Nobody can deny that audio processing of drum loops and individual drum sounds requires countless hours of work. Paying attention to details, cutting, moving and processing it in various ways is something that all producers came across many times. What’s more, the same approaches and techniques in processing certain drum sounds or loops can become very monotonous. Having that in mind, I would like to demonstrate something more creative that could inspire you to move in a different direction and to create something exciting and new. By reading this blog, you will learn how to convert Rhythm into a Melody!
Add melodic character to your drum loop.
One of these aforementioned creative techniques would be to add melodic character to your drum loop. In this case, morphing it with the harmonizer effect would be the way to go.
There is a variety of harmonizer effect plugins on the market these days, but I find one of them particularly useful. The Resochord which you can find within Guitar Rig 5 by Native Instruments is a simple yet effective tool with a wide range of parameters needed for this task.
Firstly, I will choose a random drum loop from my sample library and just place it on the new audio track. So, the unprocessed drum loop sounds like this:
~ Drum Loop Unprocessed
Guitar Rig 5 Resochord
Once I have the Rhythm, the next step would be to place the Guitar Rig 5 plugin on the rack of the newly created audio channel in SoundBridge and to choose Resochord among various components. Let me briefly explain the parameters within Resochord that we will use for this tutorial:
-The MIX controls the amount of the affected signal.
-The MODE section has three controls and one switch.
-The switch toggles between CHORD and STRING. In CHORD mode, you can use three controls:
-CHORD determines the chord overlay of the processed signal.
-STYLE sets the chord type from major, minor, alt, meta and frank.
-KEY allows you to transpose the Resochord in semitones. However, in STRING mode, only SPREAD and KEY controls are used.
-SPREAD sets the range of frequency affected.
-In CHORD mode, the six combs are tuned according to various chords. In STRING mode, the six combs are centered around one frequency and can be spread for an intense chorus like effect. Lastly, the DECAY control determines the time the effect is held after the original signal.
After determining the base key (in this case C minor) using the KEY and CHORD parameter, we can play around with other parameters like setting the desired amount of DECAY. Furthermore, I will create a new automation lane on the drum loop track and will automate just the KEY parameter in order to create some melody.
To conclude, here are a couple of examples of how the result sounds in STRING and CHORD mode. It’s always good to get the creative juices flowing by converting your Rhythm into a Melody!
~ Drum Loop With Resochord / String Mode
~ Drum Loop With Resochord / Chord Mode