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Wave is an uncompressed or lossless format, whereas MP3 is compressed or lossy. Technically .wav is just a container format and can hold various types of compressed or uncompressed audio, but typically you'll see it containing LPCM uncompressed audio (the same as on audio CDs). With .wav files, you are essentially getting a raw bitstream representation of ...


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They are not always the same. There can be differences in the harmonic content, in the wave shape, even if they are unnoticeable to the ear (or most ears). There are many different ways to generate the basic waveforms electronically, so in analog synths the actual waveform will depend on the design and implementation. I've also found that analog ...


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Learning production is like learning any musical instrument in a lot of ways. You first need to practice a lot to become very familiar with your software. The software is your instrument, you need to know it inside and out to become proficient at creating songs. For instruments, daily practice is the fastest way to improve, and the same goes with digital ...


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This is going to sound rather trite, but… Put the gear away & write a song on the piano. You're suffering from a modern dilemma - Instant Gratification Syndrome. If it doesn't immediately make your music for you, you get bored. You have the gear, you want it to 'do something for you'. It's not going to happen. …alternatively - find a noise, any ...


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Seems that you are new to the whole synthesis thing and you are looking for specific sounds found in other songs, so I recommend you to start with a software synthesizer that has a big and good library and macro support/dynamics. The library will let you choose from an array of well-organized pre-programmed sounds, and the macros will let you tweak those ...


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This sounds similar-to (but more general than) the so-called Speech-to-Song effect, a musical illusion discovered and described by musical psychologist Dr. Diana Deutsch, whereby a repeated phrase of speech comes to sound like music. I think the effect you're discussing is a more general effect, since it involves any repeated sound, and does not necessarily ...


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A lot of the defining sound of electro (and related styles) comes from harmonically rich sounds. You'll find distortion and waveforms with many harmonics. In contrast, house tends to be more conservative in that regard. And that's pretty much it. Electro will also tend to be more "intense", with faster tempos and louder sounds, but I don't think that ...


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The executive summary of Charles' very detailed answer is: Use WAV for recording and editing. Use your audio editor's native file format with references to the WAV files to keep disk space under control use MP3 for distribution. 44.1 and 160kbps is lots, unless your audience has a home stereo that is worth more than their car and ears to match.


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The first set of terminology, with intros, buildups, and drops, is a starting point most useful for describing a range of dance music that is instrumental (no vocals) or instrumental-driven (has vocals, but these are an element of the track rather than the sole focus). The second set of terminology (verse, chorus...) is a set of terms to describe the ...


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It depends. It's not important, in the sense that it is not needed. There are different input dynamics, you use the one that you are more comfortable with. It can be important, though. If you are not comfortable with piano rolls, sequencers, or performing the piece, or with any other notation/input system, and you are proficient with score writing, then ...


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Unfortunately, the tools are not the key. E.g. Venetian Snares started out with a couple of ghettoblasters and low grade samplers. The first instruments of most musicians were low budget. Just cause you buy the best art equipment available, does not mean that you can paint. That's not to say all is lost for you, I can't possibly know that. But one must ...


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There is no blanket answer to your question. It depends. "It depends" isn't very useful though, so let's try to dive a little more into it. Advantages and disadvantages Generally speaking: Sample: Less complexity, less flexibility. Synthesis: More complexity, more flexibility. But it's not that simple, and the weight of those cons and pros depend on ...


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FLAC has nothing to do with FL Studio. Logic Pro X does not export to FLAC, either, for example. Generally an in-between program (possibly a mastering program) is used for such conversion. Any sequencer, including FL Studio can export to an uncompressed format such as WAV or AIFF, which are native, uncompressed formats. This is the highest possible ...


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Okay, you, a piano, and some nursery rhyme that does not have a melody associated with it. Do it wrong, but make yourself set it to music. No one will ever have to hear it. If that sounds weird, look at an old folk tune like Go Tell Aunt Rhodie. Look at a hymn, like When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. (NO! I am not suggesting you take up farming or religion. ...


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I agree largely with the other posted answer, but from the perspective of someone who has messed around with electronic music to at least a modest degree. I have a lot of VST synthesizers (enough that I definitely stay directionless most of the time) but when I feel inspired to write . . . 'something' . . .I find it very helpful to start extremely simple. ...


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How would you find a collection of notes that worked, that didn't just sound like a kid poking a piano? That's just it. My field is slightly different (classical), but the way I force inspiration is roughly equivalent to "poking a piano". I have never actually worked at a piano (not even for piano pieces - I check them when I'm done), but the method is ...


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For me, beatmatching has two aspects, there's the "wide" tempo description, like - is this the pace of walking, running, marching - and that can almost start on a physical level - feel it in your body to get the general area pf the tempo of the track. Then there's the fine-tuning which is most western dance music is most easily achieved by comparing the ...


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I am going to answer your "in short" "how do I do notes?" with a much more simplistic approach - one that works for me when I compose melodies for songs I write lyrics for. Start by deciding what key you want to use. Your choice of key could be influenced by the feel you want to create. Many composers will use major keys for happy songs, minor keys for ...


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The Wikipedia link does not look specific to EDM but more general to popular music. Though EDM structures can vary in many different ways, I would say that the structure Intro-Breakdown-Buildup-Drop-Breakdown-Buildup-Drop-Outro is quite frequent in EDM and could constitute a good starting point for a composition.


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I LOVE musique concrete (or tape music, or acoustmatic music or electroacoustic music - whatever we call it these days. To begin just play - in fact play or 'jeu' was an concept of the original musique concrete theorists. Play w/sound, be at play w/sound. Edit, layer, put effects on. Also - go listen to the greats. Pierre Henrys Psyche Rock (it will sound ...


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Since this question was finally reopened, I'll try to respond to it. Before giving any specific advice, a comment on the term musique concrète will be necessary. With a more traditional understanding, we may think of music as made up of pitches organised into melodies and harmonies in some rhythmic pattern that can be notated in a score. This is an abstract ...


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Getting into something new can always be daunting at first, but the more you struggle through something, the more you learn, providing you're making progress. I hope these answers help you in your journey. 1) Song structure is one of the most important aspects after understanding what the beat of a song is. I was literally talking to one of my piano ...


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The "Cruel but Fair" school of hard knocks would say... Try, try, try again & if at first you don't succeed... try again... [or give up, the choice is yours.] ..& if, after another 10 years, you still get no takers - then either you have a) no talent whatsoever or b) no-one has yet recognised it. It is almost impossible right now to say which that ...


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I thought I'd pull my comments from your other question & ramble on in here, in a more answer-form… It depends what I'm aiming for, of course… If I'm doing sound to picture, I will start by watching the film through once, not touching anything; then back through again with a straight piano sound on record. No stopping, I'll just play left-handed, ...


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So something that has helped me when i have needed to compose things for clients is to refine what the thought is that needs to be communicated like you would do when you are writing copy. Pare it down to one musical thought and then embellish. Another thing that helps when you're stuck is to do something thats obviously wrong. THat at least confirms what ...


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Sawtooth waves, triangle waves, sine waves, and square waves, and pulse waves of any particular duty cycle, all have precise mathematical definitions, so a "perfect" generator for any of them should yield equivalent results. In practice, sawtooth waves, pulse waves, and square waves cannot be reproduced quite perfectly because they involve an instantaneous ...


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To help you out: I've been figuring out how to make good "EDM" for many years now, and some of the things I've realized about it might be helpful to you. "Normal" music is different than dance music in a number of ways, although they're starting to swap traits in the past few years. 1) Almost all dance music NEVER progresses. What I mean is that there is ...


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I have never used Fl Studio, but the wikipedia article has a list of notable users and, although I haven't heard any of their music (not trying to dismiss them - I'm probably just not their audience), they (or most of them) seem to have established and successful careers. It doesn't necessarily mean that they used just Fl Studio for all their music, but I'm ...


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You use MIDI mapping. It's the same for any MIDI device. Go to MIDI options and make sure your device or MIDI port is enabled as Remote device. Press the MIDI mapping button, it is in the upper right corner, to the right of the key mapping button (which does the same as the MIDI mapping button, but for your computer keyboard buttons) and to the left ...


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What the author means is that you will zoom to see the amplitude changes of a single note. I personally would have said zoom in rather than zoom out, but I'm not reading the same book as you. Amplitude envelopes on keyboards and VST instruments typically are applied on a note per note basis.



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