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February 2, 2017

Synthesizer: How Does it Really Work?

I was watching music video which just pop-up on my Facebook feeds. I can’t remember who posted it, but anyways, I was left in awe when I heard and watched the whole video. I was wondering how they come up such beautiful output of the music considering that they recorded it not in a studio.

So I asked my friend who is an expert in music. And he said that there probably using a minimoog voyager electric sythesizer.

As a no-how in music I still have to research online what a synthesizer can do. Of course Wikipedia has the answer and it says:

A synthesizer (often abbreviated as synth, also spelled synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers and loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either imitate instruments like piano, Hammond organ, flute, vocals; natural sounds like ocean waves, etc.; or generate new electronic timbres. They are often played with a musical keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other input devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via MIDI or CV/Gate using a controller device, often a MIDI keyboard or other controller.

Still not getting it. Apparently I am not music minded. However if I have the opportunity to operate a synthesizer then I will clearly understand how it works.

September 27, 2016

Voice Recording – A Dream Long Forgotten

I was watching a music video at Facebook. The voice of the singer is soothing and you can say that recording is done professionally and done in a studio with high-end instruments.

But actually now a days, anyone can do a great quality voice recording as long as you have the right tool or instrument for vocal processor such as the vocals at musiciansfriend.com. I’ve seen different music video online that was apparently recorded home-based but with great quality as the one recorded in studio.

Speaking of  voice recording. I’ve had this dream before of becoming a voice recorder. Not a singer but I want to dub a radio drama. That was my past time during college. But I was too scared to audition. I don’t have the confidence and so that dream was long forgotten until today.

But should I try auditioning? Might be in the future but as for now I more focus on developing my passion in designing. I’ve been into lettering, watercolor design and fashion illustration lately.

 

September 27, 2016

What is MicroKorg?

I came across with a keyboard. But it’s not just an ordinary keyboard because it has dial and some sort on controller. I asked the salesman about that certain product and he said it is a MicroKORG. Not really familiar with the name. Thus, I searched it through Google.

According to Wikipedia:

The microKORG is a MIDI-capable virtual analog synthesizer/vocoder from Korg featuring DSP analog modelling. The synth/keyboard is built in such a way that it is essentially a Korg MS-2000 with programmable step arpeggiator (MS-2000 has only six simple patterns), a less advanced vocoder (8 bands instead of 16 bands found on the MS-2000), lack of motion sequencing (MS-2000 had three motion sequences), lack of an XLR microphone input, and in a smaller case with fewer real-time control knobs.

Vocoder by the way is a synthesizer that produces sounds from an analysis of speech input.

 

From my further research, the Korg MicroKorg XL+ is the latest version in the series, and uses MMT Multi Modeling Technology from Korg’s newer and more powerful Radias/R3 synthesizers.

Although I a bit confused about this product. But I believe it’s one of the most powerful instruments in the music industry because of different options you can do with the music you are creating. One of the features is a sound selector that lets you choose your sound using two large dials: “music genre” and “instrument category.”

If you are into music, MicroKORG is a must have or at least must try to improve your music output.

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