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Expand the preset bank

Take a preset that uses a sample and swap in one of your own samples. Now you can get an unlimited variety of instruments from the same presets.

Turn an unpitched sample into a pitched instrument

If you load up an unpitched sample (for example white noise or a cymbal) and just try to play it as is, you may not get the result you expect. But you can get interesting tones by slowing it down severely by setting OSC Speed to about 1%.

See the preset Twang for an example. I took a sample from a crash cymbal and slowed it down to get a metallic tone, then used the envelopes to make a plucked sound. Then I mapped the mod wheel to the sample offset so you can get slightly different timbres from different parts of the sample.

Instant backing vocals

Let's say you're mixing or re-mixing a song. You want to add backing vocals at the last minute, but you can't get a hold of your singer. Mopis to the rescue!

Listen: Before backing vocals.

Create an empty program in Mopis and load up a line from your vocal track in the sample table. Then play a long sustained note alongside your actual vocal track.

Listen: Adding backing vocals with Mopis.

Well, it's something. But to be honest, those are pretty boring backup vocals-- maybe we can spice them up a bit. We'll start by playing two different notes simultaneously. We'll pan one note a bit to the left and the other a bit to the right to create a full sound. Delaying the right track by a few milliseconds will make the stereo image seem even bigger. Finally, we can apply a simple lowpass filter (I used the builtin LP12) or an EQ dip to the backing vocals to help keep the lead vocals clear.

Listen: Enhanced backing vocals with Mopis.

No, it's not quite the same as actually recording backup singers, but it's not bad for five minutes of work.