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Diary 6: Exploring synthesis sound sources

April 14, 2017

I explored various other hardware synthesizers and effect pedals when looking for sounds. These were all new to me. I recorded some Waldorf Blofield. I really enjoyed the visual representation of the waveform that is being modified. It is a versatile synth that encourages you to explore the weirdest wavetable sourced sounds. Adding resonances and harmonics of the fifths sounded a bit like a slow accordion that can throat sing. This did not end up on the score unfortunately even though I really liked it. It just did not fit the directors vision about these characters.


The synths Slim Phatty and Dreadbox Murmux were amongst the sound sources that ended up on the film too. With Murmux I created some sounds that has that 8-bit character and sounds very synthetic. Slim Phatty contributed as a beefy bass in many occasions.


Here's one sound from Blofield that I really liked:



Here are some pictures from above mentioned sessions:





I used this outboard gear to process my mixes. The beginning was challenging, as I had to first get used to the room and after that, learn how to use these in a desirable way. I tended to overdo stuff with these. Once I learnt to back up from making that spot where the change sounds good, the overall mixing experience was not too bad at all. For real instruments, such as the strings these worked nicely on, but more experimental  EQ'ing for example required Fab Filters Pro-Q.






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