Uses for Bit Reduction

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Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by penguinpajamas » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:46 pm

Hey guys! So as much as I love playing with the downsampling in the redux audio effect, I'm struggling to find a creative use for the bit reduction. I can maybe see using it to get a really distorted in-your-face sound like Justice or something, but I can't really see any practical uses other than that.

Does anybody care to share how they use the bit reduction aspect of the redux effect?

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Charlie

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by DavidStars » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:42 pm

I agree. Redux can be pretty destructive sonically where it distorts the sound to the point where it isn't even pleasant to listen to. I've used it once in one of my beats where I used light settings on it to add a little bit of distortion to some strings I had. It helped make the strings sound a little more "electronic." I had the Bit Reduction on 8 and the Downsample as soft at 2.21. Minimal, but noticeable and helped out.

I would definitely say give it a try and play around with it. Might be able to find some use out of it.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Tagor » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:50 pm

you can use it to make a normal sounding voice more like spoek through a walkie-talkie
or you enrich the voice with overtones before giving it thru an vocoder - that could be
helpfull if you want make stronger thr robotic voice charakter

just my half cent

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by tkarmakid » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:04 pm

Maybe try introducing it by automating it in for just a quick break.
For drum variations try the on/off button with settings that don't totally destroy the sample.
For other things try automating a gradual increase in the bit reduction at the tail end of a sound or sequence so as it fades out its sound quality degrades.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Matt_Quinn » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:35 pm

I get a lot more mileage out of just leaving the bit reduction all the way up, turning the downsample switch to soft, and playing with the Downsample amount. Drop it on a synth and automate the downsample parameter.
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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Machinesworking » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:40 pm

I use bit reduction on high hats and snares all the time, in fact anything that's brittle sounding to begin with can be made more interesting with it. I have hardly any use for it on guitar or synth though.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by yur2die4 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:08 pm

Bury it in reverb.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Cool Character » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:26 am

It's pretty great for destroying your hearing.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Jeffromusic » Thu May 01, 2014 9:31 am

I like using it on plain 808s or something. It adds a bit of texture to it. Just don't add too much though.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by ian_halsall » Thu May 01, 2014 9:40 am

try it on an really harsh fm sound - it sounds great.

you can also use it on your whole mix in a bit reduction sweep

use the soft setting not the hard

here's a track that I used bit reduction on Neil Young's "Don't let it bring you down" throughout

https://soundcloud.com/ian_halsall/dont ... t-you-down

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Daniel_S » Thu May 01, 2014 12:31 pm

I use it every now and then.

It has been used in a subtle way on various parts of my percussion within this track...

https://soundcloud.com/dj-daniel-s/daniel-s-cold-pads

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by re:dream » Thu May 01, 2014 1:32 pm

Cool Character wrote:It's pretty great for destroying your hearing.
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imho any effect rack with redux in it should have a limiter at the end of the chain.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Sage » Thu May 01, 2014 4:26 pm

Useful on triangle waves for getting the full nintendo thing going on.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by Warmonger » Fri May 02, 2014 6:07 am

I just used Erosion "noisy" preset to kill resonance on some otherwise nice percussion loop.

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Re: Uses for Bit Reduction

Post by ian_halsall » Fri May 02, 2014 10:37 am

you can make that 'classic' dubstep "yay yay/yoi yoi" with it - in conjunction with operator

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