This screencast takes a look at processing voice-overs and the spoken word using Logic Pro. If you produce podcasts, radio shows or screencast tutorials, this is for you.
Today's tutorial is about sound design, and we'll cover how to create some great EDM lead sounds using Ableton Live's built-in synths. First we'll create the pluck sound from Inna's– "Hot" title soundtrack. Then we'll do the same with "Seek Bromance" by Tim Berg (better known as Avicii).
Create the Pluck Sound from Inna's "–Hot"
Step 1: Create the Main Sound
This riff contains a very distinct sound, which is called a pluck, and plays the song's main melody. It's a simple sound which you can easily produce with Ableton'’s built-in Operator synth. It has all of the functions we'll need. We'll use three oscillators, two squares and one saw wave.
Drag and drop an Operator, and choose the last setting from the Global Shell, which means that the oscillators are not modulating one another, so it's acting as a subtractive synth, not an FM synth, and the oscillators work independently.
Next, set the parameters of the oscillators:
- Turn off all oscillators except D. If you are play the keyboard, you won'’t hear any sound. That's because the D oscillator's volume is at zero. Turn it all the way up, and you'll hear a sine wave.
- We need a sawtooth, so select the “Saw D” wave underneath the wave selector menu.
- It sounds one octave lower than we need, so set the Coarse parameter to 2, to raise the pitch an octave higher.
- Do the same with Oscillator C, but select the Square D waveform instead of Saw D.
- Set the “B” Operator to the same as the “C,” but set the Coarse to 4, because this oscillator will be an octave higher than the others.
- Select the appropriate volume levels: -22dB for the D Operator, -19dB for B, and -13dB for “C.
To give the sound a pluck timbre, you need to create a strong transient sound. You need to use a quick filter envelope:
- Choose a 24dB lowpass filter, and set the filter cutoff frequency near 58Hz, and you can give a little resonance if you want.
- Next, go to the Envelope menu, and turn the envelope to 85%. Now you can hear the bouncing sound that we're looking for.
- Turn on the Shaper, and then the Soft function.
- If you listen the melody, you can hear that the sound is a little bit sharper. Turn the drive to 3.6dB.
Listen the dry sound (without effects):
Step 2: Add Effects
Our sound is little dry right now, but with EQ and some effects we can colour it.
- After the Operator, drag and drop an EQ Eight, but select only one filter - a high shelf filter.
- We'd like to increase the higher frequencies, so raise the gain about 7-8dB at 950Hz, and set the band wide (“Q”) to 9. That way we won'’t increase the volume of the lower register.
We can apply a rhythmic pulse to our sound with a delay. We can do that with a simple delay with the Sync button turned on.
- Choose the fourth beat on the delay time.
- Apply a little reverb to add a little space to our sound - but not too much. Set the dry/wet at 10-12%.
- Set the decay time to 2.30 so the sound will have a little bit decay.
- Set the output volume of the EQ to +9dB.
Create this simple four-bar melody:
Listen to the finished sound:
Create the Pluck Sound from Tim Berg's "–Seek Bromance"
The next sound is very interesting - kind of like a pan flute - which you can hear in Tim Berg's "Seek Bromance"” at the break. The sound has two parts, and we'll separate them to make sure we keep the sound close to the original:
- When someone blows into a flute, we can hear their breath. This gives it a bouncing sound, and of course a transient.
- The other sound is the flute itself, or the flute’'s resonance.
Step 1: Create the Flute Sound
For this sound, we will use the Ableton built-in Analog synth, because we have to use the unison feature.
- Drag and drop an Instrument Rack, then open an Analog synth.
- We'll use a square wave, because it has a similar spectrum to the flute. So set the first oscillator to square, set the pulse width to 100%, and apply the signal flow only to Filter 1.
- Turn on Filter 1 and select the low pass 24 function.
- Because the sound is too bright, set the cutoff frequency to 640Hz, then add approximately 22% resonance.
- We would like the sound to have a little decay, so set the filter envelope decay time to 626ms, the sustain to 0.44ms, the release to 1.99, the “Env” parameter to 1.47.
- Set the Key” parameter to 1.00. (This parameter can open the filter open more for higher notes than lower notes.)
- On the Amp1 envelope, turn the decay to 2.64 seconds.
The spectrum of the flute isn'’t exactly the same as a square wave, so we'll give some dissonance to the sound with a sine wave.
- Set Oscillator 2 a sine wave, set the octave to 2, set the semitones to 4, and set the detune to exactly -0.22.
- Set the signal flow to Filter 2, and turn down the amplifier level to -32dB, because the sound now is too prominent.
- Our sound is not plucky enough right now, so we'll use the pitch envelope. Set the Pitch Env Initial for both oscillators to 100%, and time to 3%.
- Set the synth's main volume to -11dB.
Listen to our flute sound:
Step 2: Create the Main Transient
Now we'll create the main transient part, which simulates the breath sound when someone blows a flute.
- Drag and drop another Analog synth. Temporarily turn off the first Analog synth so you'll be able to hear what you're doing with the second.
- Select a square waveform, set the pulse width to 100% and to only go to Filter 1.
- Set Filter 1 to low pass 24, and set the cutoff to 576Hz and resonance to 15%.
- We need a quick decay, so set it to 194ms.
- Go to the pitch envelope again, and make the it 100%, and the time 5%.
- Turn on Oscillator 2, and select the noise waveform. The signal flow has to go out at Filter 2.
- Set Filter 2 to low pass 24, and set the cutoff to 154Hz and the resonance to 15%.
- We need a transient sound, so set the filter decay to 182ms, the “Env” (envelope amount) to 1.64, and key to 3.40.
- Turn on Amp2 so we can hear the sound, and set the decay parameter around 182ms.
- Almost done! Go back to the oscillator and set the initial pitch to 100% and the time to 3%.
- Finally, turn on the Unison feature, set it to 4 voice, and detune it to 14.84. This will strengthen the signal. Lower the main volume to -18dB so it won'’t be too loud.
Listen to our transient here:
Step 3: Apply Some Effects
Turn all the oscillators back on, and the other Analog which we turned off earlier. Now we can hear that we can get an interesting flute like sound. It is too dry, so we have to spice it up with some effects.
- Drag and drop an EQ Eight, and increase the low and high frequencies.
- Set the first filter to low shelf with 450Hz and 5.16dB boost, and the Q to 4.43.
- Set the other filter to high shelf, with 1.44kHz and an 8.36dB gain boost, and the Q to 4.25.
Now put and filter delay on top of it.
- Create a ping-pong delay, which means that the echoes will bounce back and forth from left to right.
- Turn off (L+R), and set the other filters to horizontal so the timbre won'’t be changed.
- Then set the left delay time to 4, and turn on the Sync button.
- Set the feedback to around 40, the pan to 50L, and the volume to around -8dB.
- Do the same with the right delay, but make the delay time 3, and the pan 50R.
- Set the dry to 0.0, so you will hear the original sound at full volume.
Finally, give the sound some reverb.
Create the chord melody in the image below.
Listen to the finished sound:
That’s all, guys! I hope you've enjoyed and learned from this tutorial. Happy music making!
We're well into our own Black Friday madness in the DJTT store, but we're not the only people out there offering great deals on DJ products. A number of manufacturers are offering their own major discounts on software, gear, and accessories, and we've put together a quick round of the best. See them all inside and add your own finds in the comments at the end of the article. SERATO ACCESSORIES Serato has dropped their prices for Black Friday on "most black colored" items in their store, including t-Shirts, slipmats, phone/computer cases, and a load of different copies of control vinyl (half off, $15-17 for a set of the new remastered control tone). They've also put a Serato DJ + Video bundle on discount to $150, which could be a...
Black Friday, the ominous-sounding American retail holiday named originally for the day when retailers broke even (think black ink), is of course on today. Fortunately, for music and sound, there’s no need to get trampled to land some discounts.
Here’s what’s in the CDM inbox – these aren’t paid placements and they’re hardly comprehensive, but some deals I thought were especially nice:
Vinyl lovers everywhere, you may want to check your local store today. Record Store Day’s BACK TO BLACK FRIDAY is on. (I guess they resisted the urge to call it Blacker than Black, Spinal Tap style.)
Audiofile Engineering, the terrific OS X audio developer, has a sale on many of their apps, including the audio editor Triumph.
Twisted Tools, who make some of my favorite creative tools for Reaktor as well as some fascinating samples and the like, have 25% off with code TTblackfriday through the 3rd of December.
If you’ve waited to pick up the very-lovely iMini and unique iSEM apps for iOS, they’re US$4.99/€4.49 Friday through Sunday. And they’ve added iOS 7 support with interapp audio, too. Find them on the app store at Arturia’s section, before they revert to ten bucks.
Elektron has 10% off their machines, including Analog Four, Octatrack, Machinedrum UW, and Monomachine.
Wonderful boutique maker Bleep Labs has $5 off.
Serato has a 50% off Black Friday sale, including vinyl and some really pretty swag. (Not the software, though!)
Teenage Engineering have 15% off everything, meaning an OP-1 is €679 instead of 799. The Oplab, a unique hardware platform, is also back on sale and discounted to €237.
Training site macprovideo.com, who cover loads of audio tools, have 50% off HD downloads and 40% off the online library subscription. That includes new training on Logic Pro X, for example.
SSL has their Alpha Channel Analog Channel Strip at US$750, normally $1099, via ProAudioStar through Sunday.
Akai has 27% off their compact LPK25 keyboard and LPD8 pad controller, making them both US$49.99.
Harrison Mixbus, makers of a fine Ardour-based DAW solution, have their XT-EQ on sale for US$19 with code XTEQBF, and XT-MC multi-band compressor for $69 with code XTMCBF.
Applied Acoustics Systems, who make some really great software instruments (Ableton users have special versions of some of them), have 50% off in their webstore until Monday. That could make it a great time to upgrade if you’ve got an older version of their Modeling Collection, for instance.
Turntable Lab has a sale that starts at 10% off US$100 and scales to heavier discounts as you spend more. Also, free shipping to continental USA.
minimalsystem, makers of lots of plug-ins and presets and Ableton goodies and the like, has 50% off absolutely everything this weekend. Coupon code 9786.
With discount code BLK40, The Loop Loft has 40% off their content, plus 75% off bundles on tools like Ableton and Maschine (and MIDI content).
Samplephonics has discount code BLKWKND through Monday for 50% off purchases of £99 or more.
BeatMaker 2, still arguably the best iOS all-in-one groove production app, is on sale for a terrific US$4.99 – 75% off. No reason not to grab that one, iOS users.
US Apple reseller PowerMax – one of the most affordable ways to grab iPads and MacBooks, particularly used – has a big sale on. I’ve bought every recent machine I own from either them or NYC’s Tekserve. Never pay retail, folks…
Finally, for a nice round-up, see Synthtopia, with some 63 deals there now:
Holiday Deals For Electronic Musicians 2013
And Synthtopia picks up on a bunch of deals at Sweetwater:
Black Friday Gear & Software Deals At Sweetwater
Moog Music has steep discounts on their Animoog and Filtatron apps, making now a perfect time to buy – $.99 for Filtatron, $1.99/$4.99 for Animoog on iPhone and iPad, respectively. Highly recommended, and they’ve just done a new sound pack for Animoog. Details on Synthtopia for that, too.
Oh, yes, and one more sale – us.
MeeBlip anode is on sale for US$109.95 / 109,95€ / £94.95 with $/€/£10 shipping to North America, Europe, and the UK ($20 elsewhere). Get one through 3 December with coupon code THANKSGIVING.
Yes, you know the phenomenon – loops sometimes get repetitive, cycling without variation. You can’t really blame the tool; Ableton Live, for instance, certainly allows loads of variation with automation envelopes. But as demonstrated in the latest beta video, Bitwig Studio will provide plenty of functionality for editing changes in audio clips.
I’m not totally in love with the content of the video itself – I hope we can give the beta a go soon to check out the stretching algorithm with some author audio. But the features look very nice indeed:
- Multiple audio events inside a clip
- Drag to slice up new regions inside a clip (ideal for reordering, editing)
- Extensive options in the Inspector, for quick access to time options, edits, reverse, legato, pitch, and so on
- Without needing envelopes, make edits to regions, including adding silence
- Precise tools for working with the stretching algorithm with independent settings for regions inside the clip.
There’s also the usual transient detection and so on found in most DAWs. But the ability to freely create regions inside the clips – regions inside regions – opens up editing powers with less work.
And if you can keep with it, watch as they start getting into lots of micro-edits toward the end. For compulsive editors, it’s neat stuff. It’s another chance to bring back IDM.
The bad news: you still have to wait for Bitwig. But there are some nice ideas here.
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