How to Make the “reality tv” sound on your Roland Gaia synthesizer – marimba xylophone sound design

Geoff from shows how to make the stereotypical “Reality TV” sound using his Roland GAIA SH-01 synthesizer.

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This kind of sound is also known as “Marimba” or “Xylophone”. I modelled it using two sine waves and an optional triangle wave.

For the sample audio files from this video, as well as the downlodable “Reality TV.gaia” Roland GAIA Patch file, please visit:

To load the gaia patch file onto your gaia, you will need to connect the Gaia to your computer using USB cable, and then use the Gaia Tool by Grauw, which is freely available here:

Synthesizer: Roland Gaia SH-01


Useful links (further for inspiration and research):
Catfish parody by Timothy DeLaGhetto (go to time 2:34 in the video) (warning, video is NSFW):

Reality TV Music by TunEdge Music (go to time 5:07 in the video)

Article from Electronic Musician magazine on how to “Go Beyond presets”:

Technical notes:
Video filmed using Sony Cybershot RX100 Mk2

Video edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow)

Synthesizer: Roland Gaia SH-01

Cheers and see you soon!

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