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 is 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 interesting and new. By reading this blog you will learn how to convert Rhythm into a Melody!
One of these aforementioned creative techniques would be to add melodic character to your drum loop. In this case morphing it with harmonizer effect would be 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 that you can find within Guitar Rig 5 by Native instruments is a simple yet effective tool with wide range of parameters needed for this task.
At first, I will choose a random drum loop from my sample library and simply place it on the new audio track. Unprocessed drum loop is sounding like this.
~ Drum Loop Unprocessed
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 Lumit and to choose Resochord among various different components. Let me briefly explain the parameters within Resochord that we will use for this tutorial:
-The MIX controls the amount of signal being affected.
-The MODE section has three controls and one switch.
-The switch toggles between CHORD and STRING. In CHORD mode, three controls are used:
-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. In STRING mode, only SPREAD and KEY controls are used.
-SPREAD sets the range of frequency affected.
-In CHORD mode, the 6 combs are tuned according to various chords. In STRING mode, the 6 combs are centered around one frequency and can be spread for an intense chorus like effect. 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. Once done with all of that 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.
In the end here are couple of examples how end result sounds in STRING and CHORD mode, so check them out. 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