Dr. Dre West Coast Sound

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Dr. Dre West Coast Sound

Post by jondasutra » Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:18 am

How do you get, or how do you make that Dr. Dre Westcoast high pitch string type haunting sound that is used in songs like Gin and Juice, Murder Was The Case, etc............
Can I buy it, make it, download it.........................

Thanks in Advance !

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Post by henry ford » Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:54 am

good question.....

i think a vocoder is involved...

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Post by louZ » Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:02 am

"Funky Worm" by the Ohio Players

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Post by alichis » Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:57 am

anyone know a VSTi that makes that "west-coast whistle" sound too?

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Post by EARLGREY » Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:59 am

Parliament stuff.......old string patches om Arp's & Moogs I guess

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Post by sweetjesus » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:02 am

Some pretty fresh westcoast sounds can be found on the MicroKorg's presets.

Although Dre has a vast collection of synthesizers from the moog onwards, he makes extensive use of a Triton.

99% of the Westcoast sounds you will hear come from the Triton, especially leads and drums. The EMU Mophatt also has verrrry nice hip hop drums and some melodic patches to match.

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Post by ishimaru » Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:39 am

old schoolers sample but if you use FLP ... its the Gangsterwhine patch .. damn i can't remember the name of that synth in that program ... Oh well if you have it you can find it. I haven't used that shit in like a year. Thank you Live.
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Post by olafmol » Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:11 pm

afaik these are either minimoogs or arp oddesseys (f.e. funky worm by ohio players and summer maddness by EW&F)


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Post by smog g » Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:37 pm

how to program a westcoast whistle:

osc2:square at lower volume and 3-8 cents uper or lower than osc1

polyphony: 1

portamento actrivatet (aka glide) : the value is depending on the synth u use but use it plenty :-)

(the waveforms are classic examples. teke whatever sounds good to you!)

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Post by radiance » Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:53 pm

My ATC1 can produce that sound with no problem.
Dre has one. 8)
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Post by funk313 » Wed Nov 09, 2005 4:58 pm

olafmol wrote:afaik these are either minimoogs or arp oddesseys (f.e. funky worm by ohio players and summer maddness by EW&F)

shit olaf Summer Madness is by Kool & the Gang..the best version is the live version.

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Post by marky » Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:35 pm

My bass station does it pretty well.

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Post by andrewj » Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:57 pm

If you own Reason 3 with its Combinator you can build something like that very easy!

Take a sample of the sound (Just as a reference) Then use various subtractors and a Scream distortion unit(s) and reverb!
And do not use the scream une too much.

Think u will get fine results

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Post by ryansupak » Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:59 pm

around 1992, when songs like "Nothin' but a G-Thang" and "Dre Day" came out, I believe the MiniMoog was popular with Dr. Dre (this was before Triton (1997?), VSTi, etc...of course).

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Post by andrewj » Wed Nov 09, 2005 9:01 pm

oh of course an atc1, atc-x or the other one of studio electronics synths can do this job perfect! These analog synths are the most often used ana.-synths in rnb and hip hop!

i think you can also get very good results with other hardware and the softmoogs, but i thought/hoped u own reason!

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