October 26, 2020 at 6:15 am #38110
This lead has me feeling pretty stuck, as I can hear some basic elements of it like the pitch modulation and the heavy distortion, but I’m at a loss as to how to start recreating the patch. It comes in clearly at 1:41. It’s the 2 bar synth loop that is descending in pitch and continues through the drop.
Any insights or ideas would be much appreciated!November 4, 2020 at 1:28 pm #38244Joe HanleyKeymaster
Oscillators: Two osc, both saws, with really big unison: As many voices as you can (I went with 12), just enough detune to smear it, and narrow width. Set the second osc down one octave.
Noise: Layer in some white noise. You don’t need much. Just to give it some more “wash”.
Filter: 24 dB Lowpass. Lower the cutoff just a bit to take off some top edge. Crank the drive if it’s available to really saturate and add body. Bit of res to shape the sound.
LFO 1: Descending saw wave, routed to pitch, very slow rate.
LFO 2: Route to amp to create the note pattern. This would require a custom shape, like a narrow pulse width wave, with an extra little pulse at the end.
Distortion: Crank this to give it that dirty edge.
Reverb: Big size, just a little wet.November 5, 2020 at 11:02 am #38250
Thanks so much as always Joe, you’re a legend. I appreciate the level of detail, I’ll go ahead and give this a try in Serum and maybe Spire. These techno producers that made the track tend to use a lot of analog gear, so I may even try Ableton’s Analog out.November 9, 2020 at 8:10 am #38286
Quick update: I just used Serum to try to recreate it (12 voices on both osc, MG Low 24 Filter cutting off at about 6K) and I was getting really close. What gave it the characteristic sound was when I post processed with Ableton’s stock Overdrive, boosting the 1K region with its filter and then an EQ hi passing at 100 hz with a Drum Buss right after for good measure. Thanks again Joe!
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