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Tips & Techniques:Screaming modulation, Savernake style

I love this effect on screams, but it sound pretty f**ked up on anything. It was born from my academic research into distressing audio like grinding sounds and baby cries, which is on going.

- Get your immense screams (or whatever) ready.

- Use either Izotope Spectron, though you can use some kind of vocoder, I'll explain that below.

- Use the 'morph' function. Load a sample of a brick scraping along the floor or a carving knife in the kitchen sink, or something really disgusting! Sloppy sounds work great too. NIN sounds like it does something similar with a strong wind sound on the first track of the fragile.

- Mix the upper mid bands , lets say around 2k, mix it quite hard, or you can do it the other way around and leave the vocal energy in the upper mids and mix everything around it. Use it how you want, but these are the ways I do it.

You can do it with a vocoder but using multiple tracks of the scream and filtering the different tracks to different bands, then put a vocoder on one (usually upper mid band) but use the distressing sample to modulate rather than a traditional synth.

Let me know how it goes, it takes tweaking but I really like this.

Contributors: mw, Savernake
Created by Savernake, 12th January 2008 at 12:59 PM
Last edited by mw, 27th March 2012 at 03:05 PM
Last comment by matt thomas on 13th January 2008 at 03:40 AM
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Old 13th January 2008
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My favorite part of heavy metal is ruining a tonal vocals. You can basically do what ever you want to them pitch wise and it's not nearly as jarring as it is any other instrument.
Old 13th January 2008
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any chance you could upload an audio sample of this technique?

and if you have the time, the seperate parts would be wonderful too


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