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    Since most of you have heard my music before, I'll go ahead and assume you have heard this somewhere in one of my songs before. I inject some of my tracks with these organic sounding electronic glitches. I usually mess with a sample and it gets repeated throughout the song.

    Problem is, I'm running out of those samples that I haven't used before. Do you guys know of anywhere I can get some more of that stuff?

    Here's an example...one I used in the song "Imminence"

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...itchynoise.mp3

    Any plugins? Reaktor Ensembles? Sample packs? Free stuff? Remember, I'm on a Mac.

    Cheers and thanks,

    -S1gns
    Synphaera Records
    Space | Time | Matter

  • #2
    How do you feel like buying a cheap microphone? Or, since we're looking for squelchy sounds...if you have headphones, you could (ab)use those as improvised microphones. Take license to record really weird noises, process itb. for glitch i like resonance, delays, etc...i guess there's also dedicated plugins. That approach could get it into your very own diy ballpark...as for plugin solutions - distortion, delay, filters..some sort of looping...i like the idea of a sampler vst...then resample e.g. some glitchy plugin patches...process. Sorry for not answering exactly to the point - very much interested in what other recommend!
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    • #3
      Audacity is your friend. You can mangle most stuff with it. Windows and Mac. And it's free. More expensive alternatives are available.
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      • #4
        I don't know what is or isn't available on a Mac, but here's what I do to generate this sort of rhythmic glitchiness. Hopefully it will translate to some other software.

        Fruity Slicer in FL Studio is a plugin that loads and automatically slices up a (usually drum) loop based on transients. It assigns each sample to a MIDI note and fills in the sequencer with properly timed triggers to recreate the loop, at which point you can manipulate the notes however you like.

        You can disable the auto slicing, stretch the samples and manipulate things in other ways. So sometimes I'll load up one loop with it and let it slice... and then replace the sample with either a totally different loop, or something that is not a drum loop at all, but keep the slices.

        Or I'll simply take a sample of recorded speech and slice it as if it were a drum loop. Sometimes I'll process it beyond all recognition, randomize the notes, or sometimes I'll just disturb the rhythm (quantizing the notes to a particular tempo can have a creepy effect). (I did a piece called "Ode" which took archive.org recordings of several different people reading Keats' "Ode To Autumn", ran them through a beatslicer and various other processing, and played those on top of a dark, slow background.)

        You can also use some granular synthesizers on drum loops or rhythmic material to mix it up. You'll want a fairly long grain size and fast attack, and random or out-of-sync steps through it.

        There are some plugins which take incoming audio, buffer it, and play it back according to a graph you have drawn -- ConcreteFX's "Buffered" and Imagine-Line's "Gross Beat" do that (Buffered in a much rawer, dirtier way) and use that to deform rhythmic material. I'm not sure what's available for Macs to do that.

        Depending on your skills you might be able to code something along those lines in Pd, CSound, etc. Pretty much all you'd need to do is buffer some amount of audio, and then at random (or even periodically) during playback, jump your playback pointer to some earlier point at random. Voila, instant random stutter effect. A few instances of that fed into each other should do the trick with any rhythmic source material.

        AudioDamage and illformed.org both have plugins that can rhythmically dice up material, and they have Mac versions.

        You can experiment with circuit bending or purchase some circuit bending or retro electronic toys sample libraries, some of which have long examples of choppy glitchy noises.

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        • #5
          I was going to use a bunch of different plugins on a drum loop to create something glitchy like I was talking about, but I went overboard. I liked what I was hearing so I added a bit of Chromaphone (with really low density noise impulses) and a little bit of EBowed bass just because.

          https://soundcloud.com/fallsastar/falls-a-star-miscellaneous


          Turned out to be one of those things highly sensitive to initial conditions and rendering vs. previewing, so the glitchy bits came out different than it did while I was working on it last night. Still fun though.

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          • #6
            I often play around with drum loops and random effects until they no longer sound like drums. Reaktor is very good for that - there's some seriously good FSU stuff that makes percussion tracks into some seriously interesting sounds.

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            • #7
              List of granular plugs here.

              Hadron by Partikkel Audio is pretty cool too, you can assign different types of granular effect to each of the four corners and morph between them. Can get some pretty weird and glitchy stuff using it on field recordings and whatnot.

              Also if you have Logic Pro, it has a handy little scissor tool so you can cut up audio files easily to get a rhythmic pattern (or there are a few useful gating plugins out there, such as Stormgate1) I could spent hoours chopping up audio files, so fun :D



              Though I realize I'm a little late to the party..:o
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              • #8
                Originally posted by S1gnsOfL1fe View Post
                Since most of you have heard my music before, I'll go ahead and assume you have heard this somewhere in one of my songs before. I inject some of my tracks with these organic sounding electronic glitches. I usually mess with a sample and it gets repeated throughout the song.

                Problem is, I'm running out of those samples that I haven't used before. Do you guys know of anywhere I can get some more of that stuff?

                Here's an example...one I used in the song "Imminence"

                https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...itchynoise.mp3

                Any plugins? Reaktor Ensembles? Sample packs? Free stuff? Remember, I'm on a Mac.

                Cheers and thanks,

                -S1gns
                Reaktor ensemble "Quantum radio": http://www.synthofmine.com/downloads...s-for-reaktor/
                Reaktor ensemble "Dada Glitch Synth"
                SoundCloud // FreeSound // Twitter
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                • #9
                  Check out the Reaktor Ensemble "Lurker" it is food for creating sounds like that.

                  If you make a pad sound and run it through lurker you can create some cool sounds! Also if you have Reason 6 or 7 you should check out the Alligator effect for that gated style echo stuff.
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                  • #10
                    Try Rach: https://co.native-instruments.com/in...&patchid=12802
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                    • #11
                      This one might be quite good http://illformed.com/glitch/
                      plus the free Reaktor ensemble Dron-E has some things you could use
                      https://soundcloud.com/negativespectrum

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mikkha76 View Post
                        This one might be quite good http://illformed.com/glitch/
                        plus the free Reaktor ensemble Dron-E has some things you could use

                        I've used the original Glitch on a few tracks. I think I need to pick up the new one too.
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                        • #13
                          I don't often use glitch effects, but when I do, I always turn to Audio Damage's Automaton. Four sequencer-driven fx, the sequencer can be set up to run rhythmically or arrhythmically, and you can even control (within reason, given the nature of the effect) the amount of randomness. I usually feed it some of the track's raw material, render a few minutes to audio, chop out the rubbish bits, then place the best bits back into the track wherever I think it's needed. I've always thought that using parts of the work-in-progress as raw material means the treated material will fit more comfortably in the mix - this may or may not be true, but it does guarantee you'll never run out of raw material!

                          One trick I haven't tried yet, is to render out a huge reverb tail from a finished track (so the material's complex), feed it to Automaton, and use the output at a low level as a glitchy backdrop...Hmmmm, could be the germ of an idea for a remix there....
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mikusan View Post
                            I don't often use glitch effects, but when I do, I always turn to Audio Damage's Automaton.
                            Obviously you're a Dos Equis man...perhaps you are, the most interesting man in the world.



                            :lol:

                            Seriously though, I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. You're a genius. I use Automaton all the time on my percussion parts...why not the entire track? Portions of the track? Let it run and edit out the bad parts?

                            I already tried it and it works. Thank you Mikusan!
                            Synphaera Records
                            Space | Time | Matter

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                            • #15
                              :blush: Awww dude...glad to be of assistance. Man, I wish I was as smooth as this Dos Equis guy...maybe I should grow back the old Van Dyke (beard, that is, not Dick...umm that is, I mean to say, ahhh...oh heck...)
                              My new album is available now, here: https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c.../supersymmetry
                              Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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