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In your question you talk about differing sounds of bands like alt-j, so I believe we need to talk about keyboards and synths. A common misconception is that keyboards are the same thing as a synth. Keyboards are often shipped out with permanent patches and that's it, some will have recordings of a sound that are played back when you press the key. A synth ...


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Any sound may be modeled as a combination of sinusoidal waveforms at different frequencies; in many cases, if a sound contains multiple frequencies which are all multiples or near-multiples of a common "fundamental" frequency, the union of those sounds will be perceived as one sound whose frequency is that of the fundamental, and whose "character" is ...


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What you see and hear in the final waveform is the sum of all the instruments, the sum of all the individual sources. All those sounds can be encoded in a single waveform. In the case of your first example (stereo sound) you have two channels (two waveforms, two signals) instead of one. In other words, yes, it is a single sound (or two sounds in the case ...



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