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Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

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Postby netrate; Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:07 pm Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

I am just getting into making some music for myself. I am really into the sort of cyberpunk synths /drum beats such as this :
https://soundcloud.com/makeupandvanitys ... -a-promise

From what I gather it is old 80's synths? Is that true?
Also, I have an ipad air, could I start with that - garage band - and branch out to something more robust when I get better at it?

thanks in advance.
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4219 posts since 9 Jan, 2003, from Saint Louis MO

Postby foosnark; Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:25 pm Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

Bands like this that are doing a sort of retro 80s vibe are usually using completely modern synths, with exaggerated sample rate reduction/bitcrushing and tape emulation (or just rolling off high end with EQ or filters) far beyond actual 80s recordings. And I generally love it :D

Disasterpeace did a tutorial on the sound design process he went through for the Fez soundtrack, and he's got some similar things going on. It's worth watching. He squeezes a lot more out of that synth than I would have suspected.

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618 posts since 1 Mar, 2015, from UK

Postby Jax Pok; Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:42 am Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

u-he synths + Soundtoys effects
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Postby david.beholder; Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:52 pm Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

https://www.google.com/search?q=synthwa ... al&tbm=vid

There are plenty of way how to do it. And it's quite popular style nowdays.
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Postby Foxedge; Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:30 am Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

Just found this topic via google and want to add this Cyberpunk Soundbank for Dune 2:


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6876 posts since 3 Jul, 2012, from Canada

Postby V0RT3X; Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:55 am Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

If you don't have a good DAW for electronic music production I highly recommend you check out Ableton.

Instruments to check out

https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/ (FREE Yamaha DX7 Emulation)
http://soniccharge.com/forum/topic/433- ... m-the-past (Free Vintage Sampler)

https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/ ... 0-s-Bundle
(Limited Time Deal $80 USD) <-- Pretty good value if you're short on money, since you get drum sounds + a great sounding 80s digital synth.

https://tal-software.com/products/tal-sampler ($60 USD).
http://www.psychicmodulation.com/phonec.html. ($59 USD)

For FX I'd suggest you check out these mixing tools.

https://tal-software.com/products/tal-dub-x (25 USD)
https://valhalladsp.com/shop/reverb/val ... tage-verb/. (50 USD)
https://klanghelm.com/contents/products/SDRR/SDRR.php (23 euros)
https://klanghelm.com/contents/products/MJUC/MJUC.php. (24 euros)
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405 posts since 29 Dec, 2016, from India

Postby Apratim; Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:13 am Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

any synth will do the work just know how to make them and get some old hardware modeled effects
tal chorous and other tal free stuff are great
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Postby goldenhelix; Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:50 am Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

u-he's Diva is one of the many synths basically designed to emulate that era of synthesizer, although as other people have said, most synths will get you there if you know how to use them. If you are new to this you are probably going to want something that is "out-of-the-box" in terms of presets which you can then tweak. While patching stuff from scratch might ultimately be more rewarding, you will cut down a LOT of the learning curve if you have something where the presets get you mostly to where you want to be.

The drums are a whole other issue, but most drums for this type of stuff is not complicated and it's not hard to find good sample sets that you can load into any basic drum machine.
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Postby rod_zero; Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:18 pm Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

Yep Diva is what you are looking for, check this synthwave soundset By Luftrum

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223 posts since 19 Apr, 2011

Postby goldenhelix; Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:06 pm Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

I also happen to know that VHS Glitch is a huge fan of the Korg Legacy Collection. While they are a bit old at this point and some people complain about the tiny GUI that most of them have, especially the MonoPoly and the Polysix are really good for synthwave. The other instruments that come with the bundle can be incredibly useful for that too but probably require a bit more knowledge as far as patching (the Wavestation is anything but friendly in architecture, and is probably more suited to 90s style cheese, but is an awesome instrument, and the MS20 definitely has a learning curve and relatively few factory presets). There are no doubt more recent products that will help, but I figure this is worth mentioning simply because they are a great value for your dollar and a known artist who excels in 'cyberpunk' music is known to make such good use of them.
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Postby aciddose; Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:45 pm Re: Looking for cyberpunk 80's type synths

Any synthesizer can be used to produce Gibson-esque "cyberpunk" timbres.


That is what a synthesizer is.

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