What is this instrument?

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I was wondering how a certain instrument is called. You can hear it in this video at 0:11. Does anyone know the name of it?

Jonas Kohl

Posted 2017-08-07T14:25:34.963

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Sounds like a keyboard with sampling. You can make a keyboard do all kinds of crazy things with just one base sound. For example, this was done by feeding a dog's bark into a keyboard and assigning it to one note, and then any other key you hit plays that same sound but as a different note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJM8cZD2XWo

– Johnny Bones – 2017-08-07T14:39:09.300

Answers

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It sounds like a common synthesizer setting called "Orchestral Hit," which imitates the sound of an entire orchestra dramatically playing the same note in unison at once. It is essentially a sound effect, but when used to play a melody, as in this song, it loses the orchestra feel.

The final impact puts me personally more in mind of a steel drum sound --perhaps because the bell-like quality of the steel drum is rich in overtones.

Chris Sunami

Posted 2017-08-07T14:25:34.963

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The sond is most often a layer of sounds. Stabs such as the one used in the song are usually sampled from actual orchestra recordings. The most common one is from the recordings of O Fortuna, see exhibit A. In 1985, the use of orchestra stabs was such a staple of music that they were included in the General MIDI standard as Patch 56. As a consequence, synthesizers and samplers have a very unique but generally similar sounding patch. It will be quite difficult to trace down the primary source for that synth. If I had to guess, it would be from a Roland or Yamaha keyboard or some sort.

There are other sounds underneath it and is hard to tell what comprises that.

Phillip Siebold

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