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The music industry is so much broader than you're making it out to be. Of course you can make a living in music—if you're willing and/or interested in being something other than a solo recording artist. You could, for example (and I'm just thinking of these off the top of my head; I'd be happy for others to add to the list): play 300 gigs a year, on the ...


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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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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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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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Despite what common wisdom would tell you, there IS money to be made in music. Since the internet's turned music into something people expect for free your chances of making that money as an ARTIST are astronomically small unless your name is Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift. Luckily, there's a million other ways to turn your music into a successful career. 1 ...


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One more option which hasn't been mentioned yet is to create musical equipment. For example, my first love is music but I got a degree in computer programming and I love that as well...so I put the two together and now I'm in the process of making mobile apps for musicians (metronome, chord progression generator, etc). I also have a guitarist friend who ...


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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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A rhythm is essentially a recurring relationhip between the time intervals at which noticable 'events' in a sound wave are occurring. These 'events' can be of many types, though - could be a drum beat, or the start of a note being played - or it could be a sudden change in timbre of a sound, or even a sound stopping. Think of what happens when a CD player ...


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When should I use one over another? The big advantage of using samples is that it's easier to make your hits sound like real instruments. If you sample a snare drum, and use that sample, it will sound more like the real thing vs. a synthesized snare hit, which will more likely sound synthesized. One disadvantage of samples is they may need to be ...


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Good answers here. These are my two cents: Know who your favorite producers are. Have a good sense for what you love and what you don't. Sometimes knowing what you don't want is more important than knowing what you do want. Do your homework - read everything you can about your favorite producers. Through interviews, you will gain insight into their ...


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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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The notes in your question form a G minor seventh (Gm7) arpeggio. Your voicing doesn't have the root note G as a bass note, but the fifth (D). The 'formula' for a minor seventh chord is root - minor third - perfect fifth - minor seventh (all counted from the root), which for a Gm7 chord gives G Bb D F (you used the enharmonically equivalent A# ...


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If you want the best reward for least effort, I would start with the tempo track. Figure out how the music should be "phrased" at the level of individual beats in the bar, or even subdivisions of beats. Often the same rhythmic feel or groove will apply to many similar phrases, once you have found it. Changing the tempo by around 5% on individual beats often ...


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I'm not sure this actually answers the question itself, but may provide some perspective as to what is involved in humanisation. The 'trouble' with humanisation, is often the sum of the individual humans making up the final groove - even if it was all actually the same human - in itself varies over time. The inaccuracies contribute to the eventual feel of ...


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Well, there are only opinions for that question, no answers. my opinion is no. you might find a way to make enough to get by and people CERTAINLY do. But in my sampling of data on the subject, the people I know who make a living off music make a lot less than me. (I don't know any rock superstars). So my route was to become a computer programmer, find ...


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To elaborate, let's say I become very good, unspeakably good, at music That buys you a career as a studio musician. It does not buy you a record contract. You need to convey a message other than "good at music" for that. Take Bob Dylan, called by some critics "the worst interpreter of Dylan songs". Obviously, he still brings something to the table that ...


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Chief issue with simple programmed and then "humanized"/randomized parts isn't the nature of the variations per se but the fact that the parts don't build their variance off of each other, nor do do previous errors affect downstream timing. Still better than a straight beat but you have to stick to very small amounts or it gets very noticable. Have you ...


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You can do this with any cheap Soundmodule or Soundcard. Just go to the wind section of the GM module select a Panflute sound, put a low-cut filter on it to filter out the low end and EQ the high end to make it more aggressive. A compressor will give the sound an additional kick. If you are lucky your sound module does have a bottleblow sound as variation ...


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Additive synthesis only looks so “spikey” when you do it in a quite naïve way: setting the phase of all frequency components to zero (or possible some other unfortunate fixed value). Even a random-phase iFFT will give you a pretty even envelope (though not quite the constant-amplitude thing you get with FM), and if you actually do a full ...


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"Someone said something about the I, ii, IV, V chords and I really still don't understand it, so i wouldn't mind if I can get a picture description on how I can quickly familiarise myself with it." Hi.. I want to help you to answer your above question : I used to fl studio long time ago, now I works on Nuendo. The simplest way for me to create chords in fl ...


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Most analog VCOs generate almost perfect mathematical waveforms (almost because of minor instabilities/noise but its usually below -60db). But you don't sample VCO, there are many elements in the signal path.. Like high pass filters used to kill DC, usually after VCO, mixer, filter. What you see is just a high-pass filtered "perfect sawtooth". You can try ...


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There are a few very broad and high level questions in here. As such, I will try to give a high level answer to get you started, but please note I am a hobbyist and not a pro, so other pros might be able to give more detailed or fuller responses. "I've always wanted to produce music. Like to sit in front of my laptop and start making those electro/dubstep ...


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We LIKE patterns. Our minds and brains crave for order, for organization. If you write abtruse dodecaphonic music with no tonal basis at all, listeners will strive (often successfully) to find a tonic. Let's not start a fight, but this could help explain why some people are happier with design than with evolution. The answer to this specific question is ...


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You don't have to concern yourself with the details of synthesis with FL studio, or any "DAW" (digital audio workstation). If you just want to focus on the notes, use the preset sounds on a VST synthesizer or sample player, and drive it using MIDI. You can usually write in MIDI notes in a piano-roll editor, or some DAWs will allow you to write notes in a ...


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If you are looking at a waveform in an extremely zoomed-in state, you see individual cycles of the sound pressure which are essentially an overlay of different waveforms. An example where the advice is particularly relevant if you are looking at "noisy" sound like a cymbal or a gong or a drum. In that case, looking at a resolution of a few milliseconds ...



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