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Exploring Pinging Sounds in Bitwig Studio

Tutorial | Apr 05, 2022

In this video, I demonstrated how to use pinging to create various audio effects with short bursts of noise. I showed how to use an EQ with a steep band pass, a Resonator Bank, a Phaser Plus, a Flanger, and an OMPT Filter to create different sounds with pinging. I also showed how to use a Tool device to make a kick drum sound shorter, a Grid module to create a noise, and how to use a Supermassive to create a resonator bank. Finally, I gave some examples of how to create clicks or excite sounds.

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Questions & Answers

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How do I use pinging in Bitwig Studio?

Pinging in Bitwig Studio is a technique where you use a short burst of noise, such as a kick drum, and then you use EQ, filters, and other audio effects to modulate the sound and create a melody. You can use the Resonator Bank, the EQ2, and the Phaser+ to achieve this. You can also use a tool device to make the sound even shorter.

##What kind of sounds can I create with pinging?
You can create a range of sounds with pinging, from tuned percussion instruments to drones and other sound design elements. You can use a kick drum, vinyl crackles, hand claps, and other audio samples as the source sound. You can also use the noise module in the Poly-Grid to create your own noise.

What is the note receiver in Bitwig Studio?

The note receiver in Bitwig Studio is a device that allows you to bring in notes from the track above. For example, if you have a kick drum playing on the track above, you can use the note receiver to bring in the notes from the kick drum into the sampler or


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[00:00.000] So what's Pinging? Pinging is basically you excite some kind of audio effect with some
[00:14.240] short burst of noise. So for instance if we have a short burst of noise with a click here,
[00:19.080] a kick drum and we take some kind of note clip here and let's see if we go here with
[00:31.320] C3, let's do something like this and then we make the sound super short and then you take
[00:57.480] for instance in EQ, here for EQ plus, take one band, you make the Q pretty steep and then
[01:08.200] you can decide here with the frequency which tonality or which note you want to hit. So we
[01:23.200] can switch in Bitwix Studio to the frequency of C3 so we can type in C3 in the filter band
[01:29.440] here and it switches here to the band of C or exactly to the frequency of C3 and then we
[01:36.040] can use here key track, modulator and modulate, it's based on C3 as you can see with the spread
[01:44.800] of 64 steps we can here modulate by exactly 64 steps and now we can basically play a melody
[02:02.440] with this and not only this you can also modify a bit how it sounds by changing the input
[02:20.680] burst here slightly so it's kind of a synthesizer
[02:41.840] and you can really take any noise burst you want to use can be some vinyl crackling or some
[02:49.440] hand claps just to short burst of something and you can use any kind of audio effect that
[02:57.920] doesn't need to be in EQ and I want to show you a bunch of devices you can use for this
[03:03.480] kind of technique. Of course there's also a specific device exactly for this kind of
[03:11.120] method or for this kind of synthesizer is in Bitwix Studio for instance we have here
[03:16.800] the let's remove this we have the resonator bank which does exactly that it's basically
[03:23.680] in EQ with steep cube curves here or bell settings so when we dial down all the bands here
[03:33.520] zero and just leave the first one in and see we have here frequency to send off frequency
[03:40.680] so we can dial in C3 like before and we have here Q setting and again and then we have
[03:47.680] here yeah let's play this and the key track is built in into this device we can just
[04:02.400] increase here the key tracking so you want to have this one or the fire then you can
[04:14.000] go here to C4 and you can also use the other bands as well of course and dial in your harmonics
[04:31.080] you want to use for this kind of sound so the resonator bank is perfectly made for this
[04:36.680] we have also here some global settings if you have a lot of bands used you just want
[04:40.800] to switch everything one octave lower you can do this here with the global knobs which
[04:46.360] apply to all settings in here right we have also glide nice
[04:57.360] if you mix now you can use this here maybe on a I don't know drum loop or something like
[05:02.480] this and bring in some tonality with this we also can do something like yeah maybe I
[05:09.640] show you this here quickly so let's search for drum loop that's not a drum loop let's
[05:19.360] see what I have here oh yeah it's a drum bass loop nice maybe go to here yeah let's increase
[05:35.600] here the volume a bit like this and we put this here on the audio track so this sounds
[05:45.240] just now like this without yeah let's make it a bit longer so it plays exactly the notes
[06:14.920] you are dialed in here but the key tracking is on there's no notes on this track so what
[06:20.040] you can do is you can bring in the notes from the track above so we use a note receiver
[06:31.960] and we can bring in the notes from the e-kick yeah that's not beautiful but it's
[06:49.800] so something like this but it's not exactly pinging it's just using a drum loop right
[07:07.720] and yeah using a filter to enhance the resonance bring in some tonality but this is what
[07:13.680] you can do so back here to our e-kick but just still just a short burst so you can also
[07:24.760] use of course here filters where we have here a steep band pass you say much much more
[07:34.120] resonance here and resonance is just another word for using increasing the feedback maybe double
[07:43.880] click here when you double click you can see the kind of frequency changes to C3 as you can see
[07:49.720] down below which is nice because now we can use here the key track so we can activate this I
[07:57.400] have this here by default on the filter bank so we can just also already the modulations already dialed in here
[08:04.680] by exactly 64 64 steps because we have a spread of 64 with the root note of C3 so now we have
[08:12.600] the same thing as before as in the resonator bank with the e-tracking dial in we can also go one
[08:30.360] hook the fire so right can make melodies with the kick drum not also the filter works also the EQ
[08:43.640] 2 works 2 the EQ 2 works 2 so every EQ works that has some kind of cue setting and you can so we
[09:01.960] can use EQs we can use filters inside the big studio we can also key track filters and EQs so we
[09:10.120] bring in melody lines if you want to but we can also use something like the new devices here
[09:16.840] for instance the phaser plus right there's a feedback setting look at this one here so
[09:24.600] the only thing you have to change is basically get the speed setting because the speed setting
[09:29.560] changes at the frequency all the time so to delete the speed setting here you can dial it down
[09:46.280] which brings it down to 0.01 Hz which is probably okay but you can also go here to the left side
[09:55.480] and the inspector and say manual over right it switches this here to a mod knob where you have
[10:02.040] to apply some modulation here to do the modulation for yourself basically with a
[10:08.280] modulator inside bitwix studio in the panel so we just leave this alone here and we dial in your
[10:18.040] different modes of the phaser to see what sounds good hey sounds like a glass bottle
[10:37.960] let's see if we can bring in here some key tracking for this knob because it's in percentage
[10:43.400] the only this percentage is not frequency or notes or anything so we have to yeah we have
[10:51.640] to fiddle around a bit so let's use an EQ here at the end and see so we search for
[10:58.280] c3 or send a note let's see so this should be here maybe we also use here
[11:29.080] let's duplicate this here and use a polyscent we can hear if it sounds the same
[11:39.560] yeah kind of
[11:48.680] just tune this a bit so now that we have c3 we can introduce here a key track
[11:54.120] and modulators and we don't know how much we need to modulate this here because there is no
[12:02.200] unit and it doesn't make really sense so so maybe focus here on c4 so let's see if we can hit actually c4
[12:17.240] just as a reference oh yeah so we need to apply a bit more
[12:47.720] I'm trying to hit the same note let's go to c5 here let's see how this sounds
[12:56.120] like the fire the five is here just need to first note
[13:16.280] I should be fine so now we should have here
[13:47.000] it's probably also that all these kind of different modes here have different settings for
[13:54.120] how much you need to dial in the key tracking and where the center frequency is so you have to
[13:59.480] probably tune all these modes differently but you can do it it's possible right and you get some
[14:06.760] kind of weird sounds out of it so it sounds like a glass bottle right oh this also changes the
[14:14.280] pitch here and it also has some kind of delay or latency to it so yeah for a small little glide
[14:28.440] it's probably because you have feedback and you change the delay on the feedback and then the
[14:35.160] the feedback loop basically needs a bit of time to get the new pitch on each iteration right so
[14:43.800] you have the small little pitch up or pitch down so it's not like an instrument you can play
[14:53.880] or there you can use it as a sound design tool I mean you could go in here and maybe
[15:00.120] let's say we really like the sound and you can say bounce post-fader you get a new new sample here
[15:16.680] then you get the sample of the fixed studio and you can use the files here which gives you this
[15:22.920] yeah this sample in here and I really like to track this out from here because when I
[15:30.680] track it out from here it doesn't rebound when I track this one in here you can see it bounce the
[15:37.640] bit with bounces the clip again for some reason so I really like to track this out from here
[15:43.160] yeah that would into in the sampler and now we can use in the sampler here the keytracking by
[15:52.440] right-clicking detect wood key and it says E4 with three cents in there let's see how this sounds
[16:12.840] let's see if it's actually if the pitch is correct by adding a polyscent kind of right
[16:30.680] yeah it's kind of it's the same pitch so yeah you can use it as a sound design tool
[16:36.280] so we can ping some random sounds and then feed it through the FX device and see what comes out of it
[16:44.120] so it's not like you can use the EKK you can also use like I said a sample to clip your hands
[16:51.160] you can crack all some paper or I don't know some random noise vinyl samples also work and then see
[16:59.880] if it's if it sounds good maybe you have some vinyl samples here on my hard drive I'm not sure if I
[17:06.040] offend one vinyl crackle yeah there's a lot of noise in there so let's use this here maybe
[17:30.280] crank up the volume yeah there's a lot of small little pigs in there nice
[17:41.640] so we can use yeah what did I use here the phaser okay let's use the phaser
[17:47.080] yeah maybe you can use the tool device here bring in down the volume and then we're using a follower
[18:04.840] envelope follower then let's bring out the cracks here at least a clip on there
[18:22.600] oh I need to remove the key to keep tracking here oh let's use let's use the key tracking here and
[18:38.680] use the use the notes from above I should delete it then okay so let's go yeah for
[18:54.600] this and we mute all the things on there and in here we use the note receiver to get the notes
[19:08.440] from the tracker bar from here right so a kick nice that's too much glide and I'll use your one
[19:25.880] note I can maybe use it to extract the rhythm from from the vinyl crackle here yeah this is just
[19:44.920] a short cross with using vinyl samples so what else so we can use EQ we can use filters we can use
[19:58.440] the resonator bank can also use something like a phaser of flanger actually did I use the flanger
[20:04.600] we didn't write so let's use a click again yeah no I didn't use the flanger I've used the phaser
[20:15.880] um nice
[20:41.560] yes one way to also make this click much much shorter because you can still hear as a kick drum
[20:50.280] is to use a tool device which I exactly is the same trick I showed before with the vinyl
[20:55.720] crackle but here on default on my tool device there's always this note side chain on it
[21:01.880] because I use it for side-chaining kick drums or side-chaining bass with the kick drum all the time
[21:06.760] um the modulation is just not applied it's just in there so when there's no no side-chain here
[21:14.600] defined you take the notes from the from in front of the device or from the yeah note clip here
[21:24.040] so we can see we get you the notes in from the note clip so to make this sound even shorter here
[21:31.320] from the kick drum we just dial down the volume to infinity so it's completely quiet and then we
[21:38.760] dial in here volume then we can decide here with decay how long it's actually like a transient
[21:50.120] shaper kind of or a gate that uses notes as an input so now we have pretty short yeah clicks
[22:01.240] and also change up at the volume a bit more
[22:31.320] this would probably super nice for creating some tuned percussion so let me um
[22:41.880] dials in here so maybe we take some multiple samples so we have here one here on here
[22:51.560] so let's let's run with four samples um let's call the tuned one this one is tuned to this one is
[23:06.040] tuned three tuned four bam and now we just modulate what do we modulate you maybe random
[23:20.200] this one a bit and we only change the modulation when the note comes in
[23:41.400] all right so we have something like this and then we can do
[23:44.920] um so we have names you define names so we can right click and say bounce
[23:54.440] we have four new samples in here can go to the files tab here we have now four samples in here
[24:02.920] we go to the sampler we say create new mood moody sample and now we can
[24:09.560] just put this in here we have now four samples and now we right click on here the text root key G3
[24:21.000] right act root key act root key okay now we should have here multiple samples in there um distribute
[24:40.920] velocity equally so let's use different samples for different velocity settings this is what you
[24:48.040] can do and then we can play on the keyboard here and with different velocities we use different
[24:59.880] samples and each sample has different tonality to it a slightly different tonality to it
[25:04.680] we can go completely wild with this um which which is what I really like what
[25:26.200] oh yeah let's modulate this this goes way beyond the tutorial right now but I'm really like this
[25:33.080] we'll do the same here we have go for hold we go for retry go on note
[25:45.240] it's even stereo
[25:53.560] so maybe we use also the supermassive here not too much
[25:57.560] just a short delay so now we duplicate this here we make more of these
[26:09.480] five this is six
[26:16.680] seven yeah I can create nice mood moody sample instruments with this
[26:22.360] let's bounce so everything is balanced we can go back to a second track with a sample
[26:35.080] creating moody sample uh oh I deleted back shit
[26:39.720] waiting with the sample
[26:48.120] doing all these tunes here and all the samples in um
[26:53.640] we'll do here I'm not sure if you can do this in batch so like select all and then
[27:01.400] take two with key for all set this for all samples at the same time I'm not really sure
[27:05.720] okay nice okay so now we have this we distribute by velocity here
[27:23.240] so each velocity gets a different sample
[27:25.880] nice so now you have a nice tune percussion instrument
[27:45.720] you
[27:47.720] so nice maybe to have some longer tonalities some more tails on it but for now it's
[28:17.720] oh yeah we need to change the velocity here um so you'll randomize
[28:38.920] so it's a nice sound design tool at least to read pinging in Bitwig studio and you can see it
[28:44.920] leads to new instruments you can build in the sample so another device we can use is of course
[28:51.960] the ompt filter so let's delete the flanger super massive um let's stick with this short burst
[28:59.000] yeah nice and just the comp filter and the comp filter is feedback yeah yeah that's 100%
[29:16.040] feedback now I ends so it should be perfect for creating drone sounds drone sounds or
[29:24.600] yeah I don't know okay long down those lines maybe use a random mode here
[29:35.480] and slightly change frequency here just a tab
[29:40.200] let me go to c3 oh it's a metal position
[29:53.880] you can also use your key track let's try this out oh it's also not not really
[30:15.320] I'm totally matched here with the you have to you have to also try it out here
[30:25.240] what kind of note you hit here so you have to tune it for yourself
[30:28.680] what you can do it
[30:39.000] yeah
[30:44.680] Ah, also negative feedback.
[31:10.840] And also just use without the com filter you can just use for Lalla Supermassive, which
[31:15.480] gives you this reverb.
[31:22.600] You can also use a pretty short delay of 0 milliseconds or maybe 0.2 and a really high
[31:33.560] feedback.
[31:48.360] Also made a video about this how we can use Supermassive to as a resonator bank or as
[31:53.400] a resonator or how we can use it for a physical modeling.
[31:57.680] So at the end of the video I want to give you some examples how we can create some nice
[32:01.560] clicks or excite sounds.
[32:04.680] I showed you here the whole video using the e-kick and the tool to make it pretty short
[32:10.440] or the sound pretty short.
[32:12.040] There's also a possibility of using the grid.
[32:15.800] So you can use the Poly-Grid here and you remove basically everything.
[32:22.760] You use an envelope and you can use the noise module here.
[32:27.360] You have white noise, pink noise, and you can also switch it to stereo to make a short
[32:33.680] pink noise.
[32:34.680] Maybe you get this out here and you get a nice out.
[32:40.040] So we can use then here maybe what we use to use the resonator again, resonator bank with
[32:48.440] I have everything down, you can see three little tracking on.
[33:03.200] And let's enter here some kind of melody.
[33:27.480] When you change it the noise also changes a bit out the sound sounds.
[33:52.960] So using the noise here from the grid is an easy method.
[33:56.840] We can also use for instance something like a saw but instead of using using the sound
[34:12.520] here maybe let's style it down here what's the best method of using a pitch here go all
[34:39.480] the way down basically just get you know the switch here from zero to one in the saw
[34:52.280] wave gives you this really hot really hot crack.
[35:07.200] So if you don't want to use your external devices from BitwigStudio you can also completely
[35:12.080] do this all in the grid.
[35:14.600] So we have your switched off the pre-cords of the saw tool so when I place some notes
[35:20.400] on the keyboard nothing really happens we use your basically a fixed pitch which is E-7.
[35:28.880] So what you can do now is here of course using the com filter in here which has pitch
[35:36.360] tracking enabled so you get this all for free you can dial in on the resonance.
[35:43.360] It doesn't sound right we probably need a high cut I pass you probably want to have
[36:08.920] this over here.
[36:16.640] So this is basically like you know using co-plastron or the physical modelling what I showed
[36:21.880] you in some of my earlier tutorials you can also use here the flanger inside BitwigStudio
[36:38.880] you can pick use a mixer we need zero speed
[37:08.880] oh we need to re-trick on maybe here let's re-trick on the saw tool.
[37:32.880] And there's no pitch tracking on here so we have to do this for ourselves of course
[37:47.000] we can do this by using a pitch and let's relate that.
[38:14.920] Probably not correct here but you get the idea.
[38:44.920] Another technique is instead of using a click sample is using basically nothing.
[39:00.440] So we have here a lot of filters inside the grid I'm not really sure it works also
[39:05.320] with the filter in here but you can try this in a moment.
[39:11.760] For instance if you take here the XP filter and we are in monomode here in the grid and
[39:18.920] we just hook up the filter to the output right so there's no input and I don't press any
[39:25.200] buttons nothing it's just the filter hooked to the output here and we are in monomode
[39:29.720] so the voice is active all we need to do is using here a steep filter for instance a band
[39:36.520] pass for 12 dB per octave and we can just increase here the resonance over this magic line
[39:48.480] and you can see we can hear a sign we can change the frequency of the sign with this one
[39:58.000] here right.
[39:59.000] So if you increase the resonance on some of the devices just high enough then the pure
[40:07.200] fluid or the noise the fluid noise or input noise is enough to excite basically the filter
[40:16.920] and gets you a tonality or tone.
[40:22.200] And I think in all those synthesizers where you just had one oscillator and the filter
[40:26.800] people use that create or the use basically two oscillators so they use the filter with
[40:34.320] high resonance as one oscillator and the oscillator itself as one oscillator so it's basically
[40:42.280] a super all-trick.
[40:45.440] If you want to have more rhythmic stuff then of course you can use for instance something
[40:55.760] like the gate, the device here which outputs just clicked if you want oscillator so it's
[41:09.400] just the slow mode so we have here like these kind of tapes here you can switch this now
[41:15.840] to trigger which gets you uphills which gets you these shorter things here and you can
[41:24.120] also use a trigger and increase the figure speed so feel like this and we can use this as
[41:33.480] an audio input to the filter.
[41:37.480] Oh we can use a clock one tizer.
[42:06.560] And then we need something to change here of course the frequency here so we take a
[42:11.800] quantizer and maybe use the randomize, generate, sample and hold.
[42:38.880] Now we can also use maybe the gate length here to make the burst even shorter.
[43:04.360] Let's try the front filter here, it's like you know it's not so steep so we get more
[43:25.920] of these licks through so it's perfectly reasonable
[43:55.520] synthesizer or patch to do to create sounds.
[44:09.120] The layer is always nice.
[44:36.320] You maybe can also use your multiple of these as a mixer and delay one path slightly and
[44:50.880] use a different filter here, here we go to C4.
[45:13.440] You can also use this for kick drum here, let's see, maybe remove here this, we have
[45:43.200] no pitch input.
[46:12.760] I have, I can use the audio input.
[46:40.480] Oh you bit the distortion.
[46:59.960] Yeah so lost by using filters, no oscillator and just gate signals as an input, it's super
[47:13.120] easy to create something in the grid.
[47:22.880] The last trick is yeah using a triggers here, triggers module like before, like in the
[47:28.480] patch before and the trigger uses the audio output you're going through this AD and also
[47:35.920] the same signal as opening the AD so you get this click and I want to show you that
[47:44.360] you can use actually delay 2 or delay 1 with the feedback, right you get, don't feel
[48:01.640] like this but you can also go here to milliseconds, you get something like this, you can't go lower
[48:27.800] than 10 milliseconds but it's still enough to create some sounds, it's also delay 2, just
[48:46.280] feedback but you can also, don't go lower than 10 milliseconds.
[49:04.640] Don't you get something out of it, so let's modulate this here, we get a different sound.
[49:33.160] And we can sample this, we can sample this, of course.
[50:00.240] And now we can do the same trick as before, we can put this feedback thing into the sample
[50:14.800] here, we loop this bit here, and we find out the root here, and we pitch it all the way
[50:38.080] down, minus 24, we can use it as a synthesizer.
[51:08.080] The feedback is always nice and you can use it in all kinds of situations, it's helpful
[51:32.720] and the nice sound designing tool at least.
[51:35.600] Thanks for watching guys, please make sure you subscribe to the channel, leave a like
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