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It's just an article from Sound On Sound magazine (issue May 2010) about Pads. "Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds" guides you through the process of creating a pad sound.
So what is a pad, exactly? Well, in its basic form it’s just a simple chordal keyboard part that follows the chords of your song, its function being to fill out some aspect of the production sonics. What a given pad fills out exactly varies from case to case, though. An important part of the effect is usually in the frequency domain, where the concordant harmonics are capable of filling in spectral gaps and smoothing harshness. But there’s more to many pads than that: the synth can also appear to increase the sustain of chordal instruments such as rhythm guitars and keyboards, and it can also be used to exaggerate the sense of stereo width in your mix.
Overall, it's very informative article (I like that part about "Stereo Width") with some audio examples included.

Article: Sound On Sound - Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds


Steve Reaver said...

A trick I have used is to have two slightly different pads from different synths and pan one to the left and other to the right, creates a wide open feel.

Greeg said...

Yes, it's pretty much about creating very, very slightly different pad sounds panned left and right. Sometimes even small EQ adjustements (to one channel) can make a difference.

Quite often I use ADT plugin (Stereo Image tag here on Vst Cafe) because it makes the "very wide stereo" very fast (just put it on channel and you're set) by doubling the sound and very slightly delaying one signal to another. i like to use it as preview because it's very fast, it's low cpu. Later I can always replace it with manually creating two channels and panning them, and making each channel slightly different.

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