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Drone masters......

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Synthman2000
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Postby Synthman2000; Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:36 am Drone masters......

I would like to make a drone sound, something like a very dark pad, not really metallic and harsh (maybe a touch) maybe slightly more voiced towards having a moving formant element involved. So quite dark with a gentle moving formant (I guess from a filter)

I really have little idea of where to start with regards to what waveforms etc. If someone could send me off in the right direction with Massive which I suspect many own that would be great !

I can recall some extremely cool drone like sounds in the Terminator film music. In fact this tracks drone reminds me of that terminator thing and sounds great to my ears...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taJPl25GFfo
smd12
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Postby smd12; Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:57 pm Re: Drone masters......

I made most of my drones using omnisphere 1, absynth 4 & 5, or Dune 2. Use as much reverb as you can and delays. EQ all the harsh frequencies.
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V0RT3X
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Postby V0RT3X; Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:47 pm Re: Drone masters......

I'm not really a master but.. look into the following things for making drones.


- FM, Additive, Granular and Physical modelling Synthesis.
- Time stretching (Stretch out a FM Drone or Additive synthesis pad)
- Layer up various sounds to create one big sound.
- Make sure to sculpt your sounds using a decent parametric EQ and filters.
- Use Spectral FFT based tools like Unfiltered Audios specOPs to add interesting details.
- Use Reverbs like Valhalla Shimmer, 2C audio Aether for ethereal drone sounds.
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Synthman2000
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Postby Synthman2000; Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:54 am Re: Drone masters......

Thanks for the pointers.
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do_androids_dream
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Postby do_androids_dream; Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:45 am Re: Drone masters......

I create much better drones with more natural sources - stringed instruments - guitars and such. Then sent through some dsp. I find that synth drones always sound a bit unsatisfying. My favourite drone/ambient artists tend to use techniques with strings/bows/pitch shifting.
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padillac
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Postby padillac; Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:51 am Re: Drone masters......

do_androids_dream wrote:I create much better drones with more natural sources - stringed instruments - guitars and such. Then sent through some dsp. I find that synth drones always sound a bit unsatisfying. M favourite drone/ambient artists tend to use techniques with strings/bows/pitch shifting.


I think synth sounds can work great if you play them through a speaker and record them... getting some real air in there helps big time.
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Postby padillac; Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:51 am Re: Drone masters......

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do_androids_dream
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Postby do_androids_dream; Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:07 pm Re: Drone masters......

padillac wrote:
do_androids_dream wrote:I create much better drones with more natural sources - stringed instruments - guitars and such. Then sent through some dsp. I find that synth drones always sound a bit unsatisfying. M favourite drone/ambient artists tend to use techniques with strings/bows/pitch shifting.


I think synth sounds can work great if you play them through a speaker and record them... getting some real air in there helps big time.


Yeah I agree. I've done that - sending a synth through a guitar amp or something and sticking a mic in front of it. For some reason I like the act of recording a 'real' source with drone music - like you say 'getting some air in there' - I don't like the 'itb' workflow - doesn't feel right. Maybe just me lol.

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