I woke up the other day to the sound of an owl outside my apartment window. I couldn’t see where it was, or what species of owl it was, but judging by how loud I could hear the animal, it was close.
I grabbed the only recording device I had handy at the time… my iPhone. I then isolated a tone that I liked, and put it through PaulXStretch to create about a 30 second tone. After several gentle passes of noise reduction, I had something that I was happy with. I pitched the tone to F3, and spread the single note across the keyboard in Kontakt.
A huge shoutout to David Hilowitz for his Kontakt tutorials! This was my first attempt at scripting, and his walkthrough made the process painless.
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Ghost Owls, and a bonus use tip from me!
I love this sound, but I wish it didn't suffer from the noise. It's not THAT bad though. Right now it creates a more chilly aesthetic. Without the noise I feel that it would match even more soundscapes. As I was messing around with the controls, I noticed that sometimes the sample reminds me of the wind that passes through slight openings, creating a howly sound. If you match this with the pitch-bend, you can indeed hear it! Unfortunately the samples don't loop forever, so you will have to re-press them every now and then.
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
I love the ghostly, ethereal textures in this spooky pad sound. When making the demo track I tried to channel some Twin Peaks atmosphere, as that series was no stranger to Owls. Only uses sounds from the library. No effects used other than a tiny bit of EQ and light mastering.
Owl Be Good!
This has a choir like sound. I don't know how the creator got the owls to sound like a choir, but great job. If you are looking for a choir alternative, consider the Owl Choir!