How to make Non-Tonal Sounds into Tonal Instruments using a Sampler

How to make Non-Tonal Sounds into Tonal Instruments using a Sampler


How to make non-tonal sounds sound tonal with
a Sampler! So, the theory here is that you can take most sounds that don’t have a tone
to it and you can add a tone using Filter with a lot of Key! Which… key is just this
thing that makes it so that the filter’s frequency follows what note you play on the MIDI. So,
it’ll make it that you can play… you can turn pretty much any sound into an instrument
that has tone instead of just being a bunch of noise, so… let’s give it a shot. Here
is a sound that, on its own… doesn’t have much tone to it. So we’re gonna take a High
Pass / Low Cut filter and we’re gonna add a bunch of resonance and we’re gonna sweep
the frequency until we find a nice sound we like. And as you can see, we’re finding some
nice tones here. And there’s not really a right answer here, you can pick whichever
one you like best. And yeah the key here is to have the Key at 100 (max) because if it’s
at zero, it’s just gonna play the same note no matter what note you play on the keyboard.
Although you do get some interesting harmonics happening when you play different notes on
the keyboard, and that’s because the filter is changing the frequencies…. oh my goodness…
But, when the Key is up it makes it so that the… Filter and
the Resonance boost follows what note you play, and you can see that in the Spectrum
here. This resonance boost is moving around depending on what note you play on the piano.
So that’s really cool, let’s try it with a different sound, ‘cuz why not! How about this
one…. So that doesn’t have a lot of… that doesn’t have much tone to it, it has a little
bit, let’s see if we can add more. See, there we go. That’s a lot more. Let’s see with one
more sound, just for fun. Even a snare would probably work. Cool! So there you go, as you
can see, adding a huge Resonance boost to a filter that has Key in a sampler will make
it so you can turn pretty much any non-tonal sound into a tonal sound that you can play
on your MIDI keyboard and make melodies out of and chords and whatnot and it’s fun to
do! One of my favourite tricks. You can obviously do this in other DAWs as well, I just love
Ableton, and yeah. Try it in your sampler in your DAW and see what you can come up with!

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