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spooky sounds for halloween

Post by smallsynth » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:48 pm

any programming tips for spooky, eerie, ghosty halloween sounds?

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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Jack Spider » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:54 pm

Square waves with a little vibrato, portamento and delay.
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Gianni » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:08 pm

LPFed Detuned Sine waves at with a moderate attack, vibrato and portamento and lots of feedback.

Also you could count spooky as some synthbass with some resonance, distorsion, flanger, phaser, delay and many cutoff and effects tricks. That sure scared the h**l out of my last dog. :lol:

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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Joey » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:20 pm

listen to 'shes in parties' by bauhaus, try to get your synths to sound like the guitars

tune one osc a fifth or seventh above the other

chorus

lots of vibrato

play black keys
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by tallowwaters » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:28 pm

Vibrato is an old standby.

Use a slow LFO tied to pitch on a choir sample.
Various samples of breath/mouth noises with reverb and delay.
Prophecy for whistling emulations.
Real time delay tweaking.

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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Synthaholic » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:09 pm

There's all sorts of stuff you can do.

For music, use organs and vibrato leads, as previously suggested. Minor and diminished chords make it spookier.

For sound effects, use your imagination. Think of something that sounds "spooky" to you, and program your synths to make that sound. The theremin "ghost" sound is a good place to start. Modulate a square, pulse or sine wave with an LFO, and have the pitch rise and fall slowly using an envelope or a second LFO. If you have a synth with self-oscillating filters, that is a great way to get the "ghost" sound.

Use the noise generator in your synth too. Run noise through a resonant filter to generate wind sounds. The more resonance, the more stormy it sounds.

Get creative. Use cross-modulation, ring-modulation, oscillator sync with odd tunings, have some fun.

Delays and reverb are your friend for Halloween. Use them to great effect. If you have a vocoder, program it with some ominous, spooky voice and then say spooky sayings into it.

Here's a sound FX piece I created last Halloween. At the time I only had a Microkorg and Motif XS, which is what I used. It is the sound of a UFO coming and beaming you up for an "examination", then beaming you back down and leaving. Alien Abduction edit All the sounds are synthesized, except for the crickets and animal sounds at the beginning.
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by RobotHeroes » Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:40 pm

+1 Storm sounds

We did this last year. My brother and brother in law were all into it. They had a fog machine, eerie lights and a wireless mic for that whispery voice. And the Spooky sounds from my synth.

I used noise and pulse with the scale at 2. It's the basic storm patch from the MS-20 manual. I tweaked it a little and had it going without having to push any keys. Lightning strikes and howly wind.

The kids looked kind of scared coming up the driveway. All I needed was a wolf howling sound and it would've been perfect. Maybe this year.
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by AstroDan » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:41 am

A very low saw with the cutoff slowly opening. Instant 1978 zombie soundtrack.
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Suburban Bather » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:29 am

Your random vocal noises+ a mic+ a bunch of FX pedals/rack gear/kaoss pads/whatever!

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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Box » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:51 am

Have you some wind and thunder going and set your synth to a "pipe organ" and play Toccata en Fugue in Dm. :wink:
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by ColorForm2113 » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:41 am

take old black sabbath albums record them on to a reel to reel slow the speed down and play it backwards run it through your synth and some fx pedals :twisted: nothing like ozzy moaning like barry white on an bad acid trip with some slow resonant filter sweeps and some ringmod and reverb going over it
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Hossinfeffa » Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:20 am

This thread is making me want to make some spooky track for Halloween. :D
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by Carey M » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:25 am

Vocoder, with mostly noise as carrier, and phrases like "SATAN! SATAN!" as modulator :D

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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by AstroDan » Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:41 pm

Don't plug in any synths - just put on 'The Shining' soundtrack.
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Re: spooky sounds for halloween

Post by cornutt » Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:05 pm

Box wrote:Have you some wind and thunder going and set your synth to a "pipe organ" and play Toccata en Fugue in Dm. :wink:
Did that a few years ago. Very effective! I also like big slow LFO-driven oscillator sweeps.

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