Web Clips for September 2006

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Audio Damage Discord 2 (Mac/Win) p24
Web Clip 1
A famous speech clip is fractured and harmonized using five Discord 2 presets.
Web Clip 2
This simple drum loop is processed using nine Ronin presets-some quite subtle and others totally destructive. The preset changes every two bars.

Cultural Diversity p40
Web Clip 1:
I combined African drums, Celtic fiddle, and Middle Eastern strings to create this example of Ethno World 3 Complete's loops and phrases.
Web Clip 2:
In addition to guitar, horns, percussion, and other instruments, Latin World supplies a selection of 46 ambient sound effects.
Web Clip 3:
Some presets in Orient World map loops and phrases across the keyboard. All the sounds in this example come from the preset Inspiration Odyssey.
Web Clip 4:
To record this example, I layered six Ethno Instrument tracks, each playing a different instrument: harmonium, baglama, kora, tabla, cajon, and a synth pad called Sincerity.
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With an instrumental palette as diverse as the one Quantum Leap Ra provides, you can gather sounds from all corners of the globe. Here I've created an ensemble of instruments from Africa, Australia, India, and Indonesia.
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For this clip, I opened four instances of SwarPlug and used Swar Librarian to find three traditional 14-bar patterns. I dragged those patterns to my sequencer tracks and then improvised a fourth part. The result is quasi-Indian music that's anything but traditional.
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In this example, I changed Darbuka patterns in every measure by playing successive notes on my MIDI keyboard. After ascending from C0 to B1, I slowly brought down the Complexity slider, gradually simplifying the rhythm until the final beat.
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This Cha-Cha from Latigo begins with a fill that leads into a pattern, continues with another fill and another pattern, and ends with yet another fill.
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Culture users can download a collection of MIDI files that are tailor-made to play Culture's samples. This example is an African rhythm called Ibo, which has a strong downbeat played on the dunun, an African bass drum played with sticks.
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This is a full mix of a groove called Afrosamba, one of the Afrolatin Fusion presets from Afrolatin Slam.
Web Clip 11:
In this example of a bolero from Beats Working in Cuba, I've strung together a bongo roll and 1-bar intro pattern, a 2-bar verse, a 4-bar chorus, and an ending.

Reality Check
Web Clip 1:
The unprocessed Battery factory Rock kit fed to a single output.
Web Clip 2:
The Battery factory Rock kit fed to several outputs with separate processing for different drums.
Web Clip 3:
A Logic Pro 7 song with the settings described in the article.

After a Brief Delay
(Mac/Win) p76
Web Clip 1:
This patch uses the default preset on Reason SubTractor. The output is split and sent to two delay lines. The one on the left is set to three 16th-notes and the one on the right to four 16th-notes. The dry SubTractor sound goes direct to the mixer, but each delay output (wet only) is sent through a parametric EQ to emphasize certain frequencies. In the second phrase, a separate phaser is patched into each EQ output, further coloring the echoes.
Web Clip 2:
Reason file accompanying Web Clip 1.
Web Clip 3:
This simple patch, again using the default SubTractor preset, shows the difference between putting a delay line before the distortion (first phrase) and after the distortion (second phrase). Note the extra roughness in the pitchbends when the delay is pre-distortion.
Web Clip 4:
Reason file accompanying Web Clip 3.
Web Clip 5:
This patch is a bit more complicated. The two main delay lines are fed by aux sends on the mixer. The input to the sends comes from the slap sound in the REX file loop. (The Redrum loop is purely to reinforce the meter, and is unprocessed.) The ringing tone heard in bars 5 through 12 is produced by sending the slap through a delay line set to two 16th-notes. This delay has some feedback. Its output feeds a Unison (chorus) unit and a Scream distortion, which spread the slap. The signal then enters another delay line set to 4 ms with very high feedback, which creates the ringing. The distorted tone heard in bars 9 through 16 is, again, the slap sound, this time passing through a delay set to two 16ths but with no feedback. In bars 9 through 12 the slap proceeds directly to a Scream distortion unit, causing a short burst of distortion. In bars 13 through 16 a reverb with a short decay is added before the distortion.
Web Clip 6:
Reason file accompanying Web Clip 5.

Pitch versus Frequency
Web Clip 1:
This is a MIDI file of a popular melody, with notes at random octave transpositions. Can you recognize the tune?

WaveLab 6.0b
Web Clip 1:
The Spectrum editor is used in this example to add delay to the upper partials of a cymbal sound. First you'll hear the original cymbal, then a version with the delay added.
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The Spectrum editor is used in this example to add reverb to the lower partials of a vocal sample. First you'll hear the original sample, then a version with the reverb added.
Web Clip 3:
This example shows the difference between using the Dirac algorithm for time stretching and the standard method. First you'll hear the standard method, complete with artifacts, then the Dirac version.

TimewARP 2600 1.15
(Mac/Win) p96
Web Clip 1:
This preset has a double reed-like sound.
Web Clip 2:
This example is the same short MIDI sequence used for Web Clip 1 but played on the “Metal Chorus” preset.
Web Clip 3:
This example uses a very nice string preset.
Web Clip 4:
This is an example of a processed vocal. First you hear the TimewARP with some other processing poured on for context, then the TimewARP alone.
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This is another example of a spoken vocal processed only through the TimewARP 2600.
Web Clip 6:
This file demonstrates the difference between the TimewARP's “Cookin' Conga” preset and my attempt to duplicate it on the original.

String Studio VS-1 1.0.1
(Mac/Win) p108
Web Clip 1:
This violin passage is heard first without distortion then repeated four times with differing types and amounts of distortion.
Web Clip 2:
Different arpeggiator rhythm patterns animate this otherworldly String Studio patch.

NUSofting Modelonia 1.2
(Win) p112
Web Clip 1:
This clip repeats a short phrase four times using the same MIDI file and Modelonia preset. The variations, reminiscent of a first trombone lesson, are solely the result of intentional instabilities in the Modelonia preset.

The Musicrow Group Crow Gold Pack 1.1
(Mac/Win) p112
Web Clip 1:
This clip was made with two Musicrow synths, Trancoid and Blue Crow. The gated loop generated by Trancoid is first heard unprocessed, then processed with several Vocal Modeler presets. Space-Boy is used as a send effect on the Trancoid track. The Blue Crow pad was processed by Ultra Chorus and GrainD Lay.

Big Fish Audio Funk City
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Although Big Fish Audio's Funk City leans heavily towards the style of Parliament/Funkadelic, this 110-bpm groove ventures into Tower of Power territory with its insistently syncopated drums.