The Technology of Old Skool Rave

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I've been trying to figure out what all the bleep-n-bass people used to get the uh bleeps but with no luck - can anyone help me out?

(& haha k-thanx for starting this thread, don)

etc, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 09:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I've been trying to figure out what all the bleep-n-bass people used to get the uh bleeps but with no luck - can anyone help me out?

You mean the early '90s bleep stuff - LFO etc. ?? It really is nothing more complex than a sine wave (for both the very low bass and the high melodies). The high ones would generally have reverb and/or delay on as well. The Akai sampler range conveniently supplied a default sine wave 'test tone' sample that was ideal for the purpose. The Yamaha DX range can also be set up very easily to generate a pure sine wave. I'm surprised that you couldn't figure that out.

David (David), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 09:42 (sixteen years ago) link

sorry, I should have phrased that better - I was interested in what samplers had the famous test tones & so on (eg Sweet Exorcist's "Testone" haha). any particular Akai samplers? s2000? thanks.

(I have no idea (or, currently, access) whatsoever about the technology or the music theory involved.)

etc, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 10:35 (sixteen years ago) link


for yr more rave bleeps - n joi, altern 8, strictly underground etc., the roland sh 101 was the main source.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 10:44 (sixteen years ago) link

All Akai samplers since the S900 have powered up with a test program and a number of basic waveform samples including a sine. So exactly the same result could be (and was) achieved on S900, S950, S1000, S3000, S2000 and presumably other, more recent models.

David (David), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 10:55 (sixteen years ago) link

for yr more rave bleeps

You mean when it has an almost brassy rasp to it (not the tinkly, pure sine sound)? Yes an analog synth (or sample of one) would be used to produce that raspier sound. Not necessarily an SH-101 though. Could be anything.

David (David), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 11:01 (sixteen years ago) link

mmmmsalt, that site is a goldmine. thanks, bigtime.

don, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Woah... I second that mmmsalt....nice to see some less common stuff for download...the Drumtrax is something I've been looking for for a while. And the VL-tone...excellent.

winterland, Wednesday, 7 April 2004 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

that site is a goldmine

Isn't it? I couldn't believe my luck when I first stumbled across it...

By the way, if anyone is using an MPC, Hollow Sun also have a bunch of classic drum machine / beatbox kits with pgms already laid out and made available for the MPC1000 via Should work on the 2000 / 2000xl / 4000 as well as the 1000.

mmmmsalt (Graeme), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 15:30 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

2 eps of old school rave noise that have been extracted from recently found DATs by one of the folks from The Auteurs ('The Cellist').
despite the age of these tracks, they still sound wonderful.

mark e, Friday, 22 May 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

as per thread title :

Made with: Cubase, Sequential Circuits Pro-1, Roland JX3P, Akai S1000, Roland S760, Yamaha FX500, Roland Juno 60. As far as I can remember.

mark e, Friday, 22 May 2020 18:55 (one month ago) link

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