It’s surprisingly simple, and here’s how he gets it (you can too!)
Michael Whalen has scored literally hundreds of films, TV scores, and commercials. He also releases really good albums, and we have a full interview with him coming up shortly.
If Michael has a “signature” synth sound, it’s the analog lead, as heard here on this burning solo on “Future Shock.”
We figured he had to use one of his huge collection of hardware synths, run through exotic processors. Guess again: it’s an Arturia MiniMoog plug-in set to a basic square wave-ish sound, run through an amp plug-in that comes in Apple Logic Pro, plus some delay.
And that’s it.