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Zardoz70 2013-03-14 19:28

how do you do the studdering Zomby/ sandstorm synth effect in reason?
I hear this effect allot in zombys track like in the lead that comes in at :18 in this song: where the note cuts in and out in a rhythmic fashion.

Can someone point me in the right direction as to how I can achieve this? Is it some sort of gating going on?

All help is very nice as always!

kungfujedi 2013-03-14 19:45

Sidechain compression will give you that effect. Sidechain is when you use the signal from one source to trigger a compressor that in turn will affect a second signal. In this case maybe he had some hi hat patterns or something programmed as his sidechain input and that gave teh synth that stuttering affect. Do a quick fourum search, should be plenty of info. Cheers.

releaux 2013-03-14 22:29

That effect is pretty trivial to create with the Alligator unit. It's just a patterned gate. The sidechain compression approach is also a way to do it, and may help understand exactly what's happening, but using the Matrix or Alligator is going to be easier.

The video on this page will make you say, "Ah HAH!" :-)

biolumin3sc3nt 2013-03-14 22:45

+1 on using the Alligator

EnochLight 2013-03-14 23:00

Definitely Alligator. That's not side chain compression.

Zardoz70 2013-03-15 05:31

Thanks everyone . Any tips for using the alligator in this way? Sorry I really know all the other devices I just find alligator so scary with all the symbols and stuff....

EnochLight 2013-03-15 12:29

Just create one after your pads and start playing while auditioning patches. - you're bound to find something you like. I'd recommend watching the many Alligator tutorials as well.

razingspiral 2013-03-15 13:27

I don't often use alligator patches, most of the time I use the basic pattern and play with the attack and release controls. With these you can go from staccato gating to a rhythmic pulsing. You can use the shift rotary to adjust the timing of the pattern to fit.

I also like using an alligator in parallel. Get a spider audio splitter and split the dry synth into a line mixer or mix track, take one of the splits and route it though and alligator into the mixer or another mix channel. Then you can play with the levels fading the rhythmic effect over the top of the 'dry' effect.

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