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I am building a project for my music technology module in University and would like to know how to imitate this effect. Originally, I thought it was guitar but after having watched a video of the band playing it live, I realized that it was the synth player in action over the solo. There are two songs that feature this effect, both of which have solos that I have pasted below:

The Midnight - Comeback Kid The Midnight - Collateral 'Collateral'' Live Version

I would greatly appreciate if someone could help me out. I don't play snyth but I would love to know how to get this sound.

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This just sounds like using a normal distortion effect on the synth. It maybe had it built in, or they may use an actual guitar pedal. Moist modern synths have distortion of various types. Experiment.

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It sounds like a distortion effect like Rory Alsop mentioned.

On synths there are a lot of ways to achieve this:

  • In case the synth does not have effects:
    • You can increase the volume to get digital distortion. This sounds really bad (not like a guitar-ish effect).
    • Use a guitar distortion pedal
    • Use an external effect processor
  • In case the synth has effects:
    • Some synths (very rare though) have a built-in tube to get a distorted sound.
    • Mostly there is a default distortion effect.
    • On some modern synths there are guitar speaker cabinet simulators which can simulate a distorted sound.

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