Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)

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Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)

Post by Alex E » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:00 am

I was hoping somebody might know what synth was used by the immortals for this sound?

My Jp-8000 came pretty close but that was made 5 years after that song was released.
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Re: Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)

Post by memo » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:15 am

Alex E wrote:I was hoping somebody might know what synth was used by the immortals for this sound?
Are you talking about the main lead? That sounds like a sampler to me - a filtered orchestral hit.

As far as the synth stuff, I don't know for sure, but I wager a lot of Roland did the analog synth bits. There's something about the filter sound. Praga Khan had a LOT of kit from Lords of Acid, so it's hard to say.

But you could do most of the synth stuff with any standard analog subtractive or virtual analog. None of the sounds require extensive modulation, or even uncommon features.
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Post by Alex E » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:44 am

Not the main lead, but the buzzy, analoggy stacatto synth sound.

Yep I know it's easy to do. 2 slightly detuned sawtooth waves and the right envelopes.

I'm just curious what people could have used to use to get that sound back in the early/mid 90's. I hear it all the time in house/eurodance songs from that era.

I think it might be Roland, too. Maybe a JX something?
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Post by killedaway » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:30 am

that song is a guilty pleasure of mine. to this day i still think it sounds cool. i mean, you got the OG Mortal Kombat and Praga Khan? two great tastes that taste great together... uh... well, nevermind.
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Post by voltageHead » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:27 am

I have also wondered what was used to to that sound.
That synth riff is badass I can play that part on the keyboard.
I usually play in on a SH101 or Juno 106 with some reverb.

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Post by iProg » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:47 am

I think it might be the Alpha Juno-2

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Post by eucarya » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:39 pm

I have no idea about what gear was used, but did anyone else notice how many people ripped off the terrible "duh duh duh duh... mortal kombat!" sound when this came out? It was like some kind of synth-cliche-virus and spread throughout subpar pop-techno. There was a metal band around here that got some radioplay that copied the line VERBATIM... it was atrocious.

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Post by Alex E » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:26 pm

eucarya wrote:I have no idea about what gear was used, but did anyone else notice how many people ripped off the terrible "duh duh duh duh... mortal kombat!" sound when this came out? It was like some kind of synth-cliche-virus and spread throughout subpar pop-techno. There was a metal band around here that got some radioplay that copied the line VERBATIM... it was atrocious.
I know what you're talking about. I even heard that in an episode of spongebob squarepants a long time ago.
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Re: Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)

Post by i_watch_stars » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:53 am

Alex E wrote: My Jp-8000 came pretty close but that was made 5 years after that song was released.

Therefore your hope of replicating the sound has been eternally crushed.



You must now venture through the labyrinth, defeat the Synth King by the 13th hour, and retrieve the exact synth that was used before you can ever hear that sound again!

Hahaha...Hahahaha....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Post by Alex E » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:30 am

:roll: :)
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Post by HH » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:03 am

found these pics from the 1998 tours:
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Post by voltageHead » Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:48 pm

I dig those pics of praga kahn.The good old juno 106 and nordlead.

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:15 pm

Alex E wrote:Maybe a JX something?
I suspect that too, sounds like a JX-10.
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Post by stikygum » Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:21 am

Is this thread regarding the beginning stacatto synth line (which is the first synth sound heard at the beginning of the song)? I'd say it's Alpha Juno too.

I'm wondering what synth the Stabs are from (the main chorus).

On a side note, didn't know it was in Guitar Hero:


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Post by thestreets » Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:43 pm

*mortal kombat!!!!!!!!!!*

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