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Creative and unusual WAV files for your convolution reverb plugin
Using convolution reverb as a sound design tool can result in both beautiful and bizarre textures. Drifting resonations, cascading tone-peaks and blurry textures can be created with ease, and each sound is unique to the source that you are playing the effect through. Frostpoint is designed for this kind of creative sound design. It’s a pack of 113 WAV files that are handmade for use in your convolution reverb plugin of choice. These sounds are not typical hall or room sounds but are instead unusual and uncharted sound design. Load a Frostpoint file as the impulse response (IR) in your plugin and play your instrument through it; whether it be a piano, a synth or anything. What you will hear will be a new tone that can be quite unlike what your instrument sounded like originally. It’s perfect for giving a tone a unique character or for designing atmospheres and ambient pads.
Finding the right sound is made easier by the way FrostPoint is organised. There are 5 categories: Crazy, Formant, Natural, Synthetic and White Noise. As well as this, the name of each sample includes its length in seconds. This gives you a good idea of what a particular sample could be used for.
- 113 .wav impulse responses.
- Creative and unusual effects.
- 17 formant IRs that can give any sound a vocal quality.
- All files organised for easy access.
- Great tool for making pads.
- Frostpoint is just .wav files, you will need a convolution reverb plugin to import them too.
The world of unusual impulse responses is largely unexplored. Frostpoint is a pack of IRs that venture into this area. The sounds are quite unlike any other reverb.
A good way of thinking of how convolution reverbs work is that it multiplies the input audio by the IR. IRs that have a pitch can cause horrible resonances when the harmonics of the input audio match the harmonics of the IR. For example if you have an impulse response that is a piano note C, if your input audio is also a C, the harmonics will multiply up to create loud unpleasant resonances. That being said, pitched IRs can sometimes still be useful. Frostpoint contains mostly noise samples. Generally, these are much more manageable.
The first category is called ‘crazy’, these sounds are from synths and some have a slightly pitched element. These are perfect for your more mad sound design.
There are 14 regular formant samples that are made from filtering and EQing white noise to give various vowel sounds. Also, there are 3 ‘real’ formant IRs which are made from real recordings of vowel sounds (minus the pitch).
The Natural samples are made from real recordings; the names of them mostly describe that sound of the IR. These samples are most useful for giving a sound an organic quality.
Synthetic is the next category, these are also from synths and sample manipulations.
The final category is white noise, the starting points for all of these sounds is white noise, but they have been heavily edited to make new sounds; this is perfect for a more smooth reverb.
- If you want to use these samples as reverbs, then you need a convolution reverb plugin.
- 52MB download
- 82MB extracted
- 113 wav files in 5 folders
- 44.1kHz 16bit stereo files.
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