Feedforward Sounds 02 // Convolution Processing

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  • The tools we use are as flexible as our imagination wants them to be.
     
    Convolution processors are used for a variety of applications these days, emulation of real acoustic spaces, sonic behavior of hardware devices and more. When used properly they can add an aura or realism to the initial sound source.
     
    But the concept of “reality” in sound is exactly what a sound designer intends to transform, so rather than using a convolution processor as a static tool to approximate reality I decided to use it in a different way, to perform with sound design as it would be possible to perform with a instrument.
  • Convolution Processing is a technique that allows the real-time creation of musically related ambiences, accents and transition elements from an instrumental or vocal part. In this video you’ll see/hear how this technique can enrich a simple percussive part and a synth part into a full sounding track.
     
    Video Workflow ▸ concept behind the technique ▸ recording and editing of custom impulse responses ▸ recording of initial instrumental part ▸ setup of the rhythmic-oriented processing ▸ detailed function of each individual plugin chain ▸ rhythmic part performance ▸ setup of the tonal-oriented processing ▸ detailed function of each individual plugin chain ▸ final performance ▸ final notes.
     
    You can purchase “FFS 02 // Convolution Processing” for $9.99 on Gumroad (credit card only) here, or with PayPal here.
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    In this track you can hear how I applied my Convolution Processing technique to a vocal part written and sung by Katie Chastain of Faux Fix fauxfix.bandcamp.com/album/my-antagonist
     
    A couple of notes about what you’ll hear in this processed version. First of all, it all starts with the dry vocal part, I didn’t use any additional synth, instrument or vocal line. The initial chord and the blurred bass sounds are the result of Convolution Processing, as well as all the other elements that you’ll hear. I started by creating some custom Impulse Responses, which I then loaded into several dedicated chains in Ableton Live and finally exported the individual elements to be mixed in Pro Tools.
     
    Stylistically, I wanted to maintain the natural beauty of Katie’s voice at the center, so the processing is elegant and subtle, you won’t hear extreme vocal transformations. For a better experience I recommend listening to this track with a full range system (or headphones).
  • Here I applied it to the sound of bees, to illustrate the use of this technique in the context of sound design for films/video games.
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    Here's what other musicians say about Convolution Processing:
     
    "I'm really enjoying Diego Stocco's sound design tutorials. There's no flab or boilerplate - he gets straight to work, making and mutating sounds. Whether you're a sound designer or a songwriter, you'll find plenty to inspire you." Guy Sigsworth (composer, producer and songwriter: Björk, Imogen Heap, Madonna)
     
    "Diego has been working at the forefront of music sound design for years. He is fearless in his approach in inventing new techniques and never heard before sounds. By watching his videos you will be inspired to create your own sounds. You will realize that he uses tools that are available to almost everybody. You just need to be brave enough to venture out beyond calling up presets." Kim Planert (film/tv composer: Missing, Castle, The Unit, Lie To Me)
     
    "In my opinion, one of the leaders in the field of organic audio experimentation and design. From building many of his own instruments, the constant creative use of microphones and now the helpful step by step process with these videos, Diego continues to impress me. At the core of it, most importantly for me, he shows the joy in it all. That's what will keep you going in your own personal dance with sound. Brendan Angelides / Eskmo (producer, remixer, live artist Ancestor, Ninja Tune, Warp)
  • You can purchase “FFS 02 // Convolution Processing” for $9.99 on Gumroad (credit card only) here, or with PayPal here.
     
    If you have more question feel free to contact me on Twitter @DiegoStocco or post a comment on YouTube
     
    Thanks!
    Diego