How do we create other noise colours other than white and pink noise?

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    Well that sent me down a rabbit hole. The integrator sounds incredible on audio. Sorta sounds like heavy compression. Transformed some breaks I was sending through it, much for the better. Sinewaves sound great through it too. The integrator really wouldn't be out of place in the processor section as an audio effect!

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  • I’m sure it’s known, but may be useful for some... multiply is ring modulation in audio world.

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    digital noise

    white noise & decimator

    (its the digital equivalent of white noise & sample & hold (with oscillator) ... reduces analogue samplerate, hence the decimator ) ;)

    tip: use key follow to decimator frequency (samplerate)

    this sounds much less boring than filtered white noise ;)

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    other noises (is there a special name for this? 🤔)

    white noise and phaser ( turn lfo in phaser down)

    cuts several holes into the frequency spectrum that move with the phaser frequency ...

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    metallic noise

    use the square wave osc drone known from 808 ... plus wave folder

    without wave folder its a cymbal, with wave folder its the Roland HH noise ;)

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    another way to colored noise is

    white noise into 3 bandpass filters in parallel

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    after we have done any /all of this, lets go further down the rabbit hole :)

    now we have peaks and valleys in the frequency spectrum from our boring white noise from methods above ...

    time to use the frequency shifter on this

    for spectral shift 😀

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    if you use these noises as audio source

    they like to have their own amp envelope

    for further flexibility ...

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    extra tip:

    drambo can play noise polyphonic

    this is unusual (it kind of screams do physical modeling with me)


    (to do this connect gate of noise module)

  • extra tip 2:

    use these "new" noises as modulation source

    its distributed random 😉


    u decide in which areas random happens/doesnt happen and how much of it 😀

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    btw. brown noise isnt really a noise "colour", its named after

    Robert Brown, who documented the erratic motion for multiple types of inanimate particles in water. 😎

    The term "red/pink/blue/purple noise" comes from the "white noise"/"white light" analogy; red noise is strong in longer wavelengths, similar to the red end of the visible spectrum.

    (Brownian and red noise are the same thing ;) )

  • wow, thanks for all the noise @lala !

    great info 😎

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  • My favorite noise is 'bit shift noise' and it can partially be emulated bu running white noise thru a decimator set to rough mode and adjusting the decimation frequency, optionally set the decimator frequency to 130Hz and add keyboard tracking (+max) to it for pitched noise.

  • oh, we forgot pitched noise

    record a sample of noise and pitch it up or down in the sampler

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    extra tip 3

    dont forget you can press formants on to white noise via filtering

    so the noise does noisy / breathy aaaah eeh iiih ooooh uuuuh stuff ...

  • have fun exploring and keep your ears open :)

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    To get the 'rough mode noise' we would need to have an option to disable the interpolation in the sample players.

    And well, 'aliasing noise' is also one kind of noise 😎

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    Hm aliasing isn’t very musical

    you play up the keyboard and „the birds of aliasing pitch“ come back down on you …

    nothing I would want on pitched sounds because it plays against you, not with you…

    you play pitch up , it plays pitch down 🤨 frequencies clash and make digital rubbish „noise“ 🤪

    but I know you’re into that „ 8 bit Nintendo sound“ ;)

    whatever floats your boat I guess :)

    mixed in frequency shifter with inverted key follow on frequency should be up your alley ?

    its not really aliasing, but together with bitcrusher and downsampler/decimator it should be in the same ballpark

  • Regarding 'Aliasing Noise' I mainly like it when pitching down short sounds 5-6 (or more) octaves as linear interpolation makes things sound 'muddy' and 'muffled' while no interpolation takes things into granular territory with sharp edges between samples.

    This is also why I really like the 'Rough' mode of the decimator.

    And yepp I've got a fascinations for 'chip type' stuff.


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    6 & 3 db (hipass) spectrum filter (line up)

    its like pink and red (line down) but in opposite direction

    another way to get blue noise is to calculate Cherenkov radiation 😎

    ( I just looked it up)

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    there also is grey noise

    its white noise adjusted to fletcher Munson curve (there are newer more exact studies about this that I keep forgetting the names of but if you say fletcher munson everybody knows what u mean) ...

    (won't work without spectrum filter, complex curve)

    (this is actually interesting cause its adjusted to human hearing and not some technical values you pulled out of the hat)

    u need multiple versions of this as its dependent on level ...

    or something clever that adjusts curve dependent on level (cough @giku ) cool and exotic, never saw this anywhere in synthesizers 😎

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    For percussion the noise I've found most useful is various inharmonic noisy samples inside a flexi sampler. I control the playhead with an envelope and the playback rate allows for a lot of interesting variation. This also allows the noise sample to be pitched somewhat. This is obviously not "true" noise but that's fine in this case.

    I was inspired by Kick 2, which allows for up to 3 different "click" tracks . Also inspired by the DSI Tempest's included pitched noise sample.

    This definitely can be stacked with other techniques discussed by lala and others :)

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