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The synth patches that you want will exist if you build them yourself. :) You might consider studying some of the older musicians such as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. At that time, people usually rolled their own sounds, building them from the basic four waveforms. Also, you might read up on "additive synthesis" which has to do with the theory behind ...


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A few ideas: The most difficult but most flexible approach would be to continue playing with the synth programming until the synth sounds in tune on more notes, or program more synths to have similar sounds on different notes. Use pedal point. A bassline using pedal point constantly plays the same note, regardless of the changes in harmony. Done well, ...


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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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There are analogue and digital synthesizers. The digital ones you'll likely be able to emulate faithfully through a computer, but opinions differ when it comes to analogue. There are both digital synthesizers and programs that try to emulate them, but many feel that it is not like the "real deal". There is also a big difference manipulating real keys and ...


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I think subtle expression possibilities is the key. Piano, electric piano and organs have a large and very finely controllable dynamic sound range1 (either by true continuous 𝆑𝆓𝆏 spectrum right "at the fingertips", or lots of of possible organ stop/drawbar combinations), so you can always counteract where it might get tiresome, without however necessarily ...


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It is not a matter of quality. You can get great sounds from a computer and many albums have been made on nothing but a laptop or even an iPad or GameBoy. Quality is not the concern. There are good reasons for wanting hardware synths, though, even digital ones. They start up instantly and generally never crash. They have many knobs and controllers for ...


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The composer Gershon Kingsley is still alive in the U.S.A. where he composed this song. If you manage to have him die within this year, the copyright will lapse in 2104 according to current rules if I am not mistaken. However, the lobbying of Disney Corp. has been effective in keeping Walt Disney's work out of the Public Domain by retroactive copyright ...


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I believe that you are looking for a software synthesizer, aka soft synth software that receives MIDI data and outputs audio data. You may also need to consider the midi usb software driver software the software that allows one to send/recieve MIDI data across the USB interface and allow it to get to the synthesizers. In hardware this type of thing may be ...


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I have the EWI USB. As mentioned by Meaningful Username, it doesn't have any in-board sounds, so I can't play it stand-alone -- it has to be plugged in to a computer. While it does come with its own softsynth program (based on Garritan's Aria Player), and a decent set of samples, it can also be used as a generic MIDI controller, which is what I usually do. I ...


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Although EWIs are MIDI controllers, capable of controlling any MIDI devices, some also have built in sounds and headphone sockets. @Meaningful Username has been more diligent than me and checked out your links (!) - he says the middle one has built in sounds. Therefore, with this, you should be able to get started with just the instrument and headphones. ...


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if you want to record and do professional stuffs you go for : DAW (digital audio workstation) , music sequencer or midi sequencer. if you want just play your instrument easily without recording and good sound quality you need to go for : standalone VST (or VSTi) , for example "standalone piano vst". also you can use these VSTs as a plugin in your DAW or ...


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Not sure what kind of sound the module should produce, but Ketron produces some fairly portable ones. Actually, have a look at this question, has many more examples.


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Things you definitely need : P.A. system - which should incorporate the mixer, eq. and probably reverb. Drum machine. Synthesiser/ keyboard. Mic. Looper with maybe 4 or 5 pedals, to produce differing mixes. This gives the things you maybe don't need : Compressors. Exciters. Pitch shifter, etc. With a decent looper, you can create your own loops and save ...


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Devices like the SH-101 were designed to work with external controlled voltage for synchronization with external devices, which is called "CV Gate". It is one method that people used before MIDI and the MIDI-clock specification (or SMPTE time code, for that matter). I do not believe there are any metronomes, per se, that provide CV Gate, but back in the day ...


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Firstly, big appreciation for making your own sounds from scratch. It will lead into a personal style of music and a better understanding of the anatomy of sound. The fact that layering makes the song "a big mess of sounds" tells me that you're not aware of mixing and equalizing the synths. I'd see the layer of sounds as a scale: if you add a sound, in ...


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You're probably right. Even the most wonderful non-piano/organ synth patch would be too much if used for an entire concert (as would panpipes though). Many advanced synth performers will often tweak the patch as they play, equipment permitting. Sound wise, most synth sounds are going to emulate instruments that are either struck, plucked, bowed or blown, ...


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Part of the reason is that synths are most often used in electronic music, which is usually highly polyphonic and emphasizes the interactions between multiple layers instead of focusing on one sound. As a result, synth sounds aren't created to be powerful across the entire realm of musical functions, but instead to do one thing really well and play nicely ...


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There are some examples of what you're asking. Patches made for the Yamaha DX7 synth can be imported in some software synths (Native Instruments FM8 for example) and some hardware synths (Korg Kronos). The Kurzweil PC3K workstation can import patches from the Kurzweil K-series synths from the last two decades. The rompler engine of the Roland ...


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What you're looking for is a software instrument, also known as a virtual instrument or software synthesizer or softsynth. It takes midi input from your keyboard, and generates audio data, either using pre-recorded sounds (in which case it would be a sampler) or generating sound on-the spot (a non-sample-based synthesizer). Although some software ...


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Without going into a great, detailed oration, I'm going to suggest just two fundamental things that I think would help you in your pursuit. In his comment, Basstickler touched upon a great point - music experience. If you understand music theory and basic principles of orchestration, you can apply those concepts to synthetic sounds and learn how to voice ...


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It doesn't have its own speaker, you'll need one. In the back it has an output section with 3 outputs labeled as: R, L, and headphones. You can use those to connect the microKORG to amps, speakers, or headphones.


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I'm currently on my second EWI4000 (last one got lifted in my trunk on the road) with hardly a complaint. The EWI really feels solid and well constructed. It has a good heft for being so compact, feels almost like a real instrument. I also like the built in synth. It really allows for total anywhere playing. I believe it also comes with software for editing ...


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You'll need a Controller, a Synthesizer/Sound Module & Speakers/Headphones/Amp. The Akei EWI4000 is both a Controller and Synthesizer. So it's a cost effective starting point. The USB EWI might be useful if you're already bringing a laptop to gigs, but the guy I know who plays one will frequently have his synth software freeze up. Don't know if this ...


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AKAI has sadly, stopped making pro-level gear because there is a much bigger market for cheap stuff. The new ones are crap construction compared to the old 3030/3020 stuff. I had an EWI USB, it broke under warranty, and Akai were totally useless about it. I've spoken with other players who have had theirs act up after a year or two aswell, octave rollers ...


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Have you watched the demo video for the Akai EWI USB? It explains a lot. There are other videos on YouTube that you can search for. By the way, the earliest electronic wind ...


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The first and third links are midi controllers, so you'll need something to interpret the midi, like a computer or synthesizer. The middle link has built in sounds, so only headphones is needed in order to produce sound.


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Keith Emerson's Minotaur patch (the "Lucky Man" patch) Stevie Wonder's "clavinet kazoo" patch ("Boogie on, Reggae Woman") Bjork and Emilie Simon both often feature natural sounds that sound synthetic, and process natural sounds into very synthetic sounds. Tom Waits as well. I consider these "synthetic" sounds because, technically, they are even if their ...


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Apart of the wise responses here, I've found that the simulators of brass instruments can give good results as solo instrument. Thinks like flughel, horns, flutes, basson etc. Although I suspect this may depend greatly on the specific synthesizer. By the way using here the software emulator of the Korg M1, from Korg itself, exact outcome as the original but ...


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RTFM: old triton manuals -- on page 23 (or so) it describes how the knobs can be used to modify the existing sound samples in a manner similar to an analog synth. For completely customization, you'd want to use the sampling features: i.e. play the sounds that you want into the audio input and then assign them to keys.


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There are plenty of tools to help deconstruct a sound. You can view the waveform on an oscilloscope (old analog or sampling digital) using many different time scales, zoomed in to see the waveform, or with a longer time scale to view the general amplitude envelope. Spectrum analyzers and audio spectrographs will show you the frequency components and ...



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