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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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]
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]
I want my next album to be a dance record. How? [more inside]
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]
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.
Help me find a Youtube video I saw a while back featuring a nerdy young man playing an amazing keyboard/synth setup. [more inside]
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]
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]
[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]
Looking for the best websites and books that explain the theory and practice of synthesizer use, particularly the use of a Moog. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
What's a good, inexpensive (>$200) digital keyboard/synthesizer for a low-intermediate level player? Used preferred. [more inside]
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]
How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music? [more inside]
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]
Help me make my electric guitar sound electronic. (Please dissect these Daft Punk and Justice songs with me.) [more inside]
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]
Recommend me some cool hardcore experimental analog synthesizer music. [more inside]
What are some of the best kits to build my first synthesizer? Specifically ones that come with nearly everything. [more inside]
What gear and/or software would make a basic, inexpensive setup for someone looking to experiment making electronic music? Specifically ambient? [more inside]
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]
What's this synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
Looking for monome-like musical toy recommendations. [more inside]
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]
Vintage synth maintenance help needed! I have a Roland SH-09 monosynth... [more inside]
What are some good resources (books, sites etc.) to learn synthesizer techniques? [more inside]
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]
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]
HardwareSynthFilter: Is there a synthesizer available today, new, out there somewhere, that has poly-key pressure (like the Ensoniq VFX series had)? [more inside]
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?
Is there any sort of discography for albums created/recorded at Studio PASS? What was the story behind Studio PASS anyway? [more inside]
Can you recommend an open-source software based synthesizer that supports OS X? [more inside]
How do I clean a circuit board that appears to suffer from oxidation? [more inside]
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?
What's your favorite VST instrument? [more inside]
I need to change the backup battery on my Roland Juno-60 synthesizer. [more inside]
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]
What's the best way to amplify a synthesizer when playing with a loud rock band? (More) [more inside]
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]