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What's the difference between "FM synthesis" and "MIDI synthesis"?

There's really no such thing as MIDI Synthesis. Synthesis is the process by which sounds are 'synthesised' using various modulation and generation techniques. MIDI is the "Musical Instrument ...
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Sine wave making no sound

Your sine has come out a couple of octaves too low, for some reason. Indeed it's infrasound, 6.6 Hz to be precise, which rather explains why you don't hear anything. A couple of ways you could have ...
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How to use unison without voice beating/phasing

Beating will always be there whenever there are two or more signals close in frequency but there are a few things that may help, depending on the synthesizer. All options will make it sound different ...
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Tropical Ambience: creating a minimal background using synths

First, you should have some field recordings to use as a reference, at least. Depending on the verisimilitude you are looking for, you might need to really hone in on the exact type of forest that is ...
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Is it possible to use frequency modulation synthesis to play human voice?

The way to understand this is to break down the terminology. First one to look at is "Modulation" which is the term used to describe the encoding of a "carrier" signal with another "source" signal. ...
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Synthesize droning strings

Although it is a drone or single harmony, the timbre here is rich, and the depth comes from the range of harmonics. Further depth here seems to come from the tones of D5 chord (D + A). Drones like ...
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What type of filter is the "French Low Pass Filter"?

All I know is it seems to be a reference to french house, the "french touch," which is a filtered-disco sound. Expect a prominent, musical filter, but I am not an expert on filter design so I can't ...
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Tools, tips, tricks to avoid that "Machine gun" effect when designing sounds

Some possibilities… Some of these are old old tricks & may not be necessary with modern equipment & space to sample huge numbers of layers/velocities Randomisation - of anything, so long as ...
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Serial Sound Design?

Not sure what you mean here by 'feeds into'? Beyond summing audio together there's convolution, or using one source to modulate another like FM or AM. You could check out Soundhack for convolution ...
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Synthesizing distorted guitar from MIDI

There's of course plenty of ways to do that. The easiest way on Windows would certainly be to load both a SoundFont synth and an amp-simulator plugin into a DAW, but I suppose that's not the solution ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

This seems like an awful lot of work, and I think you would get better results from recording foley. However, I understand that want to try exploring another avenue within synthesis. As has already ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

VST synths are not designed for this sort of thing, hence why Andy Farnell (I presume those are the tutorials you encountered) used PD. Designing Sound is THE book for this, but I'm really ...
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Any good quality neuro and reese bass tutorials [massive, FM8, Serum]

I would recommend using square and saw waves detuned with some unison. I recommend you start with massive but serum is better if you have it. Modulate the wavetables in bend+/- or bend plus or bend - ...
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How is this specific sound synthesized?

Try 2 sawtooth oscillators on a mono synth with a small detune (perhaps just 1 cent) on one of the oscillators. Set a smooth but fairly quick attack and release for these oscillators. Send them ...
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Modulating Ratio in FM8

Actually, you can. If you use the Pitch Envelope, you can set it to loop (or use one of the "Loop" presets). Turn off Pitch Envelope modulation for all the ops except the one you want to modulate. ...
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Tool for creating a WAV given a function of time/sample

The first thing that comes to mind is a tool like Matlab (from the Matthworks). You can download a free trial, but you would have to learn some prograsmming (or Matlabs language). But I believe it ...
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Does shifting harmonics change the resulting sound

The effect of changing the phase of a harmonic, might simply equate to (acoustically) that particular harmonic coming (to the ears) from a slightly different distance than the fundamental. Thinking ...
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How to avoid self boring when programming patches

Do you let it play note on repeat when designing sound? I push the keyboard myself and I found that much better than let it loop the note and sculpting your sound. I often can't resist to go wild ...
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Synthesizing distorted guitar from MIDI

Unfortunately it is tough to generate a good sounding distorted guitar using only digital means. Although as sampling gets better this is slowly getting better as well. Your idea of sampling a clean ...
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How to Synthesize a Cello Sound in Pure Data

I think you need to look into the basics of audio synthesis a little bit more before trying this. Any instrument except a pure sine oscillator will not produce a pure sine wave. Instead it will ...
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How can I make 3D binaural sound in an automated way?

If you have experience with programming, there are some specialized libraries, such as OpenAL, which are designed to provide spatial audio for use in applications such as video games. This will allow ...
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How can I make 3D binaural sound in an automated way?

Soundhack Binaural+ might be the easiest way at $75. I've not used the plugin, but have used the Max version which is free (but you need Max, of course). Most binaural plugins don't actually ...
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Tools, tips, tricks to avoid that "Machine gun" effect when designing sounds

I usually randomize velocity itself a tad bit. The sampler does it's work. Apart from sample start which can be a pretty dramatic effect, filter, pitch, pitch of a doubled voice, verb send level, ...
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Synthesize droning strings

At around 4:31 here Leon Dewan gets whats sounds to me like droning string sounds with (what he describes as) a wave-folding synthesis approach. I haven't been able to test it, but, based on his ...
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Simulating Resonant Bodies

I don't know if this is exactly what you need, but in my experience I've obtained interesting results using IRs of several bodies, e.g. Altiverb's IRs have a really awesome "Design" section with IRs ...
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Sound Design: water, river, streams etc using a synth

guess I've found a good starting point for bubbling: pink noise --> plugin called "Hysterisis" --> preset ASD_Juicer but also pink noise --> plugin called "Molekular" --> preset Sheperd_Sortie ...
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Do Opus And AAC Use Artistic License To Improve Sound Quality By Sacrificing Accuracy?

You can read up on how the Opus codec works here: http://opus-codec.org/ Opus is entirely open-source, so you can even read the source-code to determine how it works. Here is a paper on how MP3 and ...
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Bubbly/Wet Sounds with FM synthesis

If your original attempt sounds good, but dry, try adding some effects. A very small, short reverb, a close chorus and maybe a flanger. Try some other effects to liven it up and give it a more natural ...
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Help me make a patch for this bass stab/pluck?

Here is my attempt to recreate it in SuperCollider (here is the code and here is audio) Could use a little tweaking but I think it's pretty close. You could definitely use any number of hardware ...
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