working on a game here and need a whole bunch of water-y sounds like rivers, streams etc .. of various sizes and characters... but given the abstract visuals having realistic water recordings simply won't work

so I need to generate them using a synth (I work a lot with Serum & Alchemy)

starting point is much probably pure noise .. but I need to bring those "sparkly", bubbly motions to it ..

any advice?

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    What is it about the visuals that would prevent you from using field recordings? – Mark Dec 17 '18 at 11:08
  • its style :) I tried but it just doesn't glue .. water sound is too detailed too organic and visuals are beautifully simplistic and plain - also coloring is plain with very simple gradients and details – coroneddu Dec 18 '18 at 10:48
  • Sorry mate, but you're asking a question about how to synthesise an organic sound and then worried about it being too organic. There's going to be a fine line between success and failure on this one mate. Simplest solution is going to be the right one. If I was in your shoes, work from the recordings and fix what needs to be fixed. – Mark Dec 18 '18 at 13:08
  • get your point Mark but this is not the case :) .. our game is heavily based on procedural audio (like any other game I've ever seen.. not even close) so we don't use simple background loops .. for example: I had to create a full sound scape of jungle animals .. field recordings were useless since I needed to have each animal separated and cut into short clips.. so I did every single animal using Serum... synthesizing these type of natural stuff is super convenient cos you also can dial in how much organic-ness as you want .. but I already made good progress with water bubbling ;) – coroneddu Dec 18 '18 at 15:39

guess I've found a good starting point for bubbling:

pink noise --> plugin called "Hysterisis" --> preset ASD_Juicer

but also

pink noise --> plugin called "Molekular" --> preset Sheperd_Sortie

had to tweak stuff but those, for whoever is interested, is a good starting point for synthesized water bubbling


Modulating pink noise would be a basic starting point; from there, you can use techniques like granular manipulation, pitch and frequency warping to make it sound not so 'pink noisy'. But IMHO, using quality recordings of real moving water will most likely yield the best results.

  • thanks Jay .. my question is a bit more specific like: what kind of modulation to replicate to bubbling :) - and as specified recordings of real moving water won't work this time eheh .. more info about why on my comment up there ;) – coroneddu Dec 18 '18 at 10:51

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