[How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

How to make that sound...
damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Post Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:23 pm

Hi everyone,

I wish to know how did they create the main tone from that song :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnGjkua8yns

I consider that tone very well suited for the song. It's very rich, catchy and dreamy.

I did try some things things, but it appears to be more tedious to reproduce than I thought at first glance. The closer I get was with an Emulator calliope sample layered with a saw synth, but the tone in that song is actually richer and it has a special character to me. I tried with Serum to import the wavetable from the calliope sample, adding noise and filter but I can t nail the special character I'm hearing.

I don t know if it s wavetable synthesis, FM, sample, layers, but maybe one specialist here could help to find out?

recursive one
KVRAF
4610 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:59 am

One of my favourite songs from my childhood.

Sorry, can't held you with the exact sound, my guess is that it must be a preset from some of the rompler workstations they had in the 90's.

Using a calliope sample for the base sound actually seems a good idea, the sound also has some kind of "warmth", I'd probably use a tape simulator like Satin to approximate it.
You may think you can fly ... but you better not try

damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:36 am

Thank you for your answer. Maybe someone who owns one of this romplers from 90s may recognize that preset, if it is one of it.

At first it made me think about D50 or Kurzweil K2000. It's strange cos when you hear that tone for first time, you may think it's one basic tone from any 90s keyboard, but when you compare it at let's say, D-50 presets, you realize their tone is actually very specific, or maybe it's just me? I have a nostalgia thing with that song so it may be the reason I'm not objective.

Concerning the beat, it was sampled from James Brown "Funky Drummer", pitched and enhanced with drum machine kick and hi hat.

CHOOS
KVRist
413 posts since 3 Nov, 2010

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:42 am

Didn't SeamlessR do something about the lead?
youtube it

damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:16 am

I did and found nothing, but thanks nonetheless

Music Bird
KVRist
320 posts since 23 Apr, 2017 from Eastern US

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:12 am

Sounds like a Fairlight vox type sample.
Art Of Noise Moments In Love used the same sound
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CHOOS
KVRist
413 posts since 3 Nov, 2010

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:47 am

Sorry
I'm a dumbass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vRUCI0ICaE
This was the video I THOUGHT it was but I was WAY off!

damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:33 pm

Music Bird wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:12 am
Sounds like a Fairlight vox type sample.
Art Of Noise Moments In Love used the same sound
Thank you, I think you are totally right. :tu:

I've tried with an emulation of the Fairlight Syn Vox and it's exactly the tone. I've uploaded the result to Soundcloud, I'll post it here.

I've learnt a lot about the story of that sound in that article :

http://archive.is/ZvWet
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damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:44 pm

CHOOS wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:47 am
This was the video I THOUGHT it was but I was WAY off!
Thank you, I'm gonna watch it.

(The guy got the beard of Rick Rubin, he has to be good)
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damien9494
KVRer
6 posts since 21 Feb, 2020

Re: [How to?] : 2 Unlimited - "No One" Synth tone (1994)

Post Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:47 pm


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