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Classic Techno/House pad sound
Old 15th October 2013
Here for the gear

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?

Old 18th October 2013
Gear Maniac
it's such a simple sound. It can be recreated on any synth that has a lowpass filter (even better if it's got one that is keytracked). and it's usually sampled as a one-**** stab.

you take a saw...or pwm waveform..or even strings on a rompler or anything with any sort of serialised harmonics...and you play a chord. minor 9th etc. with the cut off down. Sample...voila. (you can even make this sound on an organ too)

There were sample cds by Zero-G etc..that has TONS of these things.. that were rinsed by everyone in the 90s.


Old 18th October 2013
Here for the gear

Thanks mate.

It took me asking the question to actually get stuck in and start messing around. Pretty much as you said. I sampled some symphony/string chords from an M1. Also sampled some chords from various old records. Only problem there being that I don't know what the chord actually is (My theory is not great yet).

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