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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

Are there any All-Pass filter plugins(AU, VST, AAX)? The standard EQ plugin of Reaper (ReaEQ, you can also get this as a separate VST plugin) has different modes for the filters (a parametric EQ is ...
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Why do some virtual instruments sound more realistic than others?

Compressing 30 years of research into a couple of short paragraphs… Non-percussive instruments are what's known in the trade as "an absolute b**ch to sample" because they can change over ...
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How not to sound midi without real instrument?

The biggest improvement is going to come from using better sounds. The easiest way to achieve this is to buy or download high quality sample libraries, virtual instruments and presets. Working with ...
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Why does the A Major chord look different in some places?

Note, the double vertical line in the diagram represents the nut of the guitar. The dots on the left side of the nut represent open strings, i.e. played, but not shortened by the fingers. You need to ...
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Why do some virtual instruments sound more realistic than others?

Any instrument that is percussive (you play the note and then there's almost nothing more you can do with it except stop it) is fairly easy to synthesize. Any instrument where the player forms the ...
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

I am going to answer only your first two questions (or at least, I will try). An audio signal can be seen as a sum of sinusoids. These sinusoids each have an amplitude and a phase. The amplitude is ...
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How to make drums sound punchy and fat?

I would actually say compression and EQ can't do very much to make drums sound great. In order of impact, to make drums sound punchy and fat: Play them well or have them played well. Exactly how and ...
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Do Virtual Synth Softwares need any physical buttons? Do I need to have any extra buttons on my MIDI keyboard?

TL;DR Extra knobs and buttons are not absolutely necessary, but then again a MIDI keyboard is not absolutely necessary either, because you can just use a mouse. But since you're buying a MIDI keyboard,...
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How to control an analog or digital mixer (every channel seperatly) from laptop using vst plugins live

You have a few different options. Mix completely "in the box", i.e. all mixing happens in software in the DAW. Your audio interface has enough input channels to bring all audio things into ...
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Timpani & Conga: Doit, Fall or is it something else and how is it performed?

The timpani one is easy: Modern timpani are tuned using foot pedals, so all you have to do is tune the drum up after striking it. It takes very little skill. The conga one is a little harder but ...
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How to find the loudest part of a mix?

Turn your monitor level all the way down until you can't hear anything. Slowly turn it up. The first thing you hear as you turn up the monitors is the loudest thing in the mix.
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

I have tried to answere the questions to my understanding, but I would not consider myself very experienced in this topic. So feel free to correct or hint me if something is not totally correct or ...
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What is an All-Pass Filter? What are its uses?

I have answered these questions in full in a video and an article. In summary: What does changes the phase relationship among various frequencies mean and what is its musical application? It means ...
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What is an effect that changes one parameter depending on the rate of change of another parameter?

An envelope follower uses the volume from a sound to generate an envelope signal which can then be used to control a parameter of an effect. The most popular use for an envelope follower is to control ...
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Digital effects processors with VST plugins?

Even running in a computer, VST effects are usually capable of running in real time, if by real time you mean 'live' rather than 'offline'. However it is true that most computer platforms introduce a ...
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How to get rid of latency experienced while using VST in Reaper?

Ways to reduce latency: Get a low-latency interface that operates on a low-latency bus (thunderbolt if possible, Firewire 800 or USB 3.0 if you have those busses available). Built-in audio inputs and ...
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Why do some virtual instruments sound more realistic than others?

Others have mentioned more general answers, I'll try to provide a comparison of two real instruments. You mentioned it was easier to find guitar samples, then it was to find stringed instruments (e.g....
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How not to sound midi without real instrument?

I’m not 100% sure if I have your question right because the title conflicts with what you wrote after so I will answer two ways. I think one will be what you want. If you want to record without MIDI, ...
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Can I use my laptop headphone jack for Midi keyboard live performance?

What exactly is the purpose of having an audio interface in live performance? Is there a notable difference between using the headphone jack and with audio interface? When playing live, one issue is ...
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Learning the sounding of classical orchestra instruments with Noteperformer, Sibelius Sounds 7

Unfortunately, in practice your objective works the other way round. The following applies only to NotePerformer, because I don't have any experience with Sibelius Sounds. The individual instruments ...
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Distinguish music devices: Sequencer, Launchpad, Sampler, Synthesizer

Todd and No'am have provided general answers, so just to pick up your questions: For example, if I use pro tools for making music, can I replace and modify all the sounds that those devices produce ...
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Distinguish music devices: Sequencer, Launchpad, Sampler, Synthesizer

Very very quick overview: Synthesizer: A device or program that takes in note and other control input via MIDI messages and/or control voltages and produces electronic sounds based on the input. ...
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MIDI Humanization: Random detune plugin (audio or midi)?

There are DAWs that will help you humanize/randomize MIDI timing and velocity. Pro Tools and Logic both offer this feature. In each one, you can select a range of notes, choose a MIDI event edit menu ...
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How to sync DAW VST automations to live performance?

That should be possible, especially with MIDI as notes are coded as orders. However, have you think about how risky that would be? An algorithm trying to detect the tempo and then counting the beats ...
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How to control an analog or digital mixer (every channel seperatly) from laptop using vst plugins live

On SE we don't want to give recommendations for specific equipment, but there are some general considerations: How many channels there are in the audio interface. If a mixer has 10 channels, but the ...
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Why does the A Major chord look different in some places?

The chosen answer is correct. But it's a non-standard way to depict chords. True, the two dots behind the double line (nut) do represent open strings, which brings one to the conclusion that no dot ...
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How to import a piano sound from a VST plugin into a synth?

Because the flute can be considered (if we exclude the initial breath noise) as a single waveform that can be repeated or extended without too much problem, it is very easy to import it as a sample. ...
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Positioning the sound in 3D using VST plugins

The 3D placement is just playing with EQ, volume and reverb. This wont give you a perfect 3D effect but it will work. In general remember those rules. EQ: The farther the sound the less high ...
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Is there an AU plugin that has a similar use to FL Studio's Stamp Tool?

There's a versatile plugin called Scaler from Plugin Boutigue. It's available as an AU. Also there is InstaScale by WA Production. This is more a scale learning and composition support plugin, ...
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Do Virtual Synth Softwares need any physical buttons? Do I need to have any extra buttons on my MIDI keyboard?

Rather more succinctly: You need sufficient controllers for the parameters of the VSTi that you need to control in real-time, actually while playing. Give us more details of how you intend to work - ...
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