17 - Snare

Published on 2020-04-22 by Kenneth Flak

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A kick will only get you so far. For a bit of an old-school groove we also need something snappier in a higher frequency region, and the traditional way to do this is by synthesizing a snare drum. A passable synth-snare can be created by a burst of pink noise.

First of all, let's create the raw material by going to Generate -> Noise and select Pink for our Noise Type. Set the amplitude to 0.2 and duration to 8000 samples. This will give you a burst of approximately 0.18 seconds.

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Zoom in on the waveform.

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Create a simple amplitude envelope by fading the whole thing out.

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Copy the result and paste as many copies as you like into the timeline.

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Use the Time Shift tool to move things around until you are happy with the result.

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For a bit of variation, you can also select some of the hits and reduce their amplitudes with varying amounts, typically a value around -3db will do the trick.

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Create a bit of silence at the end of the loop...

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... as well as a bit in the beginning...

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... and glue the loop together by selecting the whole thing...

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... and run Edit -> Clip Boundaries -> Join to get a single loop out of it.

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The final result should look something like this.

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