Richard Barbieri's Top Five


Richard Barbieri


Barbieri's career started with the group Japan in 1976, and he's since then played in Porcupine Tree, The Bays and many more. With Japan, the painstaking approach to synthesiser programming by Richard Barbieri and David Sylvian and the original rhythmic patterns of Steve Jansen and Mick Karn produced a sound that remains original to this day.

Griffin's Secret Strings (Factory Sound Bank / Combinator / Strings)

A really nice string patch with basses, cellos and violins spaced across the keyboard. It has a pleasing tone with a subtle concert reverb and I use it as a start point for any string arrangement sections.

Dulci et Decorum (Factory Sound Bank / Combinator / Guitar and Plucked / Misc Guitar and Plucked)

A lot of my sounds tend to occupy the middle frequency range and I'm always looking for brightness and clarity to rectify that but rarely find sounds I like. This dulcimer patch really adds a crystal clear top end to a mix and blends very well when doubled with a lower register melody. I use it on my new album "Stranger Inside"

Babble Harp [seq] (Factory Sound Bank / Thor Patches / Sequenced)

A very flexible sequencer / rhythm patch that has a hypnotic pattern with a strong emphasis from the Formant filter which produces vocal like tones. Tweaking the Pulse level which is assigned to the rotary 2 knob produces interesting overtones. The delay section switched to tempo sync syncopates the pattern further for a nice groove effect in a track.

Easy Fuzz (Factory Sound Bank / Scream 4 Patches / Instrument Tweaks)

I use the Scream on nearly everything. I didn't realize software distortion could be this good. I'll use it on drums, vocals, bass etc.. Some really nice resonant effects on this if you switch to type C and then vary the Reso control with Auto. I use the Scream on a lot of the Porcupine Tree material and especially live to add some edge to the electric pianos, organs and leads.

Dream in Sine Waves (Factory Sound Bank / Combinator Patches / Textures and Musical FX)

A beautiful ambient patch with 4 Thor synths with pure sine wave sounds each assigned to it's own arpeggiator. If you take the hold off each arpeggiator it's more playable and makes a great ambient "bed" to build more texture and melody on. Moving the mod wheel up introduces a ring modulator chime effect but the tuning remains fairly stable.

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