Hihat Tutorial: In this video, I show you how to set up a basic rhythmic block in Steinberg Cubase.
Daw used: Steinberg Cubase 8.5
Samples used: Thomas Penton`s Essentials
Instinct Learning Wiki entry:
The Synthesis of a simple HiHat is fairly straight forward. For the most basic HiHat, all you need is a Noise Generator. Apply an Amplifier Envelope to the generated noise signal. The envelope should have no sustain, short decay, no or very little attack, and no or a short Release. To refine the timbre you can also add a Filter envelope. Furthermore, you can change the character with distortion effects or differently colored noise signals. You can also mix the noise with other waveforms such as for example a sine wave to give the high-hat more body.
HiHat Synthesis Filter, Filter Envelope, and Amp Envelope settings example: