Limitators: Creative Limitations Challenge 1

The humble sine wave      24/06/13

White noise side chain effect

I wanted to get the pumping white noise side-chain effect. I resampled one of the snares and stretched it out. I then faded the start point to create a rhythmic pattern that mimicked the side-chain effect.

 


Finally, here's what it all sounds like together:

Let me first say that I am in no way an established music composer or a skilled engineer, I enjoy engaging in these activities and more importantly; it helps to justify the amount of money I've spent on audio equipment over the years.

So please excuse the quality of the mix and bizarre structure of the song.

The idea was to experiment and have fun to see how many tones I could sculpt from this simple sound.

I found it quite challenging to acquire different tones using just a synth by alone; I relied a lot on effects to add character to the sounds. Not being allowed to use sampled drums really made me think about how sound is made and I liked the weird hi hats I came up with.

 

If you want to take the Limitators challenge, download the sample and send us your track:Send us your sounds

 

Next episode: Chiptunes

 

ian AffleIan Afflec is a musician, filmmaker, composer and engineer from Manchester, UK.  Somewhat experienced in holding a camera and strumming a guitar; "I've taken the probably not-very-smart approach of learning everything I want to do, all at once". His work consists of: short films, promos, music videos, and the odd tune. Ian enjoys pretty much anything to do with "media" and hopes to inspire discussion by sharing his thoughts on the creative process.

http://potbelliedpig.tumblr.com





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Donya Quick    Said...

Thanks for writing this! It was a very interesting read and it's great to hear the transformations applied step by step as you've presented them. While I've worked quite a bit with sine waves before, I've never tried using them exclusively to generate a wide variety of sounds. I gave the idea a try myself and it proved to be a very entertaining afternoon.

25-Jun-13 10:33 AM


Nick B    Said...

Hey do you fancy sharing the results - there's a Soundcloud group and drop box for people to share - see the last page of the article...

25-Jun-13 11:09 AM


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