Synthwave & Retro style Kicks and Snares - how do you make them (saturation, compression etc...) ?

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KVRist
53 posts since 30 May, 2018

Post Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:06 pm

Big snares , thundering kicks. How do you make them Synthwave/Retro style ?

Is it, compression , eq-ing, saturation, bit crushing, in what order ... ?

Any tips greatly appreciated...

CHOOS
KVRist
141 posts since 3 Nov, 2010

Re: Synthwave & Retro style Kicks and Snares - how do you make them (saturation, compression etc...) ?

Post Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:38 pm

most people use samples to be efficient.
If you have a specific example it's easier to help
also mentioning what DAW of synth you intend to use to do so helps in case we have the same software or similar etc

Let us know

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risome
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1987 posts since 30 Oct, 2006 from Australia, NSW

Re: Synthwave & Retro style Kicks and Snares - how do you make them (saturation, compression etc...) ?

Post Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:20 pm

You can gets some ideas here or adapt the concept
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk6ok7F ... 7&index=23
http://www.voltagedisciple.com
Patches for ACE,PREDATOR,SYNPLANT,SUB BOOM BASS2,PUNCH
AALTO,CIRCLE,BLADE and Ableton LIVE Packs
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MasterTuner
KVRist
53 posts since 30 May, 2018

Re: Synthwave & Retro style Kicks and Snares - how do you make them (saturation, compression etc...) ?

Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:47 am

CHOOS wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:38 pm
most people use samples to be efficient.
If you have a specific example it's easier to help
also mentioning what DAW of synth you intend to use to do so helps in case we have the same software or similar etc
Let us know
thanks all... I do have my own samples and they are "pretty close" to where I want them , but not close enough. The video gave me a couple of good pointers.

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KVRist
175 posts since 8 May, 2018 from Sweden

Re: Synthwave & Retro style Kicks and Snares - how do you make them (saturation, compression etc...) ?

Post Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:41 am

Start with Linndrum or SDS samples, use nonlinear/gated reverb. You can always experiment with saturation/distortion if you want them to punch through more. Even bitrcrushers can be used for sure.
One of the signature techniques of synthwave is to sidechain everything (especially the bass) to the kick like in French/filter house.

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