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Song structure in classical music vs EDM

I've been playing piano for a few of months, and of the couple of pieces I know, neither of them are particularly repetitive. I mean they definitely have repetition, but much less so than EDM (...
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What is the definition of 909/808/707/etc. percussion?

I would think that these sounds would be the sounds made by the classic drum machines. But I see many samples advertised as being "909 kick" for example, and these may be different than ...
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How not to sound midi without real instrument?

Everyone say to me that my music composition "sounds like old midi" For example : But... is it is possible to make a music without real instrument without ...
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In electronic music, what makes "bass" bass?

Many bass presets for various synths in the DAW sound relatively high-pitched even when the piano roll contains notes in the first/second octave(s). Since these presets are shipped as part of ...
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Left handed Accordion western musical instrument players

Accordion western musical instrument Are there any Left handers who can play the Accordion western musical instrument?
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Setting up hardware for playing live electronic music [closed]

I hope that I'm here at the right place, i want to upgrade my dj setup, creating a live looping with different effects instead of playing only with cdjs, can anyone give me some hardware suggestion ...
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Does a D minor vocal work in a G minor production? [closed]

Please help. The vocal is coming up D minor. The track with the vocal is showing G minor. But the vocals sound off. Do these keys work well together or not? -Coming up in tunebat analyzer that is. -...
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What is the name of such a chord or what type of chord is it? [closed]

This is a simple progression of chords, but if the first two chords are just "Bbm", "Ab", they have names, no problem, but then what are the last two? How can I interpret them? ...
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How can I achieve this electronic 'growl' sound?

My primary example is Scream by Bignic, where the sound I'm talking about is used for the lead (begins 40 seconds in).
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LMMS MIDI notes don't stop

I don't know I'm right place but I connected my Casio ToneBank CT-670 to my DAW (LMMS 1.2.2) I can hear the notes I played but it does not stop. How can I set the DAW or the tonebank to sense my push ...
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How to make a transition sound so "in your face"?

I can't really describe well with words what I mean, but this transition in Touch off by Uverworld (01:07) is sort of very "in your face". I feel like some techniques from electronic music ...
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What's the earliest known example of music written for an electronic instrument?

The other day I stumbled upon Joseph Schillinger's First Airphonic Suite, a 1929 orchestral suite that includes a part for theremin. Since this was written 10 years after the invention of the theremin,...
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How to make Big beat drum from scratch? [closed]

As a beginner producer, I am having trouble making drums for my records. I usually go to YouTube to learn how to create drum beats, but when I came across Big Beat, there was no detailed tutorial for ...
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Yamaha DTX500 snare drum volume is much lower than the other drums

I know that there is a dial under the snare drum to control its gain, but even when I turn it all the way up, the snare drum sound is still barely half that of all the other pads and cymbals. Is there ...
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Help identifying chords/scale [closed]

I'm new to music theory and I am trying to reproduce parts of a song for practice. I really like the chords/scale that kick in at 2:36 of this song: Open Form - Lost Desert, Amand, Reigan: https://...
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Singing in electronic music

In most of electronic and synth-pop music the accompaniments are played in very high or very low octaves that the voice couldn't match, so how the singers in this genres sing in tune without any ...
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How to extract music parts from songs?

How can I extract things like these from songs? I did the research. These parts don't exist on the internet by themselves. So the ...
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Is it accurate to say synths have timbre?

Of the more intuitive examples of timbre: the human voice, which to a large extent varies by physiology, resulting in a kind of uniqueness. Similarly, an identical note played on piano versus a cello ...
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Do electronic instruments need to be EQ'd?

Producers use EQ to shape sound generally, but I know a particularly useful feature of EQ is the ability to cut frequencies that are unwanted. For sounds that are created/designed digitally, though, ...
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Is it okay to play something off the key in a track? [duplicate]

I recently saw the guitar tabs of a For a better day by Avicii and found out that C# chord is played in the interlude though it is not a part of the F Maj key(The key of the song). I am very new to ...
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Key changing of sample

I have a vocal that is in Eb minor, I wanted to pitch it to F major. Can anybody help me on how to do it? I have Little Alterboy but it does not help me much. I tried changing the cents from the pitch ...
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Electronic music and layering of rhythms

A very common (indeed ubiquitous) technique in electronic music involves the layering of loops of different lengths on top of each other. Consider the following DnB track: https://www.beatport.com/...
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How do you process instrument samples to make convincing sustain phase loops for sample-based synthesis?

I'm interested in coding up something like a crude sampler (instrument). From what I've read, you can put samples of real audio into a sampler and pitch-shift them for different notes. I want samples ...
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What is the best iOS Mobile Studio for my situation? [closed]

I am setting up a very small (mobile) studio so I can make music on my iPad. I am reading a lot about interfaces and other equipment but would like to keep it as simple as possible. So my question is, ...
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How to get this sound?

In this song, the guitar has very little transience especially on that first high note, almost like it's singing. How would you do this? I tried messing around with a compressor, but I can't seem to ...
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How to select and organize samples of electronic drum sounds?

I'm familiar with programming realistically sounding drums. Many programs include sampled real drum instruments organized in kits, such that the included drum samples sound good together. All that's ...
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Play piece using a custom waveform?

As part of a music festival, I have been asked to convert one of my piano compositions, titled "Fractal", into an electronic piece by playing around with timbres using MIDI data. Though I ...
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Music construction kit from some great mind

Quite some years ago in school, a teacher told us about a music construction kit. The kit is a set of cards. If you put some cards together, something musically / esthetically sound is the result. ...
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How can I make my vocals stand out without ducking the instrumental in my EDM drop?

I'm pretty excited about my new EDM track, but first I better figure out how to make the vocal chops in my drop stop making the instrumental sounds duck (especially the melody synth). You can really ...
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For electronic music production, are there any differences between using small synths vs big synths?

This is a newbie question by someone who is just learning to play piano. On YouTube there are some talented musicians that play and remake famous electronic music riffs and tunes. One group uses very ...
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Is there a format similar to MIDI that allows for hundreds of channels/instruments?

I have a soundtrack and each song has 16 channels/instruments. Nearly every song uses different instruments. For a project I'm working on, I need to have channels for every instrument used in the ...
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How can I mix vocals well, with only a single line of recording?

Basically, whenever I produce a song, I tend to record two simultaneous lines of vocals, with some distortion added. This sounds pretty good, but I really don't know how to make a single line of ...
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When To Register With Peforming Rights Organization, such as PRS or BMI?

I am a newbie freelance musician. I make music of various genres but my main work will be in ambient type music I will be uploading on my own Youtube page and Spotify. I will also be making a range of ...
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Flattening pedal information in Midi

I've got a midi file that was recorded on a Yamaha keyboard, and I'm trying to import it into LMMS. However, as far as I can tell, LMMS ignores pedal information when importing MIDI and it sounds ...
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What exactly counts as writing for "electronics"?

What does "writing for electronics" mean? For example, when a call for scores is asking for a piece for electronics, or for another instrument and electronics, what exactly is it asking for? ...
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How can I take an mp3 recording of live musicians with a varied BPM and make it consistent throughout the song?

I want to create a mix between 2 songs but one of them is recorded with live musicians and the other is electronic music. Naturally the electronic music has a fixed BPM that doesn't change throughout ...
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How to practice unstable "wonky" beats on guitar without drums

Lately I've been getting into "wonky" music, a subgenre of electronic music known primarily for its off-kilter or “unstable” beats, as well as its eclectic blend of genres including hip hop, ...
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Is an LFO applied to pitch the same as a modulator from an FM synth with a low frequency?

I am new to sound synthesis and the programming language (FUZE4 on the Nintendo Switch) I am using has only a frequency modulator function. The modulator as I understand in general FM synth ...
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I have the following chord progression. But not scale exists. Is this okay?

I have the following progression (using F-minor scale): Cmajor > D# Sus2 > A# sus2 > F sus2 > D# Sus2. Initially, the Cmajor was a Cmin...but I didn't like how it sounded or transitioned. So I ...
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Why do MIDI note off messages have velocities?

I understand why note on messages have velocities, but surely note off messages just turn them off - why do they also have a velocity? Equally, I checked if these velocities match up to the ...
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How do you implement control change messages using the mido library?

I am trying to write a major scale using the mido python library and then apply various control changes to it so I can see what difference it makes to the sound (for example the pedal). This is my ...
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Flume - "Helix" Drop Polyrhythmic or Not

I keep reading online that the drop to Flume’s song "Helix" is polyrhythmic; however, I am unable to hear it. Is there polyrhythm, and if so, what is the pattern?
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How to create the "wubs" in dubstep?

One of the signature sounds of dubstep is the "wub-wub-wub" sound. How do I create this sound? I'm using Reaper as my DAW but if there's a way to create the sound with subtractive synthesis on a 3 ...
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I find it hard to understand compression

Unlike other effects, compression seems to be the hardest for me to recognize as there's no much of notable change when it's applied, so how do you determine if your drums need to be compressed or not?...
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aux line in as midi controller

I'm trying to use my keyboard as a midi controller without a midi wire. I am currently using an aux cable as my connector which only allows me to live record the instrument without being able to ...
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primary sound driver and asio4all sounds different in DAW

While ASIO4ALL significantly reduces latency and improves sound quality, many people have complained that it sounds different from their primary sound driver across several DAW's: https://...
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What do you call it when volume is decreased at bass beats?

I've noticed that it seems popular in some electronic music genres to quickly lower the volume of the music (except the bass) right around each bass beat. Not sure why you'd wanna do this, perhaps ...
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Given that tempo and note_on/off messages exist, what is the point of the key_signature and time_signature midi meta messages?

I am writing a midi generator using python and the mido library. I am just struggling to understand the point of the key_signature and time_signature meta messages. I have kept these in my data but if ...
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How does delta time work for different tracks within a midi file?

I am currently writing a midi generator using preexisting midi files. I'm getting confused as each midi file I download seems to be saved in a slightly different format. I particularly getting ...
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What is the 0x4b midi message?

This comes up as an undefined meta message when using the mido library. I have got varying results from google search including a copyright message, and also one stating its a 'unknown on/off off = 0 ...
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