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best way to layer sounds?

Post by ItsAPandemic » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:49 pm

What is the best way to layer sounds or find sounds that would layer together? My main goal is to have layered sounds that can be offset just a little bit to get a nice punch to the sound.

Just as a side note, my ears arnt that completely trained so this might be easy for some of you but maybe there is a way that might be able to help me out. Thanks in advance.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by gibson_ewok » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:22 am

Use the same sound twice but process it differently maybe? Then offset that?
Kind of like this: http://www.mrbillstunes.com/post_20100624.php
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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by Tarekith » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:48 pm

Put the sounds on seperate tracks so you can move them around exactly as you want, then render them to a single new sample to make it easier to use later on.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by simonlb » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:46 am

Instrument Racks are great for this, depending on what exactly you want to do.

As for the sounds themselves... just need to experiment really. Try to have each sound providing different elements of the overall sound if that makes any sense.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by Pasha » Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:42 am

^^

I use racks a lot too.
I like pad with evolving patterns and usually I have a rack with the pad sound and the evolving sound pattern (aggressive LFO or arp or Operator loop).
It's nice to try!

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by Spectrumdisco » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:19 pm

Racks and experimentation are the best way to achieve what i think you are after.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by Saxer » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:43 am

to make drum sounds and efx, make extra tracks and resample it. good for keeping oversight.

for instruments (like pads, piano-string combinations etc) use racks. good for performing with the finished sound.

to train your ears, aks yourself while stacking sounds: what do i want as a result?
if you have a fat tone which needs crispness, don´t stack annother fat sound on it. add something thin (or add something and make it thin by eq). don´t add a fat sound to a fat sound to make even it fatter, it will not work. add missing elements.
add something moving on a dark pad. or some accoustic noize on electronic stuff. or some digital highs to analog stuff...

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by peter_heard01 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:27 pm

rack em and stack em deffo!
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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by ItsAPandemic » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:57 am

thanks for all the help, its been helping a lot.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by ItsAPandemic » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:00 am

oh also,

do you guys recommend grouping the drums together and eqing and compressing as a hole or sending them to separate busses and doing the proper eqing and compressing. if seen both methods but i was curious which method is the best or at least more efficient.

Edit:
A little clarification, I already eq each individual sound but wondering which method after the individual eqing is best to eq all together to make it sound complete.

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Re: best way to layer sounds?

Post by ctdf » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:20 am

i add all my drums to a group and add a compressor to gel them together, sometimes brutally

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