ANY soft synths with button / slider / knob sounds?

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KVRist
356 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:00 am

Do ANY soft synths out there offer the SOUND of pressing the button, turning a knob, moving a slider, or connecting wires? May seem silly, but that would be cool to happen while no synth sound is being played, and as an option to turn on and off.

Make the button press sound exactly like that style of button. The knob or slider can make that metal on greased metal "swushhhhh" sound while it is being moved, and a wire insert like on modular could make that double clunk 1/4" sound. Maybe the pitch bend could make that TWOINK sound when released like the real thing.

This is no different than making the knobs look like the real instrument, or emulate the sound, or proper text and coloring, just add in knob feel sounds as well.

I can't think of any synths that try to replicate those actual sounds. Might have a couple that do some generic CLICK for switches

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KVRian
623 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:16 am

can i see april 1st coming in the near future ? :D

KVRAF
3344 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:21 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:00 am
Do ANY soft synths out there offer the SOUND of pressing the button, turning a knob, moving a slider, or connecting wires? May seem silly, but that would be cool to happen while no synth sound is being played, and as an option to turn on and off.

Make the button press sound exactly like that style of button. The knob or slider can make that metal on greased metal "swushhhhh" sound while it is being moved, and a wire insert like on modular could make that double clunk 1/4" sound. Maybe the pitch bend could make that TWOINK sound when released like the real thing.

This is no different than making the knobs look like the real instrument, or emulate the sound, or proper text and coloring, just add in knob feel sounds as well.

I can't think of any synths that try to replicate those actual sounds. Might have a couple that do some generic CLICK for switches
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KVRAF
18493 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:30 am

Look for Foley sound collections... or just record yourself pressing various button, flicking switches, etc.

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KVRAF
15087 posts since 16 Sep, 2001 from Las Vegas,USA

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:36 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:00 am
May seem silly, but that would be cool to happen while no synth sound is being played, and as an option to turn on and off.
Just admit this is an April Fools joke and save yourself a lot of embarrassment. :wink:

But in case you're actually being serious can you imagine how annoying that would become very quickly if a VSTi made noises every time you moved a control ?
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KVRAF
3344 posts since 21 Mar, 2020 from Gothenburg, Sweden

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:54 am

With automation, wouldn't it affect the recording?
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KVRAF
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Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:54 am

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356 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:05 am

think about it. in REAL LIFE tactile moving of synth knobs (I have a ton of hardware, don't know bout you guys) you FEEL as well as HEAR the movements of knobs. would be simple enough to have it all off by default, switch on or off, and not have it happen when sound is produced. this would ADD to the feel of soft knobs and switches. it doesn't have to be LOUD, just slight.

I would love to hear that slight real life knob movement sound while I move a fake, flat, non-physical KNOB, that was so meticulously designed to look exactly like the real knob. Why not add the sound to improve the emulation?

KVRist

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356 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:06 am

Erisian wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:54 am
With automation, wouldn't it affect the recording?
would obviously be just an option, switchable, off by default

KVRist

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356 posts since 18 Nov, 2010

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:10 am

just tried some real sliders... definitive "tonk" sound at the top and the bottom, and swshhh for the movement. and the buttons... very different tween those easy rubber ones and hard plastic. we have the looks and osc sounds... why not add audiable FEEL sounds also?

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KVRAF
29491 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:14 am

Isn't your mouse/ keyboard/ midi controller noisy enough for you? ;)

KVRAF
27717 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:32 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:00 am
May seem silly
Yep, definitely. ;)
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KVRAF
18493 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:40 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:10 am
just tried some real sliders... definitive "tonk" sound at the top and the bottom, and swshhh for the movement. and the buttons... very different tween those easy rubber ones and hard plastic. we have the looks and osc sounds... why not add audiable FEEL sounds also?
Cause when you are playing music on hardware, you never hear any of that...

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KVRian
623 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:14 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:05 am
know bout you guys) you FEEL as well as HEAR the movements of knobs. would be simple
sorry: no
i never ever *hear* any noise on my minimoog, ms20, system100 or whatever
and if i hear it, the synth straight goes to the doctor
that would be the electrical noise of a knob/slider

or are you talking about a *mechanical* noise ?

anyway: smells like april1st

on a more serious scenario:

just imagine bug-support of a softsynth developer:
"there is a bug: this slider is noisy, this button clicks....clicks everywhere...!!!"

remember the minilogue intro phase?
all were screaming: "terrible envelopes: they're clicky"

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KVRian
1244 posts since 12 Aug, 2004

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:28 am

wwjd wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:10 am
just tried some real sliders... definitive "tonk" sound at the top and the bottom, and swshhh for the movement. and the buttons... very different tween those easy rubber ones and hard plastic. we have the looks and osc sounds... why not add audiable FEEL sounds also?
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