A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Hair » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:00 pm

well according to wikipedia (with cited sources), the human after all album was improvised in about 6 weeks, and was created primarily with two guitars and a drum machine

to me it sounds like they recorded the vocals themselves, maybe pitched down before vocoding?

I am very curious about the distinctive bit reduction effects all over the record - that really interesting hollow quality, maybe some kind of formant business involved

the only obvious synth sound to me is the lead in robot rock, sampled from breakwater's "release the beast"

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by thosquanta » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:51 pm

Kidney05 wrote: i was hoping this topic wouldn't turn into "what gear do they have so i can copy" and rather it be "how did they make interesting sound X"
well, on the plus side, based on the picture, theres only 1 piece of gear...they just have a lot of it.

pretty cool, tho.

i bet my band would sound better inside a giant pyramid.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by lazerface » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:34 am

damn that's a nice layout.
What are the black things in the middle at No. 3?

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by DIGITAL SCREAMS » Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:44 am

Daft Punk sample about 65% of their music....and run it through analog filters/effects. They just mash it up and make it dirty.

The main synth riff used in Robot Rock is a sample from an old record....all they did was pitch it upwards slightly. The sound itself is a factory preset from the Prophet 5.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Horace » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:42 pm

nogginj wrote:i believe its these:
http://theworldisdaft.wordpress.com/201 ... and-beats/
Fascinating link! Those "vocal" sounds most defiantly sound like a guitar run through some form of flanger pedal with reduced sample rate for grit. I can hear them changing the overdrive of the guitar underneath the effect.

I remember doing a Daft Punk cover of rolling and scratching at one of my shows, used a Juno 6 and a crappy boss overdrive to get that screaming lead

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Zamise » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:18 pm

I think I seen one of the guys using an SH-101 with broken keys in an old vid. The formant vocal sounds could be a talk modulation effect that they switch between vowels. Sounds like some vocoding too, and maybe a talk box, and or possibly a control delay can make vocals sound very robotic too. I've also seen them using a couple minimoog RMEs in some of their newer vids.
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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Miles Powerhouse » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:53 pm

Anyone here a member of TDC?

I am, and we know a lot about Daft Punk. I know that HAA was made with nothing more than two guitars, a talkbox, and a drum machine. They did only spend 6 weeks on the album; 4 weeks recording, 2 weeks mastering/mixing.

Homework was made with a variety of synths: a member of TDC proved that DP used a Juno-106 on Rollin 'n' Scratchin, Rock 'n' Roll, and possibly Burnin'. They sent it through a Distortion pedal of some kind.

Discovery was made with more samples then they admit. Thomas Bangalter's father is Daniel Vangarde. They could have gotten some sample clearance through him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Ndijo2ysM has most of the samples from Discovery. 8,9,and 10 are most likely wrong.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Robonaut » Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:47 pm

Hair wrote:well according to wikipedia (with cited sources), the human after all album was improvised in about 6 weeks, and was created primarily with two guitars and a drum machine
And it sounds like it!

Jesus, that crappy album was such a massive disappointment after "Discovery".

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by clubbedtodeath » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Robonaut wrote:And it sounds like it!
Agreed, but they more than made up for it with Tron: Legacy. Beautifully understated.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by SKINNYPIG » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:55 pm

also:
Ensoniq DP4
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and a Mac running Logic.

I always thought HAA could have been salvaged if they ditched all the filler and put it out as an EP. Personally I was far more disappointed with the Tron soundtrack; to my ears it just sounded like Hans Zimmer phoning it in. I guess I was expecting something a little more unique.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by nogginj » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:14 am

If you listen to those raw tracks you can tell that in addition to guitars, a drum machine, and talkbox, they also had tons of outboard effects (maybe a modular system?), and at least one synth.

Probably a sampler for the, you know, samples...though i imagine that could have been done in a daw.

I think Human After All is a killer album ... great changeup from homework and discovery. And it pisses a lot of people off so you know its classic ;].
Hair wrote:I am very curious about the distinctive bit reduction effects all over the record - that really interesting hollow quality, maybe some kind of formant business involved
I'm really curious about this too....that kind of rickety, rocks rolling around in a can type effect. I love that and it's all over the album.

There is a pretty good recreation of a typical synth sound from HAA at this link: http://www.hellosamples.com/2011/10/13/ ... ool-vol-1/

No bit reducer, but lots of oscillator cross modulation and that can kind of approximate bit crushing if you use a square wave.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Yoozer » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:05 am

lazerface wrote:damn that's a nice layout.
What are the black things in the middle at No. 3?
(now defunct) JazzMutant Lemur controller touchscreens.
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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by SKINNYPIG » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:18 pm

Yoozer wrote:
lazerface wrote:damn that's a nice layout.
What are the black things in the middle at No. 3?
(now defunct) JazzMutant Lemur controller touchscreens.
although they did use jazzmutants in later performances I think the devices shown in the above photo are maybe just regular monitors, if you look at this photo taken from a slightly different angle you can see what looks like a VGA cable connecting to the left hand side of the unit,
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from what I understand all the ports on the Jazzmutant are on the back

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by sqweebking » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:10 am

I was always under the impression that they used talk boxes for their vocal parts, hence the helmets to hide the tubes. I'm probably not correct, just what I thought.

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Re: A Daft Punk "How'd they make that sound?" Thread

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:21 am

SKINNYPIG wrote:
Yoozer wrote:
lazerface wrote:damn that's a nice layout.
What are the black things in the middle at No. 3?
(now defunct) JazzMutant Lemur controller touchscreens.
although they did use jazzmutants in later performances I think the devices shown in the above photo are maybe just regular monitors, if you look at this photo taken from a slightly different angle you can see what looks like a VGA cable connecting to the left hand side of the unit,
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from what I understand all the ports on the Jazzmutant are on the back
It also looks like there's a network cable going in below the VGA, so maybe these were pre-production lemurs or something.

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