This may be an obvious tip for the advanced, or intermediate guys… But it might be interesting for some other folks, and I’ve been digging this lately…
Ok… Its hard to surf the net, and download top quality samples, that are free. So many of us go the payware route, and wind up with instruments, in particular drum sounds, that are not unique to us. You probably have this problem if you own any: Battery, Guru, BFD, Kontakt, Addictive Drums, Steven Slate, Toontracks, etc, etc… Let’s face it… A lot of producers have the same tools. Well, you could try and find a Miles Davis tune, that hasn’t been sampled yet, but unless you have the CD or Vinyl lying around, your basically slicing up an MP3 from the itunes store… “Epic Fail imo.”
So… Then you think, “I really want a unique and modern drum sound, so I am not going to use the vst’s listed above, I’m going hardcore, and I’m sound designing everything from scratch, on my power-synth!” Which could be any old Reaktor Ens. or Rapture, or you are truly hardcore and can make your open hi-hats via Max.
Now for the totally opinionated statement that can not be proven in any way: when it comes to really great drum sounds, they are based on using really great drum samples.
So when you’ve got the killer, and great payware samples, that everybody else has, how can you get these things to be yours? How can you, “unique them, and change them, without destructing them with too many effects, and over-thinking the sound design?”
The key? Create your own loop. Completely mixed, panned, eq’d, reverb’d and comp’d properly. Slice and dice your loop. Maybe slice and dice several times, using different Renoise Instruments, and then use the pattern matrix to re-sequence your audio.
Hey… Its an obvious tip… maybe. but if your not doing it, give it a shot… You will get the same quality of drum sounds that you paid for, “the steven slate, the uberschall, the etc, etc.” but now you will have them sounding totally unique. not like they are coming from the vst plugin…
Remember: Renoise re-sequences audio differently. Use it to your advantage.