This project contains several drum synth modules, aligned to each other in sound and design. Despite the usual parameter for form and sound, new and innovative editing possibilities have been added to every module.
For example, one of them is the “harmonics”-processor, which adds several overtones based on the main frequency. The user can choose between even or odd overtones, or blend them together. With all these diverse options the user is given comprehensive possibilities for editing and adapting the sound.
KDS-I (Kickdrum Shaper)
The KDS-I kick drum shaper is a modern kick drum synthesizer offering classical and new features. The intuitive operation with the premium user interface guarantees a fast work process and surprising results. The enormous possibilities for sound editing makes the KDS-I a tool for everything, regarding modern kick sound. Its true strength however is the creation of low and distorted bass drums.
The base frequency (30-100Hz) of this instrument is set in the sound generator. For further editing a amp envelope and a visualized pitch envelope with draw- and reset functionality are provided. With the sliders “Sine” and “Saw” the volumes of these signals can be defined. They also can be used to overdrive the signal chain, when set to high values. The output slider in the level section at the end of the chain will reduce the signal to a usable level, just as it is used in amplifying systems which consist of pre- and output stage. Saved presets can be recalled in the level section as well.
When the base of the kick is designed in the sound generator, overtones can be added in the harmonics section. As already mentioned, the user can choose between even, odd and blend. The even and odd harmonics are being created based on the main frequency. The user can also choose to tune them higher or lower, using the “Freq” slider. Additional to the level of the harmonics, the strength of the resonance can be set with the “Res” slider. The noise generator consists of two separate, filtered noises. To form the sound, two amp envelopes and a high pass filter are provided.
The two separate noise signals allow high frequency attack sounds, as well as warm, dense noise layer. In the mixer section the sound and the noise generator can be mixed together. The “Sub” slider can also be used to overdrive the whole device. The last sound shaping element in the chain is a wave shape module, which can be found in a tutorial from Cycling74. This patch splits the signal into several frequencies which than can be edited via wave shaping. This way the user is able to edit several signal parts on its own.
The Idea of this patch is the emulation of overdriven amplifiers and the resulting, organic distortion which is been created by tubes and other analog parts. Since this patch is meant to be used for sample based editing, the implementation for synthesis is not that easy. For example: when drawing in the wave shaper, artifacts can occur. Also, the drawn effects can’t be saved or recalled in the preset menu at the moment.
SDS-I (Snaredrum Shaper)
The next device of the drum shaper series is the SDS-I snare drum shaper. Just like the KDS-I the SDS-I offers many know but also several unusual sound editing parameter. Auditive the device covers as good as every snare sound, but just like its big brother, the KDS-I, its strength are distorted, aggressive sounds.
The key feature to the drum shaper series like the harmonics processor and the variable gain staging can be found in this device. It is completed by the premium design of the user interface, which features the whole drum shaper series. The harmonics section offers the same functionality found in the KDS-I. After choosing the main frequency, harmonics can be added, where the user can choose between even, odd or blender settings. The main frequency which dictates the overtones can edited manually without changing the base tune of the whole drum sound.
The second component of the synthesis is the noise generator. It has two noise generators, whose amplitude frequency curve can be adapted, if desired, with amp envelopes. Differing from the KDS-I the user can choose several filter types and frequencies. This results in a huge variety of different combinations and therefore in a broad, wide spread sound repertoire.
The created signals can finally be mixed in the mixer section. Provided are sliders for the noise signal and the sound generator (“Noise” and “Tone”). The “Mix” slider can be used to level the mixed signal before it is feed into the level section. The number of volume sliders allows variable gain staging, just as in the KDS-I. This way it is possible to drive each element in the signal chain separately and therefore achieve a huge variety of sounds. As already mentioned the “Output” Slider in the level section is used to adapt the final level of the output signal. Presets can also be recalled within the level section.
The SDS-I adds another strong synth module to the drum shaper series which offers a huge diversity for forming a totally unique sound.