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How to determine the genre of a song?
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The description of a genre is a collection of patterns. Songs that share patterns can be grouped in a genre that describes those patterns. You can find these patterns in any music dynamic: rhythm, ...

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What are the historical roots of auto-tune?
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Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune as a noticeable effect? Yes, at least in mainstream big-production music. Was Cher's Believe the first production to use auto-tune at all? ...

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What gives vinyl records their characteristic sound?
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Vinyl sound is influenced by how music is carved into it (mastering), the playback mechanism (turntable, stylus, cartridge, electronics, etc), and the characteristics of the medium itself (vinyl). ...

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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?
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It's not because of fidelity I'll start by discarding one reason: fidelity. Fidelity is the ability of a system to reproduce a signal with the least amount of change. High fidelity means little to no ...

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Does the type of music you listen to factor into determining which speakers to buy?
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Definitely. Ideally, you always want a system (speakers, amps, room, etc) that can accurately reproduce the complete frequency spectrum of human hearing (around 20Hz to 20kHz), but this is not ...

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How to understand free jazz?
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Some genres and styles (not exclusive to jazz) are based on very well stablished and known patterns and dynamics: specific cadences, progressions, scales, rhythms, instruments, etc. Free jazz is a ...

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How does Skrillex perform live concerts?
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Electronic music live acts are normally performed using sequencers that trigger synthesizers and/or samplers, plus an array of controls like knobs and faders. It's common for the sequencers to control ...

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What is the difference between a "cover" and a "remake" of a song?
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Cover typically refers to a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. The new performance or recording ...

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What differentiates the 808 kicks from others?
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Why is the 808 kick so popular? Both the TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines have carved their character into many genres, including house, techno, r&b, electro, and hip-hop. Released in 1980 and ...

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What information do I need on headsets or headphones to accuratly compare audio quality?
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"Audio quality" is typically a function of the induced change in the signal. As quality goes up, the amount of change goes down. The best quality is the one that plays back the signal with no changes (...

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Does the sound card of a digital mixer affect the quality of the vinyl song?
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But does this sound card does have an effect on the quality of the vinyl songs? Yes, the digital to analog converters (the sound card of your mixer) of any device have weight in the quality of the ...

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What is hard bop?
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A Return to a more energetic way of playing. Playing "hot", but with more control than in the Bebop which is more accessible to a wider audience. Bebop's purely harmonic and technical ...

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Is there a guide or database that links a specific sound to a synth?
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I was wondering if there a is guide so you can link a specific sound to a synth One specific synth sound can be carved with several different synths and through many different synthesis types and ...

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What's the difference between Cuban Son and Mexican Son?
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Some Similarities Both Cuban Son (CS) and Mexican Son (MS) share roots in Spain's Flamenco and Andalusian Folk Music, and in many of Africa's various music traditions, all of them brought from the ...

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Why do music genres exist?
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Great answers here, I believe the short answer is: to describe, classify, categorize, and organize different patterns found in different music styles. Very useful for some music-related activities, ...

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What defines Bebop as a jazz style/subgenre?
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It is normally played by small groups. The typical ensemble is formed of two horns and a rhythm section (quintet), but other common sizes ranged from trio to septet. The classic bebop combo consisted ...

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Is there any *objective* genre-like categorization of musical works?
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Yes, you can categorize music objectively based on objective characteristics and patterns of a song. Two songs that share something can be grouped together. Objective characteristics and patterns of ...

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