Welcome to “Level UP Friday”, a curated power-list featuring the best music production tools, techniques, and strategies to help you create a successful career in music.
This week we’re focusing on Synthesizers and specifically 80’s synth sounds as recently appearing in the Netflix series “Stranger Things” (Season 2 now on Netflix)
LEVEL 2: Learn —
VIDEO: The Synth Sounds of Stranger Things (watch below)
Check out this section (3:04-3:51) about the basic use of FILTER SWEEPING. You can apply this to any synthesizer that you have to re-create this 80’s synth sound and create movement in your track. At (4:35-5:21) learn about how the sequence uses the MULTI-OSCILLATOR to change the octave range of the notes allowing you to stack them up and create a big wall of sound. Section (7:16-8:51) shows how to re-create the synth sound for the track “Kids” with a little bit of SUB-OSCILATOR, SQUARE WAVE with PULSE WIDTH MODULATION giving the sound more character and movement. There’s an increased RESONANCE on the FILTER to “create a notch in the sound that sweeps down as it’s played”. This is controlled by the ENVELOPE modulation on the FILTER.
LEVEL 3: Apply —
Re-create either track above using the tools and synths you have. Take time to experiment with filter sweeping and using the multi-oscillator. Also, listen and audition the differences between the many different wave types (sine, square, triangle, sawtooth). It’s important to not get stuck doing nothing because you don’t have these awesome vintage synths. Learn with what you have, be resourceful and creative, and once the opportunity comes to own or play with these vintage synths, you’ll be more prepared.
LEVEL 4: Succeed —
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Quote of the week:
"Defeat the resistance... Understand that the only thing between you and the success you seek in a chaotic world is a lizard that figures out that safe is risky and risky is safe... Ship often. Ship lousy stuff, but ship. Ship constantly."
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Thanks and see you next week!
- The Multi-Platinum team.
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