Analog(ish) Synth Sound Design

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CrisK / Chris Kann 5yr+6mo ago
I'm going to start offering a free original soundpack each month as part of my Twitch channel. June's pack is an ambient bass patch from my modular that I made into a Kontakt instrument. https://www.twitch.tv/chris_k_twitch cheers!

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jjt / JJ Thiele 5yr+9mo ago
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get something close to the lead sound at the beginning of this video? I'm pretty sure there's a component to it that's based on a square wave, but then there's also this "razzy" component to it that has me at a loss.

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jjt / JJ Thiele 5yr+10mo ago
Sorry for all of the racket while I'm moving stuff around, I've never really done this before. I added a couple of forum topics and would be happy to add more as needed! I uploaded a couple of photos that I took with my phone for the Icon and Cover Image, just so that it wouldn't be the boring default. If you have some synthy photos that you've taken and would like them up there, let me know. The icon should be square, ideally 600x600 pixels, and the cover photo should be rectangular, ideally 1168x150 pixels. If they vary from those dimensions, they'll get stretched to fit, as you can see in the Cover Image that I put up (those knobs should be round).

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CrisK / Chris Kann 5yr+10mo ago
This was released in 1977, but if you listen to the chords and arpeggio used its obvious where the trance genre got the idea from, another Giorgio innovation.

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CrisK / Chris Kann 5yr+10mo ago
I love the patch Giorgio Moroder used in the intro of this track, Donna Summer, "Working The Midnight Shift", the decending echo arpeggio. I've tried to recreate it a few times but its tougher that you would think to nail. Giorgio would also use a flanger on hihats or sync clicks as a trademark. I'm not sure what flanger he used but I have an MXR original gray BBD one that gets pretty close.

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FrankYann / Frank-Yann B 5yr+10mo ago
do somebody has already use the "mother32" new modular from Moog ?

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FrankYann / Frank-Yann B 5yr+10mo ago
good evening. honored to integrate this new group !

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jjt / JJ Thiele 5yr+10mo ago
A pretty decent approximation of a piano, within a fairly narrow pitch range. I have a Gaia, and the second-most odd thing about it is that rather than mixing the oscillators together just before the filter as most synths would do, each oscillator has its own filter, envelopes, and LFO. However, the patch made in this video does not take advantage of that; the filter and envelope settings for each oscillator are exact copies of each other, so this might be worth trying on other synths, too. The vertical bank of lights on the left are the oscillator selectors: green indicates which oscillators are selected for editing and red indicates which ones are active. (The first-most odd thing about the Gaia is the number of hidden sounds that it contains. It's a VA synth but has one bank of sampled sounds which can be selected and played but not edited. Additionally, if you send MIDI to it, anything sent on channel 1 will be played by the synth engine, but anything sent on channels 2-16 will be played by a built-in GM sound bank. The GM sounds are not editable and are not even playable on the keyboard itself.)

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jjt / JJ Thiele 5yr+10mo ago
Two good offline resources are Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook and Keyboard Presents Steal This Sound. I believe that they're both available from Amazon. Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook is a really good, in-depth introduction to subtractive synthesis. It also has a sizable library of patches for any 2-osc, 1-filter, 2-env synth. These patches are mostly synthesized approximations of existing instruments, but there are some purely electronic sounds as well. Welsh also goes into harmonic analysis, in which he shows how to analyze a harmonic graph of a sound that you're trying to emulate in order to approximate it on a synth. I mention this because Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook Vol. 2 consists entirely of harmonic graphs of many, many different sounds, which is useful if that's what you're looking for but not if you're looking for more in-depth information about subtractive synthesis. Keyboard Presents Steal This Sound is a collection of articles from Keyboard magazine. Each article looks at a synth sound from an iconic song, album, or artist and goes through the general steps to reproduce it without being too synth-specific. Each article tends to focus on some aspect of synth programming (pulse-width modulation, for example), so it's possible to take something away from each one even if the synth stabs from "Addicted To Love" weren't something you might ever use. The vast majority of the sounds are from the 80s, with some 70s and 90s sounds here and there.

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jjt / JJ Thiele 5yr+10mo ago
This is probably the best resource I've found so far on the topic: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/allsynthsecrets.htm (The earliest articles are at the bottom.) It starts off with the basics and then is primarily focused on recreating the sounds of existing instruments (trumpet, flute, cymbal, organ, etc.), sometimes striving for realism, sometimes allowing a synthy character to show through, but most of the articles also feature an explanation of a particular sound design technique.

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