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There is this sound commonly used in trap / rap beats where a screech is sometimes present in the background. It is usually an effect to help set the theme for a song. In the scenario, it is a more creepy dark theme. I have an example to show you what the sound is.

At around 26 seconds the sound I am curious about, appears.

  • Probably just a synth, probably fm, with a highpass and maybe some distortion. I'll make a better answer when i have time – user22688 Oct 21 '17 at 19:31
  • Sure thing, would there be a certain source in which I can find this sound? – fbleb Oct 21 '17 at 19:58
  • I don't understand. I was saying any FM synth. FM from Native Instruments is a good one, or any from this list of free ones bedroomproducersblog.com/2011/09/12/…. You could probably get by with any subtraction synth too. What DAW are you using? It probably has a synthesizer that would would. – user22688 Oct 21 '17 at 20:23
  • OR! You could google "Trap music stab" (or Sweep, or something like that) on a free sound effects website if you don't want to make one yourself. – user22688 Oct 21 '17 at 20:24
  • Okay... I Google it, and the results I have found, seem to be as if I searched something totally different. – fbleb Oct 21 '17 at 20:38
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It's the sampled scream that plays in the very beginning. It's pitched up, or rather played through a sampler instrument which would map the sample to multiple notes on the keyboard.

It does not sound like a synth, as some of the other answers have suggested.

  • Would there be somewhere to download this? – fbleb Nov 16 '17 at 0:56
  • You would have to know where the sample came from. It kind of sounds like it could be from a movie, but it's always possible that the artist himself made it, in which case, that might not be possible. What you could do is just listen to a bunch of different scream samples and find one you like, then pitch it up, or use a sampler. If you're feeling really experimental you could scream into a mic and make your own sample. What software are you using? – Brian Wright Nov 16 '17 at 2:30
  • I am currently using FL Studio 12 – fbleb Nov 18 '17 at 15:53
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So like I was saying in the comments. I think this is an FM based synth stab. I started to make one in FM8 (by native instruments). So I have a one oscillator with a slow attack at a 1 ratio and another feeding into it at a 3 ratio, with a slightly faster attack. Then I put on a shelving filter to cut out all the low end, and added a fat reverb on 100% wet. It's pretty close, but could use a bit more tweaking.

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Alternatively, I was thinking that it sounds quite a bit like an electric drill which has been modified. If you go on a free SFX site, you can find an electric drill, EQ out all the low end, add in some reverb, and have a high-pass filter that opens slowly as the sample is played.

  • I am using Audio Blocks which is an SFX site and I cannot seem to find that 'electric drill' sound. – fbleb Oct 21 '17 at 21:02
  • Not a very good site if it doesn't have something that simple haha. Try any of these: zapsplat.com/sound-effect-categories, freesfx.co.uk, soundeffectsplus.com, freesound.org/browse/tags/sound-effects. This is one that has a list of drills, freesound.org/search/?q=electric+drill The second or third wav would work well IMO. – user22688 Oct 21 '17 at 21:05
  • No luck yet but thank you for the help and assistance. – fbleb Oct 21 '17 at 21:10
  • No luck? I'm sorry if I wasn't descriptive enough or anything. Hope it gets resolved for you! – user22688 Oct 21 '17 at 21:13
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    No problem at all. I'm some-what new to this thread so I was just curious on what exactly that sound was so I could use it. ;) – fbleb Oct 21 '17 at 21:15
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It's kind of hard to hear in your example, and I could be wrong, but it sounds like a trumpet or some kind of brass sample drowned in reverb.

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I may be totally wrong but to me it sounds like that characteristic stab (in the lack of a better word) from Insane in the membrane from Cypress Hill. Probably pitched up quite a bit.

It would kind of suit the genre as a reference to them if it's that.

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