Best synth for dub chords (dub techno)

I think the closest thing (already mentioned by @bf ) might be the Fred’s Lab Töörö. Compact, real wavetables, analog filters. Just got it but despite the dinky UI it can sound huge.

I haven’t found a decent video on YT for it yet, besides this one from the builder himself:

You would definitely want a characterful delay and reverb to go with it… you could get by with the DT/DN built-in fx but dedicated outboard (or VST) would be better. It’s 4-way multitimbral as well.

A much less compact alternative would be the Minilogue XD module, not a true wavetable synth and monotimbral but can make very dubby sounds. Quite usable fx as well.

Some nice examples in this demo:

I also vote for the Virus TI. The modulation of effects such as delays, flanger and distortion make it a great fit for Dub Techno.

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people have already covered lots of options, but it seems like you don’t need wavetables or anything particular to achieve results here. almost any synth, even mono synths, could fit the use case. it’s probably more important to focus on reverb/effects. you should be able to get decent results with what you already have.

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did anyone already mentioned the Aturia Microfreak? Also just got the wavetable engine in v4.0 … and I think you can load your own tables too.

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Thanks for the suggestions, I decided to go with Dreadbox Nymphes with some external reverb and delay. And Digitone included in setup :slightly_smiling_face:

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You win a melodica.

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Awesome! I hear there’s a melodica band starting…

Indeed, a sextet featuring guest soloist @Scot_Solida on medieval clarinet.

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I am increasing your karma :mage:

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Can confirm microfreak + ms70cdr can make some nice Dub chord stabs. I’m liking wavetable 7. Haven’t got v4.0 yet.

FWIW the analog four is my go to for dub chords even though I have a Pro 2, Minilouge, Virus TI polar and a bunch of other stuff. I made a bunch of dub chord patches on my A4 just because it sounds so good, the bonus is that I can do things like modulate then delay per step.
Obviously the A4 can do a hell of a lot more and I can (and do) certainly get dub chords from any of my poly or paraphinic synths but there’s something both warm and dark about the ones I’ve made on the A4.

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Just curious about whether anyone is using the Waldorf M for dubby techy styles, not just stabby chords, and how they’re finding it.

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I made a kind of dub techno thing with mostly M for the melodics. Opsix on bassline duties.
Not sure if they count as propper dub chords though.

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I just added an A4 MKII to my setup and would love a couple tips for dub chords, if you’re willing!

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If you haven’t seen this…

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I’d be happy to! As soon as I have a few minutes to get into the studio some time in the next day or two, I’ll do a short video on how I make my main dub chord patch, I have one patch that is sort of a jumping off point for any dub chords I do on the A4 so I’ll record how I make it, if I remember it’s a pretty straightforward patch so it shouldn’t take long to recreate it in a video. I’ll reply to this post when I do it

Nice primer! I’ll use this as a jumping off point for now. I might use the second filter in bandpass mode with a slow LFO moving it around. Lots to explore but I always forget how simple the basics are for dub chords.

Looking forward to it, thanks! Trying to reach ninja status with the A4 but I’m still a lowly yellow belt. Thankfully I have a couple decades of synthesis experience so I think its just learning the features and gaining muscle memory.

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