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It's possible to connect a usb midi controller into a midi synthesizer?

I do have an usb midi keyboard controller (m-audio keystation 49) and a synthesizer keyboard (KORG KROSS). I would like to assembly my controller to my synthesizer. However my controller only have ...
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What is the most useful or easier synth software to play on stage with a controller [closed]

I'm using a M-Audio keyboard controller together with Reason and Kontakt. However both software are not quite easy to manipulate on stage. which software is a good choice to play on stage with this ...
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How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?

I'm working on differential equations homework right now, and I just came across a solution to a problem that has the form: I graphed the function with my computer and it has an interesting ...
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Mapping MIDI controllers to Hammond B3 plugin

What are the basic controls that a Hammond B3 virtual instrument plugin would have that are usually assigned to controls on a MIDI controller keyboard? And then it is right to assign the Leslie ...
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Are there any function modulators/synths?

I've been reading a book about synthesis. Part of the book talks about different synths, and one of these is the Function Modulator. Basically, you're able to mathamatically compute the sine waves ...
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Using a tremolo stompbox between the swell pedal and the synth?

I'm quite new to the practical aspects of synthesizers and fx modules (I only just got my first synth a few months ago). As is typical these days, my synth has a variety of onboard effects, but it ...
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What type of Keyboard is best for use with DAWs for adding Bass Lines and Leads to my mixes?

I produce original music using a Digital Audio Workstation similar to Logic Pro - and I want a hands on device to aid in adding nice sounding basslines and smooth ambient lead guitar solos (and other ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for when buying my first synthesizer?

There are countless options out there and it is very easy for a beginner to feel overwhelmed. Which features should I be looking for? Which are the most important characteristics? How can the options ...
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How can I convert a Standard MIDI File from Type 1 to Type 0?

Is there a way to convert a Standard MIDI File (SMF) from Type 1 to Type 0? Obviously, some advanced features might be lost, but that's okay. I imagine there might be a software program which does ...
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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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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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Do I need to be concerned with drum tuning when using drum samples?

I'm starting to get into writing and recording some music and am using synthesized drums for the time being. Do I need to be selecting samples based off drum tuning at all? For example, if I'm writing ...
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Are there any guide with commonly used settings on sound synthesis?

I just saw the new york sound synthesis course on youtube. It's pretty good, but I wonder if there are any guide or pdf with the most common used settings in music, like a string pad on trance music ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 + 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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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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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 can I reproduce the choppy synth in “Come on Home” by Franz Ferdinand?

I want to prepare a base so we can play with my band a cover of this song: I have a Korg R3 and Garageband. Can you hear the "choppy" synth at the beginning? How ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...