Make Your Own Sound

Nick Holiday
  • Genre: Dubstep, EDM, House, Trap, Trance, Pop, Hip Hop
  • Type: Ableton
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Now that you have played around with stock sounds in your DAW, sample packs and plugin presets, I bet you are ready to define your skills by developing a sound that is all your own, right? While we all strive to create unique sounds and/or songs that make us stand out from the rest, knowing where to start can be difficult.

We understand your situation and welcome you to the course. Your host for this 54-minute session is Nick Holiday. He will be walking us through his process of creating customized sounds. His philosophy is easy. Keep it simple. Nick shows us that reverse engineering, frequency modulation, and basic effects can turn a single monotone sound wave into an amazing piece of audio art.

After this course, you will be exploding with ideas and creativity that will get you well on your way to finding and creating your own sound.

*While it is not required, and these tips apply to any DAW, if you prefer to follow along Nick uses Ableton and Serum for his examples*

Video 1 - Introduction

Introduction to the Course and Overview.

Nick opens up his DAW and with a track loaded he explains how he started from scratch.

He then gives you his recipe for starting to process. Not with the idea of creating a song, but focusing on generating one sound and putting the same amount of energy into perfecting it as you would a song.

Video 2 - Overview

Take what you need, leave what you don't.

Nick demonstrates how one single sound can be manipulated through the use of simple tweaks and how it can be used to create a unique rhythmic pattern. He also breathes new life into our old throwaway tracks by improving upon the best parts.

Video 3 - The Idea

Wavetables, Reverse Engineering, and Parameters.

Nick reveals the process of reverse engineering and how expanding your knowledge can expand your sound. He then gives us a live dissection of frequency parameters and how frequency changes can make or break your end result.

Video 4 - Finding Your Own Sound 1

Less is more. Keep it simple.

Nick begins with a waveform and reveals how trial and error can lead you to find the sound you've been looking for. In only a few simple steps the sound of a dry tone becomes sculpted through frequency modulation into a spectacular sound. Nick also gives some insight about Saw and Sine waveforms.

Video 5 - Finding Your Own Sound 2

Low-Frequency Oscillation and Effects.

Congratulations. You now have an awesome sound. Now it's time to have a little fun.Nick goes in depth with multiple effects to show you how to apply some finishing touches that will take your awesome sound and truly make it your own.

Video 6 - Conclusion

Advice in Closing and Conclusion.

Nick shares some quick tips and reminds us to always look for the diamond in the rough before Giving a re-cap and concluding the course.

Intro Video

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Overview

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The Idea

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Finding Your Own Sound 1

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Finding Your Own Sound 2

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Conclusion

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