Au­dioReal­ism’s Mike Jan­ney on em­u­lat­ing the hoover

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The hoover is with­out doubt one of the most iconic synth sounds in the his­tory of dance mu­sic. We asked Au­dioReal­ism DSP guru Mike Jan­ney – cre­ator of Al­pha Juno em­u­la­tion ReDom­i­na­tor (not to men­tion the amaz­ing ABL3 Roland TB-303 em­u­la­tion, which is put to use on p62) – to tell us more.

: Orig­i­nally de­signed us­ing the Roland Al­pha Juno syn­the­siser, the hoover sound is icon­i­cally rasp­ing and down­right nasty. What is it about the synth it­self that de­fines this dis­tinc­tive tim­bre? MJ: “Any plugin synth that has a multi-stage en­ve­lope should be able to do the job; NI’s Mas­sive is one ex­am­ple, but keep in mind that the Al­pha Juno en­ve­lope is un­usual in that it has lin­ear and ex­po­nen­tial sec­tions. Also, the PWM Saw [the Al­pha Juno’s un­usual shape­mod­u­lat­able saw­tooth os­cil­la­tor] is pretty spe­cial – I’m not sure if any off-the-shelf synths have this fea­ture.”

: How about ef­fects pro­cess­ing? How can the desk­top pro­ducer use plug­ins to em­u­late that rough, nasty hoover tim­bre from all those clas­sic 90s records? MJ: “The Al­pha Juno’s in­cluded cho­rus was used on most hoover sounds, I think. Of course, ev­ery track will have its own ef­fects chain ap­plied af­ter that, but the built-in cho­rus sounds great when cre­at­ing a hoover.”

: What about load­ing retro hoover sam­ples into a sam­pler? Is this a good way to recre­ate the sound au­then­ti­cally? MJ: “It is to a point, but you will lose some dy­nam­ics and in­ter-note ef­fects, just like when you sam­ple any other synth. For ex­am­ple, if you trig­ger a new note be­fore the en­ve­lope fully de­cays, it will start from the last value and reach the max­i­mum dur­ing the at­tack phase.”

: What, in your opin­ion, is the most cre­ative use of a hoover on a record to date? MJ: “Easy: Dom­i­na­tor by Hu­man Re­source! We got in touch with them and they gave us their bless­ing to name our synth ReDom­i­na­tor af­ter the track. Very cool guys in­deed!”

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