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