I long to create this synth lead sound made by Procuder "Vanic" but I don't quite get there. (First link) What I did so far (and turned out to be relatively similar) was creating a square wave, put unison to 2-3 and play around with detune a little and adding a little EQ and reverb. If there's a better way let me know! But the most important aspect I can't figure out how to create is this "whiny" and even a bit "whale-ish" kind of sound (which is audible in both songs' lead melody) if you know what I mean :D And If you have any idea on the second-link-lead-sound feel free to tell me :D Thank you!!

First link:


Second link:


  • Sounds like squarewave with some reverb. The "whiny" sound is the portamento. Such sounds can you create with f.e.: Sylenth1.
    – Flamsteed
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 6:56
  • This is an example for this: youtube.com/watch?v=416hqNCrv6E
    – Flamsteed
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 7:05
  • Thanks, but I already did that and still I think there's more to it..
    – Simon
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 7:28
  • The sound itself got a bit of "sadness" to it i think, despite the portamento
    – Simon
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 7:31
  • Maybe it's the key that he chose. Or the choirvoices in the background.
    – Flamsteed
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 8:17

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Nice tracks! Listen closely, the "whiny" aspect may also come from a high tuned oscilator, which is of lower level, as the voice is not very bright overall. Looking at the second example mainly, try tweaking with this:

  • Osc1: 1 Triangle Wave Osc (0 Octave) + Osc2: 1 Square Wave or narrow Pulse Wave (+1 Octave), mixed about 3:1 ratio respectively (mostly triangle).
  • Amp env: A - .05sec D .8sec S 20% R .3sec (Sustain level is approximate as I was only triggering notes).
  • Amp env: on the High Square wave, so it decays faster than the Triangle:
    D .15sec S 50% R .3sec (If you can't do this try a shallow LP Filter env.)
  • Add a (-) Pitch env overall, leading up to the current pitch from a few semitones lower, approx .2 seconds attack.
  • There may be some Unison to give depth to the high freq, but not much.
  • Add quick glide/Portamento in Monophonic mode

In the first example you could try this again with less of the second Osc, and longer attack on the Pitch env.

  • Could try adding a few extra voices in the unison to see if it's closer too. The wideness of the sound is a combination of the unison settings and also adding a reverb with the low end rolled off. Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 21:38
  • Joel, what VST did you use for this?
    – Khan Hamza
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 9:03
  • I used Absynth 5. That's why it's quite specific. Not the VST though. Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 7:14

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