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PADS PADS PADS PADS
« on: March 28, 2017, 04:16:46 am »
Hello guys, i was wondering if anyone know any good tutorial to learn how to make soft pads, you know a little bit future bass pads, but more chill and calm

Examples of what im talking about:
yitaku - ultraviolet
lemaitre - playing to lose (kidwaste remix)


both songs has the pads on the background on the drop.

any advice about how to make them? an specific vst that you think is better for this case?
maybe about how to layer them?

sorry for english, not my language (and imma little bit late)

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Re: PADS PADS PADS PADS
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 10:36:59 am »
Hi

In my opinion Serum is the best for pads/ambient sounds, however I'm a bit biased because I love Serum :) Try to add subtile movements with slowly progressing LFO's or fast LFO's with "smooth" turned up.

Ow, and play with the LFO's and the parameters you place them on, experimenting can always lead to surprising results!

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Re: PADS PADS PADS PADS
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 04:00:36 pm »
Been on a quest to create the best pads ever since I heard trance so heres a few tips:
  • Use lots of voices. You can use a low amount of voices on your osc if you want, but more voices adds atmosphere and weight.
  • There's no way around it... using a lot of voices with multiple oscillators WILL induce some phase cancellation. When this happens, the volume of your pad will randomly fluctuate. So, in order to have a consistent pad, apply saturation or a limiter to push down the volume to a point where you find it acceptable. 
  • Utilize pre and post filtering. What I typically do is have a little decay on my cutoff filter for the oscillators; just a little something to adding energy. Then I'll apply FX like reverb, delay, etc. THEN I put a second filter on without any ADSR tweaking in order to filter the FX. It typically ends up working quite well and creates a less 'violent' pad.
  • Reverb. Your pad is specifically an instrument that A) supports the other instruments, and B) creates atmosphere/area.
  • Do not over complicate your chords. Unless your pad is the center of attention, I recommend keeping it VERY simple. If you're dying to get a complicated sound, look towards how you design the sound, not how you compose it.

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Re: PADS PADS PADS PADS
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2017, 08:02:27 pm »
Been on a quest to create the best pads ever since I heard trance so heres a few tips:
  • Use lots of voices. You can use a low amount of voices on your osc if you want, but more voices adds atmosphere and weight.
  • There's no way around it... using a lot of voices with multiple oscillators WILL induce some phase cancellation. When this happens, the volume of your pad will randomly fluctuate. So, in order to have a consistent pad, apply saturation or a limiter to push down the volume to a point where you find it acceptable. 
  • Utilize pre and post filtering. What I typically do is have a little decay on my cutoff filter for the oscillators; just a little something to adding energy. Then I'll apply FX like reverb, delay, etc. THEN I put a second filter on without any ADSR tweaking in order to filter the FX. It typically ends up working quite well and creates a less 'violent' pad.
  • Reverb. Your pad is specifically an instrument that A) supports the other instruments, and B) creates atmosphere/area.
  • Do not over complicate your chords. Unless your pad is the center of attention, I recommend keeping it VERY simple. If you're dying to get a complicated sound, look towards how you design the sound, not how you compose it.

Nicely put, I agree with all of that =D Its also cool to add a subtle white noise layer to your pads  8)