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Why I think analog synthesizers rulez

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11694 posts since 7 Dec, 2004

Postby aciddose; Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:14 pm Why I think analog synthesizers rulez


Distortion is a bit high, dynamics suck... into the compressor a little too hard.

Main instrument bus includes:
SH-09 for pulse-sub-osc res sound, left channel. (whistling)
AD-X-1 for pulse res sound, right channel. (wolblering)
DX-7 for clean high-strings sound, middle. (ahh)
Alpha Juno for clean low-strings sound, middle. (ooh)

These are mixed via a traynor console including EQ.

Drums bus generated by Xhip 2 using TR-707 sample set.

Both buses pass into a bus compressor (Xhip Compressor) and are mixed before heading into the master limiter (Xhip Limiter.)


In case you haven't figured this out yet on your own, the melody is admittedly sorely lacking :)

This was inspired by Shy's track at http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=342725

I think really there are not many examples of plain old analog synthesizers and so we don't often get a chance to see them shine. When I'm working on something like this I'm generally thinking "oh man imagine if I could come up with a cool melody!" :hihi:

At least after years of meddling in synthesis and dealing with a variety of gear I'm able to admit the problem most likely isn't the gear :)


Mixed with lower compression, but now the hats.. aw forget it.
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Postby seismic1; Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:49 am

The melodic aspects of this are not too far away. You just need something to complement those string synth chords. The L/R pulse sounds are lovely with a nice acid feel.
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Postby daniel_baum; Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:32 am

THere are some nice sounds in this. It sounds like an accompaniment for something. I sometimes find myself writing stuff from the bottom up, and it sounds like you've only got a little way to go to puty a melody on it.

The DX7's not exactly analogue though, is it? ;)
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Postby aciddose; Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:11 pm

neither the dx-7 or the alpha juno, the focus was on the hard-panned analogs of course.

if i had a full analog poly of course i'd use that :)
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Postby Shy; Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:41 am

I love that AD-X-1, it can't sound less than great.
(about the mix (b), I'd just raise the volume of the hard panned synths or lower the drums' volume in relation to all the synths')

I agree about there being a serious lack of fine synth examples, and I'd say even worse lack of fine effect examples.

I have a nice mix I should rerecord (lost the audio tracks.. have the sequences), there's a good amount of different sections that blend well together. I'll send you the midi file when I post the mix and you could make your own mix from it if you'd like. It would be nice to hear different fine synths playing that nice gamey tune.
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Postby Sendy; Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:35 am

Nice... I'd really like to hear this with a good melody or something, the underpinnings are already there so it should almost write it's-self.
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Postby aciddose; Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:06 pm

unfortunately i'm a terrible composer - it could be a coop though.

i'm not really happy with the arrangement. i swirled things around and added sections with instruments on/off for the purpose of allowing you to listen more to the instruments and less to the melody.

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(original name for the one-bar bass loop you hear the ad-x-1 repeat over and over :))

if anyone wanted to take a swat at this i'd love to hear/see the results! post back the midi too if you like the idea of further back and forth tweaking!
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Postby SampleScience; Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:59 pm

I actually prefer this kind of track made lofi with good old gear than newer unoriginal squeaky-clean tracks. I guess I'm getting old... I like the way the drums sounds, very energic! :)

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