What instrument is this?

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kvrguru
KVRer
3 posts since 9 Oct, 2019

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:20 am

Hello there,
I am deeply sorry if this is not the right subsection for this question, please move it if I have posted in the wrong section.

I have a question: What is this instrument that is playing from 00.00-00.14, i.e. the first 14 seconds.
It's a type of squeeky sound, and I am desperate to know what instrument this is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZitQP1t4bw

To me it sounds like a synth.
And the second question is: how could I achieve the same sound in my DAW?
I am using presonus studio one 4 professional.

Thanks in advance.

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Googly Smythe
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2486 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:06 am

Sounds like a simple sine wave to me, with quite a fast pitch modulation. This was a common Mini-Moog patch, back in the day. I should think any synth can create this sound.
My main synth is HALion, it took me about 3 minutes to create it. And I'm an inveterate user of presets!
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kvrguru
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3 posts since 9 Oct, 2019

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:17 am

Thank you so much!
I am very very new to this whole thing.
I have invested in this Presonus studio one 4 DAW pro, so I have a lot of synths and virtual instruments in front of me.

Could I ask in detail how you went on with filter, env etc? Would be great if you could point me in the right direction, perhaps a screenshot of your setup in your daw(wth filters etc set)?

Also, can you tell what notes are being played? Which scale and which notes?

Thanks in advance.

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Googly Smythe
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2486 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:55 am

Because it's a sine wave, ie pure tone and no harmonics, the filter has virtually no effect. You only need 1 osc (no sub) and the envelope (the four knobs labelled ADSR) should be similar to that used for an organ, like a square. The attack should be just slow enough to take the edge off. There should also be a little glide/portamento. The pitch should be modulated by the, er, modulation wheel. Add a bit of echo for mood.
I'm using Saurus, here, because everything's on one page.
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As for the notes, sounds like a minor kind of key. This thread may help.
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kvrguru
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Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:12 am

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Thank you so much. My problem is that my type of synth set up looks quite different.
Should I get something for advanced? Since I cannot figure out how I find all those options you can set.
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Googly Smythe
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2486 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Not where I was just now.

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:43 am

I'm not all familiar with studio one so I had to google XT Presence. It seems that this is a sampler, rather than a synth. So I've no idea how you would manage it using that instrument. But you don't need a complex synth for this, it's just a single osc putting out a sine wave, the simplest of all wave forms. There are plenty of free synths around, a search of KVR will show you that. Also, no 2 synths look alike, even when they do the same thing.
Also, I get the impression you don't know that much about synths. If I'm wrong, my apologies! But otherwise, youtube is stuffed with tutorials...
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paulquk
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4 posts since 9 Oct, 2019

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:54 pm

Yeah a sinewave with some portamento and a filter on. Just get a basic synth, set 1 osc to a sine and attach a filter and some portamento

ztrauq
KVRist
166 posts since 13 Dec, 2004 from USA

Re: What instrument is this?

Post Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:06 pm

If you're using Studio One 4 Pro, in terms of built-in instruments you probably want Mai Tai. There's a row of buttons across from the OSC labels that allow you to select which waveform to use - sine, sawtooth, triangle and square from left to right. Then you can use the modwheel to the left of the keyboard display on it for the modulation.

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