When I’m listening to music these days I often think about how the sounds in it are produced, especially electronic sounds, but one had me totally baffled — the cold distorted chime-kinda-thing at the start of Covenant’s Winter Comes. I’ve been trying to reproduce it for a while now, but I think I cracked it tonight. Because it’s almost a clang-like sound I was thought it would be a job for FM or the ring modulator, but as it turns out, it’s carefully filtered noise. Noise has no real pitch, but by cranking the filter resonance to self-oscillation and then having the filter track the keyboard, you can use sculpt noise in to distorted, but pitched, sounds.
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