Hot answers tagged

25

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 nothing but a cascade of tweakable filters), including allpass. What does changes the phase relationship among various frequencies mean and what is its musical ...


8

What is the minimum setup to use VST on a live gig, hardware- and software-wise (please supply a complete list, including MIDI and audio stuff etc.)? Hardware: Any system capable of running a plug-in host (PC, laptop, tablet, mobile). Audio and MIDI interface that is compatible with that system. Software: A plug-in host (the program that will host the ...


8

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 self-explaining but the phase actually tells you if all your sinusoids started together or not (in a very rough way). Most of filters (standard low-pass, high-...


7

Are there general rules or tips on how to organize VSTs? (...) I would like to know if there's a way to arrange VSTs properly, so that every plugin uses its full potential. There's no correct order. It's all about preference, what you want to achieve, and the context. You'll find a lot of suggestions, like putting time-based effects (like delay or reverb) ...


6

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 where a drum is hit is the number one factor in how a drum sounds, as long as it is reasonably in tune and functioning correctly. Place all microphones in the ...


6

Here's how it works, generally speaking: One MIDI track which has your complete drum score, with the VST plugin applied to it. Any number of tracks, each of which receive a different output (channel) from your MIDI track. So the basic sound is provided by the VST plugin, but you can add the necessary plugins on a component-by-component (or track-by-track) ...


6

A valve and a tube are the same thing -- "tube" was originally more common in American English, while "valve" was more common in England. A "vacuum tube" is any one of a number of types of electronic component based around an arrangement of electrodes inside a sealed glass unit, from which all the air has been removed. The kind of tube used in amplification ...


6

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, you most likely want to make it easier to play virtual synthesizers, and for that purpose the extra knobs and buttons are very useful. Even something very ...


6

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 the DAW for mixing, processing with plugin effects and combining with software instruments. Output the main mix and maybe monitor mixes. DAW software such as ...


5

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.


5

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 just plain wrong. I have found the following information on this site: 1. What does changes the phase relationship among various frequencies mean and what is its ...


5

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 a filter to create an auto-wah effect, but there are envelope followers that feature output of the envelope signal itself to be used to control other effects. ...


5

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 comparatively large amount of latency, which may be unacceptable in some cases. Is there such a thing where you can load any chain of VST effects? If you mean ...


4

I don't have much experience in this area, but I can recommend Apple Mainstage, a $30 app for Macs that works with any number of MIDI controllers attached to a single Mac computer. Mainstage does everything you ask for in your answer except work with VSTs. If that's a dealbreaker for you, you will need to look for different software, unfortunately. Instead ...


4

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 outputs are unlikely to have low latency. Use or get as fast a processor as you can, OR use external processing for audio plug-ins, such as the UAD external ...


4

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 still very typical. You can raise the pitch of a hand drum by pressing on the drum head, so to do a fall you start with the pitch raised and then let it fall after ...


4

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 that different frequencies are delayed by different phase shifts in radians. The maximum negative phase delay occurs for the Nyquist frequency (half the sampling ...


3

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. The synth can then play it for as long as needed. It's basic, but it works. Piano, however, has attack, decay, sustain and release (ADSR) so just playing the ...


3

There are basically two classes of effects: linear ones and non-linear ones. From an idealized signal processing view point (discounting noise and quantization), the order of linear effects can be interchanged without a net change in the result. A lot of effects are also time-invariant: start your signal an arbitrary time later, and the result will be the ...


3

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 latency - the delay between pressing a key on your keyboard and hearing the sound start. To avoid this being a problem you need a low-latency audio driver, and ...


3

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 function and there will be a randomize/humanize option that lets you pick from min and max and randomness parameters. For pitch, it's less straighforward. You ...


3

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. Synthesizers can make almost any kind of sound you can imagine, and have a wide range of controls. The most common hardware synthesizers include a piano like ...


3

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 by using a keyboard connected to pro tools? Typically yes, you have a lot of control over your sounds (within the limits of the capabilities of the devices) ...


3

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 are certainly realistic enough to be easily identifiable by ear, but the software doesn't simulate the full range of timbre and dynamics that a professional ...


3

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 in order to manage a transition would have some chances to fail somewhere. If that would be the case you would have no way to recover which, for a live ...


3

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 integrated audio interface has only 2 input channels (quite common), then at best you can use only two different effects simultaneously. Such configuration ...


2

You want Cantibile. Or Forte (Brainspawn not the notation Forte...). They will not only host your VSTs with whatever patches you want for each song and create signal chains for VST EFX, But they will also let you create Set Lists, trigger background Audio files, and have cool features like programmable midi keys so you can trigger things like start and stop ...


2

What the author means is that you will zoom to see the amplitude changes of a single note. I personally would have said zoom in rather than zoom out, but I'm not reading the same book as you. Amplitude envelopes on keyboards and VST instruments typically are applied on a note per note basis.


2

Here's how you can do this: 1) create a new track for each piece of the drum kit and insert an empty midi region of the length of the drum part. 2) go to the full midi drum track and open it in the piano roll editor. Right click on the keyboard note on the left to select all midi events on that note. 3) copy all the events for a single note and paste to ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible