Twist Your Audio Beyond All Recognition - EMusician

Twist Your Audio Beyond All Recognition

Objective: Don’t just loop rhythmic tracks, but process them in totally freakazoid ways — from sci-fi to electro. Background: Sonar can turn audio clips into “Groove” (acidized) clips, suitable for realtime tempo- or pitch-stretching. However, deliberately mis-setting some of the looping parameters can create e
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Objective: Don’t just loop rhythmic tracks, but process them in totally freakazoid ways — from sci-fi to electro.

Background: Sonar can turn audio clips into “Groove” (acidized) clips, suitable for realtime tempo- or pitch-stretching. However, deliberately mis-setting some of the looping parameters can create effects unobtainable by any other type of processing.

Step by Step: You can rotate among steps 2, 3, and 5 in your quest for the ultimate tricked-out sound. Double-click on a Clip to bring up the Loop Construction window.

Click on Beats In Clip. The default number of beats should be correct, but adjust if necessary.

As soon as you click on Beats In Clip, slice markers appear over the waveform in the window. These indicate individual rhythmic segments.

Set the pitch parameter to 24. Slide the Trans Detect slider all the way to the right (100%). Click on Play or Preview to start the loop. Experiment with the Slicing slider. Start with 64th-notes for the most robotic/metallic effect, then try 32nd, 16th, 8th, etc. Each Slice setting produces a different type of freakazoid effect.

Tips Although +24 is a somewhat “magic” pitch parameter, +12 also produces useful effects. –12 and –24 give weirdly pitched, slowed-down effects that also sound fabulous layered with the original loop. Often, you can simplify the loop beats by setting the Trans Detect slider to a low value, like 10%. The freakazoid loops work very well when layered with the original loop, which should be set to normal loop settings. They also make great breakbeats when you drop out the original loop. Listen to a loop, then its twisted version, then both layered together.