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[Sound Design] Detroit techno soft lead synth (hipster house content) Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 28th December 2013
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[Sound Design] Detroit techno soft lead synth (hipster house content)


So here is the track:

I'm after the soft lead that runs from the start of the clip.

Whats the basic principle behind it?

It's gotta be real simple I can tell - unless it's FM i'm hoping to recreate it on my Microbrute if that would be possible.

I don't have access to any vintage synthesizers but something like that must be able to achieve in any modern soft synth - just looking for the basic principle to get me started.

Old 28th December 2013
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Alright, I've actually stumbled across it just now while playing around with some presets.

However its using a strange waveform in Zeta+ so wouldn't know how to explain it to others - but I think it's effectively detuned triangles with a bit filter on the top to take the crispy highs out and you end up with the soft synth sound
Old 28th December 2013
Sounds like a chord......maybe a sampled chord, with a lot of glide.
Old 28th December 2013
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I see you found something while I was typing but here's my thought's on it:

They're chords(or just two notes), so you'd have to multitrack the Micro, but it's certainly possible. Use portamento and turn the cutoff down to get that muted sound(or just use a sine/triangle wave). Legato will keep the envelopes from retriggering, as well. The clip is probably done with a "chord memory" function. Many synths have this. Multiple keys can be triggered using a single key. This takes polyphony. If the synth has poly portamento, it would just be a matter of playing chords with legato.

Come to think of it, if it's only two notes, it may just be a 2 Osc synth with the tuning to the desired interval.
Old 29th December 2013
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Yeah awesome bil_g, I think I will try that with triangles in a soft synth from scratch before I arse about multitracking my mono - cheers!
Old 30th December 2013
Osc sine or triangle, double the chords like in the screenshot below:
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