Got a little bit of techno goodness for you here as my entry for the HOME OFFICE competition. For all the bad things the lockdown has brought, it has meant I have been able to re-explore one of my passions, making music! Thank you Audiotool team for putting this competition together :) Now onto the project, which begin with a template drum beat and square wave pulv.
This Is 90% pulv and 10% oneshot with a compressor and automation to make sure they have their own space. I use second pulv as a white noise source and run it through a ring modulator modulated by the bassline. This gives the bass a buzz/crunch at the top-end in places. Next I discovered how useful filter key-board tracking is, this is used at 2:05 for a more staccato sound.
The drums have a simple 4/4 rhythm so I tried to add variation using the rasselboc, pitch shifting the high hats among other bits and bobs. I use with the "sends" function in the centroid to send the percussion through a pulsar decay and some reverb which is then fed back into the centroid. You'll get a warning here that there is a loop in the circuit but it's only a potential issue if you then use the send function on this output as well, as this creates a feedback loop. But it's fun to live a little dangerously so I do this anyway and get a washed out reverb effect on the percussion.
One pulv does most of the heavy lifting in this project, doing both the bassline and also the plucks. For the remaining synths, I went for quite a spooky sound with lots of reverb and filtering, plus a bit more ring modulation thrown in.
Cover picture credit to Daniel Dreibelbis for his amazing math visualisations (link is only visible to registered users)