(Looking for Advice)
Hi, what is some helpful advice for creating Clean and Professional patches?
- Advice on identifying and removing unnecessary noise & frequencies.
- Advice on creating patches with a clean distinct tone that contrasts and mixes well with other sounds & frequencies within your song.
- Advice on when to use Phase and best way to take advantage of it.
- Advice on using effects effectively (pun intended), cleanly, and satisfyingly.
- What practices should I strive for and which ones should I avoid?
- Any advice on making Patches sound Clean, Satisfying, Distinct, and Professional.
Thank you for all the help & replies in advance!
1: Reduce Pops & Crackles:
- Increase the main Envelope Attack & Release slightly if you hear initial unwanted pops to remove them.
2: Use Movement:
- Keep your sound in movement to enhance the dynamics and contrast but keep it under control while finding ways to make it impactful and satisfying.
3: Oscillators & Waveforms First / Effects Second:
- Focus on the sound you want to create from scratch by using the Oscillators & Waveforms first. After you perfect the sound and remove unwanted frequencies / noise, go for the effects. Rely on creating the perfect sound you want using the Oscillators / Waveforms first, then use effects sparingly. Use effects to enhance your sound, and only occasionally use effects to define your sound when you need to.
4: Write Patches over Midi Tracks:
- Write patches over patch specific Midi Tracks. If you’re writing a Bell Patch, use a Bell like Midi track. This helps test your Patch sound over different notes, velocities, and periods of time.
5: Create Patches in certain Frequency ranges to help stand out in an overall mix
- It may be tempting to create patches covering the entire frequency range, but it is really helpful to lower the usage of high frequencies starting around 2k-5k Hz and cut off frequencies lower than around 60-100 Hz to provide space for other instruments / sounds in the mix (Unless your sound is defined or revolves around those frequencies)
Filtering frequencies helps reduce interference and clashing with other instruments using the same frequencies in your mix, and it will help the listener make out each sound clearly & distinctly. Listeners find it satisfactory when they can clearly make distinctions between different sounds within in a mix.
6: Analyze Frequencies
- Take note of how each waveform (Sine, Triangle, Saw, Square) takes up space on a frequency span analyzer. Sine waves take up one harmonic while Saw waves take up many harmonics that reach way up into the high frequencies. It is good to look at which frequencies your Synth Patches are taking up / affecting and learning to adjust them so they cleanly fit into your mix. It is also very helpful to analyze frequencies and techniques inside many Synths from their factory presets that were professionally crafted and made.
7: GO CHAOTIC
- Sometimes you find the perfect patch / sound by going Nuclear and just hitting the randomization button. You never know, your next click might be a hidden gem that you would have never found any otherwise.
8: Trust your ear and the compass inside your heart that guides you.
- Do it