Tips on composing ambient with Renoise (or other trackers)

Here’s what I’ve learned so far, feel free to join in:

  • this timestretch add-on is very useful for getting drones and field recordings to match your BPM and loop perfectly

  • putting an mpReverb on instruments and setting the wet signal higher than the dry signal gives an easy and effective “washy” sound, especially when combined with heavy delay

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For ambient/drones time stretching, paul stretch is perfect.

Example:

http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/ (original application)
https://xenakios.wordpress.com/paulxstretch-plugin/ (vst version)

Was used in movie soundtracks, too.
As far as in know: Book of Eli and Dredd (2012, slomo scenes)

You can do a similar effect by using the “Blur”-impulse response of FL Studio in a IR reverb on time stretched material:

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