Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic sampling, part of ABSYNTH: Synthesis and Sampling.
- So the synthesis method that we haven't covered so far is Sampling. We have a lot of different things that we can do with samples inside of ABSYNTH. Let's jump over to the Patch screen and select Sample out of our menu here. Now, one thing worth mentioning here is that ABSYNTH does actually come with a lot of samples. So I'm going to go ahead and click where we would normally choose our WAV form, right here, and if you have everything linked up correctly, you're going to find all of your samples in this Samples folder that it should jump to. Now, if you're not finding that, then go ahead to File, and then go to Options, and you'll be able to see all of your libraries here, so there's Samples Directories and then there are Template Libraries Directories.
Now, if this isn't working, then what I would recommend you do is actually open up ABSYNTH in standalone mode, and add your databases here and then hit Rebuild database and you will find that your presets will be accessed properly in the browser screen, and you will also find your Sample Directories jumped to when you go to select a sample. Now, there are quite a few different samples in here, some of it's really cool. I'm going to go ahead and grab, how about a Machine, and I'll just go out on a limb here, how about Robot Limb Moves? Let's listen to that, I'm going to play a few keys on the keyboard.
(electronic sound effects) Oh, that's pretty interesting sound. I want to get something a little more melodic. How about something a little more metallic? Cymbal, not so much. How about a Bell? A Mallet might be nice. (melodic mallet sound) All right, there we go. We can de-tune things if we want, turn it down a little bit. (mallet sound) What you're noticing is that this is just super basic digital sampling, where when we lower the pitch, the time gets stretched out.
Now, we can also change the Start time if we want. If we want to make this a little bit shorter. (faint melodic mallet sound) So we're only getting the tail there. (faint melodic mallet sound) Put this back to 0. Start at 0. Now, we can also switch it to Stereo mode by clicking on where it says Mono right here but you must have a Stereo file in order to do that, so it's not letting me do that quite yet. In the Mod section we can actually set up a Loop if we want, so we have Loop All, this is going to make it loop the entire sample if I hold down the key.
(mallet sound) It's a bit long, just wait for a second. (mallet sound) There we go. So, we can also go to Loop Edit, and that's going to give us a Loopstart and end point which is kind of cool. So, let's move this thing around. (loud rhythmic mallet sound) (distorted mallet sound) Pretty wild, huh? That's a gong sound.
Now, let's go ahead and let's actually grab a drum. I really like making stuff out of drum sounds like kicks and things like that, so let's see what we've got. Drums - Electronic, Kick, let's just go out on a limb here with Kick number 1, see what that sounds like. (low vibrating sound) Now, let me change my Loop point. (steady drum beating) There we go, I like that very much. Very simple drum sound. Now, we have our Loop points here, which are super handy because we can actually make this into sort of a consistent sound.
One thing I want to point out is that the root key for samples in ABSYNTH is C3, meaning that if you play C3, you're going to get the original pitch of the sample, and you can move it up and down in that way. Now, let me go ahead over here, we can Transpose if we want. Let's create a Loop, actually, and... (drum beating) I want to make this a more or less consistent sound. (motor-like sound) OK, so this is going to be kind of an effect that we're working with. So, unfortunately, we can't create an Envelope for the loop in there, but we can set it to be sort of a consistent tone.
(motor-like sound) And we can modulate the Transposition, which is kind of exciting, so let's create an Envelope for that, and why don't I use an AR Pulse here. (motor-like sound) Let's put it in Loop Mode, Sync it.
(motor-like sound) Now, I can do a little editing in Lock Mode. (motor-like sound) And let's use that with a Frequency Shifter. (high-pitched motor-like sound) Yeah, that's cool, but what about a Comb.
Let's pull in the frequency. (motor-like sound) Oh, that's pretty wild. So, basically, if you want to make something melodic using the Sampling Mode, you can. You just have to bring in something with a pitch that is sort of discernible.
- Routing and signal flow
- Destructive envelope editing techniques
- Beat syncing and envelope looping
- Basic sampling
- Master FX