I used the heck out of Absynth in my new album. There are some hidden gems in it’s deep feature set. Here is one of may inspiring videos by www.absynthtutorials.com on a feature you might have missed – sample jump mode.
Did you know about the sample jump function? It is a great way to slice samples in Absynth!
Sample Jump is a type of envelope you choose in Absynth after you have loaded a sample in the oscillator module.
It allows you to select different parts of the sample in each segment of the envelope, this way you can create a sample that jump from one section to the other, really interesting for all kinds of loops.
In this example I loaded a Kanye West vocal loop to slice up all the words and phrases, depending on how much time I want to spend with this I can completely change the order of every word and syllable.
They key here is randomness, because doing random stuff inside synthesizers always gives the best results, especially when you know a little bit about what you are doing.
For this lesson I tried to keep everything fairly simple, but you can completely go crazy and use 3 oscillators with 3 different loops and alter between different parts of the samples.
After that you can use filters with new envelopes to create more rhythm or simple use the filters as a mixing tool.
The sky is the limit here, you can even load a whole song in the sample oscillator!
A good thing to do beforehand is checking the BPM of the loop, this can save you a lot of time later on.
If it's not the same tempo as your project you can either change the tempo of the loopby time stretching it, or you can change your project tempo.
Your in for a treat, have fun with this!
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