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    Anyone know how it's done? what synth? it sounds really mouthy.. maybe a talkbox or vocoder? Been bugging me for awhile. not​ talking about the tb 303 sound...

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    Most likely a Roland Juno 106 going through a distortion pedal and a wah pedal.

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    probably a recording of Guy snoring put through a filter.

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    i'm a bit confused about what synth you are talking about.
    do you mean the synth that comes in at the beginning? (the famous one) or the screaming synth in the breakdown part?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JackScoby View Post
    i'm a bit confused about what synth you are talking about.
    do you mean the synth that comes in at the beginning? (the famous one) or the screaming synth in the breakdown part?
    The one in the beginning. The screaming synth is a distorted TB-303. That sound was used in Acid house even before "The New Wave" was released.

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    Like Stranger said, it's Probably a Juno 106 with distortion and a wah, but I read on another forum somehwere that it's not just a melody, but a harmony 5 semitones apart. Which kinda makes sense. The synth sounds a little bit stacked, but that could just be me.
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    thanks for the posts guys! just found a similar post on gearslutz.. wondering if this CS-15 was there go to for the track check it out

    http://youtu.be/W4PEAKNtbVw?t=5m51s

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    They almost definitely used their Korg MS-20. It's pretty easy to get that sound on an MS-20 (its filter makes it easy). Try grabbing Korg's VST version and trying for yourself: http://www.korg.com/LegacyMS20

    The key to the sound is the modulation envelope, which is set to open the filter (a low pass filter with a high q/resonance). Make sure that the modulation envelope is set to retrigger (so that it starts over every time you hit a new key). Give it a slow attack (you'll want to adjust this) a medium-short release, and a full sustain (though feel free to play with this). For the amp envelope, you will probably want an attack of 0 (or, at least, a very fast attack), full sustain, and then a medium length release. Also, you'll want to use a saw wave oscillator, of course (feel free to stack a few and detune them for a thicker sound; on the MS-20, you'd use its unison feature for this). Definitely experiment with stacking multiple oscillators a perfect fifth (either 7 semitones up or 5 semitones down) or an octave (12 semitones up or down) apart. Next, distort it however you'd like (IIRC there are some ways to distort within the MS-20 plugin?). Oh, and you may want to play with the synth's portamanteu too (highly dependent on tempo and riff).

    I might upload a patch for the MS-20 vst, if there's interest.
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    Ok, I made a quick patch for the MS-20 Legacy VSTi. It's not exact, though it's pretty close. If you spent the time playing with distortion (DP probably used guitar effects pedals, which are great for this sort of thing) and EQ, you could probably get something REALLY REALLY close with this patch. And, speaking of EQ, you'd probably want to filter out most of the low end.

    So you know what you're downloading before you download it, here is an audio demo:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...nk_example.wav
    It starts with no distortion or unison on the synth; then I add unison, but with no stereo spread; then I add stereo spread to the unison.; then I turn on a distortion plugin; then I add some hastily-put-together drums.

    And here is the patch file (again, for Korg MS20 Legacy, which I linked to in my last post in this thread):
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...unkStarter.fxp

    Also, a big part of getting this to sound right is releasing the notes early (letting the filter close the right amount, giving it that vocal sound), but not only early, just the right amount of early. I think that I got fairly close, so, to save you some trouble, here is the MIDI clip I used:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...unkStarter.mid

    Hopefully that helps!

    EDIT:
    By the way, I used this free VST for the distortion in the above audio demo:
    http://tonebytes.com/pedals/
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    Re: Da Funk Main Synth

    Quote Originally Posted by scutheotaku View Post
    Ok, I made a quick patch for the MS-20 Legacy VSTi. It's not exact, though it's pretty close. If you spent the time playing with distortion (DP probably used guitar effects pedals, which are great for this sort of thing) and EQ, you could probably get something REALLY REALLY close with this patch. And, speaking of EQ, you'd probably want to filter out most of the low end.

    So you know what you're downloading before you download it, here is an audio demo:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...nk_example.wav
    It starts with no distortion or unison on the synth; then I add unison, but with no stereo spread; then I add stereo spread to the unison.; then I turn on a distortion plugin; then I add some hastily-put-together drums.

    And here is the patch file (again, for Korg MS20 Legacy, which I linked to in my last post in this thread):
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...unkStarter.fxp

    Also, a big part of getting this to sound right is releasing the notes early (letting the filter close the right amount, giving it that vocal sound), but not only early, just the right amount of early. I think that I got fairly close, so, to save you some trouble, here is the MIDI clip I used:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...unkStarter.mid

    Hopefully that helps!

    EDIT:
    By the way, I used this free VST for the distortion in the above audio demo:
    http://tonebytes.com/pedals/
    Could you take a screenshot of this? I just bought an MS-20 mini and would like to recreate the patch!
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