Pure Filth: Creating Dirty Electronics – Step-by-Step (Continued)

We’ve got a little bonus tutorial for you which demonstrates how easy it is to take an acoustic sound and turn it into an electronic sound. Whereas the other way, it took at least four plug-ins to achieve the effect, this time around it’s just one – but what an effect…

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7. Now load up the Phase Distortion plug-in as shown. One of the beauties of this plug-in is that adjusting its cutoff frequency results in some very ‘electric’ results right across the range…

8. …and we can replicate this with the Modulation Delay plug-in. It’s a more automated effect, as the Slow Flanger preset moves the cutoff frequency around for you, rather than manually

9. We’re always surprised at just how professional a good reverb makes things sound and you should always consider one in any effects chain. Here, we’re adding a final touch of lift with PlatinumVerb.

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10. Now it’s time to go back the other way: starting with a fairly acoustic sound and making it electronic. Firstly, we need to repeat the track that you used up until now. Use Cmnd>D here…

11.Now select a fairly basic acoustic-type sound. It could be a bass guitar or low acoustic. We’ve chosen a Classic Rock organ sound and one with little complexity, as that is the point

12. So we took around four plug-ins to turn an electronic sound into an electric, but just one reverses the process: the AutoFilter. Apply the Frequency Monster preset onto your sound and it’s a synth!

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