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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:16 am

Maybe after another day or so you should say which are analogue and which are plug-ins, some us might be able to have a better attempt guessing the synths. Right now I wouldn't even know where to begin!
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:01 am

I think even with an exact list of synths it will be very hard to match up to each track!
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby IAA » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:04 am

Right here is my attempt to determine which synth - in doing this I realised that despite the fact I have both good analog and VA - in a mix and with good structure and balance its practically impossible to tell - In my view anyway.

So take what follows with a bit of a pinch of salt in - most are guesses but I've tried to say why I've guessed VA or analog.

I've not done track 5 since I actually know for certain which synth was used on that!

Track 1

Lovely fat bass and nice lead tone – sounds analog – possibly a VA analog – maybe NI stuff? Some nice pads developing

Track 2

hee hee – the almost 8 bit tones made me smile – the lush chords are nice sound and complement the simple opening almost Solina-ish – dx like as well in later parts – thinking VA - Waldorf?

Track 3

Sub Bass is something else! Great filter sounds - interesting Vox continental like break Might be VA – mostly I’m saying that because of the sub

Track 4

a nice intro motif and almost classical development – I’m thinking of a real analog – Moog or DSI? Mainly because of that high lead synth towards the end sounds like a classic moog filter As it develops I really like the wall of sound!

Track 5

Couldn’t possibly say -

Track 6

those Easter island hits make me think VA and the developing pads sound omnispheresish/Alchemy

Track 7

Nice chord sequence – with a lovely 80’s bass feel – I think this might be a VA too – and I’m saying that because of the FM type bells at the end – or maybe something like a novation peak?

Track 8

FX into is nice – simple motif - I’m wondering if they are samples so – thinking VA – the bass is a nice sequence and overall feels more digital -sounding - like the almost Tron like flutes before the break

Track 9

sequence start sounds quite organic to me so I’m thinking real analog – the developing voices also say similar – main beat and sub Something Korg /ARP ish? Sounded a bit lamb lies down on Broadway towards the end – lovely

Track 10

A nice sequence - a bit John carpenter-ish – so I’d say real analog – a nice bass line under the lead lines and chords – ARP? – That resolved chord series is very nice.

Anyway it was great to go through them again and appreciate such diversity -= if we can make such music with just one synth........


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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:45 am

I think I'll do a grand reveal sometime tomorrow. If only as one of you is still torturing me by not revealing the exact synth and it's killing me not knowing ....

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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:47 am

Oh - and good guesses. A couple are definitely spot on. I think a couple will quite surprise people..
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby blinddrew » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:54 am

Dave B wrote:I think a couple will quite surprise people..
What is this? Buzzfeed? Put us out of our misery man!
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:07 pm

"These ten people were asked to write a piece of music with one synth. You'll NEVER guess what happened next..."
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Wonks » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:35 pm

Rich Hanson wrote:"These ten people were asked to write a piece of music with one synth. You'll NEVER guess what happened next..."

You forgot to include a totally unconnected picture of a scantily clad young female.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:42 pm

Wonks wrote:
Rich Hanson wrote:"These ten people were asked to write a piece of music with one synth. You'll NEVER guess what happened next..."

You forgot to include a totally unconnected picture of a scantily clad young female.

I'll clamber into my lingerie and grab the camera :bouncy:
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Wonks » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:45 pm

I was going to say "please don't", but then I saw Dave B nodding his head, so go ahead.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:35 pm

Just call me Doris, deary
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:36 pm

*ahem* Back to the topic in hand, this is one thread drift I think we could all do without :bouncy:
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Folderol » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:30 pm

Speaking of drift. All of these recordings seemed to stay suspiciously in-tune :? So are the analogs real ones or fake modern phase locked thingies?
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Rich Hanson » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:41 pm

I can say with certainty that at least one is all analogue
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:40 pm

Rich Hanson wrote:"These ten people were asked to write a piece of music with one synth. You'll NEVER guess what happened next..."

Ha ha.

Well, to put Dave out of his misery and a little hint (or not) my track was made on a Roland Alpha Juno 2. I resisted whacking a Hoover (What the?) sound on there as that would be a give away.

"You'll not believe the music this SYNTH made" ... Or maybe you will :)
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 pm

Folderol wrote:Speaking of drift. All of these recordings seemed to stay suspiciously in-tune :? So are the analogs real ones or fake modern phase locked thingies?

As above - mine is analogue, but DCO.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Dave B » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:59 pm

The tuning thing isn't much of a surprise to me. The old synths drifted due to poor tolerances on components, heat and bad power supplies. But modern gear doesn't suffer from those issues. One of the synths involved even has VCOs and seems to be rock solid.

Mind you, I have one of those and if you leave it for a while (and the temperature fluctuates), it can sound pretty whacky when you first turn it on. But a quick tune and it's solid again.
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Wonks » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:15 pm

Dave B wrote: But a quick tune and it's solid again.
So what's that magic tune you play on it? ;)
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby blinddrew » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:27 pm

Wonks wrote:
Dave B wrote: But a quick tune and it's solid again.
So what's that magic tune you play on it? ;)
This one surely: https://youtu.be/pLm07s8fnzM
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Re: One Synth Challenge II - The Filter Strikes Back

Postby Richie Royale » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:28 pm

Wonks wrote:
Dave B wrote: But a quick tune and it's solid again.
So what's that magic tune you play on it? ;)
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