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Old 27-01-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Software for Ambient music

Hi all,

I am sure you have all heard this hundreds of times but I'll ask it anyway! I am quite a good musician and have been for a long time however I am interested in playing around with some ambient style music. I'm talking Michael Mcann (Deus Ex HR, Splinter Cell) style atmospheric stuff. I know I can do it I would just like to know what sort of software is best to use? The only one I have used before is Cubase. What sort of equipment will I need? Just a MIDI keyboard, software and connections to plug into my laptop? I'm only experimenting for my own good at the moment.

Any help would be greately appreciated. I created this thread to see if anyone knows the best software for a very particular style of ambient/atmospheric music. If you have no idea who Michael Mcann is I have a great youtube link here that shows you the sort of music I would love to compose.


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Chris

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Old 29-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Software for Ambient music

For the little ambient stuff I have in my music, I take some instrumentation, use Adobe Soundbooth CS3 to tweak it so it sounds like an ambient pad. As for software, I'm really new to this whole thing (and incredibly poor, and I'm only 16.), so I just use LMMS to make sounds. Sorry I can't' help too much, but hope it's at least something.
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Old 31-01-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Re: Software for Ambient music

You can use various means, but ultimately it comes down to personal style and such. What you hope to achieve. You could use Absynth, which is really good for making evolving dark ambient pads and soundscapes - or you can flip it to Camel Audio's Alchemy which is good for your more Lighter, classic Ambient sounds.

Really this is a question that only you can answer yourself, it is how you are able to programme a synth and create sounds - and how you are able to process those sounds and such like.


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Thank you for the replays. I will give absynth a go I think.
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Absynth is good also get a decent convolution reverb and a decent effected reverb ("reflektor" is awesome imho) with an "Ice" or "grain" setting.

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Re: Software for Ambient music

I would go with Spectrasonics Omnisphere, which includes the Atmosphere ambient sound library. This is basically the professional, top-notch you hear in all those games & films soundtracks: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

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Actually, all the [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
plugins, particularly if you're into generative/algorithmic music
Magnus' [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
reverb

Also, what DAW are you using? Setting up a group of clips with follow actions in Live, or controlled by a grid controller like a [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
is a lot of fun, set up some faders and knobs to control effects sends, reverb decay time etc and you're golden. If you're not using a DAW yet, get hold of [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
to record/edit some samples, and play them back in [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
with a grid controller. Great way to pass the time.

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For that kind of soundtrack/symphonic stuff, what you really want are large libraries of samples and sounds with a focus on ethnic instruments and percussion.

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Re: Software for Ambient music

In regards to VST instruments, Camel Audio's Alchemy is excellent for ambient-type music.

LinPlug's CronoX 3, with the Sophistry sound expansion, is another option worth exploring.

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Synplant. I enjoyed the demo thoroughly.

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