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Old 26-10-2012, 04:09 PM   #21
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

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It's a high-end sequencer specifically designed for ambient. Just look at the feature list!

And think about how good polyphony you can get combining it with that Ableton Push thing once it comes out.
I'm affraid I'd go too hard to use it on something like that. Maybe test it out on something cheaper first.

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Old 14-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #22
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

i think the holes in the AS-606 will provide the 'air' you need in your drone projects.hehe-Can i suggest Paul's extreme stretch- for creating super time stretched textures..
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

There are lots of amazing freeware devoted to drone-like sound design out there (and apparently a "lost golden age of sound design" of free OS9 sound design programs according to BT).

Check out "Soundhack". Open an audio file and choose "convolve" from the hack menu. Select another audio file to convolve it with and you can get some seriously amazing ambient drone results!!

Also a favorite of mine for crafting drones is the free suite of AU plugins made by Michael Norris "Soundmagic Spectral". Definitely worth checking out.
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

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There are lots of amazing freeware devoted to drone-like sound design out there (and apparently a "lost golden age of sound design" of free OS9 sound design programs according to BT).

Check out "Soundhack". Open an audio file and choose "convolve" from the hack menu. Select another audio file to convolve it with and you can get some seriously amazing ambient drone results!!

Also a favorite of mine for crafting drones is the free suite of AU plugins made by Michael Norris "Soundmagic Spectral". Definitely worth checking out.
Thanks a lot man! these could be a really big help
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Old 26-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #25
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

I'm yet to make anything that would be considered drone, I think it is very easy to add to much. I've used a program called paulstretch for stretching samples to ridiculous lengths which might be helpful - its easy to find via google

Favorite drone - Oophoi - Spirals of Time.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:13 PM   #26
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Soundmagic Spectral + Valhalla DSP and you can make anything into drones.
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

Who's into Reaktor here? There's a new plug-in on the upgrade which is pretty mucg a drone machine thing that is sample-based, it has some nice sounds but then again it's good to tweak it or replace the sample for a unique magic sound
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #28
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

A bagpipe is a drone instrument. There is also the tambura [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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Old 21-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #29
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

You'd be amazed what simply chaining reverbs can do to a sound...
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Old 26-03-2013, 05:22 AM   #30
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You'd be amazed what simply chaining reverbs can do to a sound...
would you mind explaining further??? that sound very interesting
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

Combining reverbs and delays yeilds some interesting results as well.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #32
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

Being a guitar player first and foremost, I like to use my guitar for drone chords. I use my delay pedal (Strymon Timeline) combined with a boss RV-5 reverb pedal to create the pads sounds.

Here's the pedal chain and pedal settings I use. This is by no means the only way to do it though.

Pedal chain = guitar -- volume pedal -- Timeline -- RV-5 -- amp / audio interface

Timeline Settings:
Type knob = dTape. (this gives the sound a nice warble)
Time knob = 6 O'clock.
Repeats knob = 3 O'clock.
Mix knob = 4 O'clock.
Filter & Grit knobs = set all the way to the left.
Speed & Depth knobs = set to taste. (this is the amount and speed of the tape warble)

RV-5 Settings:
Mode knob = "modulation"
E. level knob = 4 O'clock.
Tone knob = 9 O'clock.
Time knob = 5 O'clock.

I use my volume pedal to swell in the note / chord that I want and then volume down whenever I feel like and let the delay and reverb trail out. Sometimes I will also hold down the delay button on my Timeline pedal. This will hold the delay out a create a swelling effect on that single note / chord. Then when I let off the button the delays will trail out nicely.

Once I have the sound recorded the way I like, I will edit it in Abelton accordingly...adding more reverb and delay and whatever else I feel like doing to it.

Hope this helps someone. =)
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

Intervals are great, in my opinion.

I think I most prefer a method another poster mentioned, taking samples(I have a field recorder, which is great for this), and time-stretching it to oblivion. I made the background for a sweet song doing this with a sample of some birds chirping in the morning for like 15 seconds while I was walking to work.

Another favorite method is just getting something dissonant, whether it's a 2nd interval on my uKorg(or otherwise), or using some sort of pitching effect and messing with cents of difference(not semitonal).

I think in all cases it's about what you do with the FX.

I may mess with chords, but if I do it's probably when I'm mangling the output of my uKorg, which will have the release all the way up, kind of just jam these out so idk how to describe the chordal quality, sorry.

Single notes work too, but I think in these cases more careful attention to excellent FXing will be in order.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:43 PM   #34
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

I thought a drone was a matter of keeping the root/bass the same right through a piece of music? I'm pretty sure it really is that simple? The trick is what to do with the melody!
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This has been very informative and interesting.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #36
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Re: Drone ambient chords technique

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As a few people mentioned already, you can't beat the As-606
Just add some effects and tweak away.
I'd like to see a live performance of someone using an AS-606! Could be pretty interesting i think... especially the reaction from the audience. :problemofficer:

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I thought a drone was a matter of keeping the root/bass the same right through a piece of music? I'm pretty sure it really is that simple? The trick is what to do with the melody!
No that's not really true.

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technically in music a drone is any sound that plays continuously. that is the only criteria for a sound to drone, lasting a long time with little to no major change to the sound.
Pretty much this ^

"In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece. The word drone is also used to refer to any part of a musical instrument that is just used to produce such an effect." ([Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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