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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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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

I have a 1982 Roland Juno-60 'polyphonic' analog synthesizer. Starting about 6 months ago it began having 'moving' dead notes. What I mean by that, is that there is no evidence that any one key is '...
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What synthesizer was used in madonna's Vogue? [closed]

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 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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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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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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Is it possible to recreate any sound you hear on a synth?

Is is possible to recreate any sound you hear in a synth? Think of it like ear training, but with a synth. Being able to deconstruct a sound with your ear, know what type of waveform is being used, ...
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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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How can I hear what a mathematical function sounds like?

I'm working on differential equations homework right now, and I just came across a solution to a problem that has the form: I graphed the function with my computer and it has an interesting waveform ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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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 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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What musical/piano skills can be developed when practicing in a 25 keys keyboard?

I am beginning to learn the piano on a full 88 key Yamaha digital piano I've got at home but my routine has just changed and I am travelling very often, limiting my time at home to, say, one week in a ...
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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 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 ...