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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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Filter to make music sound like it's being played in a mall?

Generally, you want to conceptualize this based on the reality of the situation you are trying to re-create. Firstly, shopping malls usually have crappy speakers, so imagine your sound being played ...
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FM and PM synthesis - what is the difference and why?

frequency modulation (FM) is the manipulation of the Hz of a sound or "Operator". Operators generate sound waves at a certain speed (Hz) which dictates the pitch of that specific sound, for example, ...
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What is the "level" of Frequency Modulation of many synthesizers?

FM8 mirrors the DX7 implementation which uses a 0-99 value to represent modulation index of 0 to 14. So, an output level of '85' corresponds to an index of 4.
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Conflict bass / leads

What you describe sounds like Buss/Master/Group Compression gone wrong. This effect sometimes appears when you have a compressor set to affect both the bass and the lead (via any of the Buss/Master/...
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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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Stacked detuned voices sound different in Synthmaster compared to Serum

You need to turn on "FREE" (like in this picture). From the manual: Free: Controls whether the oscillator waveform(s) start at a random phase, similar to free-running analog synthesizer ...
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Technically speaking, can all synths of a given type make identical sounds? Why or why not?

The basic fundamentals are equal on all FM synthesizers. (Not exactly: most so-called FM synthesizers are Phase Modulation synths, which is strictly different from FM even if related). But different ...
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Oldschool house orchestral hit sample

What you are looking for is an orchestral hit / orchestral pad. Very popular throughout the 80's Those sounds were mostly created using the Fairlight CMI. I think ...
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How to reproduce this sound

Essentially, it is very simple. I don't have FL Studio but I can point out a few things about the timbre, after analyzing a clean sample: Since both even and odd harmonics of the wave are present and ...
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Why playing 180 degrees out-of-phase oscillators in Sylenth1 doesn't result in silence?

It's hard to diagnose this type of thing without hands on, but here are a few things to try: the phase control only works if RETRIG is active (in both OSCs, for what you want) same number of voices ...
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What is a "forlorn"?

No, it isn't. Forlorn is a feeling. As a sound designer, you may need a sound which evokes a particular feeling. If Hans thinks that sound has a forlorn feeling, then he can name it what he likes. ...
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Are there free records of separate piano notes in .wav files for instance?

I think this might help https://archive.org/details/SynthesizedPianoNotes You can search in archive.org for more
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What synths and pads are those, and where to find?

The question of "what library do they come from" is nearly impossible to answer, since there are thousands of libraries out there and many of them overlap sonically. I can't tell you every detail ...
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N.I. Massive assign Pitch Bend Wheel to Macro

I use Ableton - Live and I can automatize the pitchbend parameter of Massive. Go to Massive's osc tab (where is the glide and the vibrato), there is a pitchbend section where you can adjust the Up ...
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What's the difference between pad and drone?

On a synth, they're pretty much the same thing, depending on how you play it. They're both relatively constant, maintaining a sound bed underneath your melodic & rhythmic structure. They don't ...
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What is the effect used here that resembles a distorted guitar?

It sounds like a distortion effect like Rory Alsop mentioned. On synths there are a lot of ways to achieve this: In case the synth does not have effects: You can increase the volume to get digital ...
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What is the effect used here that resembles a distorted guitar?

In the Softare FL Studio you get FL Slayer and you can also install other VSTs like LABS (free) or AmpleGuitar SC (paid) that include electric guitar sounds like in this demo:
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I've learnt how to use an advanced synth, but don't know how to make advanced sounds

I think you are asking a broad question, so I can give answers from a few different angles. Firstly, to make better and more unique sounds, keep practicing and experimenting. To dig deeper, ask ...
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How can I recreate Grant's signature sound using a vocoder on a synthesizer?

For me it sounds like he's applying FL Studio's Vocodex plugin. Although I'm not a specialist using this I know that you can do some insane stuff with it utilizing a "carry"-layer and a sound-layer so ...
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Guitar with a Synth sound and chunky palm muting

This IS a guitar but several other things are contributing to this sound. The guitar has been double-tracked. The guitar part has physically been played twice (not copy-pasted) and each version has ...
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Why does a square wave make a sound?

Every wave is a superposition of multiple sine waves – this is essentially what Fourier theorem says. This article demonstrates how by summing a sine wave with its odd harmonics (thus wave with ...
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How to procedurally generate basic percussive sounds (e.g. metronome like clicks)?

I'm not familiar with electronic metronomes, but from the world of modular synthesizers, here are a couple of popular basic ingredients for synthesizing percussive sounds: Use an attack-decay ...
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How to procedurally generate basic percussive sounds (e.g. metronome like clicks)?

Percussive sounds usually don't have harmonics, their texture is produced by frequencies which aren't multiples of each other. Let me explain. Say you have a sine wave at 440 hz which is decaying ...
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The output from my synthesizer is only 32 kHz. Is there any reason to record at a higher fidelity?

Sure, you are going to be mastering at 44.1kHz or 48kHz so it makes sense to capture at those sampling rates. The space difference is negligible and you will need to sample rate convert at some point ...
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How do I make a MIDI file to reset the Reverb and Chorus on my Roland synthesizer?

You can reset specific controllers by sending your chosen values - CC07 Volume 100 CC10 Pan 64 [zero is hard left, centre is 64] CC91 Reverb 40 CC93 Chorus 0 There is a Reset All controller 121, ...
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Attempting to recreate a sound from track

That's not bad actually, a very good start. But I would try layering another note on top. Saw-based, try an octave down (or maybe one saw vco an octave down) to open up that saw-buzz that you're ...
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What is Sound Design in the context of synthesizers

I feel like this is like saying one guitar is better for playing the blues than another guitar. It’s the player, not the guitar, that is better or worse at playing the blues. To me when someone ...
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Open sounding chorus on tight synth

I was able to get into the same ballpark by using granular synthesis on a distorted guitar. Granulator III with some spread in mono mode with portamento worked pretty well. The choice of guitar ...
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How to make this descending pitch heavy sound?

Use a SINE wave signal (yes read on) Let it dive an octave (either by gradual resampling, generator pitch automation or LFO / Wheel pitch control on your synth) Add a percussive hit to the start (...
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