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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 18th October 2013
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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.

j

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Old 18th October 2013
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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).

Cheers.
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