OK, so back in my bad old days, i worked for a company producing high end backing tracks by the hundred. They were used for TV, games, radio, karaoke, you name it - they used it. Only, at that stage it was mostly bands, and real sounds.
I've just been given a large order (after a long time out of that kind of work) by a backing track manufacturer. They are asking me to produce backing track versions of a top 10 listing every 10 days or so for them - so I've got to be REALLY fast with the software (this bits fine) and super-quick at reverse engineering sounds. Problem is that I'm not in the least bit up on what synths are being used on things to produce pop/dance these days. I can't find out what has been used on the tracks I'm trying to make in the first order and I don't know where to find the right sounds...
I'm more than happy to buy some sound sources, either hardware or AU's as most of the sounds seem to be fairly similar (wobble bass, buzzy synth leads and basses etc), but what to buy? That's my problem!!!
To give you an idea what kind of tracks I'm talking about - here's the list of what I've got to reproduce right now...
[i]Fireflies Owl City
Dont Stop Believin Glee Cast
Starstrukk 3OH!3(feat. Katy Perry)
Wont Go Quietly Example
One Shot JLS
Broken Heels Alexandra Burke
Riverside (Lets Go) Sidney Sampson
Young Forever Jay-Z feat Mr Hudson
Bad Romance Lady Gaga[/i]
Anyone got any ideas what kind of sound sources (AU's preferrably) would give me a chance at reproducing a good modern pop/dance sound? I've got Kontakt 3, I've got stylus, omnisphere, trilogy (not triljan yet) and I've got DFH superior for live drums, but it's the synths and noises that are the problem.
Any ideas gang?