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French Filter/House sound design19th Jan 2012, 19:22 #1
I was wondering if anyone knew what kinds of filters are used in French Filter/House to get that retro feel. I know most are based off 70s and 80s disco hit samples, but some effects/filters are applied to these samples to give it the French Filter feel. If anyone can shed light on this, I'd be very grateful. Thank you!
Re: French Filter/House sound design19th Jan 2012, 20:16 #2
High pass, low pass, phaser and compression are some of the "effects" that may be used. I believe that they might use two layers of the sample, one that is high passed to get the melody and high frequencies, and one that is low passed to separate the bassline from the rest of the sample. Sometimes they use only the high or the low part of the sample for parts of the song. It is also common to add a low pass filter to parts of the song, to filter out everything but the bass and the beat, and then adjust the low pass filter frequency to fade in and out of this effect.
Re: French Filter/House sound design21st Jan 2012, 10:39 #4
There's also a considerable amount of resonance at the ends of the filters. This gives the sweeping sound when the cutoff frequencies are changing rather than just cutting out the frequencies as it passes.
Re: French Filter/House sound design25th Jan 2012, 06:08 #5
Also, try using Flangers on samples too. If your Flanger has a release setting, then make sure to set it pretty low. A great example of a flanger on a sample is Daft Punk's High Life.
You may also want to look up some Daft Punk song/sample remake videos on YouTube, like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZboBQ6rDrU or this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I85DU...eature=related . Or look at remake videos for other filter house artists, like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Sb4...eature=related or this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBtdb...eature=related Watching those will give you a good grasp at both the methods and style of sampling as well as the processing typically done to the samples. You can find more of these here: http://www.youtube.com/user/deeperndeep/videos as well as all over the rest of YouTube
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Re: French Filter/House sound design20th Apr 2012, 17:02 #6
Re: French Filter/House sound design20th Apr 2012, 19:56 #7
If it doesn't, you're best bet would be to get some sort of hardware low pass filter that you would output your S-760 into (or use as an effect on your Master, if you're using a mixer). Let me know if you want some recommendations.
Re: French Filter/House sound design20th Apr 2012, 23:56 #8
Yes, the S760 does have these controls. I will play around with the settings soon
But in tracks like: Alan Braxe - Vertigo (Bangalter Remix), and Burns and Fred Falke - YSLM. I hear an typical French house effect, is this also the LPF or is this an flanger?
Re: French Filter/House sound design21st Apr 2012, 21:50 #9
also in that Bangalter track, at the beginning during the slow buildups to a high-pass, the envelope of the filter is set to low with a low attack and a high gain so it acts like an oscillator and quickly sweeps. The resonance is also set high to get those high-pitched short "whistling" sounds on each beat.
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