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    Help with finding a Synth VST

    Can anyone suggest a good synth or "oldie" type vst that produces the sine wave sort of sound that you hear from the old electronic soundtracks the BBC workshops did for Doctor Who in the 60s? The sound is otherworldly but sharp in its attacks. Thanks

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    If I remember correctly, isn't that a theremin?

    The sound could probably be accurately reproduced with any subtractive synthesizer with portamento and LFO controls.
    Zircon Studios - Original music for media, electronica, sound design, and synthesis.

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    Actually, it wasn't a theremin and there were no synthesizers when the Doctor Who theme first came out - it was all done using various oscillator sources and cutting/splicing it together after recording on tape... but I digress...

    As Zircon says, you can use any synth that offers a sine wave and portamento, basically.

    Incidentally, if you like the Doctor Who theme tune, a friend of mine hosts a website of Doctor Who remixes at http://whomix.trilete.net

    I have a couple of remixes up there, under the name "Blacker" - one is an orchestral mix, the other two are electronic mixes.

    BTW - I recently bought the Minimonsta:Melohman (a VST recreation of the Minimoog) and it's awesome for this kind of thing also. Check it out.

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    Thanks for the info, I downloaded a demo of the minimoog and used it for the song--which incidentally was for Whomix! I have 2 pieces there as well: your "High Noon" is right above my mix and then the Elegy I wrote recently is up on top (its a small world Lol)

    Once again thanks.
    mark

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    Quote Originally Posted by steveb
    Actually, it wasn't a theremin and there were no synthesizers when the Doctor Who theme first came out - it was all done using various oscillator sources and cutting/splicing it together after recording on tape... but I digress...

    As Zircon says, you can use any synth that offers a sine wave and portamento, basically.

    Incidentally, if you like the Doctor Who theme tune, a friend of mine hosts a website of Doctor Who remixes at http://whomix.trilete.net

    I have a couple of remixes up there, under the name "Blacker" - one is an orchestral mix, the other two are electronic mixes.

    BTW - I recently bought the Minimonsta:Melohman (a VST recreation of the Minimoog) and it's awesome for this kind of thing also. Check it out.
    Well, if they used oscillator recordings spliced together, then technically they used a synthesizer as a base. I do find it hard to believe that they did that though, considering how fluid the motion of the sine is.
    Zircon Studios - Original music for media, electronica, sound design, and synthesis.

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    There's an interesting history of the theme on Mark Ayres' website:

    Doctor Who Theme

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    A lot of those sounds were the result of the filters, spring/plate reverbs and old valves they used, so I would suggest that any synth you use should be put through plenty of FX to authentically degrade the sound.

    Try this filter http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/classic-auto-filter.php

    This is a minimoog emulation, and quite good too, and free. http://glenstegner.com/softsynths.html

    This is an EMS Synthi-A emulation and is very BBC Radiophonic in nature - they used the real thing of course. Not free but cheap. http://www.ele4music.com/efm_vst.html

    This is an emulation of a 1940s/50s electro instrument called a Trautonium - good for 1950s space organ sounds. Donationware. http://extra.schematron.com/Neumixturtrautonium.html

    And try to get a good spring reverb plug-in and maybe some kind of valve simulator. It will make a difference.

    Good luck
    Heath

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    I seem to recall that Triangle 2 is pretty mini moogish. It is free and many consideredit among the best free soft synths (along with Crystal, Synth 1 and a number of others).

    I think you should be able to pick it up at RGC's website (unless Cakewalk changed something after it bought out RGC).

    Jeffn1
    For original progressive electronic rock influenced by J.S. Bach and (old) Rush, check out: www.soundclick.com/jeffreynaness.

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    Re: Help with finding a Synth VST

    try Spook Keys, it's great for those sounds (and free!)

    http://www.simple-media.co.uk/music/...ook%20keys.htm


    ciao
    Francesco

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