Don't think of pads as fillers in your tracks. With some creative techniques in any DAW you can transform pads from drones into highly interesting and evolving musical parts.  



Figure 1 – Filter Gate in Pro Tools

在Pro Tools中图1过滤器门

我最喜欢的插件自带的Pro Tools是过滤器门。其特殊的2合1插件,提供了大量的操作选项。滤波合成器线(以及所有其他在磁道!)是一种常见的做法现在。随着和谐合成线,你可以编程整个慢速进化过滤器或操作滤波器的截止大幅度引进一个新的部分或细数。过滤器门插件是伟大的,特别是因为你可以创建各种门控节奏,让合成器线条更加运动。


Figure 2 – Run a Synth or String Line through RPG-8 Arpeggiator in Reason




Figure 3 – Use Stutter Edit for Transition Effects


口吃编辑是一个梦想音频机器人随处可见。其用于实现音频的小部分,尤其是在轨道的过渡和故障特别有用。它非常适合随机过 - 影响,哪些惊喜监听器和让他们回来。在4和弦的和谐循环,想想仅影响最后的和弦,这可能是一个占主导地位的弦。通过自定义的口吃效果扭曲它加剧紧张局势。





Lynda Arnold is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (voice, flute, piano, and guitar), and electronic musician/sound artist who has been producing, performing, and developing her own sound for over 12 years as ‘Divasonic;’ an ethereal, song driven electronic music project with multiple album and single releases on labels EMI... Read More


Thoughtful post, Lynda. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas. A bland or otherwise unchanging pad is ideal material to put through further processing, since it doesn't impose too much character of its own.

To the above, I'd like to recommend multi-effect rhythmic processors which contain several effects types in a single plugin, chained to be used in a complementary and often groovy fashion. I like AdrenaLinn Sync, a gem that was cut off at the knees because of lack of 64-bit support. It was discontinued last month due to further developmental issues, and I don't know if license transfers are possible on the used market. But for anyone who's used it, it has such a signature and brilliant sound.

Currently, there's Dmitry Sches' Tantra which is promising in some similar veins. I've requested a pitched filter feature similar to AdrenaLinn Sync, though, as that would really elevate the melodic possibilities to the next level.
Lynda Arnold
Thank you for your comment Torley! What a shame about the lack of 64-bit support for AdrenaLinn Sync. That change has killed many an awesome plug-in.

Sugar Bytes Effectrix is another multi-effects processor that would work great on Pads. I've had my eye on it for quite some time and i think it would be amazing for Pad sound processing. Plus, there is 64-bit support.

So good to hear from you, Linda!

Ah yes, have you played with Sugar Bytes Looperator? It takes a lot of what makes Effectrix great and pushes it a lot further! There's actually an Ambient preset category which works well on pads. Also somewhat in that same vein would be Illformed Glitch (2.1 has some wicked new features including auto preset generation) and Sonic Charge Permut8 (very smart UI design), both of which I own and treasure for their complementary abilities.

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