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What is the "level" of Frequency Modulation of many synthesizers?

Very good question. I found nothing about it in the manuals. It seems I'm missing some knowledge that the creators of FM8 and Ableton's Operator share and use. So, my question is how do synth makers ...
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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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Difference between multiple voices and chorus

Voices are separate oscillators, chorus is merely a delay-based effect. Usually the number of voices in a synth actually refers to the number of oscillator groups. For example, an analog synth with "...
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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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Reducing noise and crackling from wires

Balancing! All your lines should be balanced. What this does it splits the signal in two and flips one half of it. Then the side that is flipped is flipped back at the end, and added to the first one, ...
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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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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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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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How to create a Acid Synth Stab sound?

For anyone who wants to make this sound in MASSIVE it's pretty simple. You only need one Oscillator on. Select Squ-Sw 1 and pull the WT-position all the way to the right so you only get a normal saw ...
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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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Where would midi cables connect FROM 2 synth wk stations into an interface

With a single MIDI input port, the 44VSL can handle only one device. Nowadays, it is likely that a keyboard has built-in USB. If not, you can use a USB/MIDI interface cable to get a second MIDI IN.
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N.I. Massive assign Pitch Bend Wheel to Macro

Can you assign a parameter in NI's Massive to the MIDI Pitch bend wheel? No, I don't think you can, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch have dedicated controllers(They aren't in the standard MIDI CC# 1-127 ...
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What you need to know to create a software synth?

You need to understand sound sources (oscillators, noise generators, and samples), modulation (LFO in particular), sound shaping (envelopes), and then signal processing (read: math and audio physics). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Recreating a synthesizer

I'm not familiar with Live, but here is my guess: It's square because it sounds 'empty' to me. Saw OSC has much more details. It's distorted. This contributes a lot to the sound and of course will ...
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How to visualize alarm sound

If I'm understanding you correctly the best way is to view the sound as a spectrogram: I just found that image online, but shows a series of tones descending in pitch. Looking at the left axis, you ...
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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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Real Time Control with Envelope

You're in luck then as the CV (Control Voltage) outputs for pitch and volume on your Etherwave will allow you to do exactly that with the addition of some other gear. You'll need to get some other CV ...
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Slot Machine Synth Tone

For soft sounds like that, an FM synth would be a good start. They're next to impossible to program (intentionally) if you don't have an engineering degree, but a lot of presets would suit that tone ...
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Pulse wave duty cycle

What makes a signal audible is it's variations, not it's absolute level. Both examples you mention (0% or 100% duty cycles are in fact DC signals, either at 0 or full voltage) can therefore not be ...
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Is there a restart via gate type option in FM8?

Under each Operator tab (A-F), the option is called "Key Sync" in the Waveform section. This toggles between Key Sync (aka Restart via Gate in Massive) and Free Run. This is different than the Key ...
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How to make this duck-sounding synth?

That sound is not very complex...and certainly achievable. When emulating any synth sound, it will be a lot of trial and error tweaking. But here are some obvious facts for a starting point. The ...
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How to make the sounds from this Donkey Kong 2 composition (Super Nintendo)?

it sounds like some sort of pad, are you sure that's brass? definitely a wet sound. try to find a pad in your DAW that sounds somewhat similar. Add a flanger effect and toy around with the decay. ...
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How to make this guitar lead sound from Megaman X (Super Nintendo)?

To be honest, it sounds like 'Overdriven Guitar' patch from AC97 General MIDI Soundset, which in turn was based on Roland Canvas General MIDI module if my memory serves right, so it will be not an ...
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N.I. Massive assign Pitch Bend Wheel to Macro

Massive doesn't let you macro the pitch of the synth. In order to do this you can either macro the individual OSC pitch values, or set the pitch range in the "Pitchbend" section of the "OSC" tab and ...
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