Trying to do an assignemnt for college requiring a forest ambience and an anthropomorphic bird. I’ve had trouble replicating birdsong in a satisfactory way. It must be made using only the base VCV modules, any advice on how to approach this? Thanks.
Check this one:
a starting point
this patch is not for birds only, but frogs and other stuff
play a little bit with the knobs, of course if you are a beginner you will learn nothing from this
some really good stuff of course on youtube, learning is not immediate but the results are way different
a simple kinda wind can be done with noises and formant filters, try putting different sources into a mixer and pseudo-randomize the levels
… I would start by sending a gate/trigger into a filter with high resonance. ADSR into its cutoff and then vca.
For what it’s worth, some songbirds can produce two sounds independently, one from each side of their syrinx: Syrinx (bird anatomy) - Wikipedia
My favourite patch (not mine) from March 2021
Bird.vcv (2.3 KB)
I can’t not jump on these challenges when they present themselves I don’t want to have done that assignment for you if you’d like to figure things out for yourself - behind here is what I’ve come up with:
I have always been fascinated by that bird ability.
There was one time in high school when I had some congestion in my nasal passages, and somehow it was creating its own vibrations when I hummed. So for a brief moment I was able to produce two tones at once. It was pretty wild.
Here you go. Let it play for a bit.
birdsong.vcv (2.5 KB)
super patch! and how much I like this reverb…always been one of my favourites in Rack!
I guess most of us at some point have heard about Throat singing, where a human can produce two tones/notes at the same time. Specifically Tuvan/Mongolian throat singing. Throat singing - Wikipedia
Some people can take this polyphonic overtone singing to musical extremes. Check out Anna-Maria Hefele demonstrating and explaining/visualizing her extraordinary techniques.
And a shorter version for those with a limited attention span
Here’s a patch/sketch that brings some ‘Life’ to VCV Rack that I remembered I had created at some point in the past. Kwurqx - Life.vcv (9.9 KB)
You could use some of the bird/animal/creature sounds/techniques in that patch as an example.
Apparently I didnt bother to have the Rampage Envelope Generators (loop mode) triggered automatically at start up. So, they need manual triggering in this patch.