An introduction to Digital Piano

Digital PianoIn most of the implementations, a digital piano offers a different variety of piano timbres and normally some other sound as well. For instance, a digital piano might have settings for a performance grand piano, an upright piano, a tack piano, and different electric pianos like the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Some digital pianos as well incorporate other basics “synthesizer” sounds like string ensemble, and provide settings to combine them with piano.

The sounds offered by a digital piano are at times PCM samples available in ROM. Despite the fact that a digital piano plays models, it is not a sampler because it needs the capability to record samples. It does, however, be eligible as a romper. Other, more superior brands (like Yamaha & Kawai) use other sound sampling systems like AWM (advanced sign memory) or Harmonic Imaging.

The samples stored in digital pianos are generally of extremely high quality and shaped by using world-class pianos, costly microphones, and other high quality preamps in an experts recording studio.

Digital pianos do have restrictions on the authenticity with that they replicate the sound of any acoustic piano. These as well comprise of the lack of implementation of harmonic tones, which result when some mixtures of notes are sounded, restricted to polyphony, and a lack of innate reverberation when the piano is actually played percussively. They as well lack the secondary acoustic noises related with piano playing, like the sounds of pedals being low and the related machinery broken up within the piano that some in fact consider a benefit. These limitations relate to most acoustic piano instruments and their sampled foils, the difference normally being described as “visceral”.

World Needs Bad Singers

I mean why does the show seem to gather its largest audience during the audition phase and the finale? The ratings for American Idol look like a banana. The answer is quite simple. People want the bad singers as much as they want the great, so it is therefore American Idol’s responsibility to deliver them. Even more so, though, people want to see Simon smack the disillusionment from their heads.

Take American Idol: Season 6, Episode 6 Recap (please). Also dubbed the “American Idol Los Angeles Auditions”. Should we expect any larger concentration of out of their goard goofballs on American Idol than those from Hollyweird itself? Every year the LA episode is the spectacle of this phase of the audition segments. If we needed any better example than Goddess Bunny to show us that Hollywood City is full of deranged wanna-bees with sadly twisted views of the talent they posses, it would be the American Idol Los Angeles Auditions.

Throw out your psycho-babble spewing shrinks and disabled advocacy groups, the world does not despise these poor souls… we love them! Why else would we tune in by the millions to watch them do their thing! Worse yet is the folks who criticize this spectacle as exposing a disingenuous screening process… yes captain obvious, they really do want the bad singers and colorful characters in the audition phase. They make the show worth watching.

Snare Drum Buying Guide

The snare drum is the central instrument within the drum set. There are essentially two types of snare drums on the market: wooden-shelled drums and chrome-shelled drums. In rare cases, you may come across plastic or composite-shelled drums, too. A common starter snare drum a chrome 5 1/2″ x 14″ eight-lug drum.

The snare drum contains:
A shell or circular body. A top “batter” head and a bottom ultra-thin clear head. Chrome hoops (rims) that fasten the heads to the shell. Tension rods that screw into lug casings, these are used to tighten the rim onto the shell. Snare wires. A throw-off apparatus.

Whatever drum you buy make certain that the snare (thin metal strings on the bottom of the drum) are intact and that the throw-off lever on the side of the drum works properly. The throw-off is a chrome apparatus found on the side or the shell of the snare drum. It contains a lever that snaps the snare wires up against the bottom drumhead or releases them so that they hang about 1/8″ below the head. When the throw-off or strainer is in the up position, you will hear the buzz of the snare wires. When the throw-off is in the sideways position, the drum will sound similar to a high-pitched tom-tom.

Finally-and this goes for any drum-check to see if the drum has any cracks in the shell and make sure that the rims or hoops that fasten the head to the shell are not bent or dented. Also, make sure that none of the tension rods (screws) are missing, and check that none of the lugs(tension rod casings) are stripped. Don’t worry about heads, because these are dispensable. Often the head that comes with your purchase needs replacing anyway. Once upon a time, drumheads were made from calf hides (skin). However, the problem with skins was that they were very difficult to keep in tune due to fluctuations in the weather. They were also not very durable. Now days, we use plastic or Mylar heads on our drums and the most popular head manufacturer is Remo, although Evans and Aquarian make fine heads, too. On the bottom of your snare drum, you must use an ultra-thin clear head. Anything thicker will choke the snare wires and they will not vibrate.

Your Drum Setup – Drummers Tips

Drum Setup

Many of the great teachers will tell you that the snare drum or pad should be positioned at your navel or belly button. For smaller children, since their bodies are not yet evenly proportioned, some adjustments may need to be made. Your arms should be in an L-shape formation at 90 degrees and the sticks should lay comfortably on top of the drum or pad in an upside down V shape.

If your sticks rest on the rim, the drum or pad needs to be lowered. Oppositely if you find that you are leaning into the drum too much, the drum should be raised. The sound you make is only the end result of your stroke, so in order to ensure efficiency of movement, you must make sure that the snare drum or pad is conveniently placed in front of you. This applies to both a sitting and standing position.

Those who use the traditional grip often tilt their snare drum or pad so that the left side is slightly higher than the right. This is done to accommodate the turning motion in the left hand.

Setting up a full drum set (or pad set) properly is very important. First, set your drum throne so that your legs are at a 90-degree angle. In other words, when you place your feet on the pedals (hi-hat on left, bass drum on right) your legs should not be outstretched in an obtuse angle. Next, position your snare drum as previously described. Your 12″ rack tom-tom should be placed about 11 inch above the snare drum and tilted slightly toward you. If you have a 13″ rack tom-tom, it should be evenly placed to the right of the 12″ drum and also tilted toward you: a kind of mirror image of the 12″ tom.

The floor tom should be about 2″ lower than your snare drum and can be tilted slightly in your direction. As you glide your arms in a clockwise motion around your kit, everything should feel accessible to you. Place your ride cymbal to your right and position it so that your right arm is extended about 150 to 160 degrees. The stick should easily touch the main body of the cymbal, usually where the company logo is painted and the cymbal tapers or curves downward. If the stick is touching the bell or cup of the cymbal, the cymbal needs to be pulled further away from you. You will also want to tilt the cymbal toward you.

If you don’t put a rug under your drum set, you will slide around, and your playing will suffer. Make sure, however you set up your drums, that everything stays where you put it!

Musical Ringtone

A phone only rings when a special “ringing signal” is sent to it. For regular telephones, the ringing signal is a 90-volt 20-hertz AC wave generated from the switch that the telephone is connected to. For mobile phones, the ringing signal is a specific radio-frequency signal.

An alternative to a ring tone for mobile phones is a vibrating alert. It may be useful:

in noisy environments
in places where ring tone noise would be disturbing
for the hearing impaired

Types of ring tone

Monophonic

Early phones had the ability to play only monophonic ring tones, short tunes played with simple tones. These early phones also had the ability to have ring tones programmed into them using an internal ring tone composer. Various formats were developed to enable ring tones to be sent via SMS text, for example RTTTL encoding.

Polyphonic

Polyphonic means that multiple notes can be played at the same time using instrument sounds such as guitar, drums, electronic piano, etc. Many phones are now able to play more complex polyphonic tones; up to 128 individual notes with different instruments are played simultaneously to give a more realistic musical sound.

Mobile phone handsets manufacturers have taken full advantage of new technologies to improve speakers in order to produce better sound quality.

Polyphonic ringtones are based upon midi or midi-like sequences so can pool in the 100+ different midi sounds, many polyphonic capable phones are able to play standard midi files, others play sp-midi which is scalable polyphony and depending on the number of channels the phone can play the handset will render that many notes. On an old polyphonic capable phone may play 4 notes at once with the flashier new handsets being able to render 128 notes at once. Many phones support SMAF (.mmf) files which is based upon a sound format devised by Yamaha.

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