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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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Trying to uninstall Sibelius 8.2 [closed]

I am trying to uninstall Sibelius on my friend's laptop, but there is no uninstaller file (according to the registry and add/remove programs). However, Sibelius is undoubtedly installed as system ...
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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 ...
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Using a tremolo stompbox between the swell pedal and the synth?

I'm quite new to the practical aspects of synthesizers and fx modules (I only just got my first synth a few months ago). As is typical these days, my synth has a variety of onboard effects, but it ...
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What type of Keyboard is best for use with DAWs for adding Bass Lines and Leads to my mixes?

I produce original music using a Digital Audio Workstation similar to Logic Pro - and I want a hands on device to aid in adding nice sounding basslines and smooth ambient lead guitar solos (and other ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for when buying my first synthesizer?

There are countless options out there and it is very easy for a beginner to feel overwhelmed. Which features should I be looking for? Which are the most important characteristics? How can the options ...
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How can I convert a Standard MIDI File from Type 1 to Type 0?

Is there a way to convert a Standard MIDI File (SMF) from Type 1 to Type 0? Obviously, some advanced features might be lost, but that's okay. I imagine there might be a software program which does ...
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Do I need to be concerned with drum tuning when using drum samples?

I'm starting to get into writing and recording some music and am using synthesized drums for the time being. Do I need to be selecting samples based off drum tuning at all? For example, if I'm writing ...
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Are there any guide with commonly used settings on sound synthesis?

I just saw the new york sound synthesis course on youtube. It's pretty good, but I wonder if there are any guide or pdf with the most common used settings in music, like a string pad on trance music ...
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What contributes to the roughness of a sound?

I know this is a little subjective in regards to what roughness is. So, imagine the sound of a sine wave, you could say this is the purest, or cleanest sound there is. Now contrast that to a ...
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How could I recreate this particular synth sound?

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about recreating a synth sound, or at least getting something relatively similar: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kswhzrr0ywoijfj/synthexport-28082015.mp3?dl=0 I've ...
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Is there a key-less synth/midi controller to control and modulate my Yamaha keyboard?

Newbie here. I already own a Yamaha keyboard, which is pretty much like a piano but with all the options for DJ and change of tone etc. I want to be able to modulate pitch and such with modulation ...