How to get this synth sound?

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How to get this synth sound?

Post by sunlapse » Sun May 09, 2010 4:02 pm

Hey guys,

I've been trying to figure out how to get a synth sound to approximate the main sound in this Caribou song, check it out:

http://hypem.com/track/1066593/Caribou+-+Kaili

He's said that he only used softsynths on the record but any general guidance on how to get a similar sound would be appreciated. Thanks :)

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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by Scories » Sun May 09, 2010 10:43 pm

Caribou makes great albums indeed.

How to do that sound right from the beginning of the track : I really don't know, but if I had to try, I would start by experimenting with a polysynth, some distortion and a ring modulator. Then I might add some extra noise in the mix to get a little more dirt.

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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by colmon » Sun May 09, 2010 11:02 pm

sounds like a couple of square waves detuned against each other with plenty of noise mixed in from the third osc. the amp envelope has a fairly soft attack, and the filter is being gently modulated by an lfo

you could approximate this sound on any 3 osc hard or soft synth quite easily

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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by Villi » Sun May 09, 2010 11:43 pm

Also try modulating the filter cutoff with noise.

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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by Scories » Sun May 09, 2010 11:50 pm

I will definitely try those 3 detuned square waves to see what do I get.

But yes, the noise-modulated filter is another good guess. Not every synth has that feature though. SH-101 has a lfo modulated by noise but is monophonic. The Microwave XT has crazy filters, but most regular synths don't.

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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by Zamise » Mon May 10, 2010 12:58 am

Hate to say this but it sounds like a jp80x0 Supersaw you can hear in every epic trance song. Whatever you've got to do to emulate that, it is doable, multiple detuned oscs etc..
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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by Roby31 » Mon May 10, 2010 8:33 am

Probably you can make it sound even better by adding an osc detuned +5 semitones with lower volume. Also I think that this particular sound is less spectacular without the fancy panning.
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Re: How to get this synth sound?

Post by synthlab » Mon May 10, 2010 12:26 pm

its 2 sounds really , ones a noise source being filtered and modulated and the other sounds like a cheap organ tone being processed , distorted or overdriven slightly , the sequence or melodic part is a sequence chord , a 5th or a 7th or something.

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