Question about sound design on Autechre's song feed1

Hello,

I really like the low base sound on Autechre’s feed1 track that’s most pronounced at about 1:45. How do you think that it was made? Here my my guesses:

  1. A single gritty oscillator put through one or more filters (bandpass, notch, or something).
  2. Maybe vocoder output using non-voice carrier and modulator sounds
  3. The name “feed” maybe implies a feedback of some type

Any ideas?

Cheers,
Bret

I think some PWM and some filters could get close. I don’t know how they do it, but I made a fairly bad attempt: https://youtu.be/R6gqUSi2YEY

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@outofnowhere Thanks! That’s awesome. I wonder if we should start a thread on the Patches forum called “Recreate this sound”? People could post examples for others to try and reproduce? Ha ha ha. Could be pretty fun. I’ll try my hand at feed1 synth myself soon. I’m going to approach it a little differently.

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autechre is my top favourite, i know they work with max. I wonder if some of their stuff can be achieved with vcv

I was trying to get a “BRAAAM!” sound a while ago, and my results sounded somewhat similar. I had a REFTONE module set to C1 feeding an Audible Instruments Modal Synthesizer. Here’s the text from the vcvm preset file:

{
  "id": 407,
  "plugin": "AudibleInstruments",
  "version": "1.5.0",
  "model": "Elements",
  "params": [
    {
      "id": 0,
      "value": 1.0
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    {
      "id": 1,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 2,
      "value": 0.960999966
    },
    {
      "id": 3,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 4,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 5,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 6,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 7,
      "value": 1.0
    },
    {
      "id": 8,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 9,
      "value": 0.205500022
    },
    {
      "id": 10,
      "value": 0.181500018
    },
    {
      "id": 11,
      "value": 0.5
    },
    {
      "id": 12,
      "value": 0.333499968
    },
    {
      "id": 13,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 14,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 15,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 16,
      "value": 0.993000031
    },
    {
      "id": 17,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 18,
      "value": 1.0
    },
    {
      "id": 19,
      "value": -0.00900005363
    },
    {
      "id": 20,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 21,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 22,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 23,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 24,
      "value": 0.0
    },
    {
      "id": 25,
      "value": -0.396000057
    },
    {
      "id": 26,
      "value": 0.772000253
    },
    {
      "id": 27,
      "value": 0.0
    }
  ],
  "leftModuleId": 412,
  "rightModuleId": 362,
  "data": {
    "model": 0
  }
}

Then I ran it through a VCV DELAY module for some echoey goodness for the BRAAAM!, but the Autechre bass sounds much . . . dryer(?).

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