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The effect I'm trying to recreate is a "rising" type of effect that is sort of a 1980s cliche, and can be heard on many tracks from the period. For example, it can be heard at approximately 0:58 on Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)", and on the 1985 Rush song "The Big Money" at approximately 0:44.

Any suggestions on how to go about recreating this with a modern digital or virtual analog synthesizer?

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    A fast arpeggiator is the clue. – leftaroundabout Jul 20 '15 at 22:23

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