Analysis of S1E11: Hybris – Ideas From Samples

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    • #39880

      Topics: Compression, iZotope Alloy 2, Multi-Band Compression, Samples, Sample Manipulation, Sample Packs

      For this demonstration, Hybris makes a sketch with samples from Sample Genie’s first season, pulling from the other artists’ samples. He usually does a bit of sound design to make his own sounds, for his own tracks. Also, the Hybris samples for Sample Genie were made specifically for season one.

      01:30 – folder tracks to stay organized and “sane”
      – For examples, basses go to Bass Folder, drums to Drum Folder, all other sounds go to SFX Folder
      – SFX can be broken down later, if needed

      02:30 – starting with drums
      – At 03:00 he talks about weighty vs. micro drums, and grungy/dirty breaks

      04:00 – touches on why he works at 172 BPM, not that it is the best tempo in his opinion, just that his work and a lot of music he plays by other producers is at that tempo

      06:00 – slicing a breakbeat in Cubase, and puts in little fades to prevent pops & clicks from the audio file not ending at a zero crossing
      – Splits the break in to three layers (kick, snare, percussion), for more control of the slices

      09:45 – touches on the importance of lining up transients from all of the drum hits. Prevents clashing attacks, finds clashing & clanging sounds “trashy”

      11:50 – using Alloy 2 to look at clashing kicks

      14:00 – utilizes multi-band compression instead of an EQ to adjust a kick
      – Main kick triggers a sidechain of the low end compression of a layered kick

      17:45 – thoughts on group tracks, and when he does it during the writing process
      – Waits to group drums, does it based on whether he feels the drums need it. Waits because he feels if you get in to habits and compulsively group things to process them, you might not be doing yourself a favor. Think about why you are using the tools.

      18:30 – working with bass samples

      20:30 – lettings sounds do their jobs, avoiding sonic clutter

      28:15 – moving on to the sound FX folder
      – Hybris uses a lot of key commands and shortcuts in Cubase, knows them well and this helps his workflow

      31:50 – using PaulStretch on atmospheric sounds

      34:30 – creating a bus to process atmosphere sounds together and tie them together with some stereo movement
      – PSP N2O with an LFO on a notch filter, followed by a delay, and then a hi-pass to control the output, utilizing the cutoff just before the drop

      38:15 – final thoughts:
      You want sounds to server their purpose, and not have too many sounds trying to serve the same purpose, explaining how the basses don’t overlap, and how the kicks utilized sidechain
      – Nothing too dirty, or too clean, but a balance between; example being clean one-hit drums, layered with a dirty break
      – Get atmospheric sounds moving together


      – Older video, but similar ideas on sketching and using samples as a starting point.

      – PaulStretch (v3) has been updated recently, and there is even a VST version now (PaulXStretch), but I haven’t messed with that at all.

      "Knowledge kept is knowledge lost." - Bobbito Garcia

    • #39918
      ,GENIE HQ

      Great work Harry, this is a really great tutorial from Evan, nice to see it getting mentioned again 🙂 big ups!

      • #39920

        Thanks! Working on my notes for the last S1 video now. This whole exercise has been good for me, it’s made me slow down and try to process the information shared in the tutorials, as well as thinking about applications and other approaches to what was shown.

        Regarding “other approaches”, the past year I’ve built up a lot of synth patches by trying to replicate patches shown, but doing them in other synths. So, say something was shown in Massive or Razor, I then try to create something in Serum. Don’t usually get a 1:1 replica, but often times I’m getting some results that sound cool to me.

        Still not quite where I want to be with my own music, but continuing to work at it, and hearing little improvements here & there.

        "Knowledge kept is knowledge lost." - Bobbito Garcia

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