Sound Bending with ”I Wish”
Since we’ve covered the essential functions of the “I Wish“ plugin in the last tutorial, in this article, we will go deeper into its functions. As you have probably seen in the last tutorial, “I Wish“ is a unique type of audio processing unit with lots of original sound bending capabilities. Furthermore, it can be used on any audio material. For this tutorial, I will go through its main parameters briefly. However, if you like to dig deeper, be sure to check out the detailed information in the plugin`s manual.
The PITCH control changes the length of the loop according to the wavelength of the pressed note, thus changing the loop’s pitch.
The FORMANT control changes the playback speed of the audio within the loop, shifting the pitch of the overtones (but not the fundamental) up or down.
The LINK control creates a tape-like effect by linking the PITCH and FORMANT controls, as well as the modulation amount controls for the pitch and formant.
The X-FADE control smoothes the loops by applying a crossfade between the beginning and the end of the loop.
Drum Loop Processing
In the following example, I will repeat the same setup and routing path as in the last tutorial. However this time I will process a simple drum loop. Here is how it sounds without the “I Wish“.
~ Drum loop – unprocessed
First of all, create a MIDI sequence and trigger it with the “I Wish“ plugin. Now try automating the pitch and formant parameters. Built-in LFO controls these two. Let`s hear how it sounds.
~ Drum loop processed with I Wish
Here’s a short description of LFO section parameters:
The first two parameters are RETRIG & TEMPO.
When the RETRIG button is active, the LFO position will reset to the beginning of the waveform every time a MIDI note is received.
The green line represents the PITCH LFO and the red one FORMANT LFO.
The PITCH LFO control sets the amount of LFO modulation applied to the pitch, and the FORMANT LFO control sets the amount of LFO modulation applied to the Formant.
Additionally, there is a standard LFO SHAPE selector, and the LFO rate can be set by dragging the represented waveform left or right.
In this example, let us use “I Wish” on a short vocal sequence. Just like in the previous example, firstly create made a MIDI sequence. Then automate the LFO rate. Let us first hear how it sound unprocessed and then with “I Wish“ turned on.
~ Voice – unprocessed
~ Voice processed with I Wish
Download project here.