11. Try­ing out Sam­pler’s new fea­tures

Computer Music - - Make Music Now / Bitwig Studio 2 8-Track -

1 Re­cently, Bitwig have tur­bocharged their al­ready pow­er­ful Sam­pler de­vice, adding wavetable and gran­u­lar syn­the­sis. In fact, it’s hard to think of it as a sam­pler at all – it’s more like a sam­pledriven su­per-synth! Let’s drag an in­stance into our project.

2 For now, let’s just treat it as an old­fash­ioned sam­pler. Drag a sam­ple into it. We’ll be us­ing the Dig­i­talVox_C3.aif sam­ple we’ve pro­vided in Tutorial Files. We drag that onto the big empty area above Sam­pler’s con­trols. Play MIDI notes to trig­ger the sam­ple.

3 Play­back is abrupt – not ap­pro­pri­ate for the vo­cal pad we want. Go to the AHDSR en­ve­lope in the lower-right and in­crease At­tack to 125ms and Decay to 285ms. We’ll leave Sus­tain at full and set Re­lease to around 1 sec­ond. Our sam­ple’s more re­laxed dy­nam­ics suit the floaty pad ef­fect we’re go­ing for.

4 If we hold our notes long enough, the sam­ple plays to the end and then stops dead, de­spite the fact that our am­pli­tude sus­tain level is at max. To rem­edy this, head to Sam­pler’s Loop sec­tion and tog­gle the sin­gle-di­rec­tion loop­ing but­ton (the dou­ble ar­row).

5 Look to the lower-left of Sam­pler’s GUI and you’ll see three ver­ti­cal but­tons. Click the top one (a square) to ex­pand Sam­pler’s dis­play to full screen. Our looped area is high­lighted green. Set the loop’s start and end points by drag­ging the han­dles in the bot­tom of the looped area. Aim for a fairly seam­less loop.

6 There’s a square han­dle in the mid­dle of the loop end marker. Drag­ging that to the left will cross­fade our loop points for a smoother loop. Once we have some­thing suitable, we can move over to the Fil­ter, found in the bot­tom-cen­tre of Sam­pler’s dis­play. Ac­ti­vate the third but­ton from the left, which is the Low­pass 4-pole fil­ter mode.

7 Re­duce the fil­ter Fre­quency to around 400Hz, then leave the Res­o­nance knob at 50%. Our sound is a lot more muf­fled, so let’s mod­u­late this fil­ter. We need to click the Show Mo­du­la­tors but­ton in the lower-left. Now we can click on a + to add an ADSR en­ve­lope gen­er­a­tor.

8 Click the ar­row be­neath the en­ve­lope graphic to as­sign it, then click and drag on the fil­ter’s Fre­quency knob un­til the mod amount is around +40. Click the en­ve­lope graphic to open its editor, where we’ll crank both At­tack, Decay, and Re­lease to nearly full. Our fil­ter now slowly opens, then set­tles to a muted, steady po­si­tion.

9 Let’s finish our patch by thick­en­ing it up with some cho­rus­ing. Add Bitwig Stu­dio 2 8-Track’s built-in Cho­rus de­vice by click­ing the FX bin in the Sam­pler’s up­per-right cor­ner. Click the blue + and then go to the Bitwig cat­e­gory and lo­cate the Cho­rus de­vice. We click OK and tweak pa­ram­e­ters to taste.

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