The best R&B sounds and where to find them

It’s not just the chords that make R&B sound like R&B. It’s also the sounds used with said chords. Some of R&B’s sounds you won’t hear much in other genres. They’re unique to R&B. One of those sounds is the pitched sine wave synth.

These sounds use an envelope to pitch down the notes we play before raising them to the correct pitch of the keys we’ve played. This movement creates a distinct sound, one that, when coupled with the purity of sine waves and fullness of R&B chord voicings, delivers a moving experience. And that quintessential R&B sound!