Had no success with percussive sounds as they tend to get to diffuse and sounds with bass in them tend to be to noisy in the lower frequencies and also tends to be undefined. But brighter sounds can work really well and you will hear some different sounds in this post that works or at least are interesting to use.
One good thing is that if the sound works you can manipulate it in many ways as it is image based it works good to stretch the audio without artefacts for example. Another interesting idea is to take the sounds that you think works good and make your own brushes out of them like I talked about here:
Virtual ANS - Part 3 How to make your own brushes
So in this case you can paint in the sounds that you like... Maybe make different sets of brushes with with different instrument sounds etc.
Was thinking that it is better that you hear some sounds and I talk about it and some of the ideas around them.
To begin with want to let you hear sounds that will be first- the original sound and then after letting them through Virtual ANS and lastly mixed together. As you will hear that it is interesting to use Virtual ANS as an effect and think that there is many possibilities here that is not fully explored yet. One thing that can be intersting is also to take sound in compositions make a Virtual ANS version and play with bringing the sounds in and out of the mix.
So all the recordings are unprocessed and just have made the volumes equal.
So first up is steel string guitar.
Here I had problems with the sound when it was in Virtual ANS as the Lower E-String and A-string got to boomy and had to cut out the lower frequencies. So as you hear in the Virtual ANS version it does not sound too exciting but together it makes a big difference and can see myself using this as an effect for my acoustic guitar recordings.
I also have recorded solos on the lower strings and it sounds pretty good in Virtual ANS when you just skip the lower string directly.
This gave me the idea that it is interesting to make sample instruments out of some instruments like this one for example. As it gets it's own character being Virtual ANSed.
Recorded this with a microphone application called Viberant directly on the phone.
To do ethereal choirs and suchlike is something that I think Virtual ANS could be good for.
Forgot to render a mixed together version but think that it is enough with just the clean and the Virtual ANSed version.
Now I will present you with two small compositions. The first one recorded using a dynamic microphone and this is a bad idea for recording acoustic guitar, but think that the extra noise added to the atmosphere. Also must mention that there is some cats in there as well... Was going to do some music just using cat sounds but suddenly started to bring in more and more guitar.
The guitar is so to speak sequenced meaning that I have copied and pasted notes into sequences... This would of course be much easier if the guitar sounds was made as brushes...
But made this before I did my first brushes.
Think that it sounds interesting and this is the good thing with having Virtual ANS on your phone anytime and anywhere...
Think that the atmosphere that can be achieved and some of the things that you can do is not possible in other ways or at least not to easy.
To just use the application to make ambient soundscapes is to sell it short.
There will be two more parts to this series on Virtual ANS...
The next one will be how to use it for something that is not even music related
and think that nobody have thought of using it in that way!
But think that it will be posted in four days or so as I have commitment to other things and also because there is some preparation needed...
Easy times Frank Malm
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