Drum Synthesis: Wavetable Hats

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Today what we are going to be looking at is creating a 808 style hi hat, after you have followed this tutorial you will have all the custom 808 style open and closed hi hats you desire. So lets get started.

Thou wavetable has a category section called noise with some great wavetables they don't have the traditional noise sound we need to make, thou there is a trick to turn these into a hi hat. Now, lets see how we can do that.


Start by loading the sweep noise and set the wave position to 64%. This will create our initial sound, but in the future try swapping out the wavetables and position for new and exciting hi hats.

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I think you would agree this is not really a hi hat, to make this more noisy we need to use the OSC FX’s, and more specifically the FM effect. Set the amount to 100% and tune to 88%. Now we are cooking, this is way more like a hi hat.

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Lets control the timbre of the hi hat by using the filter. In this case lets use the band pass filter so we can filter out the low end and super highs. Set the frequency to around 6kHz. And engage the filter circuit to drive the signal, lets just max it out. This will create a edge to our hi hat

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If you want more ring in the signal, you can use the resonance, this creates a nice bell sound in the hi hat.

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Amp Envelope:

Last thing we need to do is set up the amp envelope. Set the sustain to -inf dB, then use the decay and release to control whether the hi hat is open or closed.

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As you can see with a little trickery we can turn any wavetable into a drum sound. Remember for the future to explore your different oscillators effects and different filter types. And as always if you have enjoyed this sign up to our email list.