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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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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

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-...
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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 order VST plugins correctly

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. ...
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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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Separate MIDI Drumtrack to edit each part individually

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) ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

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 ...
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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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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 use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

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 ...
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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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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 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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How to order VST plugins correctly

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

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 ...
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What is the usage of "Zooming Out" in showing an amplitude envelope

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. ...
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Separate MIDI Drumtrack to edit each part individually

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 ...
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