What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

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What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Tiger Jackson » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:40 am

I just love these kind of sounds: http://www.synthmania.com/Sequential%20 ... nc%20I.mp3

http://www.synthmania.com/Sequential%20 ... 20Sync.mp3

Those squawky-sounding type of leads... i try to resist using them on EVERY single track i do lol.

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by jeffrey1121 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:33 am

wow, such a simple question and yet so much thought required for answering.....

In particular I love.....

-true analog sound fx based on nature (such as rain, wind, seashore, etc)
-metallic PPG/waldorf wavetable sounds, especially the more primitive ones
-ridiculously modulated queasy sounds (a la venetian snares/squarepusher/aphex)
-acidic, squelchy sounds
-'hoover' sounds

and that's just a few...

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by phesago » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:42 am

Maybe I'm square, but I do prefer some pulse width at 40-ish% detuned to the 2nd osc pulse width at about 60-ish%.

Slow triangle filter sweeps are sweet too.

I guess I am really f**k boring when it comes to my synth sounds :cry:

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by CS_TBL » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:08 am

I like sounds with human qualities. So, nothing static, and all very responsive to velocity, aftertouch, mod. Lotsa fluctuations 'n randomness, lots of tiny nuances with each keypress. Also, when possible: noises or other weird things between subsequent keypresses (like flaps or embouchure changes with brass/winds). It could very well be that the basic architecture of such sounds is synthetic (heck, a simply sawtooth would do), as long as you get the impression that it's really being played by humans and that the sound is alive and full o' thingies.
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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Alex E » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:24 am

Detuned anything.
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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Walter Ego » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:15 pm

Detuned saws. What else do you need?
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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Alex E » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:56 pm

Walter Ego wrote:Detuned saws. What else do you need?
Watch this... NOTHING!! 8-)
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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by stephen » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:33 pm

Alex E wrote:
Walter Ego wrote:Detuned saws. What else do you need?
Watch this... NOTHING!! 8-)

But... but... Eminent and smallstone..... and TD style sequences... them too!
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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by _seph » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:12 am

Tiger Jackson wrote:I just love these kind of sounds: ...... Those squawky-sounding type of leads... i try to resist using them on EVERY single track i do lol.
lol that's funny as those are my least favorite sounds and are the ones I've always quickly skipped past when auditioning presets on a new synth.

but I generally gravitate towards pads and bells and wind like sounds. Strange timbres utilizing feedback, dissonance and noise. Contrast, like the engulfing dark as well as icy glassy purity. Sounds like those that could be from outer space or of trapped echoes from caverns below.

mostly though I'm a sucker for physical modeling and additive re-synthesis; sounds that are obviously synthetic but are like an electronic approximation of real world sounds or bizarre instruments from another place.

and I suppose I really like the sound of aliasing.. as with extreme sample manipulation of time and pitch, the stretching of a thing beyond its limits and anything recognizable.

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Don T » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:52 am

Hmm, Pulse wave (assuming pulse-width mod available), filter almost completely down, resonance just below oscillation, slow attack and release, with the ADSR modulating the pulse width and the filter cutoff :2cool:

Of course, a sawtooth if PWM is not available.

Next, the above, with the pitch modulated by the random voltage generator...

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by tekkentool » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:17 am

I like things that literally sound like they come from another planet.



Like the wicky wicky wicky wow wow, sounds that have no equal anywhere else.

Aggressive, distorted and unique usually. The "sonic charges" from Star wars Episode II in song form.

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by moremagic » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:39 am

im really fond of ep and string patches that are too electronic to be real but still manage to feel natural instead of superspacey

of course i wouldnt play synths if i didnt like the super spacey sounds too!

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by EmptySet » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:37 am

I could play that Vangelis CS-80 brass sound for a week straight. But I avoid using it in my tracks for some reason.

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by Bitexion » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:47 am

I'm a sucker for hard sync sounds. Like JM Jarre's Elka Synthex "laserharp" sound. It was one of the first synthesizer sounds I heard that was totally unreal as a kid, not an imitation of other instruments.

And for various reasons it's nearly impossible to replicate accurately on other synths, due to the special features of the Synthex, like the chorus and PWM modulation of oscillator 1 that is used. You can get in the same ballpark, but the actual tone is very difficult to achieve. It's more than just "sync vco1 to vco2 and sweep the frequency downwards".

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Re: What are your favorite type of synth sounds?

Post by antilles » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:46 am

I actually really like synthsounds with guitar like timbres. (not distorted) Take the guitar preset sound on the CS-50/60/80 for instance. It's so delicate and 'round' sounding. My favorite sound on the Yamaha SY-1 is also guitar. It even goes for the guitar presets on any FM synths.

Sounds i dislike are basses with a lot of resonance and osc sync type sounds.

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