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What Is Delay In Sound

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If you take on playing guitar, you have to know about delay, one of the coolest and most commonly used effects in playing music. The article will give you a deeper understanding of this effect and how to use it to improve your track.

So, now let’s begin with the definition: What is delay? How does delay work?

What is Delay?

A delay – which is basically an echo – is simply a repeat of a signal. A delay can be one single sound or many sounds combined. Imagine that you play a signal  and it is repeated back to you. Now you can set up the delay to control the length and speed of the signal played back.

Or, you can view delay in this way. It is a lag that postpones the audio signal from playing for some milliseconds depending on the tempo and rhythm of the song (1000 milliseconds are equivalent to a second).

You may find it annoying and useless at first. But when you combine the delayed sound and the original score, the result will be very interesting!

I will use the analogy of lightning and thunder to make you easily understand the sound delay. We see the lightning immediately but we hear the thunder later. The delay in sound is similar. It is the period between when something occurs and when it is heard.

History of delay

Do you know that delay has a long history?

The initial delay effect is line delay, used by radio stations. They sent their signal from towns to towns and then back to the station through the telephone lines. Knowing the distance dictating the amount of delay and choosing different routes, they could manipulate the number of milliseconds.

You might wonder why telephone lines were used. The answer is because they were made of copper, and electrical signal would be transmitted nearly as fast as at the speed of light.

In the 1920s, magnetic tape recording came into being. And in the early 1950s, tape delay.

Tape delay had a similar concept; however, it worked on magnetic tape on a reel-to-reel system instead of telephone lines.

In the 1960s, Bucket-Brigade Device (BBD) device changed the delay radically. BBD delay pedals split a signal and a secondary one running through the BBD, before being mixing them together.

Finally, Digital technology creates delay effects perfectly. Nowadays, digital delay has become the favorite choice of numerous people.

In case you want more information, I know an expert in this field. Visit Musical Study by Kevin Deal, he shared some valuable information about delay pedal.

Most common delay controls

Here are the most basic and common delay controls that you have to know:

  • Delay Time is measured in milliseconds. The delay time control determines the length of time between any two repetitions of your signal.
  • Unit Switch determines whether the delay is tempo-based/in “Steps” mode or free time delay/”MS” mode.
  • Level controls the volume of the repeats.
  • Feedback refers to the number of delay repeats. The higher the feedback control, the more the delay repeats are.
  • Pan. The pan control pans the delay effect to the left or right.
  • Dry/Wet. It adjusts the balance between the source audio signal (dry) and the delayed effect (wet).

And now we move to the very exciting part of this article: Delay effect tips!

Some delay effect tips

  • The delay time under 50 milliseconds will create an acoustic effect around the sound.
  • If you want to make a more creative use of the delay effect, try Dub delay effect to automate the delay time. This will automatically introduce the pitch shifting effect by which Dub genre is well known for.
  • Presets will be a great starting point for your creative mind. Use them!
  • Use a delay of about 12ms and pan both the dry and wet signal hard left and hard right to create a stereo effect.
  • If your mix sounds muddy and dark because of using too much reverb, you can try adding some time delay.
  • If you want to emphasize some parts in the vocal recording, try to automate the dry/wet parameter. Believe me, you will get an immediate focus on the part you need, which attract more attention from listeners.
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TABLE RADIO PLAYER

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Radio is a common communication system that sends sound using radio waves. During the outbreak of modern media such as television, video games, print media like magazines and newspapers, and the Internet, this popular media still manages to have its own share among listeners. However, with the fast-changing environment along with massive innovation in technology, there are significant changes in the way people listen to a radio program. The birth of smartphones, the Internet and other audio devices with radio receiver functions has allowed people to listen to radio directly on those devices. But for radio listeners, table radio still preferred. Today, we will get to know about this traditional radio receiver to see how this music device has changed through time and how to choose a qualified table radio.

What is Table Radio Player

Table radio is a small, self-contained radio receiver that is usually used as an entertainment device. In the past, table radio is limited in functions. Some models had compact disc or audio cassette players function built in but the capability was mainly focus on receiving radio waves.

The table radio is designed to be portable, therefore, many table radios can run on battery power and can fit to pocket to carry around. Users will change the stations by dialing until the radio catch the signal. The process may take some time. And with the limit in technology, the radio wave in the past was not as strong as it is now.

In this technological era, table box is developed with many functions built in and beautiful designs. The radio wave is now stronger than ever, allow people in every corner can listen to the broadcasts. The dial is replaced with button or touch screen with led screen showing the radio signal number for more correct receiver. The new models of table radio also receive wide range of signal including MP3 player and CD player.

HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALIFIED TABLE RADIO PLAYER

Quality Characteristics a Table Radio Player

Good quality: Quality must be the priority in choosing any high-tech product, however, you must aware that you cannot expect table radio to provide same sound quality as a full-fledged stereo with speakers. But there are some certain standards for a good table radio. The best radios should produce clear treble and ample bass. In the normal condition, there should be no distortion or muddiness which proves that the devices can well receive radio wave.

Consistent AM/FM reception: Normally, most of table radios will receive the signal from AM and FM stations with no disturbance, but it is better idea to pay more attention to this characteristic. The capacity of receiving signals from distant station or weak signal can give you the idea of how qualified the table radio is. If your favorite channel is little far away from where you live, you better choose radio that has an above-average tuner or the one that allows external antenna plug-in in order to enhance the reception.

Usage: It is no use if you buy a high quality table radio and have trouble using it. The main purposes of table radio are convenience and portability. Therefore, make sure the radio is easy to use. You should be able to turn the device on and off, switch the stations and adjust the volume in an easy manner. Table radios with clocks will be less complicated than those with alarm controls.

Compact size: Even the table radio is usually small in size, there are some models that are surprisingly large. The big size can take up too much space and cause inconvenience for carrying around. Some may prefer pocket size over medium size. Therefore, you should consider your main purpose when choosing a table radio.

Input and output ports: Many modern models can allow phone or music device connection. Some newer models even can connect via Bluetooth with other devices. Others have headphone plug-in for private listening or speaker connection for better and louder sound.

Some Tips for Choosing Table Radio

Decide between digital and analog: The biggest advantage of table radio using analog tuning is flexibility. The device will allow you to dial stations that are hard to capture. You can find your favorite station by tuning the analog. Digital table radio, in the other hand, is less flexible compared to analog one. But convenience is the strength of this model. You can scroll through stations just by clicking the button rather than precisely turning a knob until you get your station. And when you choose a station, digital table radio will stay there until you switch to another. The analog one, however, will suffer from tuner drift which may cause distortion. Digital table radios also can store specific station for next time. So make sure the storage is enough for all your favorite stations. The next time you turn the device on, you can go directly to the station without searching for it.

Check for compatibility: Under digital era, all our music is stored under file in phones, computers or tablets. For some table radio models that have music player built in, make sure that your devices are compatible with the radio. Check the headphone jack as well, test the sound before bring home any table radio.

Check the radio clock: Many table radios have the alarm clock feature that can give you a wake-up call in the morning. This function is convenient. So if you prefer this function in the table radio, make sure the clock run well. If you tend to buy a digital table radio, take a look at the LCD display which can give clear vision in the dark but not too bright that can distract you from deep sleep. The brightness can be adjust is ideal for this feature.

Take a careful look at the warranty policy: Before making the buying decision, you should make sure that the table radio has all essential supporting documents like bill and warranty. This will help you prevent any unexpected problems as well as save money from maintenance and repairing cost in the future.

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Old Music Devices

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Nowadays, we have smartphones with music applications and software that allow us to listen to music anytime, anywhere. We also have several music devices specialized for music such MP3 player, Ipod…With those technologies, everything seems so easy and convenient. However, have you ever wonder how our seniors listen to their music before any things like phones and music players are born? You will be wow when you get to know those cool old music devices.

Victrola

Victrola is a phonograph which is invented in 1877 with ability of mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. The machine is produced by Victor Talking Machine Company with the ideal of phonograph that looks like a piece of furniture rather than a sound machine. After the Victrola was introduced in August, 1906, it was immediately become a hit which encouraged the company to release many sizes and designs of cabinets with the price range vary from small tabletop models with $15 up to $600 for Chippendale and Queen Anne-style cabinets of fine wood with gold trim.

The original Victrola design had many faults in which the most problematic is deep cabinet. The music devices required to reach down into the cabinets to change the record by lifting the needle. However, the problem was soon recognized and fixed by manufacturer. The new model used a domed which contained turntable and tone arm sitting nearly the top of the cabinet. New design model was only produced only few thousands which made them valuable to collector nowadays. In present, victrolas is famous decoration furniture which can bring luxury and ancient feel to the house.

 Table Radio Player

Table radio player is a small, self-contained radio receiver that were widely used during 1900s. Back then, radio was the common music device in house and music was played from radio programs during the day. Most of table radio player is limited by functions even some had compact discs or audio cassette players and clock audio functions. Later model may have CD functionality which allows the devices to play CD in the table radio. The device can be run on battery power and portable for its small size.

Nowadays, due to the growth and innovation in technology, table radio player is not widely used as before and preferred as a furniture rather than music devices. There are not many CD or cassettes for people to play on table radio. The limited function is also one of reasons why people switch to modern radio with dials and multi-function built in. However, for some, dials are so much cooler than buttons and the device can bring back all the good memory in the past when everyone gathered around to listen to their favorite radio programs.

8 Track Tape Player

Before CD was invented and the technology innovation for Internet with mp3 file, tape was the most famous music container over the world. 8-track tape, also known as Stereo 8 or eight-track cartridge, is a magnetic tape sound-recording technology that was popular in mid-1960 to late 1970s. The device was created by a consortium led by Bill Lear in 1964. The invention was belonged to Lear Jet Corporation. The 8-track device was innovation from 4-track cartridge.

The device reached its peak of popularity during the booming automobile industry. The 8 track tape player was preferred by its convenience and portability. However, with cassette taking over the industry with many innovation in functions and designs, eight-track cartridge became less common in homes and vehicles in the late 1970s.

Boom Box

The boom box is still cool music device up to now. The bigger the boom box is, the cooler the owner seems. Carrying a giant good-looking boom box on the shoulder is one of sign of coolness in the 80s. The boom box is a common transistorized cassette tape recorder/player and AM/FM radio. With the birth of discs, some models have CD player instead of cassette player in the old model. The boom box is loved because it has an amplifier with one or two loud speakers and a carrying handle to carry the boom box around.

Designed for portability, boom boxes can be run on batteries as well as by line current. The size of boom box dependeds on how loud and heavy bass the device can provide. The biggest can reach the size of a suitcase. With its function, boom box has closely related with urban society and has become one of icons in American hip hop culture. Until now, you can see boom box in the hip hop or B-boy/break dance video.

With the booming of MP3 players and smartphone where people can listen to any songs they want on Internet, the popularity of boom box is rapidly declined. In order to adapt with the growth of technology, some models have included connections for MP3 and digital formats using USB connector or Bluetooth.

Walkman

It is a big mistake if Walkman is not on the list. This famous portable audio cassette/tape players in the late 1970s. The product is one of pioneers in changing music listening habit by allowing people to carry recorded music and listen to their favorite songs anytime anywhere they feel like through lightweight headphones. The music device is famous and loved over the world for the new experience.

In present, the music device is developed into many models in order to fit in the growth of digital platform. However, with many people, Walkman using cassette is represented for their youth.

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How to Choose a Perfect Music Device

Music has played an important part of human life. Listening to music is proven to be a healthy activity to relax and ease people’s mind. Good melody and harmony can uplift mood and reduce the stress level in daily routine. Music is also able to improve life quality; help people live longer and happier. Since music can contribute so much to our lives, we need to keep ourselves involving in music activities. With high technology and incredible innovation, now we have several music devices that can help us maintain our love with music. However, since there are so many types with differences in shape, design and price, you many need some help when you want to choose a perfect music device to use. Below are some advices that can help you get better in making decisions.

What Design You Have Your Eyes On?

Thanks to technology advance, there are numerous choices when it comes to music devices. Limitless music device designs can make it hard for you to make decision. So the first thing you want to make up your mind before start to pick up any music device is its design. You can have a nice touch glass with luxury design or simple and neat design with small size that can go to your pocket when running around. The color is also a tough one. You can stay original with black and white or you can have colorful eye-catching with red, blue or pink. You should think about the material as well. Not just plastic or metal one, there are several designs that are a mix of chrome and plastic. The designers work very hard for you to have such many options, so make up your mind very carefully.

Consider the Build Quality

Since there are many designs for music devices, after you have some favorite designs, it would be better if you consider about the build quality of the devices. Some high-tech designs with the touch glass will be very easy to break. Those with fancy designs with thin and slim shape can sometimes slip from your hand and scratch. Others with plastic build will look cheap and have limited duration compared with solid or metal designs. So if you want a device that can last long, choose the one that is built to take more impact on a sudden drop or external forces.

Touch or Buttons?

With the high technology, people nowadays prefer touch screen on their music devices than buttons. However, if you are someone that likes the physical interaction and the chunky feel when using the devices, then, buttons are the right choice. Music devices with buttons are loved by seniors who are not very quick on advanced technology like young people. However, button choice will come with some limits. There is less support apps and features on button designs compared with touch glass music devices. Therefore, consider your preference before making the decision.

How Smart is Your Music Device?

Modern music devices now are not only playing music. You can play game, take picture, record sound and go online with your music devices. However, those advanced features are only available with some models. Therefore, look up for your desired features that you want your music device to have in order to narrow down the options.

Don’t Forget About Operating System

This sounds unusual, but operating system is something that you should look at. Different operating systems will come up with different features and characteristics. The system should be in sync with the operating system on your current devices like mobile phone or computers. You will understand what we mean when you cannot import music file from your PC to the music device because of incompatibility between two different operating systems. You may have to spend extra money to buy cable and other supporting devices. Moreover, each operating system will provide you some software that others do not have, so you should think about this for more convenience in the future.

 Determine the Capacity

If you a big fan of music and your playlist usually contain huge range of songs, you should think about the capacity when choosing your music device. Manufactures now provide you several versions with different level of capacity under one model and design. So make sure you ask for the one that can serve your need best. It is very annoying if you cannot have all your favorite songs into the devices and have to delete some to make room for new songs. In addition, since music devices have many features like camera or games, you should buy the one that still have some rooms for later time after taking all the files and apps you need in it.

Quality, Quality, Quality

It is useless if your device has many features and then broke just a few months after buying. Quality must be critical factor when you make decision. Think about long term benefit. The cost for high quality music device may high, but you will save much money from maintenance and repair later. Remember, quality must come first.

Think About the Cost

And prices are something you should take time to think about. It is great if you can afford high quality yet expensive music devices, but if you have limited budget, just stick to you range. Even if with limited budget, there are some good choices for you, so don’t worry. You should so some searching before going to store and take your music device home. This will help you make your decision easier.

Look Around

The best way to get the real feedbacks is to ask your friends who currently have music devices. They may have the answers you want. Moreover, similar music devices will help you connect with your friend conveniently. Some supporting apps also allow you to share or chat with each other on music devices.

Where to Buy

When you have done your searching and know what music device can fit your need, the last step is find out where to buy it. Go to trust-worthy stores with original products. If your devices are not available in local stores, make sure you have trusted sources online with all supporting documents, warranty and bill.

With those advices, we hope you can make a rational decision and enjoy your day with music from a qualified music device.

 

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