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What contributes to the roughness of a sound?

I know this is a little subjective in regards to what roughness is. So, imagine the sound of a sine wave, you could say this is the purest, or cleanest sound there is. Now contrast that to a ...
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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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Is there a key-less synth/midi controller to control and modulate my Yamaha keyboard?

Newbie here. I already own a Yamaha keyboard, which is pretty much like a piano but with all the options for DJ and change of tone etc. I want to be able to modulate pitch and such with modulation ...
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What is filter automation?

I know what the effect of a filter on the sound of a synthesizer is, but I don't get wat the difference is between using a filter and filter automation.
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Is pitch key mapping available in any of NI Komplete Ultimate 10 synths?

I played with Sytrus synthesizer recently. It has a cool feature, where you can map pitch offset to particular oscilator for a given key. There is a factory preset named Transchorder. It has 3 ...
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Modulation in synthesizer using a separate device

Are there any analogue devices that can be connected to synthesizers like yamaha psr S550b to modulate sounds and get an output back from my synth's speakers? (Basically I want to minimize the use ...
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Uploading tones on a synthesizer.

I own yamaha psr S550b and a yamaha psr 295 synths. Lately I've been composing music using fl studio and now I want to perform live using sounds (tones) from fl studio. However I was wondering if I ...
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Why does software-synthesized MIDI music sound so bad?

It seems like converting MIDI into sound should be simple enough: record all possible notes, and then just superimpose the individual sounds according to the MIDI data (offsets, duration and volume), ...
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Learning to Patch Synthesizers - “Synth Theory”

I'm currently in the process of learning to produce music, and one thing I'm finding absent in any of the resources I come across is what I guess I'd call "synth theory". For someone who's very ...
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Duration of a quarter note with a 3 written beside it (on a synth display)?

I'm currently reading the manual to my old synthesizer (Roland MC-505) and for setting the quantization level amongst other settings it displays the note duration on the LCD using the symbols for the ...
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Can acceptable trills be played on an old M1 with unweighted synth action?

So I have a Korg T3 (basically an M1 with some extra ROM samples). I am deeply deeply unsatisfied with my trills because they just don't have that smooth, singing, "trilly" quality. They are on time ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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DAW Synthesizer that allows you to start with a sample instead of a recorded wavetable sample

Digital synthesizer's like NI Massive, use wavetable samples for their oscillator tones. From there on you can use many different envelopes/filters/inserts/ etc to create a tones. Is there a DAW ...
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What would happen if I played two or more notes on a monophonic modular analog synthesizer?

Say I had a monophonic modular analog synth patched. If I played two or more notes, would it mess it up or would the MIDI to CV module just send one note through?
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What is the cheapest hardware synthesizer, or where are schematics for DIY?

I have been looking into hardware synthesizers a lot, but have no where NEAR enough money to buy the MIDI to CV (already have a MIDI keyboard I got a while back ago), VCO, VCF/VCA, and then stuff for ...
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How the multiple analog synthesizer voices work together?

Many synthesizers that are marketed as "four voice" instruments visibly feature four similar, independent sets of controls, giving impression that each voice could be tuned separately. However this ...
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Methods in Singing Synthesis

I want to know more about the latest attempts to create synthesizers for singing. I would ideally like to know more about both the most widely respected algorithms/models as well as mainstream ...
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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 some resources/techniques that will help me understand how to create synth sounds?

I'm both the pianist and synth player in a (amateur) band, but mainly a pianist from training and experience. I'm pretty decent at piano, so technique isn't really a problem. However, when I play ...
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Is it possible to move patches around on the microKorg?

I've so far just used my microKorg to play around with creating sounds, and am using it for the first time on stage in a few weeks. When practicing, I've noticed that it's very slow to move between ...
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Electronic Wind Instrument technique resources

I have a EWI that I use with a DAW, nothing professional just bedroom home recording. I have found my techniques to be terrible on the EWI, I was wondering what are some of the things people do to ...
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Achieve samplepad/keyboard synth sound with a bass guitar for playing live?

I play bass in a pop band and for a new song we want to add a synth bass similar to the one in this song: The estudio recording part is easy, so the question is if ...
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Scotland the Brave - advice for newbie painist

I recently bought a synthesizer and my dream is to play Scotland the Brave. What is the quickest way to achieve this goal? (e.g. should I just learn to play the keys and not the chords; is there a ...
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Why were sound effects like the gunshot included in the General MIDI (GM) standard?

I recently learned about the general MIDI standard and one thing that I cannot understand is the last sound effect is always a gunshot. Most of the other effects like applause, telephone ring, and ...
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Basic synth performance in Pop-Rock songs

I am pretty new to the keyboard and synth (but not to piano). I have been starting to play in a rock band as a keyboardist recently. However, the lines I was given to play was just some simple chords ...
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Keyboard + laptop or synthesizer?

I am on a budget of about £150 and need a portable keyboard to take to gigs with both realistic-ish piano sounds and some synth sounds too. I have a laptop but no keyboard, would it be best to get a ...
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Make different ranges across a midi keyboard play different voices?

Without using a laptop (since I don't have one and will be playing live) is it possible to make the top half of a midi keyboard play sax while the bottom half plays a different synth sound? My low ...
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What options are there for cheap synthesiser/synth modules to get for gigs?

I have an electronic piano with nicely weighted keys and a midi out, but I want to play 80s music with my band and it doesn't have the right sounds. I need a fairly cheap (sub £300) synth/synth ...
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What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?

I'm working on this piece of music on a sequencer, and I'm trying to emulate the effect of playing the same note on different strings of a guitar, say, an E3 on the 5th fret of the B string and an ...
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How to synthesize grand piano sound

I'm using MIDI keyboard with an external software synthesizer that runs on a computer. I want to make it sound like a grand piano. I want something like this. This example shows that it's possible to ...
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How do I play the synthesizer on my own?

I recently bought the Novation Mininova and now I would like to practise playing it. In my mind a synthesizer like this is hard to just play around with, without any other instruments playing. I would ...
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Piano/keyboard versus synth

I've been aiming to buy a keyboard for quite a while now, but just recently, I've been interested by synthesizers due to some new band I've been listening to. I don't know much about these two ...
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Dealing with synthesized sounds where only a subset of tones sound good

I created a heavily modulated and filtered bass sound on F-1 but cannot play anything other than the F-1 itself and its # as the rest have too many conflicting frequencies. How can these two keys be ...
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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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What is needed for an electric woodwind?

My wife is a music teacher. She's a classically trained saxophonist, and has been playing almost all of her life. Recently she saw a video which included an electric woodwind, and she just about went ...
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Does the MicroKORG XL+ have internal speakers?

I just bought a MicroKORG XL+ and have plugged in the power adapter and turned this on. The volume is up but it makes no sounds. Does it have its own speaker? Or do I need to have this connected to an ...
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Synth sounds that make good solo instruments but don't mimic pianos, organs etc?

I have played a lot of piano, some organ and a fair few synths in my time, and have yet to ever find a synth patch that makes a good solo instrument (i.e. like a piano, you can play an entire ...
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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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MIDI: How do I refer to (and search for) software that will play audio from a MIDI piano?

I have a MIDI digital piano that connects to a computer via USB (it also has a normal MIDI out port too) and I'd like to browse for software that lets me play music through my computer's speakers. I ...
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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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Is the song 'Popcorn' free to use? [closed]

You sure know the song 'Popcorn' (link to wikipedia). I couldn't find out under what license this song is. Has the copyright already lapsed or do I have to pay for using it?
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KORG TRITON LE, can I make my own sounds?

All I see are presets, is that all i can use? Can I make my own sounds with it? I mean I look at the moog and its got like 30 knobbys for tweaking.
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Very portable MIDI synth

I was planning to buy a very small MIDI keyboard (akai lpk25). Of course to make it produce sounds, I would need to connect it (via USB) to my laptop. Question: say one day I want to go to the park ...
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How can I regulate tempo on a Roland sh-101?

I have a Roland SH-101, an analog synthesizer made in 1983. I'm trying to recreate a song, but I can't ever seem to get its sequencer to play at just the right tempo using the LFO/Clk Rate slider - ...
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Tutorials or advice on layering synths

so I have been into some music production for a few weeks, and I feel like I am improving gradually. The problem I am having currently is layering synths. If I listen to a track, I can sort of make ...
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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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Keyboard or midi controller for learning to play? [duplicate]

I am an adult looking to learn to play music. I would like to learn to play a synthesizer but they are a bit expensive to try a new hobby on. I'm looking around the $100 range for my starter ...
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Find LSB/MSB values for voices in Yamaha CP5's MIDI implementation

I got Yamaha CP5 and I try to define banks so that I can use its instruments from the computer (using the Rosegarden sequencer). Each bank should be specified by a MSB/LSB combination. The data list ...
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Are some synthesizers and keyboards able to interchange sounds?

Synthesizers create new sounds, and many keyboards have thousands of tones to choose from; sometimes a musician may want a sound heard in a recorded song - but it is difficult to find. This may be ...
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How does a “Talk-Box” differ from a Vocoder?

Both the Talk-Box and Vocoder combine instrumental sounds with vocal sounds to create a Singing Instrument (or a more precisely-controlled Singer). How are they different, beyond "One's for guitar and ...