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 -
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.
posted by chasing
on Oct 5, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Random obscure record filter: Band was "The Delta *something*", 70s (synth?) cover album, abstract jacket. [more inside]
posted by solarion
on Nov 28, 2011 -
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 -
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
? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on Apr 6, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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!
posted by hiddenknives
on Nov 20, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I am about to buy my long-desired Akai EWI4000s. The question is: where? [more inside]
posted by mkb
on Mar 12, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Is there a (hopefully free) Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform? I just switched to a Mac 4 months ago, and I remember there being all sorts of little audio tools that did stuff like this, but now I need one that will allow me to simply draw a waveform.
Now, ideally I'd like to paste in graphical or vector shapes (photoshop or illustrator) and use those as the waveforms -this is really what I'm looking for - like a line to waveform ability. Would an oscilloscope-type software be more what I'm looking for, and would that allow me to "dial" between the drawn waveforms? Thanks!
posted by itchi23
on Jan 16, 2009 -
SynthFilter: Help me find more information about this keyboard I saw in a pawn shop! [more inside]
posted by clcapps
on Oct 24, 2008 -
I want to learn, from a teacher face-to-face, to use the various tools in an electronic (as in "dance," including hip-hop) music producer's arsenal. Do classes/lessons exist? How about in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Aug 28, 2008 -