The 555 timer is prob's the most famous IC (Integrated Circuit) ever created, It was created by Hans Camenzind in 1971 and there is over 1 billion of these made each year 😮, I know.
I am using this to create a Square Wave (ish) and will make a track out of it.
Let's Begin Y'all.
Below shows the schematic and breadboard design I used for the square wave.
The Schematic of the astable circuit.
Wiring of the schematic, this has 2x circuits built.
The NE555P IC
The 555 timer doing its thing and recording one sample into Ableton Live. I set the capacitor to different values to gain a higher pitched sound.
The Sampling Instrument Process
Once the circuit had been created I used a 3.5mm jack to input the sound via the audio interface which created a recording, this was then tuned to match C, so when I put the sampled sound into a sampler It would be able to be played within any key via my keyboard.
With this in place I wanted to create a thicker sound, I then duplicated the sampler, and now having 2 of the same sound playing at the same time resulted in a overall louder sound, I didn't want this so I took it a step further, I de-tuned the both samples +/- respectively and panning each instrument slightly left and right, this ended up giving the sound movement as it pulsed in and out of phase with each other.
As the examples below show in the Audio Examples Before and After
Taking this into different elements of the track I then produced the following from this sampled instrument, Bass, Arp Lead, Arp and Pad the following are below to solo what they sound like.
Above shows the overall structure for the track, using feeling instead of a generic structure I felt this would be more meaningful and would keep the listener interested to the end.
The vocals was taken from the sample pack Isaac Saierre Vocal Phrase's (Available Now), Knowing the track was in C Major I could use either A Minor which is 6 semi tones above C or I could Stick with C major samples, I picked out some phrases which suited the melodic structure and warped the vocals to give it a bit of a edge.
Further Processing was done with adding Reverb, Delay and Pitch shifting to the vocals