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How is this synth sound made?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:59 pm
by PotatoFro
I'm pretty new to synthesis - can anyone point me in the direction for how this synth sound might be made? (the chromatic walk down part that starts at 47 seconds in - see link below).

I can hear there's some glide involved, but other than that I'm lost on what sort of wave form this might be or what combination of sounds might get close.


Re: How is this synth sound made?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:19 pm
by Music Bird
Not really my kind of music, but I’ll answer anyways.
Sounds like an FM sound. It’s super clean, so probably something like FM8. The brass chord parts after are also FM and very clean sounding. I’m not sure how to program it since I have little experience with FM, but it has glide on it. Check out Dexed and OxeFM, 2 free FM synth plugins.

Re: How is this synth sound made?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:29 pm
by ItsMeOnly
dude, just stop...

The easiest way to do it is to hook an analog drum machine's tom CV/trigger to synthesizer with envelope generator and slow decay and that will control pitch drop, alternatively just arpeggiator, because, as OP noticed, it's chromatic drop.

On a synthesizer, use square wave (50% pulse), attach envelope to pitch (for gliding tom-like sound), attach filter (fully closed, 4-pole LPF, 100% envelope follow) with short decay and high sustain envelope to for the "bang", and there's amp with slow decay envelope. Now you can use keyboard to smack every semitone down the line.

Re: How is this synth sound made?

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:21 pm
by meatballfulton
I agree with ItsMeOnly's assessment. A basic analog synth percussion patch. Sounds cool but it's easy to create.

This is the fun of learning synthesis, what sounds complex is usually quite simple.