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Making space in a synth-heavy mix for electric guitar?

I've got a Duran Duran tribute and the band is, obviously, big synth sound heavy. Trying to fit the guitar in to the live mix has been a constant struggle. I've put notch filters on the synth channels ...
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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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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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Ableton Live synths: Analog vs. Operator

I've been researching Ableton Live 8, and I'm wondering, what is the main difference in sound and limitations between the Analog and Operator instruments? I'm looking for an industrial rock type synth ...
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Soft synth vs. hard synth

I did a lot of project work about 15 years ago. Due to a limited budget, I arranged most of the drums, bass and keyboard tracks on a MIDI rack synth. I became increasingly annoyed with the process ...
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What time range is used for ADSR envelopes

I'm developing a software synthesizer, and, while I do understand how ADSR envelopes work, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the x-Axis of Envelope diagrams means and what I'm controlling for ...
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How can I manually emulate the sonic abilities of the NES?

I am interested in recreating chiptunes in a NES (8 bit) style A google search has shown that the original NES had 2 pulsewave, a triangle, noise, some sort of sampling channel and that emulations of ...
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What's the difference between a synthesizer and a sequencer?

In an attempt to determine the difference between the two, Wikipedia left me confused. Can you help?
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What is the most effective way to reverse engineer SysEx format for my old Yamaha CS1x

I have recently put my old Yamaha CS1x back into service and realised that the world has moved on when it comes to the software support for this blue beast. So I was thinking of writing a software ...
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How do I synthesize this sound?

I’ve been wondering for a while how to synthesize a sound similar to the bassline in Megalomaniac by KMFDM. The sound I’m referring to is the one that sound-feels a bit like someone gently but firmly ...
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How can an electronics person start to reverse-engineer analog synth sounds?

This question discusses sound design for film in some depth. I'd like to look into similar strategies for building analog synth sounds which approach real instruments from the perspective of the ...
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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 a Acid Synth Stab sound?

I've been trying to recreate the synth sound used in the Calvin Harris remix of the track Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat. If you are not familiar with it, it is here: The ...
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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. ...
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How can I lock my keyboard?

I have a roland d-20. Is there anyway I can lock it so you need a password or combination of keys to unlock it?
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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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Is it possible to create a “Vocal Pad” with just synthesizers?

I'm trying to create a "vocal pad", just to clarify an ethereal voice singing just a single, sustained vowel. I'm approaching by using many band pass filters ( ie formants ) trying to emulate human ...
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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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Is FM8 a good synth for a beginner?

I am an absolute beginner and trying to learn by using Ableton Live. I would like to produce downtempo and chill-out but at this point I am open to any kind of information that can teach me. I want to ...
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Difference between multiple voices and chorus

There is many software synthesizer providing controls for both "voices" and "chorus" effect. I guess that both works by adding more oscillators layers with little differences, but what exactly change ...
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How to reduce 'click' when using ES2 synth

I'm using ES2 in Logic to make basic bass/wobble tracks. Though, whenever I use it, I normally get a slight 'click' or 'pop' before each and every note that is played. Does anyone know how to reduce ...
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Synthesizer patch - how to make a glassy sound

I need a really glassy sound, pitching down. A bit like stars in the sky, but it's supposed to be atmos in a strayed love song arrangement. I know I'm being vague as hell but I've been looking ...
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Can CSound or SuperCollider be used to make softsynths?

Can I use these two or something else to generate waveform of sound and then use it as soft synth or generate soundfont?
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Not enough patches in my stage piano

I'm playing Synths for a production of Beauty and the Beast. The Yamaha P155 Stage piano I have is great to play, but is missing many of the required patches. I have a midi cable, mac running ...
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Creating the SSB untuned radio effect

There is a similar question here How do you create Single Sideband Modulation (SSB)? but it does not solve how to recreate the effect with an FM or subtractive synth or a vocoder( if it is possible ). ...
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New synth for the new year (drone,industrial, metal, noise)

Gear, gear, gear. Too many options. I'm looking to pick up my first synth this month (software or hardware). As you can tell, i'm into creating dirt, gritty soundscapes. I have a chain of guitar ...
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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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How do I achieve a cleaner sound?

All producers want that world standard sound. Since production has gone digital, this is possible from a home studio with the right knowledge. I attempted to achieve the fullness of sound created by ...
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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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Do I need an adapter or also a transformer for a Japanese Roland SH-101?

I bought a Roland SH-101 from Japan (via ebay) and received it to Stockholm (Swe) yesterday. The power connector looks like an american connector and I've previously had success with just a normal ...
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Where would midi cables connect FROM 2 synth wk stations into an interface

I'm using my Korg Extreme (midi from the OUT) going to midi IN on a Presonus 44VSL interface. This alows me to record using everything about the Korg as it is, or, also as a controller for everything ...
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Make a PureData Sine Wave Synth that is audible from C0 - G10

I have been trying to generate a basic sine wave synth in PureData using a "osc" object, but my lower pitches are so low in volume and higher pitches are high in volume. My understanding of ...
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low sawtooth and speech type oscillator synth notes cause sound and tone change

In my current song I created a bass I really like in NI Massive. The only problem is that in my melody, there are a few notes that are REALLY low, c1, c0 range. It also has a decent amount of mid-...
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How to make this duck-sounding synth?

I am very new to sound engineering and am experimenting with Sylenth1 in my Ableton rig. I also recently heard the lead in this song (Song w/ Duck Synth) and thought it was really neat, so naturally I ...
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How to Synthesize a Cello Sound in Pure Data

I'm trying to make a sustaining cello sound in Pure Data. How do I make this sound? http://88.198.78.90/ct/files/mp3/cello/594.mp3 From what I understand, I'm working with a sine wave. With the ...
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How to visualize alarm sound

I am new in dealing with sounds. I am not very sure if I am asking the right question, but I will try to explain what I am looking for. I want to be able to distinguish and visualize a specific alarm ...
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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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Roland D10 Factory reset problem

Not a novice to synths and midi and sysex files but this one is stumping me. Just got a Roland D10 from eBay for a good price to add to my collection but I have a problem. I have managed to dump and ...
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Reverb sort of airy synth note

trying to make this sound that you hear in this track starting at 1:28 and you hear it throughout the entirety of the track. Ive tried alot of things, using triangle waves or pulse waves, two ...
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Is there a restart via gate type option in FM8?

FM8 seems to change timbre at random on different midi hits. Massive also does this, but you can change the restart via gate option so that the oscillators always start at the same phase each hit. ...
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How to make a bass layer follow a specific scale?

I don't know if this is the right place to be asking this, but giving it a shot! I'm using Mainstage 2, and I want to make a patch that has two layers/instruments. When I say "layers" I mean that two ...
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Piano hammer, i.e. how to get proper release sounds in Linux and the most compliant SF2 engine

I have Yamaha Clavinova Grand (198-Clavinova.sf2, sfArk) soundfont. It has hammer noise samples used as key release sounds. You can check it running Viena SoundFont Editor, in Windows or Linux via ...
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Making electronic sounds organic

I'm working on the sound design for an abstract 3D animation, and I'm trying to go for the same style as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG3Y-eCste4 I love the blend between organic and ...
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Your favourite soundscape / texture creation tools?

Hey everyone, Starting to tire of the literal soundscapes that most of my projects up to now have involved. For the next project I'm involved with it's dark, deep, unnatural and all-round funky! I ...
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What instruments are these?

Can anyone tell what instruments are used in the "Killing the Fairy" song? Specifically at 0:15 and 0:47? I feel like the first one could also be achieved with a ...
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Where can I get a Memory Card M-256D or M-256E

These things are really old and no longer generally available, but I'd like to get one of them to get more Patches/Sounds for my keyboard. Is there still a way to acquire them?
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How to make a pad-synth feel like it occupies a large space without the use of a reverb effect?

After listening to a number of NI (Native Instruments) synth patches on their official website, it got me curious as to how they sculpt their sounds to feel so distant, but yet present and full (if ...
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How do I find a PROM chip for a Roland D20?

I'm looking for the u16 prom chip for CPU board of a Roland D20, would anybody have any idea where i can get one?
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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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What type of filter is the “French Low Pass Filter”?

What kind of filter is a French Lowpass Filter? In one example I know of, the Serum soft synth, there is a lowpass filter called the "French LP" under the "Misc" set of filters. I suspect it may ...