Synthwave, Retrowave and Outrun.

Synthwave is inspired by many 1980s films, video games, and cartoons, as well as composers such as John Carpenter, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Tangerine Dream.


The subgenre name "outrun" comes from the 1986 driving arcade game Out Run, which was known for its soundtrack that could be selected in-game, the style is mainly instrumental, and often contains 1980s clichéd elements in the sound such as electronic drums, gated reverb, and analog synthesizer bass lines and leads - all to resemble tracks from that time period.


For the production of synthwave, tempo tends to stay around 80 - 118 BPM but more fast pace, up beat tracks will be between 128 - 140 BPM. Traditional equipment used for the production of synthwave can cost up to £1000 but programs like Xfer Records' Serum or RevealSound Spire, U-he Diva and Retro can be used in place of the equipment.