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10. Silent Practise Systems

The most recent innovation in mutes is Yamaha’s ‘Silent Brass’ system. Available for Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba, it enables the player to practise in almost total silence while listening to themselves in a pair of headphones. The system comprises a
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
mute
section with an electronic
PickupA device for converting sound into an electronic signal, usually by direct contact with the instrument body or by magnetic interaction with the strings, as opposed to a microphone which picks up sound vibrations in the air.
pickup
, and a choice of pre-amplifiers to power the headphones.

The
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
mute
section resembles a regular straight
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
mute
, but with a rubber strip that completely seals the bell of the instrument. The
AIRSome artists and producers believe that AIR - Always In Record - is a valuable technique, because it can capture moments of musical magic that may otherwise go unrecorded. It simply means that the tape or hard drive never stops running during a session.
air
passes through a series of baffles which almost completely muffles the sound. A cable connects a
PickupA device for converting sound into an electronic signal, usually by direct contact with the instrument body or by magnetic interaction with the strings, as opposed to a microphone which picks up sound vibrations in the air.
pickup
inside the
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
mute
to a headphone
AmplifierA device for increasing the power of a signal by taking power from a supply and shaping the output to match the input signal.
amplifier
, which can be worn on the belt of the player. The most obvious advantage of this over a conventional practise
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
mute
is the ability to hear your playing clearly on headphones without disturbing anyone in the vicinity.

At the time of writing, Yamaha market different versions of the headphone
AmpereUnit of current; the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor. One Ampere is equal to the flow of 6.25x10^18 electrons through a conductor in one second.
amp
section. The basic ST9 model offers some control over room
AmbienceCharacter of an environment. In audio, the sonic characteristics of a space, from the size of the space to what type of sounds are a normal part of it.
ambience
, allowing you to add degrees of reverberation, making it seem that you are playing in a concert hall. There are also auxiliary inputs for CD players or electronic keyboards, and output sockets which make it possible to record your practise session for review at a later date.

Yamaha Personal Studio ST-9

The more advanced ST5 model has a built-in auto-tuner which can be calibrated from 438Hz to 445Hz. Once properly set up, the tuner will automatically tell you when you’re out of tune. Other features include 32
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
effect programs such as
DelayAn outboard unit used to create time dependent effects where a source signal is sampled/recorded and replayed later by a adjustable amount, either singly or in multiples. The amount of delay results in a range of effects from chorus and slap back to rhythmic echo. Also used for time correction in large PA systems.
delay
,
Chorus1) A delay-based effect that simulates the sound of a group of the same instruments. Regarded as a soft modulation, effect it can create rich textures through phasing and mixing of layers. 2) The part of a song that acts as a recurring theme or refrain.
chorus
, flanger,
FilterA circuit used to remove or accentuate frequencies in a sound source. Common types are found on mixing consoles equalisation, synthesizers and dedicated processors such as graphic equalisers.
filter
, auto-wah,
OverdriveA type of distortion pedal that aims to emulate an overdriven guitar preamp, rather than a straight distortion or fuzz pedal, and so retains more of the original guitar sound.
overdrive
,
DistortionIn most cases distortion is an undesirable alteration to a signal which occurs when a piece of equipment is driven with a input level that is too high for its operating level. Sometimes, as in the case of guitar distortion, this can be an intentional and desirable effect.
distortion
and pitch-shifting. Also built-in are a
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
MetronomeA mechanical or electronic device which produces a tick or beep at a precise tempo, for reference or use as a practice aid.
metronome
and drum machine, and a ‘phrase-trainer’ which will record up to 16 seconds of music from a CD or tape machine, and then play it back at any tempo for you to practise along with. Another powerful feature is the ‘Aux Key’ function which transposes the pitch of any incoming sound source to enable you to play along to a CD
Track1) The act of making a recording as distinct from mixing it. 2) An individual recorded song or other piece of music, as opposed to an album containing many such tracks. 3) The recording of an individual instrument or sound source within a multi-track recording.
track
for example in any
KeyAn additional input on a dynamics processor such as a compressor or noise gate, enabling the dynamics of one signal to control the level of another. This can be used for many functions, including ducking (compressing a music signal when a DJ or announcer speaks), synchronised gating, and (in conjunction with an equaliser) de-essing.
key
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