Synthesizing a Kick Drum in Absynth 5
Just about every song needs a good kick drum, and Absynth makes it easy to make a simple bass drum of any style imaginable. This tutorial shows you how to get started.
Percussive Sound Design!
Absynth has all the tools you could ever ask for when it comes to designing sounds, including your drums!
There are a lot of ways to create drums with a synth, and there are no doubt countless ways to manipulate these sounds once you get the basics out of the way. This video shows how to create a simple kick drum that can easily be transformed into something that will fit a wide range of music genres and styles. Nothing beyond the basics are shown and I would highly encourage you to experiment with various waveforms, filters, waveshapers, effects, etc available to you in Absynth to make this sound something truly unique.
This one starts out with a sine wave loaded into the first oscillator module. The main envelope for the oscillator is adjusted to shorten the delivery and create a more percussive character. A new envelope is then assigned to change the tone of the sound. A second module is added, this one loaded with a Noise1 waveform. As with the first oscillator, the main envelope for the second module is programmed for a short percussive delivery.
At this point a waveshaper is added to the master strip to help change the overall sound being routed from the oscillator modules to the master output. A third module is now added, this one is loaded with a sine wave. And as with the first module, this third one has the main envelope programmed for a quick percussion sound before a new envelope is assigned to the pitch parameter to lower the pitch of this oscillator. As a finishing touch, the second oscillator module is transposed down about 29 semi-tones giving it a lower tone.
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