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Classic techno/house pad sound
Old 15th October 2013
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Classic techno/house pad sound

Hello all!

I'm trying to investigate a really well known sound used in countless old techno & house tracks. Although it's been used in countless tracks, annoyingly I can only think of one example at the moment:

Winc - Thoughts Of A Tranced Love (Original Mix) - YouTube

The pad sound from about 5:07. The portamento makes me think that they just used to sample string chords and play them on the keyboard to get that effect. But sampled from what? Was it a preset on a classic synth of the time?

Any ideas?

Thanks
Old 15th October 2013
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Correct.
Old 15th October 2013
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?

Have I just answered my own question?

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Old 16th October 2013
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I don't think it's from a famous synth per se - the sound seems pretty interchangeable, a simple square pad. Could be that it's somewhere in a "vintage" sample library, but which one - hard to say unless you have it.
Old 16th October 2013
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Thanks.

As for the Darius Syrosiosisson one, I knew I recognised those pads. There's an old jungle track by Leviticus called 'The Burial'.

Leviticus Burial - YouTube

What do you reckon, has he sampled this, or just used the same preset? If so which one I wonder...
Old 16th October 2013
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Originally Posted by jambourgie View Post
Thanks.

As for the Darius Syrosiosisson one, I knew I recognised those pads. There's an old jungle track by Leviticus called 'The Burial'.

Leviticus Burial - YouTube

What do you reckon, has he sampled this, or just used the same preset? If so which one I wonder...
well darius was manager or owner cant remember off the top of my head, of a record shop for well over a decade and hes been known to sample, so theres a good chance that the pads were sampled.. but then again they wouldnt be too difficult to recreate either.
Old 16th October 2013
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You have good ears. I didn't notice the portamento at first. I think at least Roland Juno 106 has polyphonic portamento and it would make sense soundwise too.
Old 16th October 2013
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Alpha Juno chord memory.
Old 16th October 2013
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Those pads were in every second D&B track back in the days Most of them where samples, but it's not hard to recreate it. Just try a chord like M7Add13 (or something similar) with simple saws and unison/chorus:
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Old 16th October 2013
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It's usually the general midi "soundtrack" preset from whatever rompler was handy at the time. I think the most famous one is from the roland D50 maybe?

From wikipedia:

The presets of the D-50, authored by Eric Persing and Adrian Scott, were well received by the artists' community, and most of them can be heard on numerous commercial albums of the late 1980s. The D-50's factory presets have enjoyed a long legacy, as patches like "Digital Native Dance," "Fantasia," "Glass Voices," and "Living Calliope" are so common they border on cliche. Some other D-50 presets live on in every machine that conforms to the General MIDI specification, including "Soundtrack" and "Atmosphere".
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