As some of you already know, I generally don’t use VST instruments, but prefer to make my own sounds via xrni synthesis (loading in waveforms as samples and using overlapping sample maps).
Recently I’ve been bitten by the music making bug and have really been getting into it. Thus I have started making some new instruments for personal use.
Since I’m a friendly person ( ), I thought I would share how I made one of my sounds (it’s a synth pad). This example does not use ReSynth or any other tool.
In the attached song you will find four patterns, each playing the same notes but with a different instrument. Each instrument is the ‘next step’ in my method of working and each pattern has a comment explaining what changes had occurred from the previous.
My main top tips:
- Don’t overload the filters within the xrni (unless you are going for a specific effect), watch your sample volume levels.
- If you duplicate a sound, take 6dB off of each samples volume to maintain the same overall loudness.
- If you detune and pan widely the same sample, you can emulate a chorus effect.
- Tiny amounts of LFO and / or white noise can have a very large affect in making things sound ‘analogue’.
- Don’t expect to make great sounds instantly, just have fun, you’ll get quicker as you get more experienced.
As you will hear, with a little bit of effort you can change a very ‘chip’ ear piercing sound into a nice pad