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Using Keyboards & Synthesizers as Backing Instruments : How to Use Synth Pads as Backing Instruments

August 24, 2019


BEN ANDERSON: Hi. I’m Ben Anderson with Expert
Village, and I’m here today to talk to you about pad sounds in the keyboard. Pad sounds
are common sounds used in supporting role for rock bands and any other sort of band.
What a pad sound can do is really help fill out any empty space that would normally be
there without the use of a keyboard. For example, a pad sound might sound a little something
like this. Pad sounds tend to have a much lower frequency
because their main purpose is to not stand out in the particular song that you might
be using it on. It’s there mostly as a support. That’s probably one of the greatest things
about pad sounds and there are many different types of pad sounds. That’s just one example
of 20 different pad sounds that I have in this particular keyboard. Some keyboards have
less, other keyboards have even more and for support, there’s nothing better than using
a pad sound. In fact, when I play with my band, I use these pad sounds more often than
any other different type of sound, mostly because I know my role in the band as simply
being there for support. The good thing about pad sounds is you have all these different
types of sounds that you can acces throughout you data bank of sounds. In this particular
keyboard, there is a switch itself for particular pad sounds so all I have to do is just go
to the pad sound and I can cycle through all different types of pad sounds. There’s a sine
pad that sounds like this. Another pad sound sounds a little like this. Those are a little more rhythmic pad sounds
that you could possibly use. I tend to stick with ones that aren’t as rhythmic because
when filling, when being a supporting role, you’re not there for rhythm, you’re there
often times just to sit and play chords and to sustain chords, to emphasize the chords
that are currently being played.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Flyingwire February 24, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Thanks,, nice and informative video,,, I've just discovered the awesomeness of pad sounds.

  • Reply Dylan G July 17, 2008 at 4:03 am

    pads are especially good for garage band, a music program on macs. Its great.

  • Reply Woodlediedoo January 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hahahaha I laughed my ass off xD

  • Reply fullmontis January 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    expert village, what a waste of time. Really.

    I yet have to view one video from them that says something even remotely useful.

  • Reply Brandon Gooby July 6, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Do you have to download different sounds from a computer onto that?

  • Reply Adam Sherman August 22, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Fuck yeah where do i get one of those keyboard that have those dreamy rythimic sounds shit makes me wanna smoke or fall asleep

  • Reply RoyalBlue43 October 27, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Can't you at least line-in that shit so we don't have to hear the keys clicking?

  • Reply Joar Balstad October 31, 2010 at 10:01 am

    that pad (first one) sounds great. Im trying to find some soft pads like that for garageband. But the ones I´ve come across sounds more like leads. Anybody have any advice for freeware?

  • Reply Joar Balstad October 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

    that pad (first one) sounds great. Im trying to find some soft pads like that for garageband. But the ones I´ve come across sounds more like leads. Anybody have any advice for freeware?

  • Reply Delante Kendricks May 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Yo give the guy a break!

  • Reply Pete8r January 4, 2012 at 4:20 am

    @ScorchinBeats no…wat abt if ur playing jazz….what abt R&B…or maybe neo-soul..oh wait gospel…dnt speak abt wat u dnt know okay mannn..

  • Reply Rhythmicons July 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I think he misued frequency for amplitude

  • Reply GK95 October 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

    A decent expertvillage explanation, my god.

  • Reply João Paulo Alquéres April 6, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Excelent explanation. I have the same role in my band and I didnt even know what pad means… thanks a lot.

  • Reply Sliminator2023 May 9, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Any time he touches the keyboard it's like. It's orgasmic for him lmao. But he helped. Really understand their purpose so thanks buddy lol I never use them really I just somehow find a way but I realize I need to incorporate them in more

  • Reply Gary Paro August 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    This is without a doubt the greatest comment ever written on youtube! :

  • Reply Daniel Mori October 25, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    useful vid. cheers

  • Reply Iam Jay May 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    what pad sound is it tht he used first?

  • Reply Mofo Jackson March 6, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Thanks man, was helpful 😀

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