Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

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Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by Mati » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:05 pm

Dear Everybody,

I came across this fantastic song and started to wonder how they made the clickin' in the intro. My guess would be a drum machine playing some constant drum, where they fiddle with the tempo, but I'm a bit new to synths so I would like to hear your take :D

And also, is there any way that I would be able to make this sound with either a computer, Blofeld og Voyager?

Thanks! :D

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Re: Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by rharris07 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:07 pm

didn't they use machinedrums for that album?

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Re: Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by Zamise » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:40 pm

Sounds like a sample of that drippy sound with an attack loop or repeating loop on it and pitch tweaked. Pitching down slows the sample down as well as the loop, and pitching up speeds up the sample loop. Makes short percussive sounds more interesting rather than using a one-hit , single-loop sample.

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I'm not going to say impossible to do with the synths you mentioned, but it'll probably be easier to do on a sampler that has attack loop and repeat capabilities which is common on most of them. However, it might help to have a synth or midi controller midied up to the sampler to manually control the pitch tweaks, if the sampler don't have, via a physical knob or pitch wheel. Preferably a knob or wheel that has a center notch or spring. There are software samplers that can do it (what can't they do?), so a computer isn't out of the question.
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Re: Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by ThinkTanx » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:16 am

rharris07 wrote:didn't they use machinedrums for that album?
Yes. That album has Machinedrum and Monomachine all over it.

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Re: Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by tallowwaters » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:33 pm

Agreed, I bet they have helped sell quite a Elektron products.
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Re: Like A Pen, Drum Machine?

Post by electro funker » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:10 pm

I think that many of the knife´s sounds can be reproduced really, really easy, with allmost no effort and no expensive machines. I know I´m mainly a software guy after all, but the click sound is just a synth with fast attack, allmost no decay, no susutain and no release. The buffer thing (pitching down/up stuff) can be done with some granulating effects like destroy fx´s bufferoverride. It´s not because I don´t like the knife, thier sound is spot on, but it isn´t that difficult. Be creative, analyse the sound. How is the envelope? What does make this sound special? Be creative, that is what music is about :-)

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