How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

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droidmike
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How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by droidmike » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:20 am

Can it be done in Operator? Or Analog? I haven't had very much success at it, and I was wondering if any of you talented folks had a secret recipe you wouldn't mind sharing.

Thanks so much.

Mike

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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by Linear Phase » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:36 am

well.. i don't have operator, or analog. and you have provided no sound example for, "airy," so I'm giving you my idea of, "airy."

Here is what we will need.

2x saw tooth osc
2x hi-pass filters
2x filter envelopes
1x amp envelope

chorus or phase + delay + reverb

Take your saw tooths, and detune them.. if you have multi-oscillators try the spread. put your filters in paralell, and have one 4 pole and the other 2 pole. for real air, you probably want the 4 pole cutoff near 500, and the 2 pole near 1400... set the resonance insanely high, over 50, or close to 70% now set the envelopes to taste.. try having longer attacks on the filers, than the amp, and have shorter decay

but we all have different ideas of, "airy," and without a sound example, the above is just a guess, in the millions of ways there are to make pads... which includes everything from sampling vocals to coding the stuff in super-collider
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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by starving student » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:32 am

reverb

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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by Winnaz » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:43 pm

Massive. If you don't have it, get it.

Here's a nice airy pad preset:

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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by droidmike » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:19 pm

Thanks, guys. All good advice. I will look into your suggestions.

Mike

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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by pencilrocket » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:24 pm

Winnaz wrote:Massive. If you don't have it, get it.

Here's a nice airy pad preset:
Worst help ever.
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Re: How do you create an airy, breathy pad sound?

Post by ckluxen » Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:31 pm

works better with analog than operator for me. BP filter and slightly detuned saws. check the modulations if they work correct ryrhmical in the song. chors delay reverb.

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