Lead Synth / Michael Brecker

How to make that sound...
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TAiKKiN
KVRer
2 posts since 9 Mar, 2019

Post Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:49 pm

Hi, EWI solo - how would you recreate it ?. Thank u.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90GDV4Y9q1A

Kwurqx
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206 posts since 15 Jun, 2017

Re: Lead Synth / Michael Brecker

Post Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:43 am

Generally, prominent odd partials are associated with this sort of sound. You can sure tell when he takes it down to the low notes.

Sounds like a square where volume and filter are modulated by (wind)pressure. Then there's some form of distortion, where more drive gives more distorion (and richness). Difficult to say how exactly, since there are so many distortion variants.

Might even be FM. Like a Yamaha DX7 which came out in 1983. FM became much loved (not just in Pop but also in genres like Jazz) because it can be very expressive. The DX7 also supports a breathcontroller. But it's not a Yamaha VL, since they came later in the early 1990's.

The trick is to get the richness/distortion and the modulation right. That is not only a challenge patch wise. The AKAI EWI Wind Controller gives an huge amount of dynamic control. Difficult to reproduce with keys or programming/automation.

Kwurqx
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206 posts since 15 Jun, 2017

Re: Lead Synth / Michael Brecker

Post Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:46 am

Kwurqx wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:43 am

Sounds like a square where volume and filter are modulated by (wind)pressure. Then there's some form of distortion, where more drive gives more distorion (and richness). Difficult to say how exactly, since there are so many distortion variants.
To quote myself...

Check out the video below. The floor in front of Mike Brecker is littered with pedals.....

Mike Brecker Band "Original Rays" Wiesen Austria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPUBp9uTLIw

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TAiKKiN
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2 posts since 9 Mar, 2019

Re: Lead Synth / Michael Brecker

Post Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:42 am

thank u! :)

DAAHOOD
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115 posts since 20 Mar, 2005 from paris

Re: Lead Synth / Michael Brecker

Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:39 am

If you are interested in Brecker’s live EWI controlled setup, there is is:
http://www.gwhitty.com/ewi.html

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