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Old 30-12-2015, 12:32 AM   #1
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Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

Hi everyone,

I've been listening to Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" and am wondering about the "guitar" sound and effect in the first track "Robot Rock" at 5:21. (Can't post links yet, sorry.) Would anyone know if this is a sampled guitar (I know they stole the main riff from an 80's funk metal song), a synth going through a guitar amp, or any other solution? And second, what kind of effect could you use to get that sort of wave-like sound?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

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Hi everyone,

I've been listening to Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" and am wondering about the "guitar" sound and effect in the first track "Robot Rock" at 5:21. (Can't post links yet, sorry.) Would anyone know if this is a sampled guitar (I know they stole the main riff from an 80's funk metal song), a synth going through a guitar amp, or any other solution? And second, what kind of effect could you use to get that sort of wave-like sound?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
D
Can't answer your first question but that is probably a phaser which is giving the sound that movement. Its not the only case in which he has used such a filter on his leads.

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Re: Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

If you're trying to get the exact sound, it may be sampled (or recorded by them, pretty sure they play a little guitar at least). That said, if you're trying to synthesize it, I'd take a saw wave, maybe a small unison close in pitch but panned wide, distort it hard, then highpass it around 200 hz and high-shelf it down around 10 db from 5 or 6khz up. Should at least put you in the ballpark.
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Re: Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

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Hi everyone,

I've been listening to Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" and am wondering about the "guitar" sound and effect in the first track "Robot Rock" at 5:21. (Can't post links yet, sorry.) Would anyone know if this is a sampled guitar (I know they stole the main riff from an 80's funk metal song), a synth going through a guitar amp, or any other solution? And second, what kind of effect could you use to get that sort of wave-like sound?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
D
Actually it's a sample, but not just the guitar… Robot Rock is an outrageously stolen loop from a disco funk band of the late 70s, their name was Breakwater and the original track is "Release the Beast" if my memory assists my right. I don't think the Robots did more than squashing a compressor or adding some drums to make it more punchy.
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Re: Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

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Actually it's a sample, but not just the guitar… Robot Rock is an outrageously stolen loop from a disco funk band of the late 70s, their name was Breakwater and the original track is "Release the Beast" if my memory assists my right. I don't think the Robots did more than squashing a compressor or adding some drums to make it more punchy.
Oh man....I never knew this...I'm a little sad now. Anyone know where to get Breakwater's album??

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Re: Daft Punk - Robot Rock guitar sound/effect

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Actually it's a sample, but not just the guitar… Robot Rock is an outrageously stolen loop from a disco funk band of the late 70s, their name was Breakwater and the original track is "Release the Beast" if my memory assists my right. I don't think the Robots did more than squashing a compressor or adding some drums to make it more punchy.
You're absolutely correct! You can always check whosampled.com for the origination of samples used by artists.
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The sample is divided in two parts. One is a real guitar and the other one a synth. I think the synth has some typical Daft Punk filtering (Although they did not make it). They usually use a bandpass filter to create the talking effect. Chorus, flanger or phaser helps to thicken the sound.

This is a tutorial for Sylenth to create the synth in Da Funk, but the technique should be the same.

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The sample is divided in two parts. One is a real guitar and the other one a synth. I think the synth has some typical Daft Punk filtering (Although they did not make it). They usually use a bandpass filter to create the talking effect. Chorus, flanger or phaser helps to thicken the sound.
Yes, I thought the same, the singing effect can be reproduced with a formant filter, I use pretty much on basses in the mid high register.

Then working with compression and tape emulators (that is compression too) one can get really close to the analog character of the original sample. With my Korg MS 20 mini it works!

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