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Phase of synced oscillators in analog synthesizers

Most explanations of oscillator (hard) sync in synthesizers focus on the theoretical idea of retriggering the oscillator (using simple diagrams), or on the frequency spectrum of the resulting waveform....
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How to achieve "Burn Rubber on Me" synth bass effect?

At the beginning, the bass imitates tire scratching with very quick short percussive sound and a slide. Is this kind of effect often done by quickly press keys with one hand or by alternating hands? ...
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Can I get my Microkorg sound (patch) on my digital piano?

I have a Korg Microkorg synth which is a really fun synthesizer for a beginner like me. I like making patches (tones) and exploring the different possibilites. However, it's a bit annoying to use ...
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Roland Jupiter 80 synthesizer sweep effect at Live Set level

Spent some time delving into the Live Set and Tone settings in my Roland Jupiter 80, with the Super Sweep preset as a starting point. That setting created the sweep effect using using the LPF1 (low-...
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Can software render music as well as a skilled human with a physical instrument and a microphone?

From a comment on Hacker News: [...] physical playing has been replaced by software quite a while ago. [...] almost nobody can distinguish a computer rendering from the real thing on a recording. ...
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Using Synthesis to Create Original Sounds

Many videos I've watched on synthesis aim at emulating physical instrument sounds (or sometimes physical sound effects), with the pursuit of realism as a guiding principle. At first, this struck me ...
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How do you process instrument samples to make convincing sustain phase loops for sample-based synthesis?

I'm interested in coding up something like a crude sampler (instrument). From what I've read, you can put samples of real audio into a sampler and pitch-shift them for different notes. I want samples ...
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How to visualize waveforms generated by BOSS SY-300 guitar synth on Windows 10?

I'm crafting new tones on the BOSS SY-300 guitar synth and visualizing the waveforms would help a lot. If I run an EHX Superego into the SY-300 for infinite sustain, is there a way that I can run an ...
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How to enter ADSR envelope on BOSS SY-300

I'm trying to program a simple Attack Delay Sustain Release (ADSR) envelope on my BOSS SY-300 guitar synthesizer but the menus are way confusing and the documentation almost non-existent. What I ...
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Can I configure a software synth to use multiple patches on a channel?

I am writing music for organ in LilyPond and listening to it via the LilyPond MIDI output through Qsynth/FluidSynth. I've been using Fluid_R3, but it only has a very generic (and not very convincing) &...
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Synthesizer suggestions? [closed]

I'm looking for an analog polyphonic synthesizer. I'm really torn between the Moog Matriarch and the David Smith Prophet Rev2. I've not owned a synth before and really want to branch into that world. ...
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Why are there so many models of digital synthesizers? [closed]

I am looking for a good digital synthesizer but I am getting lost with all the choices available. However the more I learn about how a synthesizer work I don't get what is the difference between one ...
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Duplicate Sounds

I connected my Casio keyboard to an interface (vault ai22) (1/4" cables) and I also use stero headphones connected to the audio interface.i also connected the Casio USB out put to my laptop. Now ...
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Song-specific temperament [duplicate]

So equal temperament is a compromise to allow songs to be played without without having to retune them on the fly, to match the more consonant sounding just intonation intervals. However, in a world ...
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Types of synths used in modern guitar-based music

I have a solo project where I write rock/metal, and I am interested in adding synths to my music in order to expand the sonic possibilities, add more interesting textures, make the tracks sound bigger ...
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Korg Ms2000B backlighting screen

I have a Korg MS2000b WHICH I HAVEN'T USE IT for than 8 years.This morning I powered it on with a 15v.It turn on.I turned it off.And after one hour I turn it on again and the screen is backlighting ...
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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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Roland Juno ds sound quality for recording

I would like to ask what is the sample rate and bit resolution sound quality supported by the Roland Juno Ds61 keyboard? Also I would like to know, what would be the difference if I use the midi cable ...
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How can I transform a MIDI file of a vocal performance back into something that sounds like a voice? [closed]

Given a MIDI file how can I transform it something that sounds like the vocal cadences on the wikipedia.org/wiki/Candence entry? I understand that the end result will be an audio file and not a MIDI ...
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Is there a specific synth name/DAW plugin for a sort of 70s jazz flute chorus?

There's a sound I hear in some modern alternative music that has such emotive nostalgic properties. It sounds like a flute chorus I've heard in 70s Japanese Jazz and elsewhere. This short comedic ...
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Syncing clock to external midi with iPad

I am trying to integrate the ModStep iPad app into my setup. I have a Moog Matriarch and a Moog Mother-32. What I would like to do is sequence the Mother-32 using the ModStep iPad app and have the ...
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Yamaha SY99 floppy disk drive broken. Can I use something else?

The floppy disk drive on my Yamaha SY99 has been broken for over a decade. As a result I am unable to save anything I do (new sounds or new music) and, once I turn the synth off, the data is gone. ...
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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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Computer compatible keyboard for synthesizer? Where to start?

I'm slightly familiar with stackexchange culture...so take note I am not asking for a product suggestion. My son is getting into music and I wanted to get him a keyboard that can be interfaced with a ...
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Tapping noise when using airship rising (Garage Band)

When using the following sound airship rising I hear a tapping noise, which I am sure is not part of the synth sound, at the audio peaks (I don't hear at lower volumes) and I think it's something to ...
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Identifying a musical system [closed]

Several years ago I was browsing about history of computers and old day computers, and downloaded various images, from Google, maybe from a blog or websites on older generation computers. One of ...
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Is it mathematically possible to create an equal temperament which matches just interval ratios?

I've coded a Python app which lets us have any number of semitones in an octave in order to experiment with microtonal music. I would like to ask if there's a possibility to create such an equal ...
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Volume adjustment based on frequency of played note

I'm currently in the process of implementing a basic software synthesizer. I read that some frequencies are perceived as louder, even when they have the same amplitude. This relation is described by ...
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Creating custom air raid siren sound (User Tone) on Casio CTK-611

I would like to create an air raid siren sound on the Casio CTK-611 keyboard (or a keyboard that works the same). The keyboard allows users to edit certain features of the pre-set instrument sounds to ...
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How to create the "wubs" in dubstep?

One of the signature sounds of dubstep is the "wub-wub-wub" sound. How do I create this sound? I'm using Reaper as my DAW but if there's a way to create the sound with subtractive synthesis on a 3 ...
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How can my MIDI master keyboard send all MIDI messages _except_ "program change" to receiving synth modules?

I still use my trusty Yamaha AN1x synthesizer as my master keyboard for my DAW and to control other desktop synths and tone generators. For example, my AN1x currently sends MIDI to both a Waldorf ...
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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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Can I plug a 2.5A 250V~ cable to a synth that is 100 - 240v?

I just got my new synthesizer, Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard. I live in Korea and the power plug that came with won't match. This is the plug that came with the keyboard: and this is the receptacle on ...
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Synthesized polyphonic sound completely different from the “real” one

I am making a software audio synthesizer and so far i've managed to play a single tone at once. My goal was to make it polyphonic, i.e when i press 2 keys both are active and produce sound (i'm aware ...
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Proper embouchure to leak air while playing EWI?

If you read enough beginner resources for Akai EWI players, you'll keep seeing people mention that you need to let air leak out the sides of your mouth while you play, to avoid building up ...
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How do I print out Boss Tone Studio livesets?

I am currently using BOSS Tone Studio for both the BOSS ME-80 guitar multi-effects pedal and the BOSS SY-300 guitar synthesizer pedal to evaluate and compare all the patches available at BOSS Tone ...
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A mixer or an audio interface? [closed]

So I wanna jam live and record, I first wanted to buy a normal Behringer mixer with a built-in USB but I've been told the recording quality is not that good compared to audio interfaces, so I have two ...
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How to Record Software Synthesizers?

I have worked with a couple of Linux software synthesizers like Amsynth, ZynAddSubFX, and Yoshimi and they are really capable synthesizers in terms of creating many various sounds. But, one thing I ...
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Stacking patches on the Empress Zoia guitar pedal

The Empress Zoia guitar pedal looks way cool for my uses: a modular synth with a huge amount of flexibility. I would be looking at using the Zoia together with the Origin Effects Revival Drive to ...
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Screwed up in caustic 3. Want to delete recorded notes

In Caustic 3 I activated de red record button and played some notes for testing purposes using a synth and now I can't delete the recorded part. I can't see it in the pattern tab of that synth neither ...
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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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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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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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