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How realistic sounds are synthesized

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 effect used here that resembles a distorted guitar? [migrated]

I am building a project for my music technology module in University and would like to know how to imitate this effect. Originally, I thought it was guitar but after having watched a video of the band ...
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How to make this synth sound in the background around 0:15?

I was wondering whether anyone had any idea on how to recreate this sound. It seems to be used in couple of music I've listened to before, so it could be a preset somewhere as well. ...
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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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Trying to uninstall Sibelius 8.2 [closed]

I am trying to uninstall Sibelius on my friend's laptop, but there is no uninstaller file (according to the registry and add/remove programs). However, Sibelius is undoubtedly installed as system ...
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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 ...
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Do different synthesizers produce the exact same sawtooth (and square, etc) waveform?

All basic synthesizers can produce the basic waveforms: sawtooth, square, triangle, and sometimes sine. Does each synthesizer "injects" its own character to the waveform? Are all sawtooths the same, ...
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Are there guitar/pickup/effect setups for “ganged” distortion?

One of the audio engineering wisdoms of guitar playing is that only comparatively skimpy voicings like power chords go well with heavy distortion because of cross-distortion. Now one obvious solution ...
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Creating a Risset glissando with Chuck - How do I get rid of the “click”

I'm trying to create a Risset glissando (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_tone) with chuck (http://chuck.cs.princeton.edu/). The problem is, I keep hearing a very annoying click when the sounds ...