• May 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm #25909
    HVYW8HVYW8
    Participant

    Just starting out with sound design/synthesis and was wondering how I might recreate the instrumental to this song. Been having a hard time trying to make both the bell/piano at the beginning, also the bass and pad.Thanks!

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    May 14, 2019 at 9:42 am #26233
    joehanleyJoe Hanley
    Keymaster

    The Bell Piano is the trickiest. Try this:

    Oscillator: FM between two sine waves. Raise the carrier (the oscillator on the receiving end of the FM modulation) Semi to 12 (1 octave). Dial in a small amount of FM. This way we get mostly a round sine wave for the body of the sound, with a layer of bright belly FM on top.

    Amp Envelope: Set Attack to 0, so that you hear a little “pop” at the beginning of the sound. Long Release

    Unison: 2 voices, wide Spread, mild Detune. And set it so the voices Phase starts over with every note, and then quantize the chord notes so that they start at the exact same time. This will make that starting “pop” really prominent.

    Chorus: Wide, 50% mix, Medium Rate. This will soften and spread the sound a bit more

    Reverb: big Size, About 30% Mix

    Voices: Poly, 4 voices.

    Bass

    Oscillator: Saw

    Filter: Low Pass, 24 dB, turn the Cutoff way down, and crank the Drive. You’ll have to play around with the Cutoff and Drive a bit, but essentially you’re going for a really round, saturated bass

    Pad

    Oscillator: Saw

    Unison: 4 voices, medium-wide Spread, Detune strong enough to make it kind-of wobbly

    Filter: Low Pass, 24 dB. Turn the Cutoff pretty far down, and turn up the Res quite a bit. We’re looking for a nice round sound, but the Res will shape it by pushing it out in the low-mids a bit.

    May 15, 2019 at 6:37 pm #26259
    HVYW8HVYW8
    Participant

    God bless you man! I really mean it, it was taking me forever to try and get close to each of these sounds on my own and even then I was a long way off! How long did it take you to figure each out?

    On a side note you mention the voices in “Unison:” to be 2, and at the end you say Voices = 4? What do you mean by that?

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    May 16, 2019 at 4:25 am #26268
    Colin1970Colin1970
    Participant

    You just need to practise more often and will master the synth sounds. Joe uses his own Primer VST to give you the exact values to re-create the sounds you requested.

    May 16, 2019 at 6:05 am #26273
    joehanleyJoe Hanley
    Keymaster

    God bless you man! I really mean it, it was taking me forever to try and get close to each of these sounds on my own and even then I was a long way off! How long did it take you to figure each out?

    Bass and pad took a few minutes. The bell piano was more complex and required some experimentation with the FM settings, so maybe 10 minutes.

    On a side note you mention the voices in “Unison:” to be 2, and at the end you say Voices = 4? What do you mean by that?

    Unison is when you duplicate an oscillator and detune the duplicates away from each other in order to create a smearing and pulsating effect. You can choose the number of duplicates (in this case 2). In Primer there’s an actual Unison setting. In many synths, instead of having a Unison section, there will be a Voices/Detune setting in each Oscillator.

    Voices = 4 refers to the overall number of synth voices, i.e. how many notes you can play at once. It’s usually found near the Voice Mode (Mono, Poly)

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