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Questions tagged [synthesizer]

For questions about electronic keyboards and other synthesizing instruments and equipment.

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Synth for music like Fennesz

what synth would I need to make ambient and granular music like Fennesz? Probably a granular synth?
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Transitioning from arranger keyboard to piano

(Apologies for any wrong terminology or ignorance - I'm relatively new to music!) I have been learning to play arranger workstation (using auto-accompaniment) for the past three years with a music ...
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Analog Four MK1 as an Audio Sound interface in Ableton

I am using Analog Four MK1 as an audio interface in Ableton 9, where I have also an audio track, but I don't hear the track in the speakers... I have 1 cable from output left Analog Four MK1 to ...
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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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Can synthesizers match orchestras in terms of complexity and quality? [closed]

To what degree can technically demanding scores such as Tom and Jerry's (Scott Bradley's music) be performed on synthesizers? Which specific synthesizers are capable of the best quality performance? ...
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Is there a way to create a personal keyboard online? [closed]

I'm working on a project of my university (mathematics). I think it would be really cool if I could show that we can make new music systems with new tunes. So, is it possible to create a keyboard ...
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Distinguish music devices: Sequencer, Launchpad, Sampler, Synthesizer

I've been having a hard time figuring out function of these below music devices: 1. Beatstep sequencer 2. Launchpad | Ableton Push 3. Sampler 4. Sequencer 5. Synthesizer For example, if I use ...
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Do Virtual Synth Softwares need any physical buttons? Do I need to have any extra buttons on my MIDI keyboard?

I am looking to buy an MIDI keyboard. I want to use it with VST as a Synth. Please guide me. I am completely new in this space.
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What instrument/synth or effect is this? [closed]

What instrument or effect is the helicopter like sound? it is playing during the whole song, but is the only thing playing after everything else stops (9 seconds). I'...
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Recording Elektron Analog Four in Ableton

I trying to record what I play in Elektron four in Ableton: 1.- Connecting the MIDI out of your Focusrite to the MIDI in on Elektron Analog Four 2.- Connecting the audio out of the hardware device ...
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How to explain black and white keys on a piano keyboard

I was going over quite a lot of answers that are already posted and I've figured out that I could ask this question anew. My perspective is that I have melodies coming to my head and I record them ...
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Beginner Synth with Built-In Oscilloscope [closed]

I'm looking to buy a beginner-level synth that has a built in oscilloscope so that I can see the waveform as I change it (also, ideally, a built-in speaker). As an alternative, how hard is it to hook ...
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Deciding the synthesizer a note is played through based on its MIDI channel

Is it possible to, using a patcher channel, play notes of one midi channel through one synthesizer, and play notes of another midi channel through another synthesizer? Example: I have a basic melody, ...
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Setting different sounds on synthesizer [closed]

I recently downloaded some synths including the ample sound ABPL and AGML. But being an amateur I don't know how to set a different sound and how to upload my own recorded sounds to the synth. Please ...
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Problems placing analog synth on window shelf above radiator?

I have recently purchased an analog synthesizer (the DSI OB-6 Desktop). Unfortunately, the only place I can place it is on a window shelf which has a water-heated radiator below it. I have read that ...
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Find the proper sound / instrument for background (layer)?

I'm currently trying to compose some dungeon synth song. I like them and most of the time they use (very) simple melodies, so I thought this would be a perfect way to practice and develop my skills. ...
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Signs that I have at least a little talent in music? [closed]

Sometimes I just can imagine songs in my head, not too often, but it happens. Last time I imagined a piano solo, before that an electronic track. I don't know if they are good or not because I don't ...
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Looking for VST/sample from the track [closed]

Can someone help me to find the plugin or something which is used to play that saw-y sound from this episode? This is a track:
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How do I play a MIDI file into a MIDI channel?

So I've got a MIDI file of some melody I composed, and a software synthesizer I want to play it through, called ZynAddSubFX running on Debian Linux. The problem is, it only accepts inputs through MIDI ...
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How to use FL Studio or Ableton to perform a set from a portfolio of songs?

I am trying to use FL studio to layer multiple sounds and effects to be used with a midi keyboard as a controller for a live set. We usually do four songs per set once a week out of a portfolio. ...
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Are pieces for orchestra written mainly by pianists and keyboard players?

I'm just wondering if pieces for orchestra are/were mainly written on pianos or synthesizers. Is it just written on piano for all the instruments since on the piano it's easiest to play both harmony/...
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Ableton Live: How to control a parameter using the amplitude of another track?

I haven't found much info on this from web searches... maybe I'm using the wrong terminology or something. It seems like a relatively basic thing considering the complexity of modern DAWs, and ...
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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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What is the difference between a Low-pass filter and a Cut-off filter

The TB-03 has a knob labelled 'CUT OFF FREQ'. I assume it´s a cut-off filter because Roland´s manual describes this knob as 'Filter cutoff (brightness of the sound)': The Allen&Heath Xone 4D ...
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What is the effect used on this guitar?

I want to learn this piece but I can't tell if it is even played on the guitar. My suspicion is from the use of the whammy bar, it sounds almost as if it is played on a synthesizer. Nevertheless, I ...
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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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How can I find a decent synth teacher in London

I've been searching online and most of the sites I've found only seem to have piano teachers but I want someone who can also help with the sound editing / technical aspects of my new synth. Have ...
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How can I play two overlapping parts with different sounds on keyboard?

I'd like to be able to play two separate overlapping parts using different sounds, without having to invest in two separate keyboards. In my new project, we're moving from some arrangements laid ...
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Do I necessarily need an audio interface to record sound from my Nord Lead A1 on a MacBook Pro 2016?

I have an analog modeling synthesizer with cool sounds that I can create myself. I want to record them on my mac. The midi port only transfer midi so that's out of the question. Then there is a usb ...
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How to re-create snyth sound in these Baths songs

I'm new to electronic music and have only fooled around a bit in Garage Band and Logic. I have a specific synth sound that I've heard a few places and absolutely love, but can't figure out how to ...
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Virtual synthesizer or piano roll with controllable number of keys per octave?

I am interested in performing and composing in non-twelve tone scales, such as 19-EDO (aka 19-TET) or 31-EDO (aka 31-TET). While there are virtual synthesizers that allow you to play microtonal ...
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Moog Minitaur port issues with FL Studio

I have several analog hardware synths. I have been able to get all of them connected to FL Studio, but I've noticed the Moog Minitaur has to be reset every time. The manual mentions that one should ...
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DX7 BATTERY CHECK = 4.3V instead of 3V even after replacing it with new compatible battery

I bought my Yamanha DX7 with this problem. The INTERNAL MEMORY presets had scrambled named and wouldn't play any sound. Reading the different threads on the web, I figured this was due to the ...
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What does the “harmonic” knob do on a software instrument?

In GarageBand I'm using a software instrument called "Screamlead" which has several knobs as follows: Some of these, like "glide" and "overdrive," remind me of adjustments on synthesizers. Is "...
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Decay vs Sustain on synths

Could you explain to me the difference between "decay" and "sustain" on synths? I'm using the Korg Kronos 2 and the synth engines have both sustain and decay and they seem to be doing the same thing ...
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DX7 test sequence - understand errors and what to do about them

Just acquired a Yamaha DX7 MkI and run the test sequence: Press FUNCTION+#16+#32 I got ERRORs on TEST 3, 4 and 6. I am seeking pointers on what they mean and what to do? Starting the test ...
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DX7 - Connected sustain pedal by mistake to modulation, resulted on high pitch

I connected by mistake the my "standard" Stagg sustain pedal to the modulation on the back of my Yamaha DX7 mkI. That resulted on changing to sound to very high pitch and I don't know how to revert ...
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OP-1 mixer tracks 1 and 2 disabled

I've found that either though me tweaking it weird or though a botched update, my Teenage Engineering OP-1's mixer tracks 1 and 2 have become disabled. When I go to the mixer screen, I can see track ...
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Is a velocity sensitive keyboard for music production required?

I am shopping for a new keyboard, and I was wondering if I have to have a velocity sensitive keyboard. I don't use velocity in music production most of the time, and I already have a velocity ...
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How to replicate Nils Frahm's “Says” synthesizer sound (using Zebra 2)

Firstly, please note that I'm a complete newbie to handling synthesizers so I'm not familiar to a lot of principles. I want to replicate the synthesizer sound of Nils Frahm's "Says" track, and, if ...
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How to replicate the lead guitars used in synthwave songs?

As part of my musical composition self-learning effort, I am trying now to compose some synthwave songs, which are, musically speaking, simple. The problem is that I have no knowledge whatsoever ...
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Can I add some computer/synthesized voices from a computer to my digital piano?

I just bought a digital piano (gear4music DP-6) and I'm a newbie with electronic pianos. I would like to know if it is possibile to add some computer/synthesized voices to my digital piano using my ...
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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 there a way to notate synthesizer music?

I am using a Moog Sub Phatty to create ambient music and generally that kind of electronic music, but I do not know if there is a way to notate it, so I can reproduce it later and/or send the sheet ...
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what are those synths and bass from those musics [closed]

Michael Gray - The Weekend Engon - Fck It anyone know what those bass and are? im in passion with them.
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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 you make a Vocaloid do a “hard” pronunciation for “Through”

I'm working on this part of Dance With the Devil (Braking Benjamin) I can show you that, I can see right through all your empty lies The vocaloid synthesizer Miku that I'm working with do whant to ...
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The simplest way to generate a drone note or chord on the Mac

... a simple virtual instrument or utility that can hold a chord or note, on MacOS / OSX ? Preferably, free software. A lightweight, self-contained solution would be best; a simple VST/AU plugin ...
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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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How can I connect a 3.5mm audio out to a guitar amp?

I want to connect this pocket synth to my fender guitar amp so that I can play the synth and have the sound come out of the amp, and use the amp's distortion and settings. Is it as simple as plugging ...