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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Nov 2, 2011.
After thinking about it for a while, a power spectrum analyzer would be cooler.
There is a free download, "Visual Analyzer 8" spectrum analyzer which shows the harmonic distribution of a tone, I have used it to look at the response of various trumpets and mouthpieces, it is a good comparative tool but I would be doubtfull as to its use as a practice aid, rely on the ears as that is what you have to use in the real world.
Decibel Meter? - If the blood stops leaking out the Violas ears you're playing too quietly.
So .... you can use a meter or a violist, either one will work. The meter will be quieter.
Yes, use your ears.
That said, I have beat up my chops a bit playing in a dead room and not accounting for the fact that I was really putting out some sound. A db meter can give reassurance that some real sound is actually coming out in a dead room. Not really a needed tool though. Want to buy mine? (that gives away how much one really needs one doesn't it)
All the best,
Violists have ears? News to me! Next thing you'll be telling us that they have brains, too!
It really is. I have been using one for a couple of years now and it really makes a difference for the mix.
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