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Adding distortion, noise and "combination tones"? Saturation Plugins
Old 9th June 2018
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Adding distortion, noise and "combination tones"?

Hi all... I've just started producing commercial music, plus mastering with separate gear. (These days I'm mostly DAW + plug-in based, rather than hardware.)

Now I know most producers don't do this.... but I happen to be a sucker for what I call "seasoning"... adding noise, distortion, fake breaths, etc. (Just to add a little emphasis and texture - only very subtle little touches here and there, nothing consciously heard.)

Normally I use regular distortion / clipped sounds, which work fine. But one thing I am fascinated with - that I'd love to be able to generate - is "combination tones" (those creaky "zipper" noises around the 1-2k range - a byproduct of higher-pitched tones interacting).

I think they sound more natural than regular distortion, meaning I could use them a little more conspicuously in places, especially for more acoustic tracks. I'm sure there are producers who do this.

So that's my question.... Is there a good method/plug-in for generating isolated combination tones? (It doesn't have to sound scientifically accurate, just generally believable.)

While I'm here, I'm also seeking general advice from anyone who regularly adds noise/distortion? From what I can tell, most of the producers who do this all use very similar techniques. I can replicate those techniques, with great results, but for me it's a slow process since my workflow is almost entirely manual... Are there any specialist plug-ins? I am keen to LEARN about this stuff!! Could anyone throw me a bone please? PM me if you'd prefer. Cheers.
Old 10th June 2018
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As far as mangling existing tracks goes, Sound Toys has some pretty cool plugs. Decapitator and Devil-Loc Deluxe are particularly good, as is Radiator. Crystalizer is good for adding some harmonic magic dust...

Dave/Suspect Studios
Old 11th June 2018
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Thanks Dave. I wasn't familiar with Sound Toys but that seems like a great suite of plug-ins!
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