What is pop music
Estrada is a type of stage art that implies both a separate genre and a synthesis of genres: singing, dance, original performance, circus art, illusions. Pop music is a form…

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The magic of music
"Music heals the soul and body" - such an inscription can be seen on some Italian instruments of the Renaissance. The healing properties of music have long been known. Even…

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Music and color
Night. Fire of ritual bonfires, dance to the rhythmic beat of drums, song of a shaman, heated up with body movements in bright clothes ... Even in ancient times, people…

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A look from inside. About VST Tools

This article reveals the idea of ​​creating VST synthesizers, the understanding of which is lacking for musicians, especially those who are constantly looking for more and more new synthesizers and those who like to argue which synthesizer is better and what. Due to the fact that many issues have a psychological basis, the process of choosing a “favorite” synthesizer will also have to be considered from the point of view of classical psychology.

Beginner’s Look

To begin with, I propose to answer the question of which synthesizer is most attractive to you and why, also Continue reading

The nature of the sound of tube amplifiers

Exciter (from the English Exciter), also called harmonic exciter (harmonic exciter), psychoacoustic processor (psychoacoustic processor), enhancer (enhancer) and acoustic exciter (aural exciter) – this is a processing device used for the harmonious synthesis of high-frequency signals, using thin harmonic distortion.

This harmonic synthesis consists in creating higher harmonics based on lower signal frequencies. Typically, noise is present in different frequency bands in unequal amounts, and harmonics obtained from a clean frequency band will be clearer. Less commonly, exciters (enhancers) are used to synthesize low-frequency harmonics in order to simulate deep bass.

Initially, exciters were made on the basis of tube amplifiers, but now they exist in the form of digital processors.

Exciters and enhancers are used to change the tonal qualities of sound. But, unlike the equalizer, which Continue reading

Sound effects

Let’s dwell on the consideration of those manipulations with sound that allow you to achieve the appearance of effects such as, for example, echo, reverb, etc. There are various ways of transforming sound (amplitude, frequency, etc.). Based on these transformations, sound effects are realized. Basically, the goal of sound processing is to give the existing sound some new qualities or eliminate undesirable ones. Sound effects refer to those sound transformations that give the sound new forms or completely change the sound information.

The hardware implementation of sound effects is found in digital signal processors (DSPs). Any more or less decent MIDI synthesizer has a built-in effect processor of one or another complexity (the effect processor is one or more DSPs). Complex effect processors “know how” to apply several different effects to the sound signal at once, moreover, separately for each channel, allowing you to adjust the parameters of the effects in real time. However, the cost of such effect processors is extremely high (like the cost of any other high-performance microprocessor), so professional DSPs are installed only on high-quality musical equipment. On more or less cheap sound cards, DSP is often installed with a simplified set of features: applying one or more effects to all Continue reading

Sounds that energize the brain
“Some sounds work just as well as a couple of cups of coffee,” says Alfred Tomatis, a distinguished French hearing expert. This means that we can use music as a…

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About working with the stave at Cakewalk
In Cakewalk, the Staff instrument is one of the most convenient and important means of creating a melody. For musicians using classical musical notes, guitarists accustomed to the guitar fretboard…

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Why is it all the same noise music?
This article will focus not so much on noise, as you might think by reading the headline, but on the music performed by the musicians and the musicians themselves. The…

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The influence of music on water: the ennobling and destructive effect of sounds
A person in every moment is surrounded by millions of sounds of different keys and types. Some of them help him navigate in space, others he enjoys purely in an…

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