Éclat: Dice Rising Edition

Avatar eclatcrew | December 16, 2020

We are so excited to have been invited to be hosting today's workshop as a part of this year's Dice Rising Festival!

DICE Rising is a new experimental online programme for emerging musicians, organisers, and people active in the music community. The three-day programme consists of workshops, mentoring and community-building that will take place online-only from 16-18 December 2020. DICE Rising is designed as a platform for experimentation and exchange, with the goal of creating new channels for skill-sharing and collaboration in the COVID-19 era.

If you've never participated in an Éclat Crew Challenge before, it's quite simple. You have 2 hours to make a track of 2 minutes or less, using this sample + any other sounds, synths or effects that you have in your DAW. Then we'll join back together for a celebratory listening session, to hear all the things that our fellow producers have made! This is not critical listening time; it's just time to enjoy hear how other people made what they made.

Today we will be making tracks using sounds from a YouTube demo of this great delay and reverb pedal, the EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche! I chose it because it has such lovely tones and textures, but you can warp, distort, bend and smash it to turn it into any sound that you like. Download the sample from WeTransfer here.


The event will run like this:

10:00 CET: Join us on a Zoom call to meet, learn about today’s challenge, and connect with all the other producers who’ll be participating!
10:30 - 12:30: Making Time! Everyone has two hours to make a track of up to 2 minutes long using the sample that you can download from WeTransfer here. The Zoom call will stay open, so you can reach out for help and assistance; we’ll be using the breakout rooms feature so that we can help you with your software remotely, if you have questions.
12:30: Deadline to send us your track! Send your track via WeTransfer to eclatcrewberlin [at] gmail [dot] com so that I can collect them all in one place.
12:30 - 13:30: Listening time! Everyone rejoins the Zoom call, we reconnect and chat about the samples, and listen to the things we made.


If you haven't worked with samples before, here's some ideas of ways of processing them and chopping them up:

Chopping Samples in Ableton with Underbelly
Chopping Samples with Ableton Simpler
How To Create & Process A Kick Drum From Any Sound
Novation // Start Making – House
Creating a Kick Drum from Scratch (Logic Pro X)
Advanced Sample Flipping with Andrew Huang
Creative ways of using Loops & Samples in your productions
Logic: Chop and Reinvent Loops in the EXS 24
Ableton: Making Vocal Chops
Ableton: Adjust Pitch in Simpler using Pitch Envelope
Drum Hacks from Maike Watson
How to make a Vocal Chop track
Ableton: Make your samples sustain in Sampler
Bwana: Creative Ways of using Vocals
Novation // Start Making – Techno
Bitwig: Creative Ways of Manipulating Audio
Ableton: Using Reslicing as a Creative Sampling Tool
Bwana: Sampling from Youtube
Logic: Sampling in Logic with “How to sample like Kanye West”
Ableton: 10 Tips To Help You Master Live’s Drum Rack

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