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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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Help recreating a synthesized hit sound

Any pointers of recreating the sample at the beginning of this MDX composition with a synth(preferably Harmor or Massive): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3FbCURTShmeM2F4QXE1SldmUjA&authuser=0 ?...
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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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An index/dictionary of synth sound profiles?

Is there like a periodic table of elements but for synthesizer sounds? Sort of, how they are constructed, all laid out in a cheatsheet like format? I would like to build a JavaScript synthesizer and ...
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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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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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How do I reset a Roland D-20?

I wanted to know if there was any way I could reset a Roland D-20 back to all its original settings.
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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N.I. Massive assign Pitch Bend Wheel to Macro

How do I assign the pitch bend wheel in Massive to any parameter control, like a macro? Is this even possible?
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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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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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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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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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Are there free records of separate piano notes in .wav files for instance?

I'm trying to find some piano sound bank -for my childish experiments with sound - the most desired form is of course a number of .wav files, each one corresponding to a piano key - being a record of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the “level” of Frequency Modulation of many synthesizers?

I am currently working on FM synthesis and while I do understand the roles of carrier frequency, modulator frequency and modulator amplitude, I've been having problems with understanding how lots of ...
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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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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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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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Where can I find a multioscillator synth?

I need synth where I could use some oscillators (unlimited amount the best) and make them influence each other. For example I could choose for first to be multiplied by second to make the result and ...
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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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Fixing FM8 to a given pitch OR filter MIDI notes and transpose to a given value

I'd like to make some percussive sounds with FM8, which I really love. I couldn't find where can I "fix" the pitch to a given value - in other synths I can switch off the "key follow" and set it to a ...
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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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Exporting .wav files with Korg Krome Workstation

In SEQ mode of the Korg Krome I want to export my recorded tracks to my SD card. Unfortunately they come out as some weird file type (after I plug my SD into my computer). How can I export as a usable ...
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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 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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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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How can I create dubstep-style wobble bass lines in Audacity?

What is the most effective way to produce wobbling bass lines, such as that you might hear in the "dubstep" (a.k.a. techno-bass) genre? My current idea is to generate a linear sine wave that goes ...
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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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Futuristic Sound Design

I use Logic Pro X, but I'm sure sound design uses the same principals no matter which DAW or synth you use. I heard this song the other day and they have this futuristic sound when the beat drops. I ...
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Control Synths with Voice

I have a bunch of synths from Native Instruments, including Massive and Absynth. I currently control them using a midi keyboard and a midi controller, but I'd prefer to control them using my voice. ...