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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Jul-16 > The 7 Deadly Synth Sounds and how to recreate them…

The 7 Deadly Synth Sounds and how to recreate them…

It’s our synth special, so we’ve assembled a list of special features – starting with this, a look back at the best synth sounds from the 70s and 80s…

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W hat better way to open up the MusicTech Synth Special than with a look back at some of the most iconic sounds in synth history? We’ve chosen the Seven Deadliest Synth sounds - not simply because it’s a great play on words, we assure you - from the 1970s and 80s, a time when the synth rose to become the dominant instrument in music production. So without further ado, let’s kick things off and go back to 1982, or perhaps forward to 2019…

01 Vangelis’ pad sound from Blade Runner

Blade Runner is now touted as one of the greatest films ever made and its soundtrack has become almost as iconic, thanks to tracks like the emotive The Love Theme and high-tempo End Titles, all produced by the Greek god of the synthesiser: Vangelis. It’s the incidental pads shimmering throughout the film that get our vote here and remain some of the most appropriate and atmospheric sounds ever to grace cinema. It’s still not certain who will be doing the music to the sequel to Blade Runner scheduled for next year, but if we had our way, either get us to do it or, ofcourse, Vangelis himself. Better still, just use the original soundtrack, as it was such a pivotal factor in the success of the original film.

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