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Boards of canada synth

Post by stefanstorm » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:14 am

Hi again.

I know this is a bit general, but does anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of sounds Boards of Canada uses on this track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fAGC9ODl2Y (Bocuma)

I'm mostly reffering to that flute-like sound that carries the melody. Not the jittering one.
Help is much appreciated, since I want the sound for a riff on one of my songs. :D

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Post by Machinate » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:31 am

a good old analogue synth. Later in the song it's doubled by another synth sound an octave or two higher.
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Post by stefanstorm » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:53 am

Yeah, maybe what makes it magical is the mixing.

But can anyone be a bit more specific?

Thanks.

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Post by Machinate » Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:11 am

portamento
lowpass filtering
legato playing
sounds like a simple single-oscillator sawtooth patch, really. There's no magic there, it's just a great, classic sound.
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Post by raapie » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:42 pm

that fat sound, sounds like a minimoog, the classic sound.

and I am hearing tape.

love this track.
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Post by CHARLIE! » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:40 pm

So much love for boards of canada. I wonder why they are such recluses because Id love to see them put on a show.

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Post by stefanstorm » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:32 am

Thanks everyone! I've played around with your suggestions and I've gotten a sound I quite like. Other than what is mentioned above, pitchbend really nails the sound.

Thanks, you guys are the best!

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Post by Nick the Zombie » Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:39 am

Great question! I personally turn to emulating oscillator drift to get this sound. More often than not, this involves assigning a slow LFO with a very small "amount" to pitch. I will often assign another LFO to modulate the LFO that is modulating pitch. So it's LFO1 -> LFO2 -> Pitch. This creates more chaos and less predictability in the pitch drift, making it sound more "analog" and less like an LFO on pitch. Additionally, I use keyscaling to slightly increase the LFO speed as you get higher on the keyboard.

I've spent a LOT of time thinking about the Boards of Canada sound. Those drifty synths may just be the best thing I've ever heard as far as synth music besides Vangelis' Blade Runner work.

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Post by Machinate » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:38 am

there's a pc plugin called "wow and flutter" which, when set to slow, really nails the sound.
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Post by esky » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:31 pm

This is for all Reaktor Users:

I wrote a Fx Ensemble called "Vintape" which emulates the distortion and flutter caused by old tape recorders. Just use the search function in the user library. I also did some snapshot banks for several user library synth which are very "boardish", as i'm a huuuuge fan of the duo. Just use the "more by the author" function. Have fun...!

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Re: Boards of canada synth

Post by rhodes » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:16 pm

i found a sound very similar, you have to use minimoog v, and in the preset go to leads>CD_signs, change the range of each oscilator whatever octave you like, and also change the cutoff frecuency, also put a delay efect in the minimoog, and if you wish to sound more like a tape record, download the wow and fluter vst (you can find in KVR page) and use the slow flange preset.

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Re: Boards of canada synth

Post by Silverfish » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:13 pm

Sorry for the thread jack, but Esky, Vintape is awesome!
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Re: Boards of canada synth

Post by rpc9943 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:06 pm

funny i was going to recommend "wow n flutter". its such an awesome plug :)

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