With the depth of knowledge on this forum, I was wondering if anyone could help give a few pointers, or their interpretation, on how a few of my favourite synth patches may have been created.
And as an extension of that maybe it could be cool to have a thread to dissect and analyze some of our favourite synth patches/tones… it’s always fun to get an alternative perspective on how sounds have been created, and can lead to interesting outcomes for your own compositions (similar to figuring out a chord progression for a favourite song).
I’ll start with the two that have been driving me crazy (…how did they get that sound?).
They both sound really simple on first listen, but I think there is a lot of detail (and beauty) when you focus in:
This one has been bugging me for years:
My favourite Eno track (it’s gorgeous). The pad in the background (from the start of the track) sounds like some kind of saw wave pad with your classic Eno shimmer treatment.
But… this track was made in 1976 (maybe even before). I think before any eventide harmoniser or digital reverbs came about (and maybe even before Eno bought his CS-80 that he had for a while).
I’ve been thinking it almost sounds like a string synth into a short saturated tape delay with maybe tremolo… but I really can’t figure out (or replicate) how they got that sound. It’s almost like there is an upper octave mixed in somehow.
I really don’t know how they did it… but it sounds beautiful
The other one that has been bugging me is this:
The (what seems simple) PS3100 into Tape Echo ‘piano’ type sound at the start.
It sounds simple (like a triangle wave with a low filter cutoff and plucky envelope modulation)… I tried this and got close but no cigar. I am starting to think there is a lot more going on than the PS3100 and Tape Echo shown in the video (maybe compression and layering with an electric piano to get that real plucky piano like character and tone?).
Or is it possibly just that a PS3100 into space echo sounds that organic and alive without extensive treatments and processing