Insight on Distorted Rides & Cymbals?

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    • #79120
      ,carapacednb
      Participant

      I’ve been wondering how to make the contemporary distorted cymbal sound since I heard it on Break & DLR’s “City Slickers.” Since then, I’ve noticed it in a lot of tracks. I’ve tried a few approaches, such as smashing a cymbal into a limiter, or throwing an overdriven LP filter with some LFO action over a ride channel, but I just can’t seem to get it. Any suggestions on achieving this sound? Examples linked here:

    • #79128
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      Inside Info did a thing on this on season 2, worth checking out for some tips..
      It’s about emulating the classic Kemal / Konflict sound – it involves sending low end bass and the rides to the same bus and applying saturation & processing to them together….

      02 INSIDEINFO | Remixing Hybrid Minds

      • #79245
        ,carapacednb
        Participant

        Thanks for the tip!

    • #79156
      ,Freeman
      Participant

      If you’re in Ableton you could use overdrive or erosion to get more grit, that Missin tune sounds like it might be white noise shaped to sound like a cymbal. You could also just use a tape emulation like Saturn in tape mode and drive your samples hard.

      But I prefer the white noise method since it already sounds distorted in conjunction with saturation/distortion. Just make sure you EQ the noise heavily, you can match EQ (Pro-Q if you have that or you can manually find the frequency points yourself) an existing cymbal sample you have to get the characteristics/timbre of that sound.

      The chain would be

      White Noise -> EQ/MatchEQ (to shape the noise into a “cymbal”)-> Saturation/Distortion -> EQ (to remove unwanted noise from distortion and more sculpting if needed) -> Compressor if needed. Whatever else you feel like doing

      Btw instead of modulating a filter you could use amplitude modulation at a fast rate it can create “crunch” instead. Also since noise is random you can duplicate it and do hard pans left/right to get more interest and a nice stereo field.

      • #79246
        ,carapacednb
        Participant

        Good ear. Listening now, it definitely sounds like white noise with some distortion. Maybe also some super fast tremelo or autopanning going on to get that bouncing/stutter sound?

        I’ll explore with your insight. Thanks!

    • #79412
      ,thisisberko
      Participant

      Ive learnt it from disprove overcompressed drums tutorial around 0:40

    • #80211
      ,eFly
      Participant

      If you have camelphat put it on cymbals Mix channel, then make it as a clean preset and turn on ring mod way up in distortion section. This way you’ll get this effect you want 🙂

      • #80331
        ,carapacednb
        Participant

        Big up. I’ll try this simple technique tomorrow!

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