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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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Synth USB connection -> high pitch noise in audio

I have 3 devices (see image): laptop synthesizer ZOOM H1 recorder The recorder is connected to laptop through USB and works as a digital audio interface. I use it to record sound from the ...
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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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Synth-bass sound in “Hero” by Mariah Carey

I really like the sound and liveliness of the bass at some points in the song Hero by Mariah Carey as heard on her Music Box album. Here are the main moments where it happens in the official album ...
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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 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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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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How to recreate this synth sound?

This is most likely extremelly basic, but how would I go about trying to recreate this synth sound here?
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What synths and pads are those, and where to find?

I've been listening to a modern (not EDM, but not acoustic as well) band, and I'm pretty amazed by their sound quality. I'd like to know what library I need, and which is best to achieve those sounds. ...
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Recreating this synth sound

I would like to know some advice on start recreating the kind of sound you find at about 0:13 of this video: Ie the "growling bass". I tried with some BP fileterd ...
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How to reproduce this sound

I really like the "slidey" synthesizer you can hear in at 1:00 Seems like it should be really simple... but I've tried lots of different things in Sytrus (I'm using ...
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How can I recreate this synth sound?

I'd like to recreate or at least find out if there is already a patch on some synth that sounds like this,does someone have any songs that sound similar to this? I love this kind of sound,and I'd be ...
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How to create trance/electro basslines?

This bassline blows me away: It sounds to me like it's made of multiple parts, most notably a really heavy-sounding bass and a few higher synths that play shorter ...
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Why playing 180 degrees out-of-phase oscillators in Sylenth1 doesn't result in silence?

I've been playing around with Lennar Digital - Sylenth1, experimenting using just two sine wave oscillators. If I put them 180 degrees out-of-phase, I still hear a tone being played when I hit a key. ...
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Creating that Techno Chord

Trying to replicate this techno chord that you hear in this track below starting at 2:04. It's a very common sort of sound in techno, however I cannot seem to set ...
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How to create the Kygo Pluck?

I searched for help so long! I really want to know how to make the exact same lead sound in any synthesizer as it can be heard at 1: 15 Please help me! I have no idea ...
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What do you call someone who programs software for producing, reproducing or processing audio?

What type of education do these people usually have? I have heard that they need to understand circuits because a lot of the software is modeled after analog gear. I am currently in semester 2 of an ...
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Novation Bass Station II

I recently bought a Novation Bass Station II and am finding it considerably difficult to adapt to. Most notably, I'm finding it difficult to produce relatively simple tones/timbres. What parameters ...
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How to create this “Riser/Uplifter”

I came across this "Riser"/"Uplifter" which is frequently used in trap music. But I don't really know how to create it.. All I can guess is that the sound has a volume envelope to it which has a ...
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Can I control main volume (main signal) with envelopes or LFO in FM8?

I am new to Native Instruments - FM8, up until now I have been using Native Instruments - Massive. I am getting my grasps on how the envelopes and LFO's work within FM8, I was wondering if there was a ...