Sampling With Native Instruments Absynth (Sampling, Granular Synthesis & Beat Manipulation)
straightforward sampling to granular re-synthesis and even beat manipulation are possible in Absynth
Everything from simple, straightforward sampling to granular re-synthesis and even beat manipulation are possible in Absynth. You have already wide variety of different samples available in Absynth’s library to try them out.
Absynth has two different oscillators sampling modes available.
First is simple sampler mode and the second one is granular sampling mode. In granular mode Absynth chops your audio sample in little grains which you can rearrange in many different ways. You can assign randomization values of certain parameter for each grain which can lead to some very unique results.
Another great feature of oscillators in sample mode is to assign the sample start position of a sound sample to an envelope.
Now you can manipulate the start point of the sample for each of the breakpoints in your envelope. Also each break-point now re-triggers the sample at a desired sample start position. This gives you very accurate way of controlling the sample playback and rearranging the sample playback which is great for beat manipulation or glitch effects among others.
With Asynth’s great envelopes you can turn lifeless one shot sound sample to an evolving soundscape in a matter of minutes.
Also Absynth offers some very unique master audio effects which you can use to manipulate the samples. Aetherizer effect for instance can turn any sound source into granular madness while the pipe effect can give tone variations and life to a simple few seconds long guitar sample. In combination with modulation capabilities of Absynth the possibilities are endless.
The real strength of sampling in Absynth is in my opinion in combination of Absynth’s synthesis capabilities and sampling. We will explore the sampling techniques in Absynth in future tutorials but for now here is this video from Conservatorium of Audio to get you started with the basics.