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I'm trying to stretch out water to make it so that it is kind of on repeat. Only a certain portion of it. How do you do that, with a compressor or EQ?? Seriously, what kind of layering techniques would you tell someone to do and stuff if there was a ray gun to your head that would turn you inside out in a half hour?

Or to time blur the .wav/aiff

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@Chris, from what I understand you trying to make your water segment last longer and loop for a given amount of time? Then you mentioning compressor and EQ just blurs it all for me... – Justin Huss Apr 12 '11 at 22:59
I'm kinda wanting to make it stretch out and blur I wasn't sure which tools were recommended for a thing like this so I tossed a few out – Chris Apr 12 '11 at 23:12

I am more than certain this will give you a cool idea: the cicada principle (via one Tim Prebble)

... aaaaaaand if repetition isn't your thing, try Notam Mammut ?

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Great posts, georgi.m…tanx! – Chris Apr 12 '11 at 23:34
@Georgi.m, thanks for that Cicadas article. – g.a.harry Apr 13 '11 at 0:39

Duplicating and cross fading might work depending on how long your audio file is?


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Tried and true methods include:

  • Duplicating and crossfading
  • Duplicating and reversing
  • Combination of the above 2
  • Varispeeding to make longer sections, then using them as layers underneath the original.

Fancier methods include:

  • PT elastic time
  • Paulstretch renders
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Although reversing a water track could prove quite sketchy though, much in the same vain that glass can't simply be reversed to extend the effect? I guess it all depends upon the clarity of the water (e.g. a constant 'white noise' of a waterfall would probably reverse fine, babbling brook not so well) – Stavrosound Jul 21 '11 at 19:25

Have you got anything you can do Granular synthesis with? I've found that can work quite well with water if you only have a small amount of source material to work with.

Also adding a little white noise might help, perhaps with a slow-moving LFO on a filter or on the amplitude.

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Check out GRM Freezing; if set carefully it can create an endless track from only a short source sample.

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That is an awesome idea. Has anyone ever done that before with any other plugins? – Chris Apr 13 '11 at 6:36

If you're on Mac OSX, these are similar to the GRM Tools but free:


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