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Screenshot by Dominik Braun showing Cubase plus several plugins

“Jump” by Van Halen is considered being one of the most iconic songs from the 80s. This is due to the synth riff which makes this song so special. Today, I want to talk about the sound design of this synth riff. Therefore, I’ll break it down using Native Instruments Massive, Cubase and several plugins. (Remark: I will NOT teach you how to play the chords on your piano. If you want to find out the MIDI notes, check out this YouTube tutorial here.)

Analysis

Before we dive in, let’s have a quick listen to the original song for analysis purposes. …

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