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Sound Design / Daft Punk Aerodynamic Guitar Solo, Explained: (I think)
« on: September 01, 2016, 01:48:07 am »
I just made this as a youtube comment after being relatively upset about people not giving daft punk credit for their fantastic work on this, so sorry for the aggressive tone:

The guitar solo is a two-handed tapping solo, one hand aggressively hammering on and pulling off while the other hand modifies which notes the pull off returns to. This is somewhat easy for a beginner, and incredibly easy for an experienced player. The reason it sounds so "off" even if you match the tone to a piano or digital synth is because as they admitted in an interview, the end of the sound (and the song itself) was influenced by baroque music, which explains my next point:

They tuned the A to somewhere between 320 and 332 ( and adjusted the other notes accordingly (there's charts on how to do so online) because that was the standard for the frequency of "A" during that period; it's changed over time. If you play the solo in 340 (modern default) and then play it in their tuning, you'll immediately hear the difference. It's subtle, but it's there and it's the reason that people have struggled to perfectly emulate what's going on. As for the pitch bends, they did of course apply some sort of post processing to the solo but the actual solo is without a doubt, guitar with effects like distortion, maybe a wah pedal and some filters/envelope automation.

I'm not going to act like I have the exact answer but to assume it's a synth because it's technically advanced is taking away credit where credit's due.

Hey guys,

I know a lot of us, especially those who are new, have some pretty decent speakers but have trouble reducing or removing noise from various interference, and was thinking we could have a post where people list tips on how to reduce buzzing, hums and random sounds from their own experience ranging from beginner to professional.

Some examples from my own experience:

  • Use a wooden stand or stand with foam pads so the speaker doesn't come into direct contact with any metal that isn't itself and its cords
  • Remove all products that produce waves on the electromagnetic spectrum like radio waves, microwaves, wifi etc (and yes, that means putting your phone on airplane  ???
  • Keep your cords as short and thick as possible. By thick, I mean XLR>TRS>RCA. Honestly unless RCA is your only option (Most decent-high-end speakers offer more than RCA) you should never use it. If you DJ small parties where you bring your own wires, this definitely applies. And in regards to length, only use cords as long as you need. Normally when I use cords for other purposes, more is better, but more length in your audio wires allows for more area for interference.
  • Don't let cords touch other cords. (This one is more of a superstition of mine unless there's some facts behind it I'm not aware of)

If anyone has anything else they'd like to add, feel free.

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