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Chapter 5. Building a Song > Adding a Malström

Adding a Malström

Although the Malström is good for percussion sounds, bass sounds, and so forth, it really shines for long, evolving, and bright sounds that cut through to the top of a mix. In this section you'll write a basic melody and then use it to get introduced to the various sound-processing controls of the Malström.

The Malström is an analog synth/sampler hybrid: Instead of generating tones, its two oscillators use samples. What makes it different from a sampler (or “wavetable” synthesizer) is that the Malström can fast-forward or play slow-motion through samples without changing the pitch. The process is called “granular synthesis” and involves chopping up the samples, processing the pieces, and then putting them back together again.


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