Any ideas to get a nicer sound with default synths?

Hi

I played with chord progressions. Any ideas to get a nicer sound? It sounds very "MIDI" :grimacing:

Here is the code

    -- Hello ! I'm Camille Roux and I'm trying Tidal. Let's have fun!

    d1 $ n (scale "minor" ("[-1,1,3]*2" + "<1 4 <5 6> 2>") + "a4") # s "superhammond"
      # release 1.5
      # room 0.6 # sz 0.6
      # cutoff 5000
      # hpf 400


    d2 $ n (scale "minor" "<1*4 4*4 <5*4 6*4> 2*4>" + "a3") # s "supersaw"
      # distort (slow 8 $ range 0 0.2 sine)
      # cutoff (slow 4 $ range 500 4000 cosine)
      # room 0.6 # sz 0.6 # orbit 1 
      

    d3 $ s "[bd:2*4, hh*8]"
      # gain 1.3
      # cutoff 6000

    d4 $ n (scale "minor" ("<-5 0>(5,8) 0*3" + "<1 4 <5 6> 2>") + "a4") # s "supersaw"
      # cutoff (slow 4 $ range 2000 7000 sine)
      # room 0.3 # size 0.5 # orbit 1 
      # decay 0.5
      -- # resonance 0.2
      -- # legato 0.
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The effects and synths documentation page has many options and parameters for each synth. Have you tried playing with those? Tweaking "voice" is a good start.

@loopier 's superfm tutorial was the lightbulb moment for me when it came to synth control and possibilities in tidal:

Discussion thread:

Catchup:

Also, I recommend thinking about "humanising" your patterns, the way a human plays notes on an instrument is not always at the same velocity/level, pattern your gain, note length, cutoffs, add silences etc

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Totally agree. I'm a big fan of adding small random variations and modulations on each step, it spices up repeating patterns a lot.

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