This is a part of the blog of ”the making of the anthem” to EQLovesFestival 2018 in collaboration with Swedish Propellerhead Reason and Ehrlunds Michrophones.
In the soca version we wanted to find sounds that were very electronic to get that contemporary soca feel to it. We found the sound called ”aggravated Wobbler” in the Thor synthesizer as a baseline. Which together with a automated pitched drum that we created in Redrum formed a really nice soca touch.
Below you can see the lanes of the automation of the Redrum parameters. Just a simple way to create something alive.
Then it just seemed like Thor had just the additional sounds for us. In the sound called ”3 way stereo” we found that synthesizer feel and a heavy side chained ”Big club lead” made the song speed up another notch in hype 😀
Side chain can be connected through the back of the rack using a chosen instrument as a guide/trigger for the activation of the compressor. In our case we used a base drum, then we recorded the side chain outcome to be able to use the effect with or without the compressor.
Heres a little video:
From Propellerheads website about Thor:
”Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilises synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.
Six open filter and oscillator slots let you load up three different synth filters and three separate oscillators simultaneously, allowing you to dial in synth sounds that are completely…new. An all-powerful modulation matrix gives you complete control over your signal flow, letting you modulate anything within Thor with anything within Thor. Sound deep enough for you? It gets deeper.
At the bottom of this synth sits an analog style step sequencer with more than one twist. Being every bit as modular as the rest of Thor’s components, this step sequencer does more than just play melodies – use it as a modulation tool, trigger phrases from specific keys, create intense arpeggios, generate piercing percussion lines. With its unique selection of oscillator types and synth filters, the Thor polysonic synthesizer is a veritable synth museum. But believe it, there’s nothing dusty about this instrument; Thor may have one foot in history, but its sound is pure future.
Thor’s oscillators and filters
Thor gets its sound from the oscillator and filter types that you can combine any way you like. Here’s a brief presentation of Thor’s sound making and shaping components.
A wonderful, true emulation of a straightforward analog oscillator with all the warmth and depth you could wish for.
Wave table synthesis produces a characteristic sound that is rich and crisp. Features 32 selectable wavetables with variable position and x-fade.
FM pair oscillator
A twin set of frequency modulation oscillators that generates a transparent, highly digital sound. Combine three FM pairs and conjure up the FM sound of the 80s.
Loads upon loads of oscillators operating as one give the Multi Oscillator a huge sound. For mix-piercing leads, this is the obvious choice.
Phase mod oscillator
The Phase modulation oscillator uses one of its two waveforms to modulate the other, producing a wonderfully plastic-sounding and unique tone.
Part oscillator, part noise generator, the noise oscillator can function as a modulation source to use with other oscillator types. With five types of noise ranging from regular white noise to static, this oscillator adds a nice layer of dirt to your sounds.
Lowpass ladder filter
A nice self-oscillating filter with a Moog-esque warmth to it. Comes with 6, 8, 12, 18 and double 24 -dB slope settings and a filter drive knob for those nasty overtones.
State variable filter
A classic multimode filter of the hi/lo pass, band pass and notch variety. Gets the job done at all times.
This filter mimics a human voice, adding a vowel type effect to your sound. Great for making your patches sing eerily.
This one has a sharp, distinctive sound and severely alters the feel of anything fed into it