How to Recreate Synth Sounds

I'm going to write a few thoughts about recreating specific synth sounds that your hear in songs and want to recreate yourself. If you only have access to limited gear this can be great as a lot of tutorials you find on the internet will focus on synths you might not have; also it's really good to have one synth that you know well enough to recreate all your favourite sounds on.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." (Chinese Proverb)

1. Research

First things first, research the artist and try to identify which synths they use. Look at studio pictures and see if you can identity synths as Moogs, Rolands or Korgs. Read some interviews and see if they namedrop their favourite bits of gear. Do they use analog hardware or do they work on laptop-based setup that would more point to the use of soft synths? Look at live videos and see what equipment they use to recreate their sounds. Do they use effect pedals? Finding answers to these question can really help take some of the guesswork out of recreating their sounds.

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