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What synthesizer was used in madonna's Vogue? [on hold]

I would like to know what kind of synthesizer was used in the chorus part of Madonna's Vogue. Some say that Korg's M1(many musicians used it) was used but I know nothing about that kind of things. Was ...
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How to produce high pitched sounds on James Holden and the Animal's “Each Moment Like The FIrst” [closed]

I'm starting to dabble in synth music but don't know much at the moment. I love this track - "Each Moment Like The First" James Holden and the Animals and I'm intrigued by this high pitched synth that ...
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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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Headphones connected to Scarlett 2i2 sound poor versus direct synth connection

I connected the main/outputA Left & Right Channels of my DSI Prophet X synth to a Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) via two TS cables. When I plug headphones (no adapter) into the Scarlett's headphone jack ...
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Sequencing Elektron Analog Rytm MKII & Elektron Analog Four MKI & Elektron Digitakt

I want to synchrone Elektron Analog Rytm MKII & Elektron Analog Four MKI & Elektron Digitakt. This is my setup: on the Elektron Analog Four MKI: CLOCK RECEIVE -> ON CLOCK SEND —> OFF ...
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Do I need an audio interface for recording if I have a mixer with a built-in USB?

I have Volca series synths and Behringer xenyx 802. I can record each Volca separately with an audio interface to my computer but If I want to play them and record them together (which is better for ...
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I have a problem understanding Mono and Stereo

So I have some gears and instruments and they say that one Synthesizer I have should be connected in Stereo and not Mono, so I want to connect it in Stereo but the sound-system in the bar I want to ...
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Converting Yamaha EX5 s1s files to MIDI

the diskette drive on my Yamaha EX5R synth has stopped loading files, even after I replaced the drive. I have the files backed-up but they are the S1S proprietary format. Is there a way to convert ...
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There is an instrument similar to Meowsic Cat Piano, but with Chicken sounds?

I'm working on a game with chickens and I would love to have the chickens sing songs, pretty similar to Gonzo Chickens from "Muppets show". But I'm having a hard time finding a way to do it. I found ...
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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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Are there open source source, good quality no-sampling piano synths? [closed]

Similar to Pianoteq(.com). The only code I can find is very simple with low quality sound. I'm looking for code to use as inspiration for synthesis software I'm working on. Any and all examples ...
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What 1968 Moog synthesizer was used in the Movie Apollo 11?

I was watching the short YouTube video How ‘Apollo 11’ Gives the Moon Landing New Life | Anatomy of a Scene and near the end the narrator says: My music composer, Matt Morton decided to do a period ...
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Sequencing Elektron Analog Rytm MKII & Elektron Analog Four MKI

I have this set up: MIDI OUT of Elektron Analog Rytm MKII -> MIDI IN of Elektron Analog Four MKI Elektron Analog Four MKI: CLOCK RECEIVE -> ON CLOCK SEND —> OFF TRANSPORT RECEIVE -> ON ...
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Is it possible to generate a perfect sawtooth wave?

I was wondering if it is possible to generate a perfect sawtooth wave (Wikipedia). Because in nature everything is continuous and therefore for example a common speaker would be unable to produce such ...
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playing Analog Four MK1 , Analog Rytm MKII & Digitakt at the same time

I have an Analog Four MK1 connected to the speakers used as an Audio Interface. I have routed the Elektron Analog Rytm MKII through the analog four inputs (turning on the volume (FX track + OSC1 /Ext ...
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Syncing analog rytm MKII with analog four MKI

I want to sync. both synth. Here my set up: Connect MIDI OUT of AR to MIDI IN of AF. On the AR: set OUT PORT FUNC to “MIDI” and OUTPUT TO to “MIDI” in the GLOBAL > MIDI CONFIG > MIDI PORT CONFIG ...
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How to record Roland Juno DS sounds onto a computer

I've been able to connect my JUNO DS-88 to my computer and can play and record sounds that GarageBand gives me. But I want to record sounds that my JUNO gives me, so if someone could tell me how in a ...
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Expressive E Touché & Elektron 4 MKI config

I have the Expressive E Touché midi OUT connected to Elektron 4 MKI midi IN, both connected to a USB hub and from the Hub to my computer. I run the Lié app, and when I touch the Touché it seems to ...
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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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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 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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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 ...