Silat Beksi gives a sound design masterclass for The Source

Ukrainian Silat Beksi has emerged as one of the most prolific and money in the bank artists in minimal and his star continues to rise and rise. Having released on the likes of Pleasure Zone, Olo Records, and our recent charity release it was a no-brainer for The Source to approach him to share some studio science.

Beksi’s music regularly embodies the complex, yet stripped-back aesthetic that does a lot with less, and a major part in this is spot-on sound design. In his tutorial Silat shares his techniques on how to generate the right atmospheric bedding for his tracks…

Can you give us a rundown of your tutorial today?

In this lesson, I share techniques for creating atmospheric parts, using algorithms and sounds built-in Omnisphere.

How important is the background atmosphere in your style of music?

I would like to notice the background atmospheres are not only airy sounds but all possible noises, textures, and soundscapes. It’s more about sound design, so I always pay a lot of attention to creating this type of sound.

Do you exclusively use Omnisphere or is there another VST that you use in a similar way?

Omnisphere is a very convenient area for its ergonomics and built-in tools for creating textures. Using an LFO, Filters, and Arpeggiator, I can manipulate sound as I wish. Its peculiarity is the availability of everything you need onboard.

What makes Omnisphere so effective compared to others?

It is the main VST plugin with a huge library, specially designed for creating atmospheres.

For this technique does working in the box give the best results?

You don’t really have to work inside the box, all depends on creativity. It is worth experimenting and breaking the rules, looking for your own chain of tools to achieve better results. In this tutorial, I showed just 1 way for creating atmospheric parts working in the box.

For those working with hardware can this technique be easily applied? How would you use hardware in this way?

For sure! In this case, we are using the same automation, envelopes, filters, and LFO. So, this technique can be used when working with your lovely samplers or polyphonic instruments.

 

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