How do you guys do your intro pads?

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  1. anb

    anb New Member

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    I am in the process of doing a track and I have done the first 16 bars of the main drop. I need to start working on the drop and obviously the intro but am stuck on how to create those fat intro pads you hear in a lot of professional tunes these days.

    For example, listen to the start of sub zer & majistrate - under pressure. - Are these sounds one long note that has been created on massive? could I recreate one by literally making the note x bars long and trying to engineer the sound that way? I find it hard to understand these things.

    I use massive on FL 12. If anyone can direct me in the right direction or give me some of their own advice I would make good use of it!

    Thanks
     
  2. Howitzer

    Howitzer Active Member

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    samplers mate, they are your friend, use them for pads and ting.
    I'd recommend Kontakt for a standard sampler, its quite epic in scope but the raw sounds that come with are incredible. For a granular sampler try out alchemy, theyve gone bust now but you can still get hold of the computer music version for some fun. The Mangle is also a good one I've been using, you can literally turn a snare into a sweeping pad. It's also a lot cheaper than kontakt and easier to understand.
    then youve got paul stretch, google it. Its a freeware program that can stretch audio like nothing else. Try putting in 1 seconds worth of shitty noise stuff and stretch it as far as you dare! Insta-pad :)
     
  3. blend107

    blend107 Active Member

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    Audacity has got a PaulStretch function and I find this helpful for this sort of thing.
     
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    DYSRUPT Active Member

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    yes! I just started using Paulstretch recently and it's amazing. if you make a plucky synth, reverse reverb it and run it through paulstretch, you'll get a nice pad harmony.
     
  5. Dark Lizardro

    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    Randomize function inside massive. I always use it.
     
  6. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

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    Bit uninspired though ennit?
     
  7. Dark Lizardro

    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    Quite the contrary: using the randomize function can give you a inspirational boost to work on a new track. Since my focus is ambient stuff, most of them come out with just randomized sounds generated this way.

    In other words: I suck hard at synthesizing things. too many buttons, I tend to get lost. So the best approach for me is to let the machine do the stuff, and I only fine tune the sounds to what I need.
     
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    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    mmmmm think up a nice progression on the guitar, translate it into midi. that could work, you know. i mean shit, why not. if you think about it, mmmm orrrr mmmmmmmmm... yeah. could do, really.
     
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    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    This works pretty fine, yeah. you also have guarantees that everything evolve following the bars and tempo of the music.
     
  10. Saftstein

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    Paul's stretch and alchemy in combination is my favorite. Alchemy delivers the fat pads and then layer them with the stretched stuff, can create magical atmospheres :)
     
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