')[/b]
Crown Radius 25.4 cm (10'')
Body Wood Maple
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Wood Rosewood
Weight 4.5 kg (10.0 lbs.)
Overall Length 114.5 cm (45 1/16'')

Overall Width 33.7 cm (13 1/4'')
Overall Depth 31.8 mm (1 1/4'')
Neck Binding No
Fret Marker Style Dot




Martin acoustics:

Standard Series 1 11/16", Low Profile since the early 90's, 2012 and later D-18 is an exception

Vintage Series 1 11/16", Mod V shape always, HD-28LSV was an exception at 1 3/4"

GE/Marquis Series 1 3/4", Mod V shape always, no exceptions that I can recall right now

Authentic Series 1 7/8", 1 3/4", or 1 11/16" depending on which year the guitar is based, mostly larger profiles with subtle or no V-shape


Also remember that bridge spacing typically changes along with the nut size. Normal pairings are 1 11/16" with 2 1/8", 1 3/4" with 2 5/16", and 1 7/8" with 2 3/8". There are some exceptions.


Most seven- and eight-string guitars also have a larger, flatter radius than a standard six-string guitar. While a vintage Tele’s 7.25-inch radius may seem perfectly fine (especially if you just play open cowboy chords on the lower frets), on a wider seven- or eight-string neck it will seem absurdly rounded. On a wider neck, even a 12-inch radius will have noticeable curvature.




Superscripts go outside of punctuation.

Choose your two scales (get the fret placement from a fret calculator like the one at http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator, or you can calculate it yourself too.), and decide which fret will be your perpendicular fret. I like fret seven most of the time but it depends on the scales you use.

Then lay out your frets from your perpendicular fret, but be sure to lay them out along the string center lines for the high and low E (not the edges of the fingerboard). Remember to factor in your bridge offset too when placing it and you are done. Then it’s a matter of very patiently and accurately sawing each fret by hand.


Neo-Reimannian theory is more complicated than I'd hoped.



Saturday, January 5, 2019

Really clearing my browser this time.

Monoprice M160 headphones are amusing. I don't know if they're worthwhile. Some mods exist. 

New Birdline skins for Samplitude.

Green wood dye is more expensive than I'd wanted.

The Folia is a European musical theme.

I want to build my own Strat. But I keep wanting guitars which have tuners on both sides. And maybe I keep wanting them to be LP scale length. Honestly, it's probably time for me to just make an instrument with my own neck for real for once.

One of my Blue Sky drivers isn't working. It could be the crossover I suppose. But I think it's the driver.

There are still ways to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. And I have two computers I have to do that on.

Fixaudio is really interesting. I do want to check out how it works. You upload audio to the site and it betterizes it.

The Open Music Library.


Friday, January 4, 2019

More MIDI, less Joy

Mad Katz Street Fighter joystick. It's not really what I want, but I do just want a ball on the end of a stick as an X/Y controller. Replacements sticks do exist for it.

Fergo Joystick MIDI seems like a practicable software solution to getting X/Y data into a DAW.

Some people have used game pads.

Musikalisches W├╝rfelspiel -- even Mozart wrote music by chance.


GIZMO is an open-source MIDI device thingy.

PACMOD MIDI DJ Controller is pretty much the thing, but it's entirely DIY Arduino. 

ControllerMate is Mac OS only. 

MultiControl is... something.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

MIDI Joy

I kind of fantasize about a joystick controller for controlling panoramas in surround. It's not quite as easy as one would think.

The MJoy is a joystick-to-MIDI application. It's in alpha, and is designed for DJ's. But it does seem interesting.

Touchpad-2-MIDI is a VST plugin to give X/Y control over stuff with your touchpad.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Recording New Classical Music

Recording Nikolai Kachanov Singers. Kind of brilliant piece by Podgaits.

Chorus, cello, and flute. I was gonna do a tree with Schoeps on left and right and an AEA ribbon 84 in the center. Then I was gonna put a Blue ribbon on the cello and an Oktava 012 on the flute.

The Blue, although an active ribbon, picked up a world of electro-magnetic nonsense and was very buzzy. I think that's from the lights inducting some sort of blerg into the signal. So I swapped it out with a Rode NT-1A.

The room the performers were in is small. Nikolai pushed for the bloom position -- which was technically in the next room over. About 10 feet apart and looking through the sort of portico into the room with the singers.

But the AEA started picking up EMI. And that far away, it wasn't doing that much anyway (meaning: it was doing nothing.) And the whole tree wasn't doing a "tree" thing. So I took it off.

The floors at the museum are mightily creaky. And the actual "performance" version had the flautist walking from the upstairs down to our level (which involved a videographer clearing out of her way.)

So I put some de-crackling on the main left and right microphone tracks. And, as always, pulled out a bit of 500-ish Hz (I think it was in the 460's somewhere frequency-wise.) I also put some dynamic EQ on the thing in life which bothers me so much -- the grinding sound of 2.6kHz coming off of parallel walls.*



* Whether this sound is just in my head or actually exists may be open to debate, but it's nice to get rid of it.

Wireless Antlion microphone.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Squigglewhumpity

The Lisp plugin is a free VST de-esser. So far I like it muchwise.
I've never seen any evidence this thing was ever actually manufactured. This may have been a teaser ad to see if they could get enough interest or orders in order to produce them.
Experimenting with the trigger gate plugin.
Paulxstretch is a time-stretching application for sound design.

Windows 10 download tool. Apparently it's still free for Windows 7 and 8 owners.

Coggle -- for making mind maps.

Cross-cultural emotional recognition.




Sunday, October 14, 2018

More on volume. Moron volume.

So essentially there are 3 values to remember:
  • The Program Loudness
  • The Loudness Range
  • The True Peak level
At least this is what TC Electronic says.

"Studies have shown that 95% of the viewers will change the volume on their TV or receiver if the loudness jump or difference is an increase of 5 LU or decrease of 8 LU."

That seems like a pretty important thing to keep in mind I haven't heard anyone else mention.

For the real details check out this paper

I really need to get all of this information into my head, and figure out how to actually do it. 



Friday, September 28, 2018

Learning or not

On the East West piano patches the "DYN" patches allegedly have a more concave dynamics curve. That's the difference. So the Internet says.

99 Dollar Orchestra.

Frequencies of notes based on A=440.

Flute making.

Python script for calculating dimensions in flute making.

Opinion in academic writing.

Netflix has new delivery specs. What's nice is they publish them.
79dB SPL at -20db FS at the mix position. Well, or 82dB SPL.
Folding down 5.1's? Bring the center channel down -3dB.
But the big deal is -27dB LUFS on gated dialog for the entire program.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Stuf and such.

Cakewalk is back.

Unfilter tries to un-EQ stuff.

BBC's 50 Modern Classics podcast. About modern classical music.

An audio jobs blog.

Netflix loudness delivery spec.



Adagio For Strings chord progression.

I don't know if I posted this before. These be the books I must of read.

INDICATIVE READING


Required

Cooke M (2008) A history of film music (1st edition). New York: Cambridge University Press

Hill J and Gibson P (1998) The Oxford guide to film studies (1st edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Karlin, F. and Wright, R. (1990). On the track. 1st ed. New York: Schirmer Books.

Rona, J. (2000). The reel world. 1st ed. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books.

Recommended

Adler, S. (2002). The study of orchestration. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton.

Jones C and Jolliffe G (2000) The guerilla film makers handbook (1st edition). New York: Continuum

Monaco J (2009) How to read a film (1st edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Jacob, G. (1940). Orchestral technique. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, G. Cumberlege.

Mancini, H. (1977). Sounds and scores. 1st ed. Greenwich: Northridge Music Inc.

Piston, W. and Piston, W. (1955). Orchestration. 1st ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Read, G. (1979). Music notation. 1st ed. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co.

Rimsky-Korsakov, N., Shteinberg, M. and Agate, E. (1912). Principles of orchestration. 1st ed. Berlin: Edition Russe de Musique.

This list of required and recommended materials applies to the whole course. Where additional specific recommendations are made, they will appear in the module handbooks. For the latest complete recommended resources, please visit our website: www.thinkspaceonline.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MonoPrice 15W

The Monoprice tube guitar amp sounds disturbingly good for less than $200. Or maybe less than $600. Or maybe infinity if it's workin' for ya. (H/T my big brother Big Bells.)

Okay. Do it again.

Sustaniac . Rich's recommended strings for Stratocasters . Inspiration  Stew Mac on cutting inlays . Squire Classic Vibe Telecast...