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> "deep Space" Ir Library, Focused On Harmonies % Scales, targeting all common scales and types of scales
Krakatau
post Wed 14 Oct 2009, 21:20
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Hello everyone

I managed here to introduce to you my first official creation as sound designer :

About the library:

By listening to some downloadable examples of exotic impulses response libraries from different developers I thought that, noticing that they actually are joined together mainly by literary or purely subjective criteria, it should be possible (and by the way, much more appropriate for composers) to create impulse responses that would be, unlike the ones that for now are offered by the market in this particular area ( no disrespect for their creators, they are often very highly interesting stuff!) more precisely related to harmonies and diatonic scales

Already being experienced in how to reproduce as closely as possible the behaviour of sympathetic resonances created by comb filters with IRs created from scratch, the way was marked out to extrapolate what was basically focused on a particular tone, to a particular scale

Let's say that I'm also a big fan of these moods induced by Indian music drones. (you can get some beautiful drone effects with a guitar by using comb filter, I hope you'll forgive me to recommend you for the PC user the dronebox created by Oli Larkin, I sincerely trust that it still is an underestimated and very creative effect, and Oli's one is one of the most elaborate) Consequently, these impulses are dead easy to recreate immediately a similar mood, especially on a solo instrument : Just pick one of them on a desired scale anywhere out of the scale-related folder, load it in a convolution reverb (like SIR) inserted on your track and just begin to play, On the 100% wet side of your balance, it'll give you some deep, sustained, drones and pads bounded to the choosen scale,( the latency induced by SIR shouldnt be to annoying for that purpose)...and now increase the dry signal to hear how it mix with the convoluted one and choose the right balance for your performance.

But my biggest pride here is that these exotic impulses seems to be the first and the ony ones, as far as I know, that can be successfully and usefully placed inside a send/return loop, mixed with combined dry signals, as (or instead of) a reverb unit.

Of course, you need to be aware of the composition's structure of the songs you're mixing. By experience, I can say it depends on how intensively a type of IR (they are 19 "scale-related" types of them) is bounded to it scale, many of them allow you to play many alterations and as far as I experienced,a single impulse can do a good job for an entire composition in many cases.

This considering that most of the modern popular songs are directly inspired by traditionnal music, at least altered only by modal transpositions. Also many world musics in where the adaptation of traditional scales to chromatic steps are at least limited to a vey few similar scales that stays on agreeing modal transpositions.

A good criteria in my opinion would be the maintenance of a resonance that stays agreeing to ONE of the most important steps (1st, 5th, 4th) whatever are the scales varying throughout of your compostion,whatever you do, it will rehearse and keep an overall, pleasant consonance to it.

globally i have to admit that my skill as composer is limited, so i might have a real and major interest in your feedback related to that specific aspect


Some more tips, including a bunch of musical and didactic examples that you can find into the tutorial I've made for these IRs, tutorial that you can download here :

www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/-Tutorial-.rtf

The related page on Dbu site here, (scroll down a bit) :

www.dangerousbear.com/dbsig.html

And finally, as demo, here a few downsampled examples of them, focused on G major scale (choose your favorite format )

www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/misc/G.exe
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/misc/G.sit
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/misc/G.sea


let us now listen here to a bunch of examples of all types :

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1)- some DRY/WET/MIX samples on a didactic purpose

on e-pianoe :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/01.mp3

on pipe organ :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/05.mp3

a steel band :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/06.mp3

a basson :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/10.mp3

a marimba :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/15.mp3

an heavy meta type of guitarl :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DWM/19.mp3

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2)- here on solo sound sources and instruments :



a bird (slightly melodynized)
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/bird1.mp3

a choir ensemble :
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/Choir.mp3

a klavinett
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/Clavinet.mp3

an e-piano
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/Evp88+DSharpMaj10.mp3

a grad piano
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/Steinwa ... elMin7.mp3

tubular bells
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/tubular+GMaj11.mp3

JUST NOTICE :

-thev last example is the only one that contradict the focused scale as a kind of "harmonic countervoice"...such an effect can be handy to createc scary cinematic ambiances, for instance

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3)- Finally, the most important to my eyes, as (or instead of) a reverb inside a send/return loop of a mixing table


Some ambient composition without rythmic sections


in C Major
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/brassoloinstr+CMaj4.mp3

D harmonic minor
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/DHarmoM ... re+smp.mp3

Lydian mode of C major
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/CMajLydian+multIRs.mp3

Myxolydian mode of C ajor
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/NewAgeO ... lydian.mp3



Some others with, rythmic sections or similar :



F ajor
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/SlowTem ... iFMaj7.mp3

D "double harmonic" (Two harmonic tetrachord based in D)
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/ultrabeat+multIRs.mp3

D harmonic minor
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/polyryt ... cMin14.mp3

Ionian mode of C Major
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/IR/groove.mp3


Finally three arrangements for other musicians :


www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/Kong/gnama.mp3
www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/Kong/maberre.mp3

A singer from Burkina Faso

www.anak-krakatoa.net/~downl/misc/green_lightC.mp3

A much more famous american singer from who a song as been given away for a remix contest, last year in Switzerland
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Again, the related page on Dbu site (...i like spamming hehe !!):

www.dangerousbear.com/dbsig.html

Alexandre Borcic (Krakatau)
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Krakatau
post Thu 15 Oct 2009, 16:21
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For your information

I'm on the way to have the equipment that shall allow me to continue my sound design work in surround mode

Nothing too expensive (Logitech X540 / Terratec DMX6FireUSB, for 5.1 diffusion)

...but enough for the creation of a similar library focused on 5.1 surround diffusion

I'm also investigating all effects that support 5.1, for sound design purpose
And the ones included my Logic Pro 9 seems to be an excellent base to begin the work when ai'll recieve the last hardware equipments

To be continued, then...

Alex

For your information

I'm on the way to have the equipment that shall allow me to continue my sound design work in surround mode

Nothing too expensive (Logitech X540 / Terratec DMX6FireUSB, for 5.1 diffusion)

...but enough for the creation of a similar library focused on 5.1 surround diffusion

I'm also investigating all effects that support 5.1, for sound design purpose
And the ones included my Logic Pro 9 seems to be an excellent base to begin the work when ai'll recieve the last hardware equipments

To be continued, then...

Alex
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