There's a sound I hear in some modern alternative music that has such emotive nostalgic properties. It sounds like a flute chorus I've heard in 70s Japanese Jazz and elsewhere. This short comedic musical video prominently features the old-timey flute chorus in the first half of the instrumental. I would love to use this in my music, but my searches for a flute sound from around that time keep giving me the Korg M1 Pan Flute which is definitely not what I want. Is anyone aware of a name of a synth effect I can look up, or a plugin/vst that can reproduce this?

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That comedy video seems to sample Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It", which was recorded on a Yamaha DX7 keyboard. Thus, your best chance is getting a DX7 emulation, e. g. Dexed (free) or the one from Arturia, and trying to find the original preset (factory preset #24).

  • This led me down a very interesting rabbit hole. Many thanks for introducing me to Dexed, which I will certainly be using in the future. While the video does sample "What's Love Got To Do With It", the trilling flutes are laid over it, and do not come from Tina's song. My search continues. But your research was amazingly thorough and specific, thanks!
    – Sam Bishop
    Aug 12, 2020 at 21:39

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