MATRIXSYNTH: MJ’s “Thriller” Monster Growl Bass | Synth Breakdown

Friday, April 12, 2024

MJ’s “Thriller” Monster Growl Bass | Synth Breakdown

video upload by Anthony Marinelli

"Join me for a detailed breakdown of how to create the Monster Growl Bass from Michael Jackson's iconic song "Thriller". I programmed this big "phat" swooping bass sound on a Minimoog Model D synthesizer while in the room with Michael, album producer Quincy Jones, songwriter Rod Temperton and keyboard player Greg Phillinganes. We'll get into all the settings that you'll need to know whether you have a hardware synth or plug-in. Also, the techniques I discuss about creating sounds can be applied to any style of music.
This sound occurs only one time in the song (at the end of the bridge) but serves as an important example about thinking dramatically when arranging and orchestrating. Rod Temperton employed this mind set when orchestrating and arranging throughout the Thriller album. Every sound serves a specific function that's related to the sound(s) before it and that's related to the listeners emotions. This is key lesson I learned working with Quincy and Rod. In this case the Monster Growl Bass is a one-time featured sound that kicks off the ever elevating and evolving 2nd half of the song."

00:00 Intro
00:23 Sweep Effect using Glide
01:15 Pitch - Oscillators
02:42 Timbre - Filter
05:55 Duration - Amplifier
06:14 Keyboard Control Voltage
07:34 Recap
07:56 Arrangement & Orchestration
08:42 Thriller Re-Creation Video with Greg Phillinganes
09:13 Visit the Website
09:21 L & S
09:36 Outro (music)
09:52 AMM Logo (music continues)

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