Creating "voice"-like choral pads

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Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Mesogears » 01 Jul 2013 20:12

Ok,

This has seriously baffled me for the longest time. I know how to create pads alright, but I have no idea how those airy choir-like pads (like he ones in NotACleverPony's tracks) are made.

Does anyone know a good way of getting this kind of sound?
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Nine Volt » 01 Jul 2013 20:16

I don't know exactly what type of sound you're talking about, but try layering a few sounds, namely something vocoded and an actual choir with maybe reverb (more than usual, that is). Boost the highs (if anyone says anything about boost vs cut I will falcon punch you) to get that airiness, or maybe cut the lows to leave just the airiness there. Vocoded strings or something, as I said, will probably be your friend.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Mesogears » 01 Jul 2013 20:20

Here's a good example of what kind of sound I'm talking about. It's right at the beginning.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Nine Volt » 01 Jul 2013 20:25

Sounds pretty much like some sort of vocoded choir, maybe with the lows cut a bit. Possibly layered with some sort of stringy synth or maybe vocoded strings.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Motivfs » 01 Jul 2013 20:41

Oh my god, I was actually about to ask this.. I really have the same issue, I've attempted again and again at trying to get those "choir pads", as I'll call them, but no luck, I'll be keeping a good eye on this thread.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Magnitude Zero » 02 Jul 2013 00:57

eery wrote:Oh. this the kind of thing you guys are thinking of? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/76539998/choirs.mp3

Ooh, I like this.

When I want a choral pad I layer it with an actual choral synth. DSK ChoirZ is a pretty good free one, but it'll take some reverb and EQ/filtering.

Okay, here's what I got playing around with that for a few minutes: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96651118/choir%20pad%20example.mp3

This is how I did that:

1. Made an ambient-ish pad the way I normally would in Toxic Biohazard. 8 unison voices, some unison detuning and panning. One saw oscillator, one triangle pitched -12, one sine pitched +12. Decided not to dick around with FM this time, though that's always a fun option. Chorus and delay. Long attack, long release. Nothing really all that complex. Then I gave it a pretty heavy high-shelf, -11db at about 1300 hz.

2. Layered in the DSK ChoirZ plugin with Dark Voice on layer 1, Choral Aahs II on layer 2, and Slow Choir on layer 3. I basically picked random options until it sounded good, lol. Long attack and release on all of these. Then I reverb'd the FUCK out of it. 0% Dry, 100% wet, Room Size 100, no HighCut or LowCut or High Damping (using Fruity Reeverb here, FYI). EQ'd out around 300 Hz for this to make it a little less muddy when combined with the pad, but no other processing. You can probably mess with chorus and maybe even phasing a bit, but I didn't have much luck with it.

Then I played a few chords and that's it. Could probably get a bit more tricky with it - I only spent a few minutes on it - but I think it sounds pretty nice.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Fimbulin » 02 Jul 2013 03:34

NACP probably used Kontakt.

See the post below for awesome.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby WoodenToaster » 02 Jul 2013 07:07

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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Genkar » 02 Jul 2013 08:15

WoodenToaster wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtDYxNZB0ZI
Try this out

I'll second this. It's pretty simple, and it's good if you don't plan on getting a VST for choral pads.
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Mesogears » 02 Jul 2013 08:24

You guys have been really helpful.

Thanks!
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby itroitnyah » 02 Jul 2013 09:19

WoodenToaster wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtDYxNZB0ZI
Try this out

Wow, that's an amazing tutorial
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby PropellerEscape » 02 Jul 2013 11:21

Oh sweet, that's really cool. Definitely remembering this method for pads :3
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Re: Creating "voice"-like choral pads

Postby Motivfs » 02 Jul 2013 17:36

Amazing... Absolutely using these methods!
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