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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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I don't believe there is some magical trick you can use to get past the wall you're facing. Unfortunately, you just need to write a lot of music, and your first songs aren't going to be very good. Writing good music is hard, and it takes experience. I'm a programmer myself, and I can tell you it's comparable in difficulty to programming. When you started ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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