What do you think is the best VST Instrument for making dark sounding pads?

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  1. parsons19

    parsons19 Active Member

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    A little bit specific here I guess and I could probably get fine results with the usual list of VSTs that everyone likes.

    Just wondered are there any specific VSTs that are aimed at making nice pad sounds in particular? :p
     
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    Mr Fletch aka KRONIX

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    Any synth will do the trick, but my go to synth for pad sounds is Rob Papen's Predator
     
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    parsons19 Active Member

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    Swift response! Cheers man, I do wanna try out Predator as I have probably said before :p

    On an unrealted note you about on aim anytime soon? You gave me some really good synthesis tips and I never caught up with you since! Still up for doing some teaching? :D
     
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    Very good shout. Mine is generally Massive or Absynth. Thor is amazing if u have Reason. My mate swears by Sylenth...

    S'up to you what you choose. I think the key thing you need to ask yourself is what in particular it is that you like about the certain sound. If you can pick it apart then maybe you'll be able to help yourself find what synth will suit.

    Just an idea... :)
     
  5. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Predator and/or Albino is solid. However, most recently I've locked into Absynth for pads.
     
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    Cheers guys! Looks like predator is winning overall already!

    I am a massive man. Not going to lie though, been kinda lazy on the synthesis side of things! :lol: I understand what different things are and do but I can't quite get my head round making a sound tbh...

    I suspect massive could do what I wanted if I knew what I was doing!?
     
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    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Definitely! Search your Massive presets for some decent pad noises and then go through massive's interface to trace the signal path. It will give you a better visual understanding of what they did to create that sound and may even generate some ideas.
     
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    Will do man, cheers!
     
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    ^ Didn't think of that dude. Cheers!
     
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    fractal Well-Known Member

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    ye man, i mean nothing beats the control of synthesis, but theres no point trying to create an authentic creaking sound on a synth that people will barely notice when u can just lift one from a pack that sounds twice as good
     
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    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    Absynth is the fucking boss when it comes to pads!!!! Ofcourse it is capable of leads, basses, percussion, etc. but pads and soundscapes are where it really shines!
     
  13. subprime

    subprime Dysjoint

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    For 'dark' sounds try mangling audio samples. Extreme time stretching, pitch shifting, reversing, layering fx etc.
     
  14. d-low

    d-low I know you got soul

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    absynth is very good
     
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    This. For dark ambient shit, nothing works better.
     
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    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    Oooh forgot about this one! Works with just about anything too. Did it on a reversed half bar drum loop once and stretched it out over 4 bars, drenched it in reverb and it sounded like some abandoned warehouse shizzle.
     
  17. RevTech

    RevTech Butthole=output transduce

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    I find pulse modulating to be very effective in giving movement in a pad. Just a single sqaure wave with it's pulse width modulated and ring modulated can make crazy shit, if anyone wants a tutorial
     
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    Yeah experimenting with samples is awesome for making dark drones/pads. Try Paul Extreme sound stretch as well
     
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    Elzerk 00111100 00110011

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    Camelaudio's alchemy is for me like giving a child hit of lsd and a chemical lab
     
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    Wicked guys! Thanks a lot :) I like the idea of screwing up audio samples :p