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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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What's the name of the phenomenon in which upon hearing same sound repeatedly, one begins to hear a rhythm?

When making non-music recordings, sometimes I listen to a three-second snippet repeatedly and after a few listens, I cannot help but hear a rhythm or a certain musicality. What's this phenomenon ...
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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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“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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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 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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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 ads....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Faking a human performance in midi

Whether this question really belongs here or in some other part of StackExchange, I do not know. If the general public or the admins would like to see it moved elsewhere, I'd of course be happy to ...
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How to trigger electronic sounds on stage

Maybe this question is a little bit amateur but I am new to electronic music. I have seen a lot of bands like Coldplay that, despite they are only 4 members, they have lots of electronic sounds live ...
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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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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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Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?

When creating electronic beats, I have a hard time deciding if I should really use a synthesizer to sequence my whole rhythm section. Sometimes I end up using samples or recording something close to ...
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Where on earth do I begin? [closed]

This question has been answered sufficiently, and I have posted a new, more specific question as was suggested. So, this probably isn't the usual post you might expect going by the title - this isn't ...
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Music arrangement for EDM

I've been searching in Google about song arrangement in EDM. I found one from this website: http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/tutorial-from-an-idea-to-a-song Here's the arrangement i saw: Intro-...
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Buying a dual purpose keyboard for learning kids + aspring eletronic music adults?

My 6 year old is interested in learning piano, so I'm looking to buy a keyboard for her. I'm also interested in picking back piano myself and trying my hand at electronic music. I have a computer ...
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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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What is the usage of “Zooming Out” in showing an amplitude envelope

Sorry if it might sound a bit of trivial to some of you peeps..I don't get what the author wants to say with this: " To represent the amplitude envelope,we will continue to use the waveform view,but ...
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How to use padKontrol with Ableton Live?

I have a Korg padKontrol midi controller and it is fairly easy to get it going with Ableton Live 9 as a drum trigger. However, I would like to use it to trigger scenes in session view and generally ...
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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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Arpeggio theory and chord sequences

I can play a little piano by ear and have always been fascinated by arpeggios, particularly in electronic music. The following notes played as a chord sound 'good' to me and I'd like to compose a ...
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What are some sources for learning chiptune composition? [closed]

I'm relatively new to music composition and I choose chiptune to start learning some simple compositions. What I've been doing is compose some riffs but I'm having trouble creating a full song. I ...
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M-Audio Oxygen v4 49 Disconnection Problem

Using Windows 8.1 x64 Using POD X3 Live as a soundcard (which is working fine and not disconnecting during my guitar recording sessions) I'm using ableton lite x64 Both my POD X3 Live and Oxygen is ...
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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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Is it realistic to pursue music as a profession? [closed]

To elaborate, let's say I become very good, unspeakably good, at music and contributing to my favorite genre by recording professional albums. How hard would it be to get signed to a major record ...
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Beating 'Blank Page Syndrome' and Projecting Intent

I posted a question earlier, which a number of people pointed out was coming off too broad to make for a good post, and it was suggested I boil it down to a smaller bite, so here goes. I have been a ...
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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 ...
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I want to play music on my phone through my audio interface to my speakers. Is that possible? [closed]

So i have bought some KRK RP6 G3 speakers but i need a good audio interface for it. But i don't want play music on my PC all time, for example if i got a good track send trough via WhatsApp i want to ...
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Processing Vocals/Layers of Vocals

In some of electronic music songs' parts, you can hear multiple vocals at the same time. One male, one female vocals but it's different than de-esser effects, it is like being recorded on the same ...
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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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What drums are used in Faded by ZHU? [closed]

I'm really new to music production. I got some advice about listening and analyzing other's songs/tracks. I'm trying to analyze drums from Faded by ZHU. The problem that I can't manage to detect hi-...
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How could I recreate this particular synth sound?

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about recreating a synth sound, or at least getting something relatively similar: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kswhzrr0ywoijfj/synthexport-28082015.mp3?dl=0 I've ...
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Compare FM synthesis sound signal to equivalent additive synthesis signal

I currently try to familiarize myself with the theories behind FM synthesis. I found this page with a lot of useful information about FM synthesis: https://ccrma.stanford.edu/software/snd/snd/fm.html ...
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Need help with electronic music complexity

I am a beginner-intermediate Indian classical musician and I know 'some' western classical music theory. I play some amount of piano too. Lately I have been having the wish of composing tunes. I can ...
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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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How to do wavy thing in electronic music? [closed]

I have listened to a lot of electronic music. I have noticed a lot of these wavy things that goes up and down due to the pitch and volume. For example Monster Cat does this! Is there a way of doing ...