How to make this minimal pad?

How to make that sound...
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11 posts since 19 Jul, 2022

Post Tue Jan 10, 2023 2:04 pm

Hey I was wondering what's the best approach to making this pad?

Using Ableton 11 stock instruments and plugins


6 posts since 13 Jan, 2023

Post Fri Jan 13, 2023 1:41 am

Use a low pass filter on a square wave to get you started!

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527 posts since 4 Dec, 2019

Post Sat Jan 14, 2023 6:27 am

...And then what? Need more input?

You turn that square wave into a pulse wave again because it's definately not just a 50/50 square sound, is it?
We also need lots of voices being detuned in this case since it's not just one wave, so let's do that.
Most importantly, however, these sounds are all based on chords plus it is crucial to give each note a different velocity rather than just assign the same to each note. This is sooo key! :roll:
Here, volocities tend to go up with pitch, e. g.: e-g-(a)-b in the sound at the very end. (note a is an exception, though)
Reverb should be obvious but the fine tuning and the kind of reverb to be chosen won't be.

After fine tuning all of that - the real mastery that seperates the wheat from the chaff - there would most likely still be more to be added to the sound and that's where things start to get really, really interesting.

How did they achieve the further nuances I haven't mentioned yet? Anyone?...
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Post Mon Jan 30, 2023 3:21 pm
This to me sounds pretty close.
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Post Tue Jan 31, 2023 12:09 pm

Use a square wave mixed with like 20% of a saw wave, add a low pass filter 24db, opens the attack a little like 35ms, decay like 1s, and sustain it just a bit like 35%. I also hear an lfo modulation!

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