Synthesizer Basics with the MX - Part I

Synthesizer Basics with the MX - Part I
Let's take a close look at the synthesizer sound engine and inside the Melas Voice Editor. This article is applicable to both the original MX series and the MX49/61 BK/BU/WH and MX88.
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Synth 101 - Lesson 3: Methods of Synthesis

Synth 101 - Lesson 3: Methods of Synthesis
Previously, we talked about the synthesis purpose (why) and technology (what.) Part three in our series talks about the methods of synthesis (how.) Click the link below to launch the tutorial.

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Synth 101 - Lesson 2: Types of Synthesis

Synth 101 - Lesson 2: Types of Synthesis
What are the musical purposes of synthesis? What’s the difference between analog and digital? How do they work? We answer these questions -- and more -- in depth in this slide show. Click the link below to launch the tutorial.

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Not had an opportunity to experience the first lesson in the series - Synth 101 - Lesson 1: What is a Synthesizer? - check it out now. 

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Synth 101 - Lesson 1: What is a Synthesizer?

Synth 101 - Lesson 1: What is a Synthesizer?
Synthesizers are enjoying their biggest wave of popularity since they first came onto the mainstream cultural radar in the 1970s and 1980s. Are you wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out the first of a new YamahaSynth series, "Synth 101." You'll learn what a synthesizer is, what makes them different from other kinds of electronic keyboards, different methods of synthesis, and how their various parts work together to let you dial in any sound that might be in your mind's ear. Click the link below to launch the tutorial.

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Equalizers Part II

Here we will discuss some real world use of Equalization and take a look at the Virtual Circuitry Modeling: VCM EQ 501
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Equalizers Part III

The object, when working with an equalizer, is to listen to the program (the source signal) and adjust the sound accordingly. Let's do an experiment to get a feel for how to approach equalizing a sound.
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Equalizers Part I

EQ, or Equalizer, is arguably the most useful and powerful weapon you have in your processing tool kit. It is the one professional tool that has been deemed safe enough for even the average consumer to use. But in reality it is perhaps the most misused processor in the field of audio. Hopefully, by the time you finish this series of three articles you will have a new perspective on the use of the equalizer and a new appreciation for what it can accomplish for you in terms of making your music shine.
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Synth Basics: 20th Century Piano-like Objects

It might be hard to believe that there is a gap of two thousand years (2,000) between the invention of the pipe organ and the invention of the piano. (Just some perspective when you make demands for a "new" keyboard). The pianoforte, best known by its shortened name, "piano", is a unique keyboard that introduced soft (piano) and loud (forte) dynamics to the performance from a keyboard.
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Synth Basics: The Father of the Synthesizer Part III

Sine, sine, give me a sine...
The sine wave, the same one you learned about when you struggled through trigonometry back in grade school, is the most basic of wave shapes in nature. To our ears it sounds smooth, pure, singular, lonely; to our eyes it is represented as smooth, pure and without unexpected changes.
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Synth Basics: The Father of the Synthesizer Part II

Let's embark on our journey with the first keyboard, the organ. Some consider it also the first synthesizer, or at least "the father of synthesizers". Sounds are made by combining tones, a process referred to as "additive" when we talk about synthesizers.
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Synth Basics: The ORGAN: The Father of the Synthesizer

Programming is an art and a science. There is no shortage of scientific terminology and plenty of mathematics that can be involved. This series of articles is going to attempt to stay on the fun side of all that hard stuff, so that you can approach "programming" with the same intuitve spirit you approach playing your keyboard. We will relate any mathematics to things you most likely already "know" as a musician. And we'll have some fun along the way. Promise. 
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Synth Basics: All Squares are Pulse

In the previous installment we explored the Sawtooth waveform. This time we'll take a look at the other principal analog synth waveform family, the Pulse wave family.
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Synth Basics: Sound Experiments 1

Let's try some experiments with the Sawtooth Waveform. Believe it or not, the 6 example Voices in the included download are all built from the exact same Sawtooth Waveform we began looking at in the first part of this series. Working with Pitch EG, Filter EG and Amplitude EG you can completely reshape the resulting sound. We'll also learn a little bit about HOW we hear.    
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Synth Basics: Getting Started

Exploring the Basics of Synthesis: Building Blocks
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The Multi-Band Compressor

Multi-band Compressor
A Multi-band Compressor is a frequency dependent leveling amplifier that when applied can change the impact of your music overall, or can be applied to make your audio samples more "in-your-face".
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VCM Compressor 376

Workflow: Understanding the Tools _ The Compressor/Limiter: VCM Compressor 376
Settings on Compressor/Limiters are very much all about the current input signal. In other words, you cannot make the settings for Compressor/Limiters without listening to your current input source. There are several things that can improve your understanding and use of the Compressor/Limiter.
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YAMAHA SYNTHESIZERS: WHERE TO BEGIN? PLAYING THE SOUNDS….

YAMAHA SYNTHESIZERS: WHERE TO BEGIN? PLAYING THE SOUNDS....
So, you are sitting in front of a Yamaha synthesizer for the first time and you are wondering..." Where do I start?"

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It's all about Music Production

Music Production is a creative process - the instrument is what you use to express yourself. It is an important tool and this site is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your instrument.
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