Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Granular effect: Sick fills, part of EDM Production Techniques: Extreme Sound Mangling.
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- Here I'll be showing how to take an entire track and run it through a Granular processor to make (fills) just by automating a couple of perimeters. So, let's listen to what we've got here. You'll notice that I have the output of my effect on the compressor down all the way here, on actually negative 36, but you won't hear it. I'm going to be turning that back up to zero, just to let you know. (fast upbeat music) All right, so pretty standard.
We haven't done anything to that yet. I just wanted to show you the original file. So, I've turned our effect back up, and let me explain to you how I have this set up. I've got the Granular processor loaded on an (Ogs bus) which is muted. So, you can see here. The reason I have it on return is so that we still get a 100 percent of the dry signal punch and can have the effect on top of it. So, let's unmute the effect and see what's happening. I've actually done that here by turning the compressor back up. So, listen to what happens when we get to four and eight.
(fast upbeat music) Okay, so that's a pretty cool effect kind of sounds like a drum fill, but it's not a drum fill. It's simply modulation within the Granular plugin. Now, if you saw the previous video in this chapter where I explained how this plugin worked, then you'll all ready be up to speed on what's going on here. If not, I'll just explain the two perimeters that I have automated.
So, let me open up Uhbik Granular. The first automated perimeter here is the grain size, which is here, which effects the duration of the grains. The second perimeter that's automated is scaling, which multiplies the rate of grain playback between zero to four octaves. So, let me move this up here and let me show you ... or down rather, and show you how we've got this automated. So, you all ready know what these do, but let me show you where the automation occurs. Firstly, let me show how it's been routed. So, you'll notice here, that I have an automation lane open, and this is the send, which is this perimeter.
It's how much is being sent to this return (bus). So, you can see that it's completely off all the way up till four, and then at four, we send it just for a measure. Then, it turns back off at five. Then, it turns on again at eight and from eight to nine. So, this effect is only being sent for one measure. So, watch what happens. All right here we go. (fast upbeat music) Now watch the knobs. (fast upbeat music) Obviously just a few little tweaks within the Granular plugin, but this is a very powerful plugin.
You get a lot out of it with just a slight tweak. There's obviously other perimeters that you can play around with to try it for yourself. So, get in there and tweak until your hearts content. Just remember, there are no rules.
Note: This course was recorded in Ableton Live, but the tutorials can be used with any digital audio workstation.
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