For questions relating to the class of electronically-synthesized music genres. Specific genres should be tagged where appropriate.

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Do different synthesizers produce the exact same sawtooth (and square, etc) waveform?

All basic synthesizers can produce the basic waveforms: sawtooth, square, triangle, and sometimes sine. Does each synthesizer "injects" its own character to the waveform? Are all sawtooths the same, ...
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FL studio as VST plugin into Virtual DJ 8

I tried to integrate FL Studio as a VST plugin into Virtual DJ 8 but when I activate the plugin there is no sound from the song that was originally playing. Also the BPMs from Virtual DJ do not sync ...
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What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?

Being an electronic music producer, file format is something I have to consider at some point. I usually export my songs as .wavs and then convert them to .mp3s later (since they are smaller than ...
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Proper way to learn to dj and beat match for a total beginner!

To all kind people who read this, my greetings :-) I love EDM and wanted to do DJ, so, i searched and searched web all day and ended up firefox cursing me for clicking all kinda sites to just see ...
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How do I become a better electronic music producer?

I am 18 years old. I love music and I would love to make it and maybe become a music composer. However I do not know anything about music theory or anything. I can't play any instrument or so. When I ...
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Is writing important for electronic composition?

I am an electronic producer, and I was wondering if electronic music producers even write down their music on scores? Is that important enough to do for this category of music genres? Or should I do ...
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Looking for a trance gate midi device for Ableton Live/Max for Live

I am looking for a midi effect for Max for Live which allows the creation of arbitrary trance patterns. Something like the one embedded in FM8, just to be clear. Many people implement trancegates on ...
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What exactly is Bootleg in electronic music?

It's not quite clear what a Bootleg is in the electronic music? What's the difference between a Bootleg and a Mashup?
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What is the difference between Electro and House?

I am wondering what the difference is between House, Electro and perhaps Progressive House in precise musical terms (not in terms of what it feels like/what musicians are examples of the respective ...
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What is harmonic mixing / mix in key?

I'm currently learning how to become a DJ. One of the concepts that caught my attention was "harmonic mixing". I know some very basic music theory, and I'm having some trouble understanding it. What ...
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How to start making musique concrète?

This is probably one of the more obscure music styles, and some of you may not even consider it as a style of music. Music or not music, it is a form of art that I am interested in making. I am a ...
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Good PCs & Specs For Music Production? [duplicate]

I am looking for a PC or at least the specs of a PC that I would need to run music software such as pro tools, cubase or nuendo and other music software packages, as well as having the use of an audio ...
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Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock

I've been working for a year on home recording and I kept all my sounds "pure" so I didn't mix my songs a lot. However, I notice that a lot of bands use synthesizers or even complete electro mixes as ...
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A genre for soft electronic music

I am looking for an electronic music genre like house but with more melodies and more soft sounds, nothing aggressive and acid, more melodies and vocal and a little sad. Is there a name for the ...
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Aspiring DJ/Mix Artist looking for good beginner tools and software [closed]

I'm an avid fan of edm and I want to start making my own music, and I have a general idea of the tools that I need to start (mixing board, MIDI controller, Ableton, etc.) but I was wondering if there ...
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Which disco tracks were the most influential in electronic music? [closed]

While attempting to better my understanding of the roots of electronic dance-able popular (as opposed to classical or experimental) music, I found out that most of its influences come from disco and ...
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In electronic music equipment and software, what are some good ways of cutting costs without sacrificing quality/effort?

I'm interested in getting into producing electronic music (EDM, house, whatever I end up digging at the time), but I've recently run into a roadblock: money. Potential costs include: Computer DAW ...
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Making music digitally — where should children start?

Digital musical instruments: How could children play with and learn, alongside traditional instruments? And how do the ecosystems for making music in iOS, Android, and Windows tablet compare? ...
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How can I use audio slices as samples?

I'm trying to remix a song, and I've cut an audio event (referencing its own clip) into slices. Is there a way to use these slices to make a rhythmic beat, as if each slice were a drum pad (other than ...
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“Depression” sensation after the beat, in electronic music

How is obtained the "Depression" sensation after the beat, that we can hear in a few Electronic Music songs ? (like Trance / Dance) Example : Border Vocals, "Lovetension". It feels like after the ...
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Can I produce all the sounds on my computer that external synths can?

I want to start making music on my computer. I already play a bunch of real instruments, but I imagine I'll want to also use synth noises and such. Intuitively I don't see why I can't just produce any ...
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Some questions about prospects of using MIDI a keyboard with MilkyTracker

I have an electronic keyboard (Casio CTK-4000). I want to use it with MilkyTracker on Ubuntu. After connecting it to my laptop with a USB A/B printer cable and doing some aconnect routing, I was able ...
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Who can remix a song?

I'm thinking of trying to learn how to remix songs with GarageBand and similar applications. So far I'm a total noob, and I'm just wondering who is allowed remix what songs? Is anyone allowed to remix ...
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What does it mean for a synth to be “dirty”?

An effect that many electronic music creators go for is a "dirty bass synth" or something similar. What exactly does this term mean, if it has a precise definition at all? What qualities of a synth ...
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I want to be like Madeon. Where do I start?

I recently stumbled upon this live mashup and I am electrified. The fellow's name is Madeon, and he has a number of similarly great remixes and mashups on SoundCloud. I've always enjoyed electronic ...
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What is the cost of ISRC Codes? [closed]

I want to get ISRC codes so that I can self publish my songs online without any middlemen. Please let me know the costs associate with obtaining an ISRC Code.
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How to recreate a sound on a synth

Is is possible to recreate any sound you hear in a synth? Think of it like ear training, but with a synth. Being able to deconstruct a sound with your ear, know what type of waveform is being used, ...
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How does fm synthesis work compared to additive synthesis, and how can I approach sound design with it?

I use tools including Ableton Analog, NI Massive and FAW Circle, with which I can produce more or less any sound I like, but I don't really understand how synthesis works and how to make a sound with ...
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How is electronic music performed live?

I produce electronic music like electro house/dubstep. I am releasing it on the internet for some time, and I think it's time to do a couple of live performances. How can I perform it live?
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New myspace: do you have to be member to view other's profile? [closed]

I recently subscribed to the new myspace in order to have a place where I could share my music (electronic compositions) production. But it seems to me that the ones who are not subscribed cannot see ...
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What is the “lead”, the harmony and the melody in modern dance music? [closed]

I often hear people refer to the "lead". What exactly is it? Also, what would be called the chord progression that is higher pitch than the bass chord progression? I think the bass chord progression ...
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Rave drum loops like Netsky?

I want to start making some rave music. I listened to a few songs which seamed to share a nearly identical beat. (listen to Black & Blue - Miike Snow (Netsky Remix) for an example. I've been ...
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What is it called when a DJ rewinds, then fastforwards quickly?

Not too quickly or abrupt like a scratch, but when it's done at a linear speed at something like a tenth of a second both ways, further the record is brought to where it would have been had this ...
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What keys are associated to what drums when connecting keyboard to Roland electronic drum via MIDI?

How do I know which key to press on my keyboard to get the kick drum or the cymbals for example ?
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wet/moist sounding effect, replicating effects or sound. electronic music

I was listening to the group Terravita's song and heard a awesome sounding synthesizer with what sounds like it has heavy effects. It sort of sounds like a flanger, but with an almost wetness or moist ...
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Math formulae for organs?

I already know that an organ can be synthesized by using sine waves at specific frequencies. But if you generate sine waves like that, the timbre of the note is very very plain (it sounds just like a ...
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How could you make instrumental sounds come out of a computer?

I've been working on some music generating software, and have laid out the basic algorithms, now all I need are actual instrumental sounds. By instrumental sounds, I mean the sound that comes out of a ...
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What electronic instruments does Oh Land use?

I've seen this Oh Land live video on YouTube and wondered: What are these electronic instruments that Oh Land and the guy on her right play? I'd love to check them out. ...
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What is the name of perfomance technique used in the chorus of Celldweller — Last Firstborn?

I am currently obsessed with the track by Celldweller called "Last Firstborn". Is there any name for the keyboard technique used in the chorus? In this YouTube video you can hear it from 1:28 right ...