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Do you play an instrument?

How important is musical training to a sound designer? What, if any, instruments do you play, and has this affected the way you 'compose' a design? I play the cello and piano,nowhere near as well as ...
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Synthesize droning strings

How can I synthesize something like a droning string, something like a tanpura. The main effect that I can't seem to get roughly periodic tambre variation over time. I tried using a phaser on some ...
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Free VST Effects and Instruments

Hey guys, I'm Indian and I'm pretty cheap so I've never paid for plugins or VST instruments (yet) and I'm always on the look out for something free, so I thought I'd list some of the stuff that I've ...
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Choosing a studio mic for accordion

Ehh, so hard to find professional feedback on studio recording of accordion. It's still pretty exclusive and rare (there is even no tag for it here!), especially the most high end accordions, which i ...
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List of Fourier coefficientes to simulate musical instruments

I'm trying to find a list of Fourier Coefficients (frequencies/amplitudes, ie, spectral data) to simulate different musical instruments using additive synthesis. Are these data published somewhere? ...
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would you answer this short questionnaire to help with university research - revised

I am currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Music Production. Part of my assignment requires the creation of sample-based software instruments (namely, Kontakt instruments). I am creating a cinematic ...
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Suggestions for controlling one aspect of a mastered music track?

So here's the setup: I am working with a piece of cello music that layers bowed cello with plucked cello (filling the role of percussion). The director is asking whether I can independently control ...
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Unmusical Items as Instruments in Music/Design

I wanted to ask everyone what their experience is with using household items, or really any other non-instrument to either layer in, or as itself, into music and sound design. For instance, I shall ...
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DIY Aquaphone material selection

First I would like to say that I really love this place. As a sounddesign student, social sounddesign has been invaluable and a great inspiration! Thanks to all of you for that! Now, on with the ...
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Identify digital instrument or origin of samples used in “Temmie” music in “Undertale” game

Where do the vocal sounds in the "Temmie Village" music track of the video game "Undertale" stem from? Video with music: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yOD8ZZ8RTic Can you identify whether they are from ...
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Design parameters for combo organs

What are the typical tremelo and vibrato characteristics for electric organs, like the Vox Continetial and Farfisa organs? I'd like some ball park parameter values, i.e. modulation frequencies around ...
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Recording world instruments, what type of mic(s) to use?

I am taking a world music course this quarter and the professor brought in a bunch of crazy instruments (some he made) and I asked him if we can set up a time to record samples of these unique ...
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Foley sampler instrument - Some questions to sound designers

Hi, I am a MSc Sound Design Student at Leeds Met Uni in the UK and for my final major project (starting now and handed in at the end of September) I am proposing to make a Kontakt-based sampler ...
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A decent stereo pair of microphones at a reasonable price?

Hello. I'm curious to know what people are using as a stereo pair of microphones for their recordings? I've been looking at the usual suspects, but was curious to know if there is any underdogs in the ...
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DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard synth for Sound Design

Hey sound designers! I'm thinking of buying a Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard edition both for musical and sound design purposes. I will also add a Moog CP-251 for CV control. I'm ...
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What instrument is this?

The song is Green Back Boogie, by Ima Robot, and I would like to know what instrument is that one that starts together with the vocal. It looks like a synth, or a distorted guitar. Wich one is that ...
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Simulating Resonant Bodies

Background I am working on synthesized patches using a combination of additive and subtractive methods to create a digital orchestra. The goal is not to recreate orchestral sounds, but rather to ...
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Miking an upright bass

I am recording a live jazz quartet on Friday consisting of drums, acoustic piano, upright bass and either electric guitar or a sax (this will be confirmed tomorrow and I have no problem with these). ...
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Kontakt player not available as a Pro Tools 11 plugin [closed]

I have just installed the komplete elements program onto my mac, and for some reason the Kontakt player is not available as an instrument plugin in pro tools. I am running Pro Tools 11 on Mac OS X ...
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What brass instrument is this?

I would like to use an instrument on my song but I don't know what it is, for my it sounds like a trumpet or a trombone, somehow modified. Can anyone tell me precisely what instrument is this brass ...
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What instruments are used as the lead in the Naruto Storm video game series? [link provided]

I am sorry if this is a bad or annoying question to ask, especially since I am not too good at describing what I mean. But let's take this example. The first 13 seconds we have a slow piano playing, ...
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Identify virtual instrument and preset

One of the tracks of the Osomatsu-san anime series soundtrack uses a virtual instrument (some kind of distorted strings) that sounds familiar. For example it is used in Episode 3 starting around 03:15....
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Can a single channel produce several timbres?

I learned that each channel controls a separate musical instrument or voice or synth patch, and therefore determines a separate timbre. Then when playing an audio file, which shows only one channel ...
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Possible Harmonium/Reed Organ Synthesizing Techniques

I am working on a project to make a synthesizer for RaspberryPi capable of playing Harmonium/Reed Organ using external MIDI keyboard. I am making it in Python 2.7 using Numpy. Till now I have ...
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Creating a Thick, Smooth Bass

I'm trying to figure out how to create a nice thick sub bass like one used in professional hip hop and other pop electronic music and trap. I've been trying to emulate this nice low round sound that ...
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What is this instrument? [closed]

Clean Bandit song - YouTube What kind of instrument resounds from the beginning of the song and it sounds like some oriental harmonica from Hawaii ?
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Is the beginning of Max Richter's “On the Nature of Daylight” recorded by 3 cellos, or 2 cellos and 1 viola?

It seems to sound like 3 cellos but I'm not sure. However, in another recording it sounds very similar but it shows a non-cello playing one of the 3 beginning voices: ...
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Tips for Blending Voice with Hang Drum (or other instrument with similar frequencies)?

I have a track thats 95% female vocal and hang drum and I'm struggling to make them sound full without competing. They seem to both shine in the 1-5k range. What are my options for making them full ...
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Help identify this instrument

Is there anyone out there who knows the instrument that was used to record this sound? (the dutch train station sound) My guess is some sort of bell mechanism, but i ...
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FL Studio: How to register the actual keyboard sound?

THE SITUATION: I have succesfully connected the keyboard to FL Studio 12. If I select a a drum or whatever other sound inside FL Studio i can play it using the keyboard. That's cool. But I also ...
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How can I remove audio source from a file with the audio source itself? [duplicate]

Example: User has a audio file named A with multiple instruments The multipe instruments are : Drums, piano, bass, sax. User also has a audio file named B of an single instrument. The single ...
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Why don't we develop more and better midi controllers for non keyboard instruments [closed]

So I was watching videos of EWI players and I was blown away by their superior sound for wind instruments. I keep hearing that VST sucks and that real instruments are way better and other stuff. But ...