So some of us were talking about wanting to get better at sound synthesis, and it was suggested that we try to create certain sounds.
Basically, someone will post or mention a sound, and then we should all try to recreate that sound using sound synthesis - no samples, unless it is a creative use of non-traditional sampling and wavetable synthesis. All forms of synthesis are open - subtractive, FM, etc.
I did this on the tempest
- first switched on 1 saw osc
- Added pitchbend (2semitones) to the high notes. This is for the pitchbend wheel, not a pitch envelope
- 24db Filter all the way down, no resonance
- filter envelope almost full up, tiny attack,
- 1/32th notes in ableton (very short) to play the sequence (F#1...... A3, pitchbend up, A3, A3, A3..... G1)
- Added a little reverb and expanded the width a bit with a 7ms delay on the left channel
- Added a limiter on the master
Record - Post -Finish
Played around in FM8. I separated the two note bass part from the horn part. I couldn't hear much slide in the track on those two notes. Maybe that's cheating, but we don't know how the original was made. It's probably one synth though.
The important part was getting the attack and decay/release right. There's a bit more harmonics and it not as warm but it's straight out of FM8.
Funny how we hear things that aren't there... I thought there was glide in it at first which wasn't, and auto has a pitch envelope, which I think isn't there. The sound auto created is cool though, reminds me of early rave parties
Shall we go on to the next sound? Any suggestions?
Easy? This was pretty hard to me! Anyway, this is my go:
I used DCAM strobe for this.
- Noise volume up (that's the only sound source)
- Filter half way down, resonance full up
- Filter type = N2L2 (12db filter with strange poles)
- keytracking all the way up on the filter (so the resonance plays the actual notes)
I tried this in a few other synths, they all sound very very different, even with the same settings. The original sounds like an ms20 filter though.
It feels like there's some tonal elements in the patch, could it be filter resonance?
I made an attempt then I had to quit as we had guests tonight:
I think I got quite close...
One thing I realised with these 2 patches is that I need a keyboard with more than 25 keys...
On DSI Evolver
White noise, -24Db resonant filter tracking keyboard pitch, crank up the resonance so it will add some pitched tones, a little volume decay, a minimal touch of lfo on the resonance, very very little.
Filter and resonance settings are the most important.
Last edited by Automageddon; 17-07-2012 at 10:23 PM..
Here mine for the 212 one. Did the best I could at my current level. I'll edit my post later and explain how I got the patch. Gotta go eat!
Here the description of my patch. I used Massive v. 1.3. I will be describing it so that anyone could try to create with any synth. I'll be using the numbers 0-127 and the numbers on a clock to describe the amount.
- Used one osc: "Squ-Sw I" and have the Wavetable position all the way to the right. So basically a sawtooth, and "intensity" to the right, as well. This osc is routed to a filter.
- Used "LowPass 4" filter, and set it about 9 o' clock (31). No resonance.
- Amp envelope = attack at 9 o' clock (33), decay around 11 o' clock (around 50), and release around 9ish (37).
- I routed the filter envelope to the "Lowpass 4" filter, and set the amount of modulation to almost entirely open (in other words, around 127).
- Filter envelope = Attack at 10 (40), decay at 9 (31), and release at 9 (31).
- Finally, a pitch envelope, which I routed to the one oscillator, modulating the pitch by -0.80.
- Pitch envelope = Attack at 10-11 (47), decay at 5 (almost all the way up; around 120) and make sure the decay level is a tad raised, and release a bit more then half-way (12 o' clock-ish; around 70).
- Set the "pitch up" setting for the pitch wheel at 2.63.
- also added "glide" or glissando" at around half-way.
That's it for the initial patch. Added effects:
1) Small amount of chorus
2) A bit of a high shelf EQ
3) Small amount of Wave's "Doubler."
5) Side-chain comp. against the kick
6) 2 reverbs: Medium Hall and Bright Plate. Also added a stereo widener on the plate reverb aux.
7) Sent to an 'Exciter' bus for added top end.
For the actual lick, I used the pitch wheel and/or used the MIDI automation to automate the pitch.