TF Lead

A crunchy, punchy (and at moments too feisty) Telefunken RA742

The story

Telefunken (TF) Lead

If you are at interested in historic and mind-blowing outboard gear you might be familiar with Hainbach’s YouTube channel. He recently shared a sample audio of a Telefunken RA742. I won’t try to describe what this awesome piece of gear is, because I will definitely get it wrong, but needless to say, it’s sound was quite bizarre and inspiring.

That sample of course led me to create a sample instrument. Little did I know I would end up creating four. This is the first of them, what I called the TF Lead.

It’s crunchy, punchy and at moments too feisty, but you can do a lot with it! TF Lead includes three sound sources control by some tailor-made knobs, based on the original Telefunken RA742 design, as well as a sequencer to really take these sounds for a spin.


Reviews for TF Lead

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  • Reminiscent of the Fairlight CMI!

    For me this library evoked a sound that is reminiscent of the classic Fairlight CMI. The stretched sample definitely helps with creating that vibe, but the actual sound of it harkens back to that era too. The sequencer is somewhat unpredictable when playing more than one note, but that actually works in its favour and gives it character! Great work!

    R.Treves21 October 2021
  • Nice, a little robotic kind of synth library

    Unique synth pad. There are three parameters, and Echoes knob gives a nice reverb effect that makes this unique sound spacious.

    Asuka Amane21 October 2021
  • Fairly simple retro sound

    The sound produced is very simple. You can only play around with the stereo image via the knobs, but the effect is not very obvious. I was excited to play with the arpeggiator/sequencer, but apparently it seems that it can't take more than one note, unless you are very precise or if you like more chaotic and unpredictable sequences! Not my personal favourite but I can see people diggin it!

    Alex Raptakis27 October 2021
  • Fun little vocal chop

    This sound is like a fun little vocal chop from the early 80's like you might hear on an early sampler. The GUI includes a sequencer, which is both cool and useful. Thee's also an "Echoes" knob which seems to add something akin to frozen reverb. There's only one thing this sound does, but it's still fun nonetheless. Very cool!

    Sam Ecoff28 October 2021
  • Retro Video Game

    Im personally just not into sounds like this but it definitely has an interesting character. It reminds me of 8bit video games and would definitely work really well for a retro video game soundtrack. i would never use this personally but i understand that these kinds of sounds give people alot of nostalgia and they like then and i think thats really cool. The GUI is fun and offers some cool controls

    septemberwalk08 November 2021