Music theory: intervals

Very useful cheat sheet here.


Music Theory Notes

And for telling you the chords and notes on the guitar saving you the effort, this is very good:


And my own notes…

Voice recording: fading in and out

For a Musical Interval Training app/ITune I’m working on, I have been trying to get a nice sound when speaking the intervals (e.g. “minor second”). One aspect of making it nice is a fade in and fade out to remove the background hiss before the voice cuts in. I’ve put an example on SoundCloud (see link below – the voice is not mine, as any fule doth know)¬†of the after-sound. It’s recorded using the Roland R-05 mentioned elsewhere here, and the recording is edited using Sony SoundForge 10. SoundForge works fine on Windows 10.


Music theory: well-tempered vs equal-tempered



Recording sound from your sound card

On another PC, the SoundMix option in Windows sound options was a reasonable way of recording soundcard (Realtek) output to a wav file. However, that option is not there on my current laptop, which has an NVidia soundcard. Sure I could code something myself… but it looked like the effort was greater than the reward. In the end, I used the combination of 2 pieces of paid-for software, to get a working audio file that I can put on SoundCloud to demo my musical intervals app. Those 2 software packages are:

Soundcast-o-matic, which despite the cheesy name, works great for screen recording, and has a very reasonable subscription model. This allows me to save to .avi, which is recognised by..

Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.0, which though old, works fine on Windows 10… as long as you haven’t lost that precious license key. I can extract the sound from the .avi, and save it as .mp3

In ITunes, I can then add the file, attach to a playlist, specifically for the purpose of burning that to a CD.