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Discover Radio in Your DAW - Create Unique Atmospheric Sounds with This Plug-in

VST Showcase | Dec 23, 2022

In this video, im demonstrating how to use a plug-in called Radio to listen to radio stations in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Showing how to select different genres and radio stations, as well as how to save clips from the radio and drag them into a sampler. I also demonstrate how to use a pitch map or retune for pitch correction, as well as how to use a convolution reverb and auto leveler. I use tomophone and synth to create some music with the radio samples.

This plugin is a radio plugin that allows users to listen to radio in their DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It has a directory of different genres of radio stations and also includes a convolution reverb for playback over speakers or phones. It also includes a randomization button and the ability to save clips from the radio. It can also be used in conjunction with pitch maps, retune, and other plugins for a unique generative drone sound.
You can buy "Radio" the Plugin on Plugin Boutique

What can you do?

There are many things you can do with a VST plug-in that plays radio stations in your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Here are a few ideas:

Use it to add texture and depth to your tracks. You can record snippets of radio broadcasts and use them as samples or loops in your music. This can add a unique, organic feel to your tracks.

Use it to create ambient soundscapes. You can use the radio plug-in to create atmospheric soundscapes by tuning in to static-filled or distant stations and adding effects like reverb or delay.

Use it as a source of sound effects. You can tune in to news or talk radio stations and use sound bites from broadcasts as sound effects in your tracks.

Overall, the possibilities are endless and it all depends on your creative vision and the music you want to make. Experiment and have fun!

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[[00:00.000](https://youtu.be/rs[[00:00.000](https://youtu.be/qwTv0ZiT6LA&t=0)] Hey folks, today it's about this plug-in here called radio and I'm using this for multiple
[00:06.440] years now and it's probably my weirdest, most loved plug-in error because it's so obscure
[00:14.660] in a way to listen to radio in your DAW but that's what it does basically.
[00:21.660] You can select here with the load menu, radio directory, you can select some radio stations
[00:27.160] for instance here, blues radio, like you have multiple blues radio stations that play these
[00:33.280] kind of music 24-7 every day.
[00:38.100] So you can go into different genres here, select some radio stations and then listen
[00:41.880] to some music, like here some vocal chants, you have also your convolution reverb in there
[00:51.600] so you can maybe say I want to listen to this over a small portable speaker or maybe a telephone.
[01:04.040] So you have some kind of convolution already included in that if you want to use that.
[01:11.840] And there's also here a randomization button so you can click on it and then it selects
[01:15.920] a random radio station for you and if you hear something you really like, for instance
[01:22.040] this portion here, you can select it by click and drag and then say save selection here,
[01:32.160] click on it and then you can say on the left side here it then kind of saves the clip.
[01:38.400] You can play this clip back or if you want to just drag it into your Bitwig, into your
[01:44.160] door or into your sampler and then use it in the sampler.
[01:48.720] So let's stop this here, maybe use the sampler and then just drag it into the sampler here
[01:58.520] and then we can use this, this is kind of a single pitch here we can use.
[02:13.720] You can say add the dectrude key or maybe use textures mode here, right?
[02:39.880] And then maybe use reverb on it and use it for some drones for the background.
[02:46.760] Let's go with this one here.
[03:01.560] So this is something you can do.
[03:04.720] What I also like to do is maybe instead of dragging this out here, we just put after
[03:14.160] the radio thing here a pitch map or you can also use retune if you want to use that.
[03:19.880] So some kind of pitch correction tool and then maybe you choose your scale, we want
[03:27.520] to use the sharp natural minor.
[03:43.840] Use reverb on that and use it as a kind of a drone machine, maybe a filter.
[04:04.160] Like this, then maybe blow machine here, halftime plug in and then because the radio always
[04:16.520] plays a new kind of audio bit, it's like real random generative drone machine that always
[04:27.000] plays in the right scale.
[04:42.560] And then you maybe sample it and put it into the sampler or something like this.
[04:49.160] So then we can also use the new plug and I showed you in the last video on my phone,
[04:58.440] which I'm still seeing in the demo version here.
[05:02.520] Go to the editor and then maybe select just something we saved earlier.
[05:09.040] Maybe something longer.
[05:14.440] Something like this.
[05:17.280] So we drag this here into the import audio box, create a new sample and it kind of creates
[05:25.400] your multiple pitch regions from this one sample.
[05:31.080] So we save this here as a bands model, go back to the synth.
[05:41.160] Then maybe try this out here, how this sounds.
[05:49.080] Maybe we change here the depth of the modulation, want to have more attack, more release.
[06:05.760] We filter on it, the beginning and then the release, maybe on the loop.
[06:20.400] Something like this, more voices.
[06:25.120] And then of course we also use reverb on that, great tone to see a bit down volume bias.
[06:48.360] We can still use this here in the background as a nice noisy background drone.
[07:05.680] Maybe we can use our auto leveler, I showed you in one of my recent videos.
[07:12.200] We have always a nice audio level here.
[07:24.320] Then bring this down to minus 6, it's 10, more minus 12.
[07:49.600] So this should be perfectly in pitch, so we can use some kind of bass sound to it.
[08:15.640] Let's try it, yeah, sounds good, so we use an op here, there should be mono here.
[08:41.640] Maybe randomize this.
[08:58.680] Can't wait to do that.
[09:16.680] And then we play some kind of bits here with tomophone alongside this drone here.
[09:44.200] And then we play some kind of bits here with tomophone alongside this drone here.
[09:54.200] And then we play some kind of bits here with tomophone alongside this drone here.
[10:04.200] And then we play some kind of bits here with tomophone alongside this drone here.
[10:32.200] And then we just loop this portion here.
[10:36.200] Maybe reduce the volume here a bit.
[10:42.200] Maybe minus eight.
[10:48.200] So we have a nice drone here just coming from the radio.
[10:52.200] And I have no idea what's playing in here at the moment.
[10:56.200] Because we're putting this through the pitch map here in the filter and reverb.
[11:02.200] And a halftime thing here.
[11:06.200] We are still in pitch.
[11:08.200] We are still in the right volume level all the time because of the outer level here.
[11:14.200] And yeah, we have a nice background drone.
[11:30.200] So maybe we could try out here some interesting bits here.
[11:36.200] Maybe use the rayon thing again.
[11:42.200] Oh yeah, vocals are also in there.
[11:48.200] Some radio chatter.
[11:50.200] It's the right version.
[11:58.200] So let's go here maybe for some jazzy stuff.
[12:08.200] You are always at the right place every time.
[12:14.200] After watching that I don't get copyright strike.
[12:18.200] A pitch map on there.
[12:22.200] We know the scale.
[12:26.200] Natural minor and D sharp.
[12:50.200] Maybe take this bit here out.
[12:54.200] Save selection.
[13:00.200] Or maybe track this out here.
[13:14.200] And then maybe try to find here some kind of synchronization with that.
[13:24.200] Let's actually just use it.
[13:34.200] So we can take a stretch.
[13:38.200] We are in stretch mode here.
[13:40.200] It's raw.
[13:42.200] Let's go for stretch.
[13:46.200] Let's correct some bits here.
[14:02.200] Maybe not perfect.
[14:18.200] Maybe just take the baseline bits.
[14:38.200] Like this.
[15:04.200] Also like this.
[15:14.200] Maybe too fast.
[15:32.200] Okay, so maybe some synths to it, Polymer.
[15:38.200] I need of course some supermassive and I'm using a VST2 because sometimes I have problems with the VST3.
[16:06.200] Or instead of Polymer maybe a stage piano.
[16:28.200] Could also be nice.
[16:34.200] Let's take the same preset.
[17:04.200] Maybe some drums to it.
[17:18.200] I don't know.
[17:20.200] But I just wanted to show you how you can utilize the radio plug in to get some nice atmospherics out of it.
[17:28.200] Maybe some sample ideas.
[17:30.200] It's probably also nice to show up some hip hop drums and drum and bass stuff.
[17:34.200] And sometimes it's really nice to sample things because you get this organic feel into your productions.
[17:42.200] It's not that static and too synthesized all the time.
[17:48.200] So sometimes some samples are really good to make everything a bit more colorful, vibrant, organic.
[17:58.200] There's a link in the description below.
[18:00.200] I think it's only 8 pounds or something on plug-in boutique.
[18:06.200] So link is in the description. Check it out.
[18:08.200] It's a nice plug-in. Nice to have.
[18:10.200] Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video. Bye.