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Old May 23, 2020, 12:08 AM
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Talking pokemon snap unknown string instrument

hello everyone,

i was wondering, what kind of synthesized string instrument is playing
in professor oak’s lab and some other songs of pokemon snap.

in my opinion, it sounds like a synthesized shamisen but then
edited with some extra electric sounds or something..

but i’m not sure..

i really want to know it from someone who has more knowledge of
synthesized instruments then me.

here is the link of the song:

please be kind to me

thanks in advance
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Old May 23, 2020, 05:56 AM
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Could be a shamisen patch, sure. Could also be banjo. Could even just be a regular acoustic guitar. Those 90s era patches often sounded the same. In this sample that opening ostinato is also octave doubled, with the banjo-type thing on the lower pitch and the melody instrument on the upper pitch.

Many N64 games weren't terribly precise in their synth instruments, and this upper instrument could be some generated synth sound (to me it's like what we call a synth pad, with with a quick attack). It also sounds like a cross between a mallet instrument and pizzicato.
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Old May 23, 2020, 06:22 AM
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My guess is also on banjo, or possibly steel drums.

For comparison's sake:

steel drums
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