Granular Sound Processing, Frequency Modulation, DAWless (PCless) Corner
(and a bit of reconstructing the studio)
A short overview about the things I´m killing my time with :-).
The production of tutorial 18 about accSone´s granular processor CrusherX is coming to an end. It´s about extracting sounds from recordings using granular techniques. There´s a good deal of methods in it, which are independent from a certain software or a certai granular processor. The goal is building sample/sound libraries of different categories like instrumental, athmospheres, sound(noise)scapes, FX etc. only with sounds gained from everyday (field)recordings.
But there is a good deal of curiosity to be satisfied as well. Have you ever asked yourself, how a certain sound may “look” like (ok, ok, ok - “sound” like) on the level of milliseconds? Have you ever considered your granular engine as a kind of sonic microscope? Well, I have and I´m answering even these questions in my new video tutorial.
There are some really surprising things - also surprising to me – going on in the ocean of sound down there in those deep, deep milliseconds.
It´s going to be a quite long video. As there are 71 pages of written script and hundreds of shorter and longer recordings (video, but also only sound), and nearly hundred graphs and pictures, well, I think it may well reach a length of 3 hours after cutting the film. I hope to have it all done by the end of June.
But as the best method to overcome a creative block (occurring here and there) is being creative somewhere else I´m working on the production of part 4 of my FM/PM workshop. It´s about non-sinusoid (FM/PM-) modulations, which I call “second order modulations”, as we can understand then as a series of sinusoid modulations, which follow certain conditions. It´s easier to predict the resulting sound, if we see it this way.
And – as said in the overview video of the series – I start introducing FM/PM synths/VSTs others than Yamaha´s. It is ImageLine´s Sytrus in Workshop 4.
And of course there are going to be some analysis of famous FM/PM sounds again. I haven´t made up my mind, which ones yet.
And because the best way of surviving the long lasting situation of being in a hurry and having no time left – not at all and not even a second and not even on Sundays – is starting something new (additionally to all the other activities of course), I´ve started to set up my “PCless” resp. “DAWless” corner in the studio. The gear is quite simple so far. Simple as well as randomly gathered together: Arturia keystep, Korg Volca FM, and 3 guitar FX-pedals (reverb, delay and amp simulation/distortion) – a yes, and a mixer of course (Behring Xenyx). Really a random collection as you see. Nothing more than just to beginn with something. But the whole project has a clear concept and the corner is going to be filled following this concept (no, I won´t tell you, how the concept sounds or what it is today – I will tell you, but not today).
The thing is: I had to reconstruct my studio to be able to let the project come to live (not because of the few things I mentioned of course, but for the things still to come). And indeed, the reconstruction work is still going on. (Didn´t I say something about missing time? Hm!)
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