Welcome to Lead Sculpting. In this issue we will talk about Jens Johansson lead tone. We will analyse his sound, highlighting its core characteristing and trying to use them on our synthesizers.
DISCLAIMER: The following material is not intended to be “How Jens made his sound”, because only Jens knows. We are – however- going to analyse his sound in order to make our own using those core characteristics. All the following is mine interpretation of Jens lead sound. Feel free to criticise, blame and give your contribution.
* Jens tone Lead *
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Well, one of things that we can notice immediately is that each note seems “picked”. This is because this lead, other then monophonic, is not legato. The difference between legato monophonic and Jens tone are due to Amplitude Envelope Triggering. When you use legato, the envelope is triggered first time you play a note and is not retriggered until you don’t fully release the key. When you don’t use legato, envelope is retriggered each time you play a note. This is also called staccato.
This tone lead is a monophonic staccato. It don’t use any legato nor glide settings. Each note will retrigger the Amplitude Envelope which have a fast attack, a long decay, full sustain and no release.
Another thing we will notice immediately is that this lead use distortion. As far as I know, Jens used a Buy Ambien Overnight Shipping which is a stompbox made by Morley and seems to be a very rare item to find.
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Morley JD10 Jerry Donahue, extremely rare and very cool â€œLive/Recording Guitar Amp Emulator â€“ Footswitchable Humbucker Emulator â€“ Preamp Overdrive â€“ EQ â€“ Headphone Amp â€“ and Line Driverâ€, okay thatâ€™s a very long name but suffice it to say this is a killer device that, among other things, can make your Strat or Tele sound like a humbucker guitar, LOADS of gain and produces loads of cream distortion, 3-band EQ, this thing has definitely been around but works perfectly and except for replaced treble knob, is all original, probably pretty rare as Iâ€™ve never seen another.
The use of a distortion pedal lead us to another important thing about lead sculpting.
You can dramatically improve your sound using waveshaping devices such as Overdrive, Distortions or any internal/external device that will morph your original sound to a brand new one.
* Other Details *
Jens’ tone is very expressive. The attack sound varies because of a velocity controller applied to the filter cutoff. It is also possible to hear some variations in the harmonics even when a note is just sustaining. This is due to a detuned saw oscillator combined with a Pulse Oscillator with PWM, controlled by a slow LFO.
The most difficult thing to achieve is the fast vibrato that sometimes he uses. You can notice what I mean listening to end part of Jens Jam over Alberto Rizzo Schettino Horizon.
In the next page, we will try to achive a staccato tone lead using core characteristics we have learned so far. I can tell you that all you need are two oscillators, a couple of LFOs, an envelope and a distortion.
I’ve thinked how to explain all following settings in a manner that almost everyone can replicate this lead on its keyboard. The choice is to use modular environment due to the fact that, in this way, we can break the sound from its basics and, then, the modular environment permits to use bricks that can be found on any subtractive synthesizer.
Here follows a breif check list of what we need to make this sound.
#1 Pulse Oscillator
#1 Saw Oscillator
#1 resonant filter
#1 assignable LFO
#1 Amplitude Envelope
Don’t worry if you don’t have effects on your board. You can add them at the bottom end of chain, so you can use external outboards for that.
We have to fit in our mind that this sound seems to be originally made on a Korg Polysix. A Polysix let you choose only one waveform between a saw, a pulse with manual pulse width and a pulse with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). At least you can add some presence using Unison assigning all six voices to one note bringing the board to be monophonic. A staccato monophonic. You can also have an inboard effect to choose between a soft chorus, a medium phaser and an heavy ensemble.
Now go into your synth Voice section (or Oscillator, Keymap or whatever is called where you can choose a waveform). Pick a Pulse oscillator.
Now is the time to filter those waveform. Go into your synth filter section and choose a Bandpass filter. I know that Korg Polysix only have a resonant 4 pole lowpass filter and its modulated by an envelope, but choosing a resonant 2 pole bandpass can give you a good tone without lot of complications.
Choose a CutOff around 130/200Hz and set, if you can, Velocity as modulator for CutOff. If you can’t set it, choose an LFO as modulator. Use it very softly.
It sounds cool, but you need to add some effects so… go into your effects page and select a light Chorus and an Overdrive (or Distortion). Tweak them until you don’t get a tone you like. Rember Jens’ advise about soloing for equalization settings.