What is this sound? Some kind of LFO synth? Songs: Heart of a Lion & Born to Die

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  1. Student

    Student The Student Active Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    I am wanting to create a sound like this one. It has something to do with LFOs with a degree of instability.

    [Shows itself at 0:25-0:30 as it rises in pitch and does so again a few times throughout such as 1:25 and 3:00]

    There is also a similar sound in Lana Del Rey-Born To Die

    at 1:30 and 1:40 (and at times throughout)

    Whatever the technique is for creating this type of sound, it was used on both of these tracks of course in their own altered ways.

    If anybody knows exactly what this is help me out and share with me. Thank you.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    You can do all sorts of sounds like that with a Nord Lead 4. You achieve this using an envelope wheel including morphing. Synths like the Nord are a must for me.

    You simply dial in what ever tone you are looking for.

    Go the the 9:00 min mark. But this is really just a tip of the iceberg.

    around the 7:00 mark there are tones like that.
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  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    I think we won't know for sure what was used unless we could speak to the producer(s)..
    Thing is, there is a few plugins that can alter sounds to make those kinda LFO movement and there is many virtual instruments (VSTi) available that have those fonctionnalities too..
    Names that popup to me are Audio damage phosphore, Spire, Rapture pro and many others...

    To me this is a good thing if you don't find the same exact sound. Being unique is far more valuable.
    Choose tools that inspire you and create your own sound. That's my modo!! ;)

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