• April 14, 2019 at 9:00 am #25400
    elau1004Edward Liu

    I am trying to figure the intro patch and the lead rift of this song using Syntorial’s Primer. In the video the riff shows a guitar but it doen’t sound like a traditional guitar.


    Lead Riff at 50 seconds into the video.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    April 15, 2019 at 12:33 pm #25427

    Hi Edward, I’m not a guitar speacialist but I found some info about Devo and the guitars they use, so maybe there’s something in this article you can use to create that sound.

    The Devo Guitar Guide

    April 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm #25431
    elau1004Edward Liu

    Hi Colin1970:

    The sound in the video sounds very processed. Is there anyway to sound design a patch using subtractive synthesis to come close to that lead guitar sound?

    April 17, 2019 at 6:07 am #25524
    joehanleyJoe Hanley

    Because this is so processed, it almost doesn’t sound like a guitar anymore. So you can get pretty close with a synth. Try starting with this:

    Oscillator: Thin pulse wave. Double and detune it (or use 2-voice Unison) with a pretty aggressive detune amount. This will bring in that smear and pitchy wobble.

    Filter: Band pass with lots of resonance. Adjust the cutoff to match the sound. We’re looking for somewhere in the upper-mid range, to create a small and kind-of-bright sound.

    Amp Envelope: Put a subtle attack transient on the sound to emulate a string pluck, by bringing the sustain down a bit (not all the way) and setting a quick decay.

    LFO: Add more pitch wobble (this sound is wobbly). Quick rate, mild amount.

    Chorus: Smear the sound a bit more, with a bit of chorus.

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