View Full Version : Need help with a sound

08-31-2009, 01:46 PM
Fanny Pak - Maniac (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NmOulu03pk)

There is this brassy offbeat noise (for example 0:02-0:03 or 0:08-0:09)
and i would really like to use it in my new song, but i need some help on how to create it. I've tried to distore some synths (sytrus, oddity, Ni-Pro), but it sounds way too unclean.
Is there any way to recreate this noise?

08-31-2009, 02:22 PM
Distortion won't really do it, you're gonna have to find a sound that sounds close.

Sounds like an FM (frequency modulation) synth, dunno what synths you've got that use FM. I could probably make something similar in Logic's EFM1, but that wouldn't really do you much good.

Of course, once you have the basic sound, you can tweak it a bit. Could be a tremolo on the volume, not sure if it's so or just the other sounds that make it seem that way to me.

08-31-2009, 02:30 PM
Maybe I'm listening to something else, but it sounds like samples are just being repeated in rapid succession using an arpeggiator, delay, or manual sequencing. Just pick a synth or a sample with a short attack (for example, one of those sounds like a cow bell to me) then use your piano roll to sequence about 6 notes of them at 64th or 128th beats apart.

08-31-2009, 02:46 PM
Oddity got me the closest to the sound but its still way too unclean and the tremolo is way to slow.

Thats the closest i got right now: http://remixshare.com/?file=0aur3b732hb8to5

08-31-2009, 03:01 PM
See if you can get a 5-10ms delay on it, it should add a metallic sound, getting you closer.

Also sounds to me like what you're thinking of as "unclean" is just something that doesn't have enough high frequencies. Dunno what filter settings you have on the synth or if you have any EQs cutting highs, but you should get a "cleaner" sound by just not cutting away the highs.

The note itself plays a big role here too, an octave up or down can change the sound a lot too.

Hope this helps.

08-31-2009, 03:04 PM
Pretty darn close http://remixshare.com/?file=dvdtbi7hpeimt2m
with some pitch, reverb, EQ and distortion

08-31-2009, 05:20 PM
You could try adding a copy of that an octave up (whether it's one note or a series like Harmony suggested).

You could also shorten the note (or leave out one or two of the last one if you're using a series of notes instead of one) and let the reverb/delay trail off.

Nice work. Glad we could help. :D

08-31-2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks to you Rozo, your post before helped alot. I was just messing with the knobs of oddity, but forgot the EQ and other Plugins before XD