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Difference between instruments playing the same note Anonymous 17/11/30(Thu)16:21 No. 16585 ID: 864454

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At the same pitch? I'm trying to create a piece of music from an advert since I cannot seem to pay anyone enough to recreate it as they fear copyright backlash as a piece of production music.

The original track uses several synthetic guitars



This is my reasonable attempt :

I'm an expert at the piano but unfortunately don't really know much about guitars and that's why despite me playing the same notes at the same pitch, it sounds almost entirely different.

Anyone have a explanation of sine waves as to why this is? I'm thinking of using a DAW (FL Studio)

Anonymous 17/11/30(Thu)17:03 No. 16586 ID: f9cb15

It's not possible to explain it in analogy to sine waves, because instruments are not sine wave generators. If instruments were capable of producing perfect sine waves at consistent phases, frequencies, and amplitudes then yes, they would all sound the same.

Comparing an electric guitar to a piano:
1. Plucking a string causes it to vibrate differently vs. striking it. For a given pitch, this generates differently shaped "main waves", which itself gives the sound different harmonics. Compare the sound of a piano to that of a harpsichord. The harpsichord has more harmonics.
2. The guitar doesn't have a resonance chamber, nor do its strings vibrate the air directly. Instead it uses electromagnets to measure the distance of a piece of metal several thousand times per second. Because the strings vibrate perpendicularly to the pickups, this adds a non-linear distortion to the wave, which adds harmonics.
3. Certain maneuvers are possible in a guitar but impossible in a piano. For example, a piano is not capable of doing a proper glissando, because it can only produce notes at discrete ranges. A guitar is also able to do tremolo, which I think it's impossible with a piano.
4. Finally, different mechanisms of producing sound cause the attack, decay, sustain, and release phases to have different lengths, which also affects the "feel" of the sound.

Anonymous 17/12/01(Fri)09:22 No. 16593 ID: 0c2267

i think some of your later notes are off
also it will sound slightly different if it's in the context of a chord or if there are other parts playing
i think i phrased that wrong
a phrase will sound different in terms of "mood" or "tone" (not tone as in timbre, etc) if it has accompanying notes
i think i phrased that wrong again
Also yes the timbre of an instrument and the harmonics/partials will effect how it is perceived
it probably shouldn't be so different that it sounds so wrong
try a different register, play higher
check your notes again

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