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Mod my upright piano

Yesterday I rescued an abandoned Érard piano from the streets. Its innards had been removed, but it has all 85 of its original keys (it's an 85-key piano). I would like to be able to use it as a synthesizer, since I can't afford a new soundboard for it. The online DIY synthesizer world is so full of resources, however, that I am at a loss where to start. [more inside]
posted by fraula on Jul 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me make ambient, evolving pads with an an analogue synthesizer

I am new to synthesis. I just purchased a Korg minilogue. I understand the components by themselves but I don't know a lot about how they interact with each other. It seems I’m just twisting knobs hoping something will work. I’m getting a lot of edginess/harshness (more inside) [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Feb 22, 2016 - 3 answers

Synth question: What’s the difference between eg and amp eg

Just got a Korg monologue and I’m reading the manual but I need help: What’s the difference between the envelope generator and the amp envelope generator? Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Feb 13, 2016 - 7 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

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Alternatives?

I've fallen in love with a friend's OP-1. It's limited enough not to feel overwhelming, but versatile enough that it feels possible to create quality work; doing a little bit of everything synth/sequence/sample/drum machine/recorder. It feels like it hits just the right sweet spot between tool and toy. Unfortunately at $850 it's a purchase that I really can't justify. Is there a software (osx or ipad) or hardware solution that offers a similar all in one, versatile, fun to use electronic music production environment?
posted by I Foody on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 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

Roomate goes bleep bloop

My housemate makes loud dissonant synthesizer music. I need to wake up very early in the morning, an would love an afternoon nap. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Starting point for creating a dance record?

I want my next album to be a dance record. How? [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

calling all cake decorators

Calling all cake decorators: I want to construct a cake that looks like the EDP Wasp synthesizer. Having problems wrapping my head around the specific logistics. Halp. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly on Mar 3, 2013 - 11 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

How do I take this from my browser into real life?

I'm having a ridiculously fun time playing with Audiotool and am learning a ton about desktop production. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on May 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Learning to jam

Keyboard players: A jam session might be in the cards for me soon. What is the best way for me to pick up a bit of basic skill on a synthesizer/piano? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Dec 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Easy Art Sounds

[Synthesizer/Audio Software/DJ Filter] I need easy art sounds! I'm looking for a easy-to-use device or software that can make minimal music/sounds for my art video soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by Murray M on Nov 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What websites give practical explanations of moog terminology and usage?

Looking for the best websites and books that explain the theory and practice of synthesizer use, particularly the use of a Moog. [more inside]
posted by winna on Oct 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Why would one want a Nord Lead 3 as opposed to a Nord Lead 2 or 2X?

Why would one want a Nord Lead 3 as opposed to a Nord Lead 2 or 2X? I know that the original Nord Lead was completely outmoded by the 2 but since I don't currently know anyone who knows synths, I'm not sure if the 2x and 3 are improvements over the 2 and in what ways. [more inside]
posted by telomere on Oct 6, 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

Recommendations on synth DIY

I am looking for recommendations for DIY synth kits. I recently built the Weird Sound Generator and Voice of Saturn kits and am now looking for more to build. Does anyone here know of any similar noise-making PCB kits, or something else in general I should look into? Thanks.
posted by archivist on Feb 6, 2011 - 10 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

Affordable, tactile, quirky electronic noisemaking gadgets?

Please recommend me some affordable, tactile, quirky electronic instruments / noise making toys / effects. I already have a Korg Kaoss Pad 3, Alesis Air FX, and a Stylophone, and am going to buy a Korg Monotron - I'm looking for suggestions along similar lines. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers


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

Using a keyboard as a synthesizer?

How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jul 4, 2010 - 7 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

How to make my electric guitar sound more electronic.

Help me make my electric guitar sound electronic. (Please dissect these Daft Punk and Justice songs with me.) [more inside]
posted by jalexc on May 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Right cable configuration to connect a Hagstrom Patch 2000 guitar and pedal to an Arp Odyssey III?

I'm trying to get my guitar/synth configuration working -- a project I've been at for YEARS. I finally have everything but still cannot get it to work. I think I need the right cable configuration (from the pedal to the synthesizer) to connect my Hagstrom Patch 2000 guitar and pedal to my Arp Odyssey III. But I'm not sure what that configuration is. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Apr 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend me some cool hardcore experimental synthesizer music.

Recommend me some cool hardcore experimental analog synthesizer music. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Mar 13, 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

I need a hobby

What gear and/or software would make a basic, inexpensive setup for someone looking to experiment making electronic music? Specifically ambient? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Modern VL-Tone?

What's the modern equivalent of a Casio VL-Tone? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Is that a moog in your ipod or are you just happy to see me?

What are the options for ultra portable electronic music making (e.g. Iphone, PSP, DS, etc) either now or in the near future? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid on Oct 13, 2009 - 2 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

Monome-like musical toy recommendations?

Looking for monome-like musical toy recommendations. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Tickling the Ivory

Who are the keyboard players who are really wowing you these days? I'm looking to enhance my listening pleasure. Any style or genre is fine. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Nov 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Need lube advice for slippery filter sweeps!

Vintage synth maintenance help needed! I have a Roland SH-09 monosynth... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Nov 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Where to learn about keyboard synthesis?

What are some good resources (books, sites etc.) to learn synthesizer techniques? [more inside]
posted by Me, The Snake on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Teach me how to unce unce

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 - 5 answers

A Little Moog Music

With the recent discovery of a trove of Delia Derbyshire tracks, my interest in early synth and electronica has been reawakened. Help me find some good stuff. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jul 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Are there any new synths in existence that have true poly-key pressure?

HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on May 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Simple music machine for kids?

Our kids, 5 and 7, haven't singled in on any specific instrument yet (nor, perhaps, will they ever), but they do love listening to, humming/singing, and dancing to all kinds of music, and playing the various "minor" instruments we've got. We're thinking about buying some sort of simple music machine/synth to have in the house for them play around with. Any recommendations?
posted by progosk on May 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Pass the... studio.

Is there any sort of discography for albums created/recorded at Studio PASS? What was the story behind Studio PASS anyway? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Mar 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Open source synth for OSX

Can you recommend an open-source software based synthesizer that supports OS X? [more inside]
posted by ~ on Aug 2, 2007 - 3 answers

Synthesizer Patel

How do I clean a circuit board that appears to suffer from oxidation? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jul 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Name the tune

Name that tune. This [mp3, 100 Kb] is a shamefully crude MIDI reconstruction of part of the tune in question. I'd place it around 1975, Moog type Top 100 pop music; sounds something like Hot Butter but is not. Any ideas what it is?
posted by shannymara on Dec 19, 2006 - 6 answers

I need more noisy toys!

What's your favorite VST instrument? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Nov 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Wait, wait, wait! Let me just...um...dial in the...patch for this...song...hold on...sorry...um...

I need to change the backup battery on my Roland Juno-60 synthesizer. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Nov 7, 2006 - 2 answers

What synth is used in Dracula's Wedding (Outkast)?

Name-That-Synth-Filter: Help me identify the monophonic synthesizer used on "Dracula's Wedding", from the Outkast album The Love Below. Samples inside... [more inside]
posted by sluggo on Dec 13, 2005 - 9 answers

Help me amplify my synth.

What's the best way to amplify a synthesizer when playing with a loud rock band? (More) [more inside]
posted by dhoyt on Feb 3, 2004 - 9 answers

Piano keyboard recommendations

I'm looking to buy a music keyboard for up to £300. I basically want one that's as near to a proper piano as I can, but my needs are: 61 keys (preferably weighted), connectivity to a computer (therefore not much need for extra bells and whistles on the actual keyboard), touch sensitivity, option for pedal/sustain, and a really good array of spectacular sounds. Can anyone help with a make/model? I can't find anywhere that gives an unbiased view of buying a keyboard... [more inside]
posted by wibbler on Dec 26, 2003 - 9 answers

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