Analysis of S6E01: Hybris – "Iceworm" (Metalheadz) Walk-Through

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      First analysis for Season 6 of Sample Genie.

      01:20 – Hybris states he does a lot of resampling over the course of writing a track, says can “reset your brain” in regards to your work

      02:20 – Tracks are split in to three main folders, atmos & FX, bass, and drums

      03:00 – Looking at the intro
      – Hybris mentions Araucann, a 32-bit soft synth VST (€30), Windows only, and more info can be found here:

      03:50 – Looking at PSP N2O multi-effect VST, inserted on the pad track (araucann 01 (R))
      – N2O is semi-modular, Hybris tends to use LFOs as the modulator, and the LFOs can be offset between the left & right channels of the sound
      – One LFO controlling frequency cutoff of a bandpass filter, another LFO controlling cutoff of a notch

      06:40 – Signal routings in N2O

      07:00 – N2O as a single source for filter movement of a sound

      07:30 – Reverb is the next effect inserted on the track chain

      08:40 – Virtual mix rack with a compressor (FET style)
      – Slate Digital, says he usually uses some iteration of this mix rack on every track
      – Thinks it has a nice, warm sound to it

      09:25 – EQ

      10:00 – Looking at the fog horn sample
      – Similar chain as the pad, but different modulations
      – N2O panner making sound go from stereo to mono

      11:30 – Usually has reverbs on sends, except when he wants a sound 100% wet

      12:30 – Which types of EQs to use when you need precise EQ versus broader EQ

      13:40 – Looking at Araucann synth a bit more
      – Fog horn sample made via design session, just randomizing parameters

      18:00 – Reverse sound FX
      – D16 Repeater delay, some reverb

      19:20 – Describes his sound design sessions

      19:55 – Serum FX and using a MIDI track to trigger the LFO movement on the filter module

      21:50 – Advice on letting go of work on ideas
      – “Don’t get too personally attached.”

      22:50 – Zoom 003 file, a drone-ish foley sound with EQ automation

      24:50 – Describes how the most interesting sounds for his work come from unexpected foley sources

      – Looking at the bass folder

      25:20 – HYB_C1_SynthBass7 audio file is the bass hook of the tune
      – Originally made in Serum
      – One instance of it as start of the tune, in the intro

      26:20 – Uses FabFilter Pro-MB to act as a sidechain

      26:45 – Wubwub bass happens when the hook does not, and Pro-MB is triggered on the hook by Wubwub, effectively ducking the lowend of the hook’s decay

      27:30 – LFOTool on Wubwub triggered by a MIDI track, creates a rhythmic effect on the Wubwub bass

      29:10 – Wubwub also has Pro-MB, triggered by the kick

      31:45 – Looking at the mix rack on Wubwub, using boosts & cuts

      33:15 – Feels that in general, sub basses need some overtones and highs

      34:00 – Bass drop audio pitched up to make bass fills for the end of 16-bar sections

      34:50 – 2nd drop’s Wubwub is different, the LFOTool’s MIDI trigger notes are slightly different timing, to create a different groove & feel
      – Shifted over 1/8th a note

      36:30 – Used Serum FX on bass drop, the same as LFOTool would be used

      – Looking at the drums folder

      38:00 – Drumatick VST drum synth
      – Tends to use this or Serum to make drums
      – Applies the same principle as the bass folder, using LFOTool on drums

      40:00 – Filtering on the hats, using LFOTool to make the hats move

      41:00 – Breaks layered with synthesized drums

      42:00 – Break layer 1 is actually more of a noise effect layered on top of the kick & snare, to make those drums “breathe”. This gives more life & interest to the drums.

      44:50 – Talking about using EMU sampler for resampling, processing classic breaks to create newer versions

      46:20 – Break layer 4 (Paris break) with LFOTool retriggering, a Slate Digital virtual rack, and Pro-MB ducking the kicks around 400 Hz

      49:00 – Break layer 2
      – Hybris says he does not use sample packs, so this came from his own collection of sounds
      – Used for a lot of drum fills

      52:15 – Break layer 3 (Amen break)
      – Processed and made mono in the EMU
      – A lot of one-off hits, some reversed, and then fills done intermittintly

      55:00 – Advice on not worrying about specific frequencies, and not being afraid to try push & pull of boosts & cuts
      – “Don’t get bogged down with decisions.”

      59:40 – Snare boosted hi’s, but then some low pass applied

      1:02:00 – Kick from a break he made, no processing

      01:04:00 – Looking at little percussion hits

      01:05:30 – The intro beat reuses the main drums, but with N2O applied to them

      – Originally watched this a week ago, so typing up the notes today made me realize I need to re-watch a few sections

      "Knowledge kept is knowledge lost." - Bobbito Garcia

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