Questions tagged [electronic-music]

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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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Arpeggio theory and chord sequences

I can play a little piano by ear and have always been fascinated by arpeggios, particularly in electronic music. The following notes played as a chord sound 'good' to me and I'd like to compose a ...
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wet/moist sounding effect, replicating effects or sound. electronic music

I was listening to the group Terravita's song and heard a awesome sounding synthesizer with what sounds like it has heavy effects. It sort of sounds like a flanger, but with an almost wetness or moist ...
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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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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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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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Beating 'Blank Page Syndrome' and Projecting Intent

I posted a question earlier, which a number of people pointed out was coming off too broad to make for a good post, and it was suggested I boil it down to a smaller bite, so here goes. I have been a ...
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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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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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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 does fm synthesis work compared to additive synthesis, and how can I approach sound design with it?

I use tools including Ableton Analog, NI Massive and FAW Circle, with which I can produce more or less any sound I like, but I don't really understand how synthesis works and how to make a sound with ...
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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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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 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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Buying a dual purpose keyboard for learning kids + aspring eletronic music adults?

My 6 year old is interested in learning piano, so I'm looking to buy a keyboard for her. I'm also interested in picking back piano myself and trying my hand at electronic music. I have a computer ...
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Processing Vocals/Layers of Vocals

In some of electronic music songs' parts, you can hear multiple vocals at the same time. One male, one female vocals but it's different than de-esser effects, it is like being recorded on the same ...
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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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What is the usage of “Zooming Out” in showing an amplitude envelope

Sorry if it might sound a bit of trivial to some of you peeps..I don't get what the author wants to say with this: " To represent the amplitude envelope,we will continue to use the waveform view,but ...
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How to use padKontrol with Ableton Live?

I have a Korg padKontrol midi controller and it is fairly easy to get it going with Ableton Live 9 as a drum trigger. However, I would like to use it to trigger scenes in session view and generally ...
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M-Audio Oxygen v4 49 Disconnection Problem

Using Windows 8.1 x64 Using POD X3 Live as a soundcard (which is working fine and not disconnecting during my guitar recording sessions) I'm using ableton lite x64 Both my POD X3 Live and Oxygen is ...
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FL studio as VST plugin into Virtual DJ 8

I tried to integrate FL Studio as a VST plugin into Virtual DJ 8 but when I activate the plugin there is no sound from the song that was originally playing. Also the BPMs from Virtual DJ do not sync ...
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Looking for a trance gate midi device for Ableton Live/Max for Live

I am looking for a midi effect for Max for Live which allows the creation of arbitrary trance patterns. Something like the one embedded in FM8, just to be clear. Many people implement trancegates on ...
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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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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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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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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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What electronic instruments does Oh Land use?

I've seen this Oh Land live video on YouTube and wondered: What are these electronic instruments that Oh Land and the guy on her right play? I'd love to check them out.
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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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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 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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What is the name of perfomance technique used in the chorus of Celldweller — Last Firstborn?

I am currently obsessed with the track by Celldweller called "Last Firstborn". Is there any name for the keyboard technique used in the chorus? In this YouTube video you can hear it from 1:28 right ...
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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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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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Using Ableton with a 2015 MacBook

I intend to produce music with Ableton Live 9 suite in a 2015 MacBook with 1.3 Ghz (turbo boost up to 2.7Ghz) with 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage. Is this likely to experience lag - if so, how can I ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 could I recreate this particular synth sound?

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about recreating a synth sound, or at least getting something relatively similar: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kswhzrr0ywoijfj/synthexport-28082015.mp3?dl=0 I've ...
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Compare FM synthesis sound signal to equivalent additive synthesis signal

I currently try to familiarize myself with the theories behind FM synthesis. I found this page with a lot of useful information about FM synthesis: https://ccrma.stanford.edu/software/snd/snd/fm.html ...
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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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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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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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A genre for soft electronic music

I am looking for an electronic music genre like house but with more melodies and more soft sounds, nothing aggressive and acid, more melodies and vocal and a little sad. Is there a name for the ...
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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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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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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 ...