Monday, October 19, 2015

The Haunting



So... Last week, I released my latest single on Audiophile Deep - "A Night At The Opera" - which is a dark track that's ideal for Halloween sets. At the time of this writing, it's still climbing the Traxsource tech house chart, so I'm stoked for that :)

There's a full preview at the bottom of this post and you can pick it up at Traxsource here.

But that's not the sole purpose for this post. In addition to making tracks and designing presets, I've been working on a different approach to sound itself that I hope you'll dig.

The idea is simple: Recreate real-world soundscapes as accurately as possible using synthesis – in this case, Ableton's Operator softsynth – so that the result is a virtual environment that sounds real, but was created entirely in Live.

In keeping with all of this Halloween spookiness, my first work in this medium is called "The Haunting" and it's a two-minute composition inspired by the classic haunted house meme.

Below is a Soundcloud audio preview. I'm also including the entire Ableton project file so people with Live and Operator (or Suite) can check out each sound and explore how it was created. And yes, you can use it in commercial projects - as long as you please credit me and send a courtesy notification. I'm easy that way.

This is completely new territory for me as an artist, so I hope it inspires people to delve deeper into sound design. I definitely have more projects like these and I plan to give them away on this blog as a way to teach producers that there's more you can do with synths besides make them beep.

(And if you appreciate what I'm doing here and want to show some love, please buy "A Night At The Opera" on Traxsource.)

You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook too, for more music tech info :)

Download The Haunting [Requires Ableton Live 9.2 and Operator]


14 comments:

  1. nice work just using operator - limiting yourself can be loadsa fun... I did something similar a few years back using just a sample of my voice and kontakt

    https://soundcloud.com/meekspeaker/creepy-soundscape-created

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  2. Looking forward to your next endeavour Sir. :)

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  3. This is really cool! Lots of fun to see Operator really put to task. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. dude, thank you so much this is so generous, I never understand why there is so little operator stuff out there when it is the heart of synthesis

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  5. This is really clever. I was genuinely sceptical that the "Screaming Lady!!" and "Wolf" sounds was really just Operator! Is it OK if I upload this to Blend.io with attribution? (it's how I share Ableton stuff)

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    1. Absolutely. Go for it - and thanks! :)

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    2. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/1SdLVZM

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  6. Thanks, a useful start point for editing,

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  7. Well done man! Didn't know operator was capable of all that - thank you for providing this!

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  8. That's brilliant/genius I must say. Thank you.

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  9. This was perfect for a small project I've just completed; can I give you credit on Soundcloud?

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