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Shift Phase of LFO Wave

I'm using this module to create percussive patterns with the LFO: As you can see the frequency can be synced with the clock of the host DAW: What I'd like to be able to do is to shift the phase of ...
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How to synthesize non-pitched sounds? How pitched is a sound in general?

Non pitched sounds are sounds which are not only composed of a fundamental frequency and a distribution of its harmonics. For instance, a sound composed of a sum of a sin wave at 440Hz and a sin at ...
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Synthesizer: why playing a second time the same note shut down the first one?

When playing on synthesizers, usually when playing a second time the same note, even if the release phase is very long or the sustain pedal is pressed, the first note is shut down. Put in another way, ...
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Is a frequency modulated (in an FM synth) signal perceived by our ears in the same way as two signals played at the same time?

Setup 1: oscillator with the carrier frequency and a oscillator modulating the carrier frequency. Setup 2: two independent oscillators, one set to the carrier frequency and one with the modulation ...
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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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How can I make an instrument sound with sine wave?

I'm a program developer. I'm interested in sound these days. I know I can synthesize the sound with a synthesizer. I don't have a synthesizer but I can do that with programming code. I made an organ ...
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What are the difference between FM synthesis and Additive synthesis?

To my limited understanding, additive synthesis adds "simpler" sound waves together to create a more rich and complex sound wave. I've read that FM synthesis uses another sound wave to manipulate ...
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How do I automate the timing of a sound effect to a list of exact times?

I have an effect I have to make where two sounds alternate, starting with large pauses between them, and then get faster and faster until they alternate on a sample-basis. I am using the roots of sin(...
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Is a pad just a melody synth with a bunch of reverb and echo?

Just wondering if a pad is just like any synth but they just extended the envelope and gave it a bunch of reverb and echo?
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How do you simplify a guitar note signal so that it's a simple sine wave and sounds “synthy”?

I'm looking at using a modular synth to convert a single note guitar melody into basic sine waves at pitch. I don't care about chords so that should simplify things quite a bit. Problem is, I don't ...
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Why is synthesis knob based and not picture based? [closed]

If all synthesis is doing is trying to create a unique wave for a given instrument. Why don't people just manipulate a picture of these waveforms, like curves on a graph. So like a drawing program. ...
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Modulation in synthesis versus music theory

To modulate in regular music theory means to change key. But in synthesizer programming it means to change a value over time. So for example you'd say that an ADSR envelope can modulate an instrument'...
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Are most modern drums in pop/hiphop/edm music synthesized?

I was wondering if the drums that I hear around me on the radio/youtube/etc for the most part are synthesized or sample based. And even if they are samples, were they originally created by synths? I ...
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which type of synthesis allows for most complexity? [closed]

Which synthesis type allows for the most complexity? I may not know all synthesis types. I know there is: FM Subtractive Additive Wavetable There may be more. Which is these allows for more ...
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Portamento only when gate already opened

In the factory synth, Oki Computer, there is a portamento/glide knob. I would like to alter the instrument so that a new note (ie. the gate has closed) begins on it's default pitch rather than pulling ...
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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 make a Shepard tone, shape frequency amplitude response in Reaktor

Here's a video demonstrating combining a Pitch LFO and an Amplitude LFO in Reaktor's Form ensemble to create "infinitely upward" glissando in Reaktor. I'd like to be able to play a scale or melodic ...
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How is the Lamp supposed to work in Reaktor?

How does the Lamp work? I just want to display that a signal has come into my module. I have tried using an Audio to Event module, but no luck. There's a big red X on the Lamp input. The Manual ...
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Routing events based on note number

I though that the solution might be to assemble a little Event Core Cell to route Note Pitches between 20 and 75 to a certain set of modules, but am at a loss as to how to combine them. The Logic AND ...
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Sending Frequency into a Pitch Input

I wanted to make a synth that creates old-school descending electronic tom tom sounds. I found my way to this odd little instrument in the attached screen shot. The "Freq Bender" and "Amp ADSR" are ...
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Reference request: recent books on music synthesis [closed]

My knowledge of music synthesis comes mostly from these two books: Deutsch., ed., The psychology of music, 1982. Chamberlin, Musical applications of microprocessors, 1980. The Deutsch book has gone ...
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Why do some synthesizers have two or more oscillators?

Many synthesizers (like the Elektron Analog Four) have two oscillators. The Novation Peak has even three oscillators. This seems to be common in subtractive synthesis: Source: https://de.wikipedia....
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How realistic sounds are synthesized [closed]

This is a fairly broad question, but I mainly wanted to get introduced to the topic. I'm wondering two things: How realistic people have gotten with sounds (nature sounds or instrument sounds perhaps)...
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What is the difference between slide and a tie in the Roland TB-03?

Roland´s TB-03 (remake of the legendary TB-303) has an slide effect you can add to a note to let the note 'slide'. But there is also an tie you can use to hold one note to the next note. Here is an ...
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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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What kind of Envelope has the Roland TR-03 and what does the Parameter do?

The Roland TR-03 has an 'Envelope' Parameter. I know many different kinds of Envelopes exist which are made to adjust different parameters: Amplitude Pitch Low-/High-Pass Filter ... Question 1: What ...
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Why doesn't my synthesized note sound natural?

I'm currently developping a game, and I'm trying to synthesize a music note from various instruments in C++. For now, I'm only trying to replicate an A4 440Hz with the help of an existing audio file ...
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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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How come you can hear individual notes but not overtones?

In my understanding, all sounds are technically made from a combination of sine waves together that form a timbre, and as such any sound can be represented as a combination of sine waves. Let's take ...
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Possible Harmonium/Reed Organ Synthesizing Techniques

I am working on a project to make a synthesizer for RaspberryPi capable of playing Harmonium/Reed Organ using external MIDI keyboard. I am making it in Python 2.7 using Numpy. Till now I have ...
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Is anyone familiar with the instrument called the mellertion?

Does anybody know about the mellertion? As far as I know, it's a synthesis instrument. But that is all I have found. I need information for a college assignment.
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How do I figure out the fundamental frequency of a sound from its frequency spectrum?

I really want to know the fundamental frequency (hertz) of every sound I play in my DAW. All I have is an oscilloscope. I can see the waveform of a sound, I can see all the frequencies the sound is at ...
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What exactly is the “cross modulation” on Roland Jupiter and JX analog synthesizers?

Roland's later analog synthesizers have a setting for cross-modulation between the two oscillators. I'm trying to find out what the exact technical nature of this effect is. Is it phase modulation, ...
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Electric piano synth patch

I'm trying to reproduce, on my own, an electric piano sound. I'm open to using any type of synthesis(I actually use the Pyo DSP library ), but I'd particularly like to know how to do it with ...
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What are the most common techniques in synthesizing an epiano sound?

I'd like to make an epiano sound from scratch. What are the most common pieces which create that iconic sound? The video below shows many different epiano sounds, but they all have a commonality ...
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Difference between one violin and an ensemble of violins

Can someone please explain to me the difference between the sound of one violin and the sound of an ensemble of violins? Take for example an ensemble of only violins playing a Concert C. Why is it ...
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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 ...
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Harmonium (Indian accordion) Synth, Sound design

I wanted to design the harmonium sound in Logic Pro and I needed some help. If some of you have idea of how to make the sound, which might be according to me as follows. There would be a saw tooth ...
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Are there any function modulators/synths?

I've been reading a book about synthesis. Part of the book talks about different synths, and one of these is the Function Modulator. Basically, you're able to mathamatically compute the sine waves ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for when buying my first synthesizer?

There are countless options out there and it is very easy for a beginner to feel overwhelmed. Which features should I be looking for? Which are the most important characteristics? How can the options ...
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What's the difference between timbres built from sine and square waveforms?

Once again I've come across some ambiguous concepts,which I'm not sure if I've got their meanings right. It says that a sine wave has a pale timbre whereas,for example,timbres built from a square ...
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Are there any guide with commonly used settings on sound synthesis?

I just saw the new york sound synthesis course on youtube. It's pretty good, but I wonder if there are any guide or pdf with the most common used settings in music, like a string pad on trance music ...
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What contributes to the roughness of a sound?

I know this is a little subjective in regards to what roughness is. So, imagine the sound of a sine wave, you could say this is the purest, or cleanest sound there is. Now contrast that to a ...
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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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Is pitch key mapping available in any of NI Komplete Ultimate 10 synths?

I played with Sytrus synthesizer recently. It has a cool feature, where you can map pitch offset to particular oscilator for a given key. There is a factory preset named Transchorder. It has 3 ...
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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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Learning to Patch Synthesizers - “Synth Theory”

I'm currently in the process of learning to produce music, and one thing I'm finding absent in any of the resources I come across is what I guess I'd call "synth theory". For someone who's very ...
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Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?

When creating electronic beats, I have a hard time deciding if I should really use a synthesizer to sequence my whole rhythm section. Sometimes I end up using samples or recording something close to ...
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What harmonic spectrum is produced by oscillator sync?

I can find a ton of information on the harmonic structure produced by FM synthesis, but what about oscillator sync? how is the resultant sound related to the waveform of the audible (slave) oscillator ...
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DAW Synthesizer that allows you to start with a sample instead of a recorded wavetable sample

Digital synthesizer's like NI Massive, use wavetable samples for their oscillator tones. From there on you can use many different envelopes/filters/inserts/ etc to create a tones. Is there a DAW ...