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How to make the bass synth in Regal - Fenix (Amelie Lens Remix)?

I would like to reproduce the bass synth that we can hear in Regal - Fenix (Amelie Lens Remix). From the link, we can hear it alone until 1:30. What strategy can be used to produce this sound? I ...
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How do I make a MIDI file to reset the Reverb and Chorus on my Roland synthesizer?

When playing different MIDI files on my Roland SC-55 I found that not all of them explicitly set their own Reverb and Chorus. This results in the playback of subsequent files having otherwise random ...
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The output from my synthesizer is only 32 kHz. Is there any reason to record at a higher fidelity?

I'm doing some recordings off of a vintage Roland SC-55 MIDI synthesizer which is capable of 16-bit @ 32 kHz. Is there any reason to record the audio at 44.1 or 48 kHz in my recording software or to ...
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Synthesizer models for (rapidly) re-excited strings like guitar?

In piano a sting is typically dampened (safe for pedal use) from one note to another that sound banks with a large number of individual recordings are used in commercial quality piano synths. I do ...
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How to procedurally generate basic percussive sounds (e.g. metronome like clicks)?

I'm wondering if there are some standard techniques to procedurally generate basic percussive sounds like metronome like clicking sounds? Regarding periodic sounds, I'm aware of many procedural ...
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Connecting a synthesizer (Prophet Rev 2) directly to speakers/monitors

I intend to buy a Prophet Rev 2 synth very soon, but before I do, I want to make sure the setup I have in mind will work. This synth has 4 quarter inch (unbalanced) audio outputs, as illustrated on ...
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Why does a square wave make a sound?

Forgive me for questionining the fundamentals and this question therefore being not very smart, but I am currently beating my head against the concept of sound generation itself. I understand so far ...
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Since 96Khz and 192Khz can change the sound of a synthesizer is it best to record the synthesizer?

I understand that setting your audio interface to 96Khz or 192Khz can change the sound of a software synthesizer. So would it be best to record the synthesizer at 96Khz or 192Khz?
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Music Sound Design Thesis Ideas! [closed]

I'm about to start my thesis and I'm a bit confused as what to start with. I like to make music in my free time so I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about sound design in the ...
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What amplitude ratio to achieve "sound pressure level" ratio?

I would like to create a sound with three sine waves. The first sine wave is the fundamental frequency (f0), the second wave is a harmonic (f2), the third is also a harmonic (f4) of the base frequency....
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Is my synthesizer too quiet?

My synthesizer (Yamaha mx88) is plugged into the back (which has no gain controls) of my audio interface (Focusrite Scarlett 4i4) and that is plugged into my laptop (MacBook pro) running Focusrite ...
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Can I use guitar cables to connect my keyboard to my audio interface?

I have a Yamaha MX synthesizer and would like to record in stereo using the Scarlett 4i4 audio interface connected by two TS cables I use for my guitar. Should I use the TS cables or should I buy two ...
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Guitar with a Synth sound and chunky palm muting

I love the sound of the guitar in this video: (starts at 21 seconds) I've tried a number of things to recreate it, but I'm no expert sound designer so how you suggest ...
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How do I make this smooth string-like saw lead?

There's a very specific smooth, string instrument-esque lead that's been used a lot in songs made by producers in a small electronic niche. It originated with the band Point Point, and since they ...
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How to make realistic instrument sounds digitally from scratch?

I am looking at basic JavaScript Web Audio API examples, such as building simple synthesizers and such, hoping to find something where they create the sound of a drum or the sound of the human voice ...
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Why does a synthesized polyphonic sound completely different from the “real” one?

I am making a software audio synthesizer and so far i've managed to play a single tone at once. My goal was to make it polyphonic, i.e when i press 2 keys both are active and produce sound (i'm aware ...
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Loading Cakewalk TTS-1 synth presets into the Step Sequencer (Cakewalk)

Cakewalk's built-in synth TTS-1 gives the ability to record notes in the Step Sequencer. However ,only the first preset in the active bank loads into the step sequencer automatically and the ...
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What's the difference between additive and subtractive synthesis?

It seems that most hardware synths use subtractive synthesis techniques, while in the digital realm it's common to see synths that work with different degrees of additive synthesis. What's the ...
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How do I make this airy pad sound?

At the beginning of this track, it starts with an amazing airy pad, which I have no idea how to design. I have sylenth, spire, serum and vps avenger, I would appreciate it if someone could suggest ...
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Recreating the Bass sounds of Daft punk's Voyager and Avicii's Peace of Mind

I was trying to recreate the quite similar Bass sounds of Avicii's Peace of Mind and Daft Punk's Voyager. I suspect they used a saw wave and pushing the resonance on the filters, but I fail with my ...
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Roland D5 Acoustic Piano

I just got synthesizer roland D5 from family member and trying to playing some piano patch but sounds really bad. Can roland D5 have grand piano sounds or acoustic piano sound? Please let me know how ...
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In what situations is it ok to mix stereo VST synths using "Balance" or "True Stereo Panning"?

I make ambient music with usually about 4 - 6 vst instruments (maybe 1 or 2 arpeggiated synths, 1 pad/strings, a lead, a bass, sometimes a little drums/percussion). I've been running vst synths from ...
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How to single out a sound

I have a track that I made with a synth patch that I've lost and am unable to recreate by ear. I read somewhere that it is possible to single out a sound if you have one track with the sound and one ...
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How do I recreate this detuned synth?

I've been looking to recreate this sound from All I Want by Rome In Silver for a long time and I can't figure it out, can anyone help? It's the detuned chords in the intro and that come in at the ...
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Filter to make music sound like it's being played in a mall?

I'm trying to conceptualize how I want the music for my game to sound, and as I have no musical experience, there are some ideas I have trouble describing, but the musical aesthetic I want for my game ...
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How can I recreate Grant's signature sound using a vocoder on a synthesizer?

So there is a music artist named Grant, and in most of his songs there is a signature style of sound design that he uses, and I am almost 100% sure he just runs synths (sometimes guitars) through a ...
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What's the difference between "FM synthesis" and "MIDI synthesis"?

I'm trying to understand how "FM synthesis" and "MIDI synthesis" are relative to each other. For example, in one article that I found on the Internet (here it is) it is said that... the process by ...
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Is it possible to use frequency modulation synthesis to play human voice?

Wikipedia says "yes": It was initially designed for radios to transmit voice by modulating one waveform's frequency with another's. This is why FM radio is called FM (frequency modulation). -- ...
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Mini Synth via external soundcard

I recently bought a Korg Monotron Duo. To record with my laptop that lacks an internal mic I also accquired an external USB soundcard with one mic and two headphone jacks (rather cheap device). The ...
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I've learnt how to use an advanced synth, but don't know how to make advanced sounds

About two or three years ago, I bought Logic Pro X. Since then, I've been learning how to use most of the synthesisers that come with it. My favourite is definitely Alchemy, which I use for almost ...
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Using Ableton, how can I replicate the synth used in this song?

Heads Will Roll by the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs features a synth that sounds like a mix of a number of instruments. Perhaps a stringed instrument or a wind instrument, among others. This question is ...
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How do you make this huge distorted analog bass/pad sound?

I would really appreciate information on how to create this analog sounding bass/pad sound at 0:02 and 1:13 onwards.
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What is the effect used here that resembles a distorted guitar?

I am building a project for my music technology module in University and would like to know how to imitate this effect. Originally, I thought it was guitar but after having watched a video of the band ...
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Safe to record a synth with a 1/4" cable instead of MIDI?

I have a synth that has MIDI and 1/4" output jacks. Which should I use for recording? I believe MIDI is the standard, but would there be a noticeable lack of quality if I used a 1/4" Y-cable instead? ...
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What's the difference between pad and drone?

I'm learning how to program software synthesizer. I came across with these two types of patch described as "pad" and "drone". They sound somewhat similar for me. Could someone explain what the ...
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How can I recreate this sound?

can you help me recreating this? (The sound starts 0:06 - 0:13) https://www.facebook.com/kygoofficial/videos/1455768857819576/ Here's another example (The sound starts 0:00 - 0:05)
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Sync Korg SQ-1 with DAW (Logic)

I'm trying to sync my Korg SQ-1 with DAW (Logic Pro X). SQ-1 is connected via USB to computer and Logic recognizes it. I've updated MIDI settings in Logic to make SQ-1 receive MIDI clock and tempo ...
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Play MIDI from DAW with Korg Volca FM

I want to be able to play MIDI notes written in my DAW via my Korg Volca FM. I checked several articles and the general idea consists of these steps: create MIDI track in DAW DAW track sends MIDI ...
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Possible Harmonium/Reed Organ Synthesizing Techniques

I am working on a project to make a synthesizer for Raspberry Pi capable of playing Harmonium/Reed Organ using an external MIDI keyboard. I am making it in Python 2.7 using NumPy. Till now, I have ...
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How to make this descending pitch heavy sound?

I'd like to achieve something similar to that descending pitch heavy sound as heard here : https://clyp.it/jf0uqdoq# Any idea?
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VST Synths for creepy atmosphere in OSX

I'm looking for VST-based synthesizers which are suited to making creepy or scary atmospheric sounds. I'm looking for 32bit and OSX compatible plugins. Any recommendation is welcome.
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What is a good synth for a beginner to learn on?

I'm getting into production and song writing, and want a proper synth to learn on. I've played around with VSTs, but I don't feel very engaged with them - I don't feel like I can play them like an ...
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Why does my sound created in Alchemy play endlessly?

I am creating a sound using the Alchemy synthesizer in Logic Pro X. When I play a note to hear the sound, it goes on forever. Why could that be happening?
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What is this sound? Some kind of LFO synth? Song: Heart of a Lion, Kid Cudi

I am wanting to create a sound like this one. It has something to do with LFOs with a degree of instability. [Shows itself at 0:25-0:30 as it rises in pitch and does so again a few times throughout ...
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Checking for digital distortion of software synth

I had a problem with too low output before and we agreed that I should turn up the gain so I did that a little with good result. Now it seems that the trick is to pre-amp as much as possible in the ...
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How can I replicate this 1986 vox/piano/synth stab?

https://soundcloud.com/shreddyrayvaughan/rip-stab/s-K6UHX This song is from 1986. That choir-like stab, I'm having a real hard time getting that sound. I'm hearing vocal-like sound, an e-piano and ...
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FM and PM synthesis - what is the difference and why?

I heard in numerous places that Yamaha DX7 used Phase Modulation in spite of being advertised as an "FM synthesizer". An opensource synthesizer called ZynAddSubFX has both PM and FM modulation modes ...
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Oldschool house orchestral hit sample

I've for a very long time been captivated by a quite memorable orchestral hit sound, which most often can be found in old House/Techno songs, probably prevalent in the early-to-mid-90s. ...
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Layering and mixing synths

How do you usually layer them? I would do the following: different sound for each layer trying to use something that would occupy different frequencies in the spectrum to not over-charge the high-end ...
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Conflict bass / leads

I have some mixing issues with my leads and was wondering if you could give some advice. I'm producing a big room house track and have a melody composed of different lead layers - when the drop comes ...
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