Recreating Classic Tomita + Tangerine Dream ‘Whistle’ Patch

This video, via AJH Synth, demonstrates recreating the classic ‘whistle’ lead sound of the ’70s & ’80s, from Isao Tomita and Tangerine Dream (Remote Viewing).

The video features AJH Synth’s modules, but – as they are inspired by classic Minimoog designs – the patch design should work with a wide range synths.

Here’s what they have to say about the patch:

“It uses a filter/VCF in self-oscillation as a VCO, controlling it melodically, with envelopes and noise to help recreate the sounds. No VCO/oscillator is needed in the patch, and white or pink noise is optional, but necessary to get a Tomita-like whistle sound.

Tomita originally used a Moog modular system for these sounds, so given that the AJH Synth MiniMod system and it’s Transistor Ladder Filter are directly based on the early R.A.Moog version of the Minimoog, it’s possible to get very close to such sounds.

I’ve not tried to emulate it exactly, but you can see that the basis for this patch is very easily customizable, so it’s a very useful synth patch to understand for a variety of musical applications.”

You can download a patch sheet for this as a PDF.

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