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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Problem with dynamics while playing

I am a musician and I play keyboard but I have a problem that worries me. Whenever I play I tend to strike the bass key(s) very hard and that note(s) is very clearly heard and obscures the right hand. ...
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How to sync Moog Sub 37 with my Arturia Drumbrute

Equipment Moog Sub 37 Kawai MP6 Arturia Drumbrute Manual PDF How do I sync these three all together? I want to Drumbrute to be the master. When I connect the Drumbrute MIDI OUT to the Moog MIDI IN,...
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How to import a piano sound from a VST plugin into a synth?

I am using a Roland XPS 10 synth that allows us to import sounds sampled from VST plugins into the memory of the synth and play. From what I know right now, the file that I have to export from the DAW ...
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Software to edit MIDI played by Roland Keyboard [duplicate]

I purchased a Roland BK-3 keyboard. It can connect to computer through USB and is MIDI2 compatible. I'm looking for a software that does following jobs: Edit MIDI generated by my keyboard Print note ...
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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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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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Hardware MIDI sequencer

I've just bought Roland RD-800 piano. I love it's sound and mechanics. However it turned out that it doesn't have a feature to record and playback midi files. So I cannot for example record one track, ...
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Synthesizer question [duplicate]

Hi I asked a question the other day about my Mini-Brute synthesizer (gifted to me). Because i'm technically challenged, i have no idea just how to hook this up and what i need to do so to produce ...
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What equipment do I need to listen to a synthesizer?

I was just given a used Arturia Mini Brute to mess around with. What basic equipment do I need to amplify/hear the sound produced? I have already purchased headphones. If it is not obvious, I have ...
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Difference between a flat and a “ball-like” hand on piano

I'm not sure if the hand posture is called "ball-like" in English, but is there a difference in playing, technique and/or something else between a balled-hand and a flat one?; (most rock and synth) ...
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Syncing MIDI to Click Track

All my searches only gave me an explanation on how to sync external devices to a Sequencers / DAW (basically by playing a click track and feeding it to your device). I want to do the opposite. I'd ...
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Sequencing Multiple Patches on One Synth

My question comes after reading this passage from Paul White's Basic Midi book: "Most modern synths and PC soundcards are capable of playing back up to 16 different sounds at once, each controlled ...
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Waldorf Blofeld keyboard: installing “standard samples”

I'm not sure that this StackExchange is the best place for this, so close this question with extreme prejudice if I'm out of line. I have a Waldorf Blofeld keyboard, and via their "Spectre" ...
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MicroKorg back to normal mode without saving

Is there a way to switch the MicroKorg back to normal mode after editing a preset without saving? For example, I modify the arpeggiator range. Then I want the upper 5 knobs to switch back to edit ...
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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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Learning to play a synth vs keyboard

I've begun learning to play piano on a keyboard. I would like to learn to play a synth. Watching videos it seems synth playing is nothing like playing piano. Synth players press and hold a few keys ...
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Humming/Buzzing on OP-1 Synthesizer

Help! I just got my OP-1 and every time I start it up, it's fine but as soon as I push a note in synth mode it creates a background humming/buzzing and it doesn't stop.
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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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Synthesizer Sounds [closed]

I bought the Akai Ewi 4000s a few years back and haven't used it much since the built in sounds are awful. I tried connecting it (midi to usb) to logic pro on my computer to make use of the soundbanks ...
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It's possible to connect a usb midi controller into a midi synthesizer?

I do have an usb midi keyboard controller (m-audio keystation 49) and a synthesizer keyboard (KORG KROSS). I would like to assembly my controller to my synthesizer. However my controller only have ...
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What is the most useful or easier synth software to play on stage with a controller [closed]

I'm using a M-Audio keyboard controller together with Reason and Kontakt. However both software are not quite easy to manipulate on stage. which software is a good choice to play on stage with this ...
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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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Mapping MIDI controllers to Hammond B3 plugin

What are the basic controls that a Hammond B3 virtual instrument plugin would have that are usually assigned to controls on a MIDI controller keyboard? And then it is right to assign the Leslie ...
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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 ...