SynthPop and Electro Music

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Electro is about a driving drum machine beat with lots of cool synthesizer riffs, as well as a groovy bass line. The theory is always to have a sci-fi sound in the track. Use heavy numbers of Distortion, delay, reverb, phase and chorus to create robotic sounding vocals and instrumentation.

With only a number of loops, plus some good effects work you may make some really good Electro tracks. By using a vocoder or effects to acquire a Stephen Hawking type voice, for vocals can be another cool method.

Attempt to concentrate on your synth work. all of those other instruments are very in the back seat towards the synthesizer.



If you have ever heard a young “MTV Era” band like Flock of Seagulls, a-ha, devo, and that crowd, then you’ve heard Synth Pop. Its nearly the same as Electro, except the main objective is a lot more typically “pop” rather than robotic, it is usually; usually, slower paced.

Devo a more Punk mentality. Thomas Dolby was the first real ‘geek’ pop star. Synthpop uses every one of the classic instruments of pop and pop rock, but the synthesizer will be the dominate instrument getting used.

Consider ‘I Ran So Far’, it uses typical pop melodies, instruments which is paced as a pop song. Yet; should you be aware, the song is driven with the simple synthesizer melody being played. ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan is just about the perfect example of a SynthPop track. The harder robotic feel, processing around the instruments and emphasis on the synth is pure synthpop classic.

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To create synthpop you must first listen to some 80’s new wave groups, then try Savage Garden and jameriqaui. But not classified as a SynthPop group jameriqaui uses the muse of synth a great deal, making once and for all idea fodder.

To develop the tracks, maintain the synth in the foreground with vocals. Should you be worthwhile, with a synthesizer you’ll be able to substitute any, and all sorts of instruments with synth versions. Utilize the synth instead of charge guitar.

I will say its difficult to produce synthpop without having to be able to play a synthesizer good enough to make it happen all, or creating a band to back you up. Though with a bit of creativity, you can do anything with loops.


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