The Buzz section of Chaos Designer lets you add unique buzzing, retriever, and stutter remix-style effects to slices in a Groove. It rapidly retriggers Slices in the Element, creating an electronic Buzzing effect. The results with Buzz Chaos can be wild, unpredictable, and great for modern remixes and experimental music.
Watch the Chaos Buzz tutorial for ideas on using this unusual feature.
There are five parameters in the Buzz section of the Chaos Designer that determine how often Buzz FX are introduced and shaped:
This slider controls the probability of how often a slice from the groove is retriggered with the Buzz effect. Raising the slider causes more slices to be “Buzzed” more frequently. You can think of Zero on this slider as being “Never,” maximum being “Always,” and in-between the two extremes are increasing ranges of “Sometimes.”
The small Indicator Switch to the right of the Buzz Slider is the Buzz Attenuator Button. Enabling this switch will reduce the overall volume of the Buzz effect
This knob sets the initial time interval between the retriggers. Since the Buzz retriggering happens so rapidly, the faster time settings actually produce a distinct pitch, so the Time knob also controls the tuning at the higher settings. The lowest settings sound more like a fast delay effect with discrete repeats. Turning the knob counter-clockwise retriggers the slices farther apart and lower in pitch, while turning the knob clockwise retriggers the slices closer together and higher in pitch.
This knob controls the amount and direction of acceleration of the Buzz retriggering. You can think of this acceleration effect like dropping a bouncing ball—each successive bounce is faster and faster until they blur together. Speed controls how fast they speed up or slow down, and also the range / distance of acceleration. Turning the knob counter-clockwise slows down the acceleration of successive retriggers and increases the range. Turning the knob clockwise speeds up the acceleration of successive retriggers and increases the range. Leaving the knob at the center 12 o’clock position turns the acceleration effect OFF, so that you can get a constant rate of retriggering.
This knob controls the maximum amount of chaotic Time variation. When this knob is turned fully counter-clockwise, then no chaotic Time variation will happen. When the knob is fully clockwise, the maximum possible degree of Time variation can happen when a slice Buzzes.
This knob controls the maximum amount of chaotic Speed variation. When this knob is turned fully counter-clockwise, no chaotic Speed variation will occur. When the knob is fully clockwise, the maximum possible degree of Speed variation will occur.
NOTE: Buzz Chaos is not captured in the MIDI File when using the Capture tool.