Questions tagged [electronic-music]

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How to create music files using Nokia ringtone notation or similar notation? [closed]

Back to 2000's old-model Nokia phones had a feature called "composer" that could create a file format called .NRT (Nokia ring tone) that played an 1-note-a-time melody. Using simple text notation, I ...
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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 on each listen I am unable to hear it, wanted to ask what the pattern was and if it’s there at all (which is my other ...
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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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Making a nursery rhyme song for kids

Not sure if this is the right stack site to ask this. I have a channel for kids in a non English country. We want to make a song ourselves for a video and we need an instrumental to sing the song with....
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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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How do I study the personal styles of other musicians? How do I tell the difference between genre and style when doing so?

I want to start a music hobby. I've dabbled in viola and piano lessons growing up, but I want to get into making music using electronic methods. As a digital artist, I'm kind of approaching some ...
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Just bought HD650's with Scarlet 2i2 solo and it sounds too QUIET

just bought a pair of real 650's with a scarlet 2i2 solo and it sounds pretty low. I read on the internet that I'd need to amp it. But my question is, I bought an audio interface because with Daws ...
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Is there a method for studying music theory through chiptune?

is there a music course or preferably a book to learn the fundamentals of music but through chiptune and electronic music? something that makes you study, exercise and experiment through these "...
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Cubase doesn't export stereo [closed]

In my arrangement, I set panner left/right for different instrument channels. It sounds good but when I export the file, the final export wav file doesn't reflect the left/right features, it sounds ...
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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

As an amateur bedroom composer working in a DAW on my song, I might have a general idea of how something ought to sound, but through endless 'random walking through knob space' - i.e. tweaking ...
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How to self-teach synthesizing sounds by ear

I'm looking at synths these days. A subtractive-synthesis guitar pedal with the ability to create new waveforms from scratch with a couple of oscillators may be in my future, something like a BOSS SY-...
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How to check the quality of an audio sample?

I'm new to the music scenario and EDM production. With so many options of FREE samples out there, I'm wondering how to best check the quality of a sample? Bit? Khz? Wav? Are there any software that I ...
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How to sample live and loop with live musicians without a laptop?

I'm a musician in a live band that plays folkadelic music. Folkadelic music is played by bands like Kila or Shooglenifty. Instrument mix is acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, bass, drum kit ...
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EDM/Dubstep production [closed]

so as a kid I kind of dabbled in making beats and such, but never got the hang of it. Now that I'm older, i want to get back into it, but im hitting the same blocks... I know a little bit of music ...
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How is making music by software different than real instruments? [closed]

Do I need a real keyboard, drum machine and other instruments to make music, or do you think software nowadays are able to generate the same sound? What would be the difference, and would the quality ...
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What setup do you think is best with this gear? [closed]

I'm a bit confused on how to get the most out of my gear. I have an 8 track mixer (LD Systems Vibz 8) where all my instruments (mostly synthesizers) are connected. The mixer main outputs are connect ...
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Why do EDM musicians often create an intro that is 15/30/45/60/120 seconds long?

Not all tracks have intros, and usually those are extended mixes that have them (sometimes can be original mixes and remixes). However, I notice that often their intros are 15/30/45/60/120 seconds ...
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Can I produce music with code and without instruments?

I'm so curious about music, and I also tried to learn to play some instruments, but due to some personal reasons I can't continue with it. Now I'm a software developer, which is my passion, but my ...
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How to get good legato from a choir sample library?

Recently, I have bought a choir sample library from a major manufacturer. The samples themselves are top-notch, the dynamic crossfading excellent. However, I'm a bit disappointed by the quality of the ...
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Music “Theory” of Electronic Music

Technology has recently made it possible to create very unconventional sounds, which has led electronic music to go down very distinct sub-genres that have very distinct noises. As some examples, ...
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How would you make this soft strings sound using another synthesizer?

I would like to recreate this sound: . It is a string sound from the Dave Smith OB6 (which I do not have). Can anyone tell me which oscillators are used, and how to ...
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Getting back to music. How to play live?

I have quite some problem. I played music for many years. I played guitar, bass, keyboards and even some other uncommon instruments such as Galician bagpipe, tambura, kultrum, industrial percussion (...
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“Break” vs “Breakdown” meaning (EDM)

when referring to electronic dance music structure, is there any difference between the terms "break" and "breakdown"? A breakdown for sure is that section where kick/main bass are muted and the song ...
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Can the true guitar sound be made purely in software?

I know that in modern sound-production software it is possible to reproduce all sorts of music instruments. But I don't remember that I've seen a software reproduction of a classical guitar. Is it ...
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Creating melodic/harmonic music with Csound?

I am diving into Csound in an effort to gain more control over the creation and manipulation of sound. It is comprehensive, to be sure, but its practitioners seem to be consumed with exploiting the ...
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Is Lorn's “Sega sunset” an example of polytonality?

I have had Lorn's "Acid Rain" stuck in my head for a while now, and for some strange reason it sounds dissonant to me. I wanted to know if this is because it's an example of polytonality or if it's ...
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Computer and electronic softwares for professional musicians and composers [closed]

What I want to know is specific. I want to start experimenting and developing skills and knowledge in music production and composition by computers. I have read that Digital Audio Workstations like ...
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How to create silence in MP3

I need MP3 file consiting of literally 2 (two) complete frames @ 44100/16 bit/stereo, without any metadata. The issue here is that I need to be able to create it myself as cutting 2 frames from larger ...
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This monitor speaker have problem?

I bought one monitor speaker (Behringer Truth B1030A) but I think this device has a problem. I play a music but this speaker does not play some sounds. I play this music by (Boss BR 600). Source ...
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Where can I find this snare drum sample?

While producing a new track, the need arose to find a very specific one-shot snare drum sample. Unfortunately, the sample I got is polluted with an unwanted triangle sound, so I will need to find ...
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Programming in early 80s synth music

Were the synth parts actually played during recording (in general) or were they sequenced? I am thinking particularly of early electronic music e.g. John Foxx's Metamatic, as obviously sequencers were ...
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Do I need a lot of money to make music?

I am just a little kid who really likes music. I have been producing EDM House and Dubstep for about 6 months. I use a free software called LMMS with my Dad's laptop and no MIDI keyboard. I also use ...
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How does Oskar Fischinger's Google doodle composer work?

Today Google has released a doodle as homage to Oskar Fischinger which includes a page to make your own composition by clicking dots representing notes. I can't recognize the notes but I noticed that ...
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Audio Synthesis algorithms

I am little more than a starter in Sound synthesis using oscillators and others. I have reaktor 6 as a modular environment. I wanted to get nice algorightms from where i can get deeply started off. I ...
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Can music time signatures really be irrational?

In this video around the 5 minute mark, the presenter mentions that "irrational units of time cannot exist because of Planck's constant", and therefore music time signatures like 2:√2 cannot be ...
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Piano Notes wav file download [closed]

From where I can get the short Piano Musical Notes of duration not more than 1-2 secs. I tried many sites but not able to find one. I need mp3 or raw or wav format. I am making a digital electric ...
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Is Escala's «Clubbed to Death» a passacaglia?

Escala's Clubbed to Death seems to be a passacaglia. It has a repetitive line throughout, over which counterpoint is added. In fact, it sounds similar to Biber's Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa: Partita ...
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how do i go about learning to play on roli seaboard

I have zero experience playing any musical instrument. I received roli searboard as a gift . How should I go about learning to play this "new type of instrument" . I can of course turn pitch bend ...
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How is this electronic sound made

Between 2:59 and 3:25 of the song Charlie Brown by Coldplay (song link) some sort of vocal electronic sound can be heard. It is not the first time I hear this kind of sound and I was wondering how is ...
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Where can I find a good book to learn Fl Studio? [closed]

I'm new to this community, so I hope this is the right place to ask such a question, or else I'm sorry. I would like to learn how to use Fl studio by myself, just to practice it a little bit in ...
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Are there any music programming languages from after the SuperCollider era?

The history of music and sound synthesis languages can be traced back to the Music N languages starting in the 1950s. You can trace the threads from there to a variety of languages that were developed ...