What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

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captain lysergicacid
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33 posts since 19 Jan, 2018

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:51 pm

Hi guys!

What are your faveourite parameters for making sounds interesting?

For sure,
Frequency is a very important one
Pan is very effective as well

What parameters or effects do you use, to make sounds "interesting"?

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37803 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:54 pm

my mind :D

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37803 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:56 pm

more seriously, extreme pitch manipulation (towards the low end normally) or bit reduction can yield interesting results, to feed in to delays/filters and such.

dark water
KVRian
950 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:05 pm

ADSR (seriously), as it allows me to morph a synth's sound from short stabby to long legato, and from slow building to fast fading etc, to add intrigue to a (usually supporting) element.

Lotuzia
KVRAF
9726 posts since 19 Feb, 2004 from Paris

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:18 pm

Afaik,, every parameter in a synthesizer must have a setting, and most will be active, so that in the end, the sound is usable for a specific task. Or interesting. So I'd unfortunately say : all :shrug:
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vurt
addled muppet weed
37803 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:33 pm

Lotuzia wrote:Afaik,, every parameter in a synthesizer must have a setting, and most will be active, so that in the end, the sound is usable for a specific task. Or interesting. So I'd unfortunately say : all :shrug:

pssst... he didn't specify "synth" ;)

Lotuzia
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Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:38 pm

vurt wrote:
Lotuzia wrote:Afaik,, every parameter in a synthesizer must have a setting, and most will be active, so that in the end, the sound is usable for a specific task. Or interesting. So I'd unfortunately say : all :shrug:

pssst... he didn't specify "synth" ;)
Ooops :dog:
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phace
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178 posts since 21 Mar, 2015

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:58 pm

in FM - operator ratio
in VA - sync/ring mod, Filter distortion, osc phase, pitch lfo, unison detune, chorus parameters

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captain lysergicacid
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33 posts since 19 Jan, 2018

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Post Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:27 am

Thanks a lot for all the inspirational answers! :)

Do you only use these parameters for designing your sound, or do you also use them to make the sounds "evolve",
like, for example,
starting an intro with a certain sound and slowy faiding it in
or slowly raising the frequency etc.

What is the correct name for having a sound and making it "change" while it's played?

And are there interesting combinations of these "morphings" or "evolvings" that go together very well?

For example, playing a sound sequence, and both,
changing the pitch and changing the pan

or somethin like this...
i hope you know what i mean, i am very new to this topic and i don't know the correct names of techniques yet.. But i want to research and learn! :)

AnX
KVRAF
3140 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:03 am

captain lysergicacid wrote:
What are your faveourite parameters for making sounds interesting?
Randomise :lol:

recursive one
KVRAF
3694 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:42 am

captain lysergicacid wrote: Frequency is a very important one
Frequency of what?

just curious.
I hate incomplete sentences because they ...

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thecontrolcentre
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23088 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:57 am

recursive one wrote:
captain lysergicacid wrote: Frequency is a very important one
Frequency of what?

just curious.
:ud:

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fluffy_little_something
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12242 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:38 pm

Attack and Decay of the envelopes and filter cutoff frequency 8)

Music Bird
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75 posts since 23 Apr, 2017 from Eastern US

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:59 pm

Filter envelopes and resonance, pitch envelopes, and PWM on analog or VA.
Pitch envelope on FM and the many ways to make different sounds on it too.
I don't make EDM, so I don't need what those of you who make it need.
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captain lysergicacid
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33 posts since 19 Jan, 2018

Re: What are your favourite parameters for "designing a sound"?

Post Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:36 am

recursive one wrote:
captain lysergicacid wrote: Frequency is a very important one
Frequency of what?

just curious.
I was talking about the frequency of the LFO

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