What effects or other sound design tips might help me make pads like the one in the first half of the attached sample? (from: DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World)
I don’t even really know what adjectives to use to describe it; hollow? round? full? smooth?
It sounds like there might be a couple of things stacked, like maybe a rhodes and some other more sustain-y thing.
I’d love to create layers like this from scratch, so any hints appreciated.
edit - man I love learning about the origin of samples. You’re my hero.
sounds to me like a rhodes-ish chord playing with a phaser or notch filter, and maybe a lowpass filter to give it some warmth on top.
According to the sleeve notes on my vinyl copy the songs has Rhodes and bass played by Pohjola (and a guitar too, obviously). I don’t think there’s a bass on top of the Rhodes in the beginning half though, but that it rather refers to the solo at the end (at least I think that’s bass…). The rhodes is obviously put through some heave phaser or wah effect, possibly even both.
Funny, I just found this by DJ Shadow a couple of days ago using that sample, it`s a nice loop, + good to hear the original:
With regards to the instrument, yes sounds like an electric piano with filter/ phaser etc.
If you want a VST I`d try the now donationware/ nag ware MR Ray on this pack:
(the pack is abandoned bnut worth a look)
edit: see that harold linked to this version aswell in the OP.
To my ears it sounds very much like a univibe or rotovibe but given the period when the original track was recorded I wouldn’t be surprised if it was an actual leslie rotary speaker:
The Uni-Vibe (or UniVibe), also known as Jax Vibra-Chorus, is a footpedal-operated phaser or phase shifter for creating chorus and vibrato simulations for electric organ or guitar. Designed by audio engineer Fumio Mieda, it was introduced in the 1960s by Japanese company Shin-ei, and then released in North America by Univox in 1968.
It was intended to emulate the "Doppler sound" of a Leslie speaker. Though not very successful as a Leslie simulator, the Uni-Vibe became an effect in its own right,...
The Leslie speaker is a combined amplifier and loudspeaker that projects the signal from an electric or electronic instrument and modifies the sound by rotating a baffle chamber ("drum") in front of the loudspeakers. A similar effect is provided by a rotating system of horns in front of the treble driver. It is most commonly associated with the Hammond organ, though it was later used for the electric guitar and other instruments. A typical Leslie speaker contains an amplifier, a treble horn and ...