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Soothing musical loops

I've been really into Swedish electro artist The Field lately. His music features a lot of slow building loops, complex layering, and hypnotic beats. I find the repetition very soothing and it helps me focus at work. I'm looking for more artists with a similar style: electro/synth, no vocals, more repetition than variation. More description within. [more inside]
posted by lieber hair on Jun 8, 2016 - 19 answers

ID'ing a synth sound

In Bad Lip Reading's "Rockin' All Night Long" there's a synth riff (0:58 in this video) that I love. How do I get that sound? [more inside]
posted by scrump on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Best $500 synth for ambient music

I want to make really spacious ambient pads to score a film. Whats the best synth in the $500-700 range to do this? Preferably an actual physical keyboard.
posted by captainscared on Dec 14, 2015 - 17 answers


What are some good synthwave/outrun/retrowave/whatever compilations that are not Valerie & Friends (because I have that one)? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Video I saw on the blue. Animation. Monsters. Loud. Bombastic.

Help me find a video, an animation of geometric monsters, set to the music of what I believe was a female British, composer. Orchestra. Synths. Huge sound. I first saw it on a link I found on Mefi (or AskMeFi, or MetaTalk), no more than 2 years ago, I'm guessing.
posted by sourwookie on Dec 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Name that Sample (Synth)

Hoping someone can recognize a sample that my brain is telling me was lifted from a reasonably mainstream source, but I can't place it. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me improve my dismal musical ability!

I'm looking for a piece of music training software, designed for use with a MIDI keyboard, that will help develop my dexterity and general competence with melody, harmony, and chords. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Nov 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Fun little amp for synth!

I've been given a Bolsa Bass synth (which is rad). It's kind of an art piece by itself, so I wanted to have it out at parties, when people came over, etc. But! It needs an amp. Can you recommend a good little amp for a bassy synth like this? Something that also looks cool on its own (and complements the hot pink + wood of the Bolsa Bass) would be a major plus. And something easy. Doesn't need to deafen anyone, just sound good in an apartment-sized space. Thanks!
posted by chasing on Oct 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Easy to use drum and synth tools

Bedroom musicians - I need some tools to create basic drum and synth parts while recording. It needs to be stupid easy (as in "I am stupid, make this easy") to use. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Other sites like American Science and Surplus?

I do quite a lot of building small music devices using DIY kits and recycled cases and parts. What are the best sites for for weird, bulk supplies? What are the other sites like American Science and Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com)? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Jun 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Name This Synthesizer

Can anyone identify this pad synth? In my sample collection, I have a sample of a pad synth playing a chord. I would like to either find a VST or sample bank that will replicate this synth's sound. Here is a recording of the sample playing at C5, followed by a short chord progression.
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find this video.

Help me find a Youtube video I saw a while back featuring a nerdy young man playing an amazing keyboard/synth setup. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Dec 29, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this song?

What is this song: slow, dreamy synth song with programmed drum beats that played, in the last year or so, over a commercial that I believe featured a beach and was perhaps on MTV? [more inside]
posted by stresstwig on Sep 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Tell Me What I Want To Hear. (In the car on the way to work.)

Another Tell-Me-What-Music-To-Listen-To Question! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Jul 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Summer Synth Dance Party!

Help me build my "Summer Synth Dance Party" playlist! [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney on Jun 17, 2012 - 12 answers

What's this riff?

What is the name of that classic synth song or riff? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Protector of the Pleasure Principle

Some questions about how to recreate a funky Parliament sound with either modern day instruments or .vsts or something. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

midi synth

Can I use something besides the Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth to play midi files in Windows? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jan 19, 2012 - 2 answers

This record what is it

Random obscure record filter: Band was "The Delta *something*", 70s (synth?) cover album, abstract jacket. [more inside]
posted by solarion on Nov 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Gimme that Old-Time Synth Music: CA East Bay Edition

CA East Bay Area Electronic Music: Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Nov 2, 2011 - 9 answers

What do I need to create dance-rock on a Mac/iPad in 2011?

Bring me up to date on modern music creation on a Mac and/or iPad? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I generate audio with a timbre similar to a sample?

How can I generate audio with a timbre similar to a sample? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Cure this earworm.

What is this dark, synth/EBM goth club song? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help patching a Korg MS-2000

I usually gig locally with a Moog Voyager as my primary synth, but the band is going on a small tour and — though I have a nice ATA case — I have some reservations about taking such an expensive piece of kit on an extended road trip. I have a Korg MS-2000 synth kicking around the house that I am thinking about touring with instead – it's lighter, smaller, and a million times more expendable. Trouble is, I'm having a bit of a hard time getting good, fat, Moog-like sounds out of it. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jun 17, 2011 - 6 answers

...just for the sound of it.

What VST, AU or semi-modern hardware synth is able to create the same types of curiously tuned space-age analog synth sounds as this or this? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Apr 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Recommend some modern-day Jan Hammer, etc.

I've recently started liking Jan Hammer's Miami Vice music, Genesis, stuff like that. Anybody doing that style today? Sans retro-irony? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Cheap Synth?

Best synthesizer for under 400$? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jan 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Simple tutorial for 15 year old on electronic music tech?

My girlfriend's son is in a band, and he wants to start adding synth/electronic stuff to his music. I personally some stuff, and could write some stuff up, but I'm looking for a really good basic overview of the technology (not necessarily too detailed, but if it got into details later, it would be ok, perhaps). [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Unusual Midi Controller

i've been scouring the internet to find out what this particular (i think) midi controller is and i can't find it anywhere. besides the national i know spencer krug from wolf parade uses one as well, i saw him using it last month. it's within the first few seconds of the song. thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6O6WEe3VI0
posted by hiddenknives on Nov 20, 2010 - 2 answers

I hear people who do Morse code can do this too

I want my computer to play a note for each key I press on the keyboard while typing homework/chats/etc. Hopefully, eventually I will be able to listen to the notes and tell what is being typed. Is there a program that will let me do this?
posted by rebent on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

chicago - need keytar for costume

i need a real/fake keytar/shoulder synth for a halloween costume party on saturday night. the cheapest one i can find is at guitar center for $1200. that's about $1150 over my budget. anyone have any ideas? already checked craiglist for chicagoland, which is where i am located.
posted by denaps on Oct 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Inspiring to be DJ/Producer?

I'm inspiring to be a DJ/Music Producer. But I have no clue where to start. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Sep 24, 2010 - 13 answers

Recommend me a used (musical) keyboard.

What's a good, inexpensive (>$200) digital keyboard/synthesizer for a low-intermediate level player? Used preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Aug 21, 2010 - 6 answers


Name that tune and genre. [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Jul 20, 2010 - 5 answers

One Shing Only.

Was the "shing" sound in this logo animation created with a synthesizer? If so (or if it could have been done that way), how? I have the typical audio FX software installed and would like to know how to create a nice synthetic SHINGGGG! sound. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Where to find obsolete part for a Nord Lead?

Where to find obsolete Clavia Nord parts? [more inside]
posted by twinkles2sf on May 10, 2010 - 4 answers

That Blacklight Sound.

Electric Day-Glo Acid Music? Looking for songs that invoke a feeling of hot pink and neon fantasia that isn't largely electronic (analog synth is oky. Moody is okay but upbeat preferred. Bonus points for songs that reference color in the lyrics.
posted by The Whelk on May 6, 2010 - 36 answers

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs?

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Musical Race to the Bottom

I am about to buy my long-desired Akai EWI4000s. The question is: where? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Mar 12, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the Windows XP version of Garageband?

What Windows XP-compatible software is closest in feel and functionality to Garageband? Apple's music making package is one of the things I miss about my old Mac, but for now I am stuck with working on two PCs. The last AskMeFi question on this was five years ago; I've tried Acid and Audacity and hate them both. Help me get my groove back!
posted by skylar on Feb 20, 2010 - 4 answers

My first DIY Bleeps and Bloops

What are some of the best kits to build my first synthesizer? Specifically ones that come with nearly everything. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Feb 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Fuzzy Low-Fi Fun

Music Nerds! I need help finding fuzzy, low-fi pop gems. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 12, 2010 - 37 answers

Onoken off again

Recommend goa trance and digital hardcore musical acts (similar to Onoken)? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Dec 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Lambchop synth hook

What song is this Lambchop synth hook referencing? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 10, 2009 - 4 answers

H-H-Help me find some S-S-S-amples

Where to get a great collection of prime classic synth / industrial -- think classic Moog meets Wax Trax -- samples in WAV format? I've found the free samples I've googled online to be lacking, and I'm willing to buy a collection. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Dec 6, 2009 - 1 answer

"I got all five senses and I slept last night..."

Soundtrackfilter: Please recommend to me mostly-instrumental, sometimes dark, contemplative soundtrack albums (or even compilations or regular albums) in the vein of Michael Andrews' work for Donnie Darko or Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd's soundtrack for Mysterious Skin. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Sep 26, 2009 - 24 answers

I want the funk! And all that jazz.

I'm looking for funky jazz, with plenty of synth, an upbeat pace, and R&B influences, in the style of the mid 1980s to early 90s work of Chick Corea and Jeff Lorber. I've noticed this style tends to be copied in video game and movie soundtracks from that period, so recommendations for those types of music are welcome.
posted by matkline on Sep 15, 2009 - 13 answers

Synthfilter: Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, keys not firing issue

Synthfilter: Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 giving me problems: keys not playing notes, but silicone contacts are clean and working. Looking to be directed to the right person/place/forum to ask or maybe someone here can help [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Aug 31, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I duplicate this synth sound in Reason?

What's this synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Aug 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Have controller, need synth

I've got a PC, and an EMU-49 key midi controller. I've also got an Audiophile 192 sound card with midi-in-out connections. What I want to do is play some synths on the PC.... [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Aug 2, 2009 - 14 answers

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