Regular readers of our blog will already be familiar with Alessandro Camnasio for his incredible sound design work on Gothic Instruments‘ DRONAR and SCULPTOR Kontakt software.
Outside of these instruments, his sound design has been used in countless Hollywood movie trailers including Transformers, Captain America, THOR and many others.
This week, Gothic Instruments released their sixth DRONAR module – Vintage Synth – so we thought we’d catch up with the man behind some of these beautiful vintage sounds to find out what went into the making of Vintage Synth…
Hi Alessandro, how does Vintage Synth Module differ from the other DRONAR libraries, particularly Dark Synthesis?
The two modules have a different approach to the sound, both aesthetically and technically. For the DRONAR Vintage Synth, we aimed to capture a retro-futuristic vibe. In fact, this module features sounds programmed on a true classic synth from the 80’s, which I was lucky to find in perfect condition. I then edited and processed the sounds to make them even more interesting and vibrant.
What sounds and textures can we expect from Vintage Synth?
This DRONAR features warm retro-futuristic sounds which will remind you of a vintage era which saw many golden oldies. They’re then taken to a whole new level of possibilities and impact, thanks to the internal synthesis engine and the sound design approach I had.
When I programmed the synth, I could have gone for sounds more stable in pitch but, after some tests, I realised that they were lifeless and cold and came to the conclusion that (pitch) vibrato is one of the main features that really gives that special “vintage character” by making it warm and fat. Since DRONAR works with a layer logic the resulting sounds are especially thick and rich. It’s the same principle which the operatic singers use to make their voice more powerful, as you can see from the picture below.
How did you create those sounds?
I used a software editor made with Max (Cycling’74) which gave me access to all the inner parameters of the synth to program my sounds. Then I recorded different pitches and intensities. When I had all the raw samples, I imported them in a sequencer and started editing, processing and cleaning them. Then I imported all of them again in a new project and created the loops. Before I start this process, I usually check the samples in iZotope RX to get a more precise idea of the peculiarities of certain sounds and also see if there’s something I could improve.
Are there any particular types of project that it would be particularly suited to?
There’s a huge return of analogue synth sounds in many kinds of productions, so I think this DRONAR module could be really used in any project that needs a vintage sound that it’s also up-to-date, in certain sense.
What would be the first thing that you’d advise people to do once they get their hands on DRONAR Vintage Synth?
Listen to the presets to get an idea of what you can do with it, and use the Random button… enjoy! 🙂