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7. Us­ing Sound­toys Fil­terFreak for sequential shap­ing

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1 A great fil­ter can turn a static sound into some­thing far more in­ter­est­ing. Case in point: Sound­toys Fil­terFreak, a pow­er­house of sequential shap­ing. Let’s take a look. Here, we’ve got a sim­ple two­chord pro­gres­sion made us­ing Korg’s M1 syn­the­siser. It’s not too ex­cit­ing, but it doesn’t need to be if we’ve got Fil­terFreak! 2 Let’s drag an in­stance of Fil­terFreak1 onto our track. It doesn’t make much of a dent at first. Let’s switch the num­ber of Poles to 4 for a more Moog-like lad­der fil­ter sound. Next, we’ll re­duce the Fre­quency knob po­si­tion to around 11 o’clock for a muted tone, then we’ll set the Mod knob to around 2 o’clock. 3 We can hear the re­sults im­me­di­ately. The mid­dle sec­tion is where ba­sic mod­u­la­tion du­ties are han­dled. Cur­rently, the mod­u­la­tion source is an En­ve­lope. Let’s use the drop­down menu to se­lect Rhythm in­stead. The Rhythm Shape is cur­rently set to Sine. Let’s choose Ram­pDown, in­stead. Dra­matic! 4 We’ll now change the Rhythm from 1/4 notes to 1/16 notes for a faster pulse. The click­ing is dis­tract­ing, so let’s re­duce both Fre­quency and Mod a lit­tle for a less ag­gres­sive ef­fect. That’s quite a bit nicer. Now click the Tweak but­ton to dig a lit­tle deeper… 5 Click­ing in the Rhythm Ed­i­tor al­lows us to mute steps and cre­ate some in­ter­est­ing rhythms on the grid. We can also change the re­sponse Mode. We’ll choose Ex­po­nen­tial. Let’s re­duce the Smooth­ing value a lit­tle. Our plain pad is now a lively rhyth­mic se­quence!

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