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Prerequisites You will need a synthesizer that has a fairly robust modulation system. Ideally it should have a noise oscillator and a multiple waveform regular oscillator with good sounding primitive waves.
Reasons to synthesize your drums rather than use samples. Pitch perfect Kick drums for less clutter in the sub bass frequency range. Drums become melodic instruments.
More control over fundamental drum texture. Easier to control dynamics.
Kick Drum Most Kick drums in dance music are made this way, the rapid decrease in pitch creates a click and the tail of the drum is the perceived pitch. This method allows you to create tuned kick drums, as the perceived pitch of the drum settles on the midi key pressed.
Set the synthesizer to Mono. Start with a single sine wave. Route a Modulation Envelope to the oscillator pitch so that when a note is played, the said oscillator decreases in pitch. On the modulation envelope, set the Attack, Sustain and Release to 0. The Decay now control controls how fast the pitch decreases.
On the Amp Envelope, set the Attack to either 0 or just above it. Set the Sustain to 0, and the Release to about 3 seconds.
The Decay now controls the length of the drum. Snare Drum This method makes an sounding snare with a no noise at the start of the drum.
This is great for compressing and makes a nice pop sound. Set the first oscillator to a sine wave, pitch it up by two octaves. Set the second oscillator to noise and high pass it at Hz. Set the Decay to around 50 milliseconds.Synthesising sounds with web audio!
Kick. Synthesising the snare drum. Moving forward, it’s time to synthesise our snare sound! It should be easier now to follow since the concept is pretty similar. I found this article about snare drum synthesis from Soundonsound very informative.
Most Kick drums in dance music are made this way, the rapid decrease in pitch creates a click and the tail of the drum is the perceived pitch. This method allows you to create tuned kick drums, as the perceived pitch of the drum settles on the midi key pressed.
The fact that all of this power is dedicated to synthesising only kick drums should give you an idea of just how much control you have over the sound of your kick.
The heart of the device are its 2 Oscillators and Noise section.
Kick Drum Synthesis Tutorial. January 8, Make a perfect kick drum. There is no denying that kick drums are extremely important components in today’s electronic dance music.
I am sure that many of you probably own different sample banks with various kick drum sounds. However, my goal is to help you understand how to make something of. Synthesising Drum Sounds with the Web Audio API. The Web Audio API. For two-skinned drums, such as the kick drum, they’ve noticed that the sound starts at a higher frequency — the ‘attack’ phase when the striker hits the skin — and then rapidly falls away to a lower frequency.
While this is happening, the volume of the sound also. How much do you care about your kick drums? Do you spend hours poring through samples or meticulously synthesising every drum hit? Or do you just have a bank of go to ‘favourite’ samples that you can quickly load up without worrying too much about finding ‘that perfect kick’?
Whichever camp you fall.