Re­sam­pled horns

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33:05Rob­bie has an un­usual ap­proach to pro­cess­ing brass stabs. “The horns add a lot to the drop. I’ve started us­ing these mas­sive trap horn sam­ples that I’ve found, that help add en­ergy when the track kicks in. It’s noth­ing too crazy: just four sam­ples lay­ered,” he ex­plains. “In a lot of sam­ple packs, the horns will sound a bit ‘tinny’, and kind of gross. What I do in Live is pitch sam­ples like this up and down – say, up two semi­tones – then add a bit of re­verb. I’ll then ren­der this to au­dio, pitch it back down, and add dis­tor­tion – es­pe­cially on vin­tage-style horns like this – to get it sound­ing weird and dif­fer­ent. It helps the horns fit in the mix, and re­moves some of that tinny high-end, which helps it sound a lot less syn­thetic com­pared to be­fore.”

“The mod wheel changes the length of the loop, and that’s what cre­ates the slow­ing-down ef­fect”

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