This past week we sat down with the producer behind Chilled Vocal Chops – a nostalgic and forward-thinking release that works seamlessly across multiple genres .
How did you prepare for this release?
I started by gathering and sorting the best cuts from my extensive vocal library. I’ve been recording and collecting samples over the past few years that I keep going back to time and time again. I then created separate folders for each category of vocal style and length. By separating things into one-shot and loop folders, it enabled me to create a workflow that was both inspiration and quick.
What did you use to create the twisted and chopped loops?
I mainly used a very simple plugin that most people might not be aware of – the FL Studio Granulizer. I’ve been using this plugin for years one end. Its an incredibly powerful tool and my favorite granulizer. Luckily, it’s a native plugin so it comes free with FL.
Explain how you used the granulizer to achieve your sound.
Simply put, its a process of experimentation. There’s no right or wrong way to use it. I normally though start off with a 2 to 4 bar loop (sometimes much longer) of a vocal sample. I then head over to the piano roll and tweak around with different MIDI patterns. Once I’ve got a basic pattern that I feel comfortable with, I press play and start messing around with virtually every knob available on the granulizer. I notice the best results typically come from making small adjustments to three main knobs: Granular Spacing, Wave Spacing and Start.
The Start knob basically tells the granulizer where you want the sample to start from. If you hold down CNTRL (CMD on Mac) while turning the knob, the turning radius becomes a lot more sensitive and you can pick from a more specific part of the sample that you’d like to start the loop from.
The Granular Spacing and Wave Spacing are both self-explanatory and I always experiment with these to the fullest. Another great knob to play around with is the Randomizer. This will give you some real interesting patterns that will really chop any sample to interesting pieces.
Finally, I like to play with the Attack and Hold knobs under Grains. This helps deliver sustain and smoothness to the natural choppy nature of the granulizer.
What are some tips for aspiring producers aiming to create a similar sound?
As with anything, experimentation and patience are key. I think granulizers are fun because they don’t deliver what you’re expecting most of the time. They have a mind of their own and can create a vast array of sounds that would be impossible with any other tool. The key again is patience and anticipation for what it can deliver. It’s a tool worth spending your time on.