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Sound Design - Create Riser FX for Transitions

Mikael Baggström, Music Composer | Sound Designer | Video Producer

Sound Design - Create Riser FX for Transitions

Mikael Baggström, Music Composer | Sound Designer | Video Producer

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction to Riser Effects

    • 2. How to create Riser Effects

    • 3. Live Example 1 - Straight Riser

    • 4. Live Example 2 - Rhythmic Riser

    • 5. Live Example 3 - Moving Riser

    • 6. Your Creative Project

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Riser Effects is the term for the kind of sounds that rise in pitch over time. Sounds that continuously increases the energy and tension build up. However, even though the general direction is going upwards, you can add rhythm or internal movement into the upwards slide to make it more unique. You can also shape the overall curve of the riser over time.

These types of sound effects are great for building energy into a new section of your music, for example: Going from a verse into the chorus...But you can also use shorter and less pronounced risers just before you introduce new parts and elements.

Riser effects are heavily used in EDM music, and epic cinematic style music. But you can use them in almost any genre. Sometimes you want a more organic sounding riser effect made from real instruments and sounds...and other times you want an electronic style riser made from synthesized sounds, to really add that focused and sharp build-up of energy.

You will learn both from my best guidelines and tips, and from practical live examples and demonstrations. So get ready to create some riser effects, right now!

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Mikael Baggström

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1. Introduction to Riser Effects: riser effects is the term I use for the kind of sounds that rise in pitch over time sounds that continually increases the energy and tension buildup. However, even though the general direction is going upwards, you can add rhythm or internal movement into the upwards slide to make it more unique. You can also shave the overall response curve off the riser over time. So let me quickly demonstrate this here. As you can see here, I have a keyboard which represents the highest pictures appear highest frequencies in the lowest subs down here. Well, you could create a riser effect by going from the lower frequencies in a straight line like this, which will be a stand adviser effect. Or you could create a response curve basically going slower in the beginning and rising faster in the end or the opposite. Or you could create a rhythmic effect by adding a gate for some, perhaps a movement, by going in notice straight line, for example, like this, the general direction is still going upwards in bitch. These types of sound effects are great for building energy into a new section of your music , for example, going from a verse into the cores. But you can also use shorter and less pronounced risers just before you introduce Newports and Elements Reiser effects or heavily used in E g. M and music and cinematic style music. But you can use them in almost any show anger. Sometimes you want him or organic sounding Reiser effect made from real instruments and sounds. And other times you want an Elektronik style riser made from synthesised sounds to really add that focused and short a build up of energy. You will learn both from my best guidelines and tips and from practical live examples and demonstrations, so get ready to create some rice or effects right now. 2. How to create Riser Effects: All right, let's dive writing. How do you create your own riser effects? Well, the main purpose is to create a sustained sound that rice is in frequency, basically gliding upwards in pitch. So how do you do that? One. Use a dedicated plug in the easiest and quickest way is to use a dedicated vice or effect. Plug in where you can use starting presets layers and shape the final Reiser effect into the sound you think will suit your current music production. For example, here I have a soft for instrument called Gravity, which has an entire category dedicated to Reiser effects. So you simply go into this category. It's divided into 15 2nd and 32nd risers as well as organic Rice Terrace. Go further in Lord, for example, the full menu, as I already did here. And then you simply trigger a key, and each of these keys is a different riser effect sound. So when I hit C, that figure is riser effect, and then you can use these starting sound as the material to shape with the on board sound shaping tools like this punishing job in the Middle Twist knob and also the length here, which I can reduce from six boards here, too. Let's see if I drive this to, let's say, two boars. You see the middle. It starts here instead of the beginning. So and, of course, you can also bounce these two audio and use time Stretch in your sequence or if you wanted as well. It also has some space effects like reverb, delay, course, etcetera, distortion and even a motion engine. A rhythmic engine you can trigger here. So before with it. So as you can see, this is the very quick and easy way to get started with riser effects. Use a plug in that has a dedicated category and is focused on Reiser transition effects like this to design the rice or effect on a synthesizer. The most powerful and customizable way is to design the riser effect on a synth. The main way to do this is to use the pitch Ben, You media people on automated in your make sure that you extend the pitch range on your plug in, then record an automation going upwards. With the pits been real, I recommend setting it in full octaves. I also recommend smoothing out the automation inside your DW sequencer, so you simply record one long sustained note on the pitch you want to use as the basis for the riser effect. Then you record the pitch bend as going from the bottom to the top. And finally you said the pitch bend range on the scene to use for the transition effect, as I have done here, the down and up pitch bend and I recommend using full octaves, which means 12 24 and so on. So 24 plus 24 means this is four octaves off transition. Of course, if you only want one full octave, you need to set it to six here and six here because six plus six is 12 7 notes, which is a full octave. The great advantage of using the pitch bend method for creating a riser effect is that now we can use this medically on another synthesizer track, which will also create this same kind of riser effect with a different sound or simply changed the preset on the synthesizer. You already use three sustained note on a software instrument. You can also create a more organic sounding riser effect by starting with a long, sustained note on a software instrument like orchestral strings, for example. Then, using the pits bend wheel to basically create a long porter mento, meaning a glide off the pitch. Use a huge pitchman range and you will achieve the rise. Their effect. For example, I have loaded a string in samba library here in contact, and for most orchestral or acoustic based instruments. The Peach Ben is already set at two semi tones, which means if I hold on the middle C on Here's the pits pinwheel on my keyboard from the bottom, that's only two seminal. So I need to change the pitch bend range here in contact, which you can do if you click this little wrench icon here and then it gets slightly advanced. But you want to look for the mode and then the pitch bend modulation here, which is set if I left. Click here on two. Just move this upwards to 12 and now if I use the pitch pinwheel from the bottom to the top by yet, Theo. Great Transition Effect four used the speed up audio effect on audio clips in your D A W. You simply start by creating a long, sustained note on any instrument like this violin here and make sure that you use the note on the pitch. You want the riser effect to end on. Then you bounce. It's to audio, which created this now, depending on your DW, you want to use a fade into like this but changed it from fading like now it's only fading the volume, but on the same pitch and in logic, you can simply change it by clicking up here on the fade to speed up instead, which creates the riser fix like this. Uh, now, here are some power tips for you. One. You can modulate the filter over time during the rise to effect. For example, slowly opening it up to you can add rhythm into the riser by, for example, using an AARP aviator or a read mitigate effect. Three. You can add movement into the riser effect by modulating parameters with an LFO or even record old program in automation on what every parameters you want. Four. You can export to the sound as old you and used time stretched on it if you want to change the timing afterwards. Five. If you are really fancy. You can actually record real organic riser effects, for example, when door washing machine is speeding up or even try to make it. Reiser with your vocals. In the next videos, I will show you practical examples and demonstrations off specific flavors off riser effects. 3. Live Example 1 - Straight Riser: So here I have a full bore long straight riser effect which sounds like this on. And I simply created these by first adding the note. I want the rise to effect to be based on which is D in this case, then I have automated the pitch Spend real as you can see from the very bottom in a straight line like this to the very end, own the specific synthesizer I used on this track, which is all Miss fear. And then I simply created a patch by using different layers here to create the sound. And again, the great thing is that I can now change this indecisive er or the present on this synthesizer and still have the automation off the pitchman to create the riser effect. So I have this. I can seem for changes to another one by going into the present browser and find another preset, Let's say, in the pads and strings category like this one. And then you also need to make sure that the Peach Bend range is still what you want, because when you change presets, it often sets the pitch bend range back to the default, which is two and two. So if you want one octave or Reiser effect, you simply choose six plus six like this more. You can go, father with 12 plus 12 which is too full. Look, toys more perhaps all the way to 24 24 which is four octaves off pitch rising effect. Now all this fear, which is my favorite synthesizer, has a really cool trick. And that is that you can actually look the pitch bend that you have set up here in this little look icon, you can see pitchman range. Now I can also change preset. And if you check here, if I chance to you, let's say this one now the P spend range is still the same as I said it before, and I can even change it. And this will carry along if I changed two new present. But as far as I know, only Sphere is the only synthesizer that has these amazing feature. Another really awesome trick is that when you have created the riser, as I have done here it is four bores. But it is already set on the correct note and with the correct automation on the pitch man . You can now use time stretch on the media clip to change the length off the transition in logic. You hold your mouse here, however it and then you select old or option key. And now we can see the time stretch icon left. Click with the mouse and drag either to the left to make it shorter or to the right to make it longer. So let's make this 22 boars is dead like this, or go in the opposite direction by doing the same. Holding your mouse here, clicking the old or option key and dragging out. Let's say you want to make it a long transition like so on. My final power tip is that you can also go into the automation off the curve off the pitch bend, which is now a straight line like this. But you can actually bend these line here, which means that you can create a riser effect that rises faster in the beginning and then declines or the opposite, and you do this by selecting the automation curve to then you select the line with your left mouse button, and then you can seem to drag upwards or downwards and you can shape as you can see the curve off the pitch mint like this. So let's make it like this. Then it starts to rise really fast than it holds. Kind of here only writers lightly, and then it does a fast rise at the end. Let's reduce this clips. You can actually hear it and more clear. Well, right? So that was my live example and demonstration of creating and shaping a straight rise to evict. Let's continue in the next video. 4. Live Example 2 - Rhythmic Riser: Now I'm going to demonstrate how you can add rhythm into your riser effects like this. There are many ways you can add rhythm, for example, using automation in your DW. But in two main ways I use is using an AARP radiator or a rhythmic gate effect so as an or page aviator that is mainly used to create or Peggy ated cores. But you can actually use an AARP aviator as simply a rhythmic effect if you use only one note like you do on a riser effect. So I am using the built in or pages later in this synthesizer called Ominous Fair. But you can, of course, use an external audio insert in your DW. So I simply went into the OHRP aviator here and created this Parton without the or Pedro own. It is simply a straight rising effect, so I simply made these rhythmic pattern, and when I turn it on, I can also adjust the length off how the audio stutters, basically, so now it becomes, and then you can easily change the pattern by changing these notes like so or extending or shortening the length of the pattern like so into you are satisfied with the rhythm. Give Aunt for the riser effect. The second way is to use a rhythmic gate effect as an insert effect on the riser track. So without it, it sounds like this again. A simple, straight Reiser effect. I use the parking called gatekeeper, but you can use any kind of trance Kate or rhythmic eight effect. But these specific begin You can do very cool automation off the rhythmic gate here, as you can see, which makes it sound like this. The cool thing is that you can still have the straight riser here and the insert effect on , and then simply change priest it after precept until you're happy with the kind of rhythm and movement it adds to the riser effect. And if you want to get really fancy, you can off course add automation into the clip itself to automate, for example, the pitch, the panning and so one in a rhythmic way. Right, So that's how you can add rhythm into your rice or if ICS Now, let's continue in the next video 5. Live Example 3 - Moving Riser: Now I'm going to demonstrate how you can add movement into your riser. Not the rhythmic a gate type of movement, but actually moving mawr like a way form during the riser effect like this, almost like a siren that is moving upwards in pitch. So, of course, one way off adding movement into your eyes or effect is to automate a parameter off your plug in so you can simply right click on a parameter. If you're synthesizer supports it used media learn, assign it to a slider or no bone your media keyboard and then automate that over time to add some movement. You can, of course, also add envelope, such as slowly opening up the filter, for example, to add movement over time by rising the filter frequency. But the main way I want to show you here is to use an LFO to add the kind of way form style movement. So as you could hear, the the pitch of the other four was going up, down, up, down. But the continues of rule motion was a upwards riser effect so that you get from using an LFO, which stands for low frequency oscillator. The main way in l. A full works is that you use a slow way form as the source to change any parameter that you map it to. Then you apply a specific rate, which is the speed how fast the siren kind of movement is working on that parameter as well as the depth which means how much it applies the movement going from small movements like this to really big movements like this. So I have said the LFO. I actually have Morrell foes on this synthesizer Ella for one here as the source and I have chosen the target to be the pitch off the oscillator Then I have applied a rate of one here , which is a slow movement. If you listen now. Oh, you can increase this by speeding up the rate Let's say eighth notes and you will hear in much more rhythmic fashion. Yeah, themed depth is how much you can actually see The white little doll tear applies to the parameter. You sign it too. If I decreases to zero, nothing will happen. Simple straight riser again. And then the father I move these upwards. You can see this is the white dot Here a Z a bit less over the pitch shifting movement from the way form here, you can also change the actual way form of the LFO from sign way to excerpt, for example, square wave to make it even more rhythmic in the parent because now it will drastically shift in the picture shifting movement. Also, the movement you automate with another foe or a modulation here in your sequencer doesn't have to be on the pitch. You can also use, for example, the filter here as the target off the LFO. As I have done right here, I've said it to eight notes and it sells like this. All right, that was adding movement into your riser effects. Now let's continue in the next video. 6. Your Creative Project: Now it's time for your project. Use the knowledge, tips and practical examples you have learned from to create your own riser effects straight risers, rhythmic risers and risers with movement, good luck and have fun creating and shaping sounds that build intensity and energy.