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Korg nanoPAD2 Finger Drumming to Synthwave, Retrowave, Dreamwave!

80s VHS girls

Subscribe to my youtube channel and check out this performance with Ableton Live Intro with a nanoKONTROL and nanoPAD2 control surfaces.

I made a couple of melodic loops but am playing all the drum beats live on the nanoPAD2. I used mostly Simmons SDS7 and SDS5 drum samples and a couple others.

The bass tones are from the Jup-6 free VST plugin, which you can download here http://demonicsweaters.com/2015/02/add-this-to-your-vst-collection-free-roland-jupiter-4-inspired-vst-plugin-for-windows/

The lead and string sounds are the DSX from the UVI workstation soft-synth which you can get for free if you purchase a nanoPAD2.

You can purchase this song here https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/track/nanopad-thai

Thanks for watching!

What is Synthwave?

Synthwave is a type of electronic music that is mostly instrumental and heavily influenced by 1980s music, particularly 80s movie soundtrack instrumental pop songs, and is sometimes combined with elements of French House music. Many songs feature a sequenced saw wave synth bass line, with a huge reverberated and deep snare drum sound. This type of drum sound was very popular in the 80s.

It is generally upbeat but at times can go to more experimental territory. Similar types of music are also called Dreamwave, Retrowave, and Chillwave. The differences between these genres are small and pretty interchangeable.

It is a great type of music to listen to while driving, or in headphones while traveling around the city, since it provides a cool “soundtrack” to whatever may be taking place around you.

I really enjoy Synthwave and decided to put together a playlist of some of the best stuff out there as of 2015.


is it 1985 or 2015? You decide!