MATRIXSYNTH: Creating the lead sound from Talking Heads Burning Down The House on Prophet-5

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Creating the lead sound from Talking Heads Burning Down The House on Prophet-5

video upload by Paul Schilling

"I only mention this at the end of the video, but the way I hear it in the original, the filter in this sound is wide open. The character comes mainly from the combination of pulse waves, detuned unison, and oscillator sync. I focus mainly on the oscillator, unison and glide settings but the envelope settings are also quite attack and release, sustain all the way up.

Some tips on creating this on a Prophet-6:
- to get a fresh "init patch": While holding down the PRESET button, press the WRITE button
- to set the number of Unison voices: Hold down UNISON button, use the BANK/DECREMENT and TENS/INCREMENT buttons to set the number of voices
- to set Unison detune amount, use the SLOP knob
- to get Osc A to have both saw and square/pulse waves, set the SHAPE knob to 2 o'clock (halfway between saw and square shapes)"

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