Real ravers

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While mak­ing your own rave sounds in the box gives very con­vinc­ing re­sults, some­times the end prod­uct can sound a bit mod­ern. Luck­ily, though, there are a few ways to add that real­is­tic, ‘sam­pled’ feel to your rave de­sign. One is to layer noise un­der the sound to make it ap­pear as though you’ve sam­pled it from an ana­logue source – vinyl crackle, VHS video back­ground noise and tape hiss are all ex­cel­lent for this. If you want to bring a more sub­tle flavour to your fresh rave sounds, how­ever, try adding some sat­u­ra­tion us­ing ana­logue preamp or tape em­u­la­tion plug­ins.

An­other easy way to trans­port your sounds back in time is to re­duce their bit depth to 12-bit with no dither­ing. This’ll in­stantly add the kind of un­wanted quan­ti­sa­tion er­rors and noise that were com­mon­place when us­ing retro sam­plers such as the Akai S1000 or a suit­ably kit­ted-out Amiga, with­out the ex­ces­sive crunch­i­ness typ­i­cal of mod­ern bitcrush­ing plug­ins. And, of course, the eas­i­est way to give your sounds an old-school touch is to switch them to mono – just as the sam­pler me­mory- and chan­nel-con­scious pro­duc­ers of the day would have!

There are plenty of con­vinc­ing op­tions when it comes to adding retro noise and vibe

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