chapter  24
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Sound effects

WithRick Snoman

Sound effects are perhaps the most underrated component of all styles of electronic dance music. They not only play an essential role in a musical transition, but they also add atmosphere, interest, and motion to the record. There are countless forms of sound effect and plenty of sample content available to purchase. These feature various effects from sweeps and risers, to falls, explosions, impacts, and everything in between. Recording sounds from the real world is known as field recording, and sounds that are recorded are called found sounds. This is a new approach to classic sampling. The chapter examines how to create some of the more popular sound effects, starting with the noise riser. The noise riser is a classic effect used in almost every electronic dance music track. The pitched riser is self-explanatory; rather than filtered noise, it consists of a single note pitch that rises and creates a build.