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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:05 am

I personally think that Martin had these names on file for years and was just waiting for the right time to use them ....

:D

So, any initial thoughts as to who may have written what? Anything jump out?

Would a list of who submitted help?
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Wonks » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:26 am

Without knowing who'd entered I'd guess that Ben Asaro is likely to have done track No. 2 as it sounds very Chiptune like. It's something Martin Walker could also have done, but he is normally far more sophisticated in his output these days.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:34 pm

So, in purely alphabetical order, the participants are :

  • Blindrew
  • DaveB
  • Folderol
  • IAA
  • Jumpeyspyder
  • Logarhythm
  • MarkyC
  • Ramirez
  • Rich Hanson
  • Richie Royal

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:17 pm

That's my evening sorted. Looking forward to finding out what Martin has named my track :bouncy:
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:22 pm

Martin - I'm always stuck for deep and witty titles. You are my goto titler from now on!
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:37 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:Martin - I'm always stuck for deep and witty titles. You are my goto titler from now on!

Why thank you kind sir - always happy to oblige! :thumbup:

To be honest, I was amazed just how many references popped into my head as I listened to these tracks, yet just how varied they were :clap:


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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby IAA » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:08 pm

Just listened through - what variety - I set myself the challenge to see if I could easily determine the softsynths from the analogues - (they say you can do that easily on GS) - well I couldn't! :headbang:

The variation is great - I love some of the distorted sounds next to the more jarre- like pads and strings - I'm going to listen again and see if I can nail the synths... :bouncy:

Well done Dave - big slap on the back is well in order!

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:24 pm

Just finishing listening at work, couldn't wait fit this evening! Some good stuff, a couple that I really wanted to go on for longer. I guess I'll have to attempt some sort of review later.

How does the voting work?
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:25 pm

Oh and Martin's title for my entry? Are you psychic, man? :mrgreen:
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:30 pm

Rich Hanson wrote:Oh and Martin's title for my entry? Are you psychic, man? :mrgreen:

Ooh, that's got me guessing now Rich ;)

However, I could just say that whatever inspired your track came through loudly and clearly :clap:


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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Richie Royale » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:58 pm

I can at least guess what track is mine without listening, based on Martin's descriptive titles.

Will have a listen to these when I can.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Logarhythm » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:53 pm

Richie Royale wrote:I can at least guess what track is mine without listening, based on Martin's descriptive titles.
Me too - he's really quite good at this naming thing :clap:
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:46 pm

Hooray - I've obviously discovered a latent talent! :thumbup:

(I'd have preferred a latent superpower, but hey, who's complaining? ;) )


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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Richie Royale » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:09 pm

All sounding very good, well done guys.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Ramirez » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:33 pm

Oh bravo!

I certainly have a couple of favourites, and look forward to finding out what the synths are.

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dr R » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:50 pm

Running this playlist on repeat while reviewing design documents for work.
Keep stopping work as another sonic gem catches my ear :D

Man, there are some clever folk out there :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Folderol » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:37 pm

Just had another listen. One that really sticks out is track 4. There are multiple changes there done in a way that (to me) suggest someone classically trained - even though it's all unashamedly synth. Looking at the list of names I can't think who that might be. Tentative possibilities:

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:02 am

In the spirit of fair play, and wearing my 'mod' hat, it's worth pointing out that not all tracks are original compositions. One is actually a piece of Wagner arranged for synth. But the other 9 are all original AFAIK.

As for the gear, there's a good selection. I think at least one will raise eyebrows - I was quite surprised at least.

Oh, and track 3 needs to come with a warning - don't listen loud if you have a sub. Or over headphones. The low end on this track is insane!!

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:25 am

Was going to say that the standard has seriously raised sine the first 'OSC'

https://www.soundonsound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=61004&hilit=CHALLENGE&start=120#p554455

But I'd forgotten how good OSC 1 was, but OSC2 still has the edge.

All the tracks show skills - some in unexpected areas
Time to make a fool of my self (again) and try to comment....
I'm really enjoying them.

Track 1 - should be an end of film outro - hero walking into the sunset - great feel!
Track 2 - has a humourous slant - but very solid construction
Track 3 - revelation - had no idea that you could make Reagae with a synth - suspecting 40% + chance this is Dave B
Track 4 - Switched on bach vs The fairground - Amazing soundscape - something analog ???
Track 5 - Nicely complementing soundscape - to short - virtual analog ??
Track 6 - Heavy on the drums, yet light on the pads but great - could do this easily with (talent) on many different synths! (my daughter loved this one!)
Track 7 - Beautifully paced, driving home at night in the eighties - Loved this one!
Track 8 - Track builds in a great way - Crystaline clear but warm! Great - intrigued to know what was used!
track 9 - Intricate and very inteligent arrangement - love the 'tuned singing filter' - suspect this is my favourite - On the basis that the ending sounds very similar when I switch off my kenton attatched to my CS this may be a real analog ?
Track 10 - A bit quiet compared to the others, I particularly like the intro and outro, maybe sounds a bit 'Rolandy' ??
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:40 am

Track 1 - chilled, maybe needs more variety in the melody. Like the final hold on the 7th on the melody line.
Track 2 - playful and silly but in a good way. Excellent 'amen' ending!
Track 3 - oh my god, the sub bass! Shook my stomach and I'm listening on ear buds :-D Nice summery weekend reggae feel to it. Me, a bottle of ale, a deckchair and this on the stereo would be a great way to spend four minutes and twelve seconds :bouncy:
Track 4 - dramatically orchestrated. Puts me a little in mind of Wendy Carlos. Nice filter work.
Track 5 - starts out a little reminscent of schools tv theme tunes in the 80s and then gets down into a great groove. I wanted this to go on for at least another minute or two.
Track 6 - great dramatic percussive opening (bit of 2012 Olympic opening ceremony influence perhaps?) Again, I wanted this to go on a little longer, in my mind it develops into an absolute monster!
Track 7 - this one wouldn't sound out of place on Propaganda's A Secret Wish album (which is one of my favourite albums so that is meant as high praise!) I can also imagine driving to this, windows down, wind in my hair. Nice!
Track 8 - this follows on nicely from track 7, the car windows are still down. Nice minimal melody, good bright sound. Loving the arpeggios that start around two minutes in.
Track 9 - hypnotic introduction, I can see this going down very well in 'alternative' nightclubs. This is right up my street :-)
Track 10 - good sparse arrangement, lots of space. Another effective minimal melody line, and more lovely arpeggios (I'm a sucker for arpeggiators!)

We could probably nit-pick things in all of them, but the quality is high in all of them. There's a nice variety of styles and sounds.

If I had to choose a favourite it would be track 10 with track 6 a very close second. Do I have to choose though?

(Now you've got to guess which one is mine from my minimal reviews!)
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