Synths Of Horror

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2771 posts since 30 Dec, 2014

Post Mon Jul 04, 2022 4:52 pm

What synths would you classify in terms of horror ?
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KVRian
974 posts since 1 Apr, 2002 from Spain

Post Mon Jul 04, 2022 4:58 pm

Doesn´t count as a synth really, but I remember the main character playing an organ at the end of this horror movie:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066740/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

If that´s off-topic, please be more concrete.

Do you mean VST´s that are suitable for horror movie music? Any VST would be, but specifically a theremin emulation would be a must have.
Other than that choir packages and sample sets with strange sounds plus orchestral plugins, if it´s horror music with orchestral instruments, logically.
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mixyguy2
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411 posts since 2 Mar, 2018

Post Mon Jul 04, 2022 5:24 pm

Creepy Piano comes to mind (so does Haunted Guitar though not really a synth). Both are free.

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KVRAF
1926 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Post Mon Jul 04, 2022 7:57 pm

Any synth can be used for horror but I assume you mean those oft-used and trope-like?

A Theremin is a wonderful instrument especially when not pigeonholed into horror. It's relatively easy to synthesize though playing/programming it needs a lot of pitch glide and amplitude control. Listen to Clara Rockmore for the type of precise and organic movement needed to play it.

The Ondes Martenot was used similarly, and a lot of its tonal character is in the variety of cabinet/amps it traditionally uses called diffuseurs. So you could try putting a synthesizer through guitar amp (clean)/IR loaders to approximate it. If you're okay with the sampled route, Soniccouture has a really nice one, and the demos can serve as a reference for your own patches.

Waterharp/waterphones are available as sampled instruments from several developers like Soundiron, Sample Logic, Spitfire, many more. Wine glass libraries can get there somewhat as well though less discordant. The waterphone outside of the horror tropes can sound beautiful.

If you want to synthesize it for horror, it's about getting metallic resonances to ring out. But they can also be bowed. So AAS String Studio is a good choice to get the right type of friction. In the String Studio Aftermath soundset there is a waterharp patch under the Arp category. Also check out Monstrous (noise-based).

Also from AAS, Chromaphone is good for metallic impacts. For example, in the factory presets look at Effects > Baudelaire. Then you could run it through a resonator like Tritik Moodal and 2C Audio Kaleidoscope.

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KVRAF
1926 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Post Mon Jul 04, 2022 8:54 pm

Physical modelling synths like I previously mentioned are good candidates. How could I forget Zebra. It has FM and very deep Comb Filtering modules that are ripe for metallic hits and discordant frequencies. Read the manual especially for the comb filtering. There's a "Dissonant" mode that's really good for horror.

This free soundset for Zebra has some neat dystopian drones/ambiences that could also work for horror: https://www.treeswiftaudio.com/freebies/

Lbdunequest
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Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 12:44 am

Sylenth1

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nix808
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4774 posts since 22 Jul, 2006 from Tasmania, Australia

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 12:54 am

an old one by Ian Webb/Krakli
-is Gargoyle VSTi x86

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whyterabbyt
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31198 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 2:22 am

Anything 'trance'
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Tj Shredder
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7488 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:57 am

I’d say Halion. Its an horror to learn or even read the manual… It sounds nice though and can do a lot. That is how the undead want to suck you in - beware…

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32215 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:58 am

Threads of horror.

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vurt
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95339 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:02 am

i assume someone has a horror gui for dune 3?
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vurt
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Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:16 am

that said, the moog voorhees and the korg cenobite are both pretty good.
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Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:33 am

best. thread. title.
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274 posts since 4 Oct, 2016

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:34 am

SQ80 V or SQ8L. John Carpenter used the SQ80. The PG-8X is also great for lofi horror stuff.

Examigan
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6847 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:58 am

Maybe a Freddie Kruger or Michael Myers synth? :)

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