One Sound Design Trick with Christian Laffitte

June 10, 2024
by GForce Software

Christian Laffitte is a musician and sound designer based in the south of France. He has developed sounds for ExpressiveE, Arturia, Zoom, Applied Acoustics Systems, M-Audio, and AVID, to name just a few. He also composes music for Sony game trailers as well as for various French television channels. A seasoned keyboardist, he has developed a great sensitivity for technologies and synthesis.

Christian Laffitte, who contributed to Minimonsta2, OB-X, Axxess and more recently impOSCar3‘s sound design, kindly agreed to answer a few questions.

Do you have any tips for getting great-sounding patches?

One trick I particularly like is to mix two oscillators and then switch them to unison. Without pushing these parameters too hard, you should get a result with a nice depth to the sound. Also, using the quality of the filters and envelopes, for example, enhances the outcome. The effects are of very high quality too. I particularly love the reverb, which is very broad and gives a sense of depth, ideal for creating pads and soundscapes. It’s also interesting to use the extensive wavetable library and apply LFOs to them for a sense of movement and progression in the sound. Additionally, the Chords mode is very handy because you can create very complex chords and enrich your musical arrangements very quickly this way.

Which of your impOSCar3 patches do you consider your personal favourite?

My favorite preset is “Cathedral Whisper” also “Imagine Large” because, as mentioned, the quality of the filters and the Large Panoramic of the sound parameters allow for the creation of this type of preset that is both very bright and deep, giving a very cinematic feel.

Cathedral Whisper
Imagine Large

Is there anything, in particular, you liked about impOSCar3?

The way GForce remarkably recreates the depth and breadth that contributed to the success of legendary large synths like Moog, Oberheim, Roland, etc., and by incorporating all possible modifications for controlling the synth’s parameters is truly impressive.

My favourite synthesizer is the Osmose by Expressive E, which I believe is a real revolution in future synthesis, becoming increasingly expressive and realistic for simulating instruments such as strings, brass, and so on. I also like the Yamaha Modx series, which is very practical for both stage and studio settings also.

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