MORE RAVE SOUND-DESIGN TIPS
IN THE LOOP Using your sampler’s looping features, you can take even the shortest, most obvious rave snippet and turn it into a neverending sustained tone ripe for modulation and effects – also a great technique for synth bass. OUT OF CONTEXT
Why not try making a signature sound from this feature using a totally different synthesis technique? For example, instead of making a hoover using ReDominator, you could use a wavetable synth such as NI Massive for a very different result.
TURN THE ’TABLE
Carrying on the theme, you could always load any classic rave stab into Xfer Records’ Serum as a new wavetable oscillator. From there, you can create an entirely fresh patch that still has a little of that classic rave flavour.
SAMPLE YOUR SAMPLE
Capture that classic rave aesthetic by recording your synthesised rave sounds back into a sampler instrument, with any noise and/or distortion baked directly into the sampled audio. By triggering this file up and down the keyboard, the resulting sample truncation and repitching will give you a rougher, more primitive sound akin to that of early rave.