Goals of This Exercise
- Learn how to make continuous changes to Instrument parameters.
- Create a short “ambient” sequence that focuses on slowly evolving sound changes. Use at least two tracks, and make it about one minute long.
One of the best things you can do to make your sequences interesting is to have Instrument parameters (settings) change as the sequence plays. This keeps your sequence from sounding too mechanical and static.
First review and practice the techniques described in Automating Instrument and Effect Parameters.
Then do these things...
This parameter is called different things in different instruments, but look for Filter 1 (or A) Frequency, and be sure the filter is set to lowpass (LP). When this parameter has a low value, the sound will be soft and muted; when it has a high value, the sound will be louder and brighter.
The LFO creates cyclical changes in some other synthesis parameter (such as pitch). In order to hear these changes, Amount must be greater than zero. Rate determines the speed of the changes.
Please note that automating pitch bend, while a worthwhile technique, is not what we’re talking about here.
Here are some patches to try (all from the Pads folder):
All these pads respond to frequency changes on both filters A and B.
There is a long history of ambient electronic music.