Synth Creation From Scratch in NI Massive with OhmLab – Part 3 (of 10)

The Third in a 10 part series of tutorials by ΩhmLab using NI Massive exclusively to create every component of a complete song.

Part 1: Creating a unique background element with NI Massive

Part 2: Harmony, Rhythm with atmosphere

Over to Chris…
Thank you for joining us for the third installment of this fun series where we are building a song entirely out of sounds that are being created from scratch within Massive.

So far we have created a quirky little background element and a subtle bass element, both of which are being driven by the stepper to generate the tonal rhythmic sounds that will provide us with a unique feel to this project.

This time around we will be building a bigger piece of the song, a nice gentle synth sound that will utilize some of Massiveʼs more powerful features.

Letʼs get started by selecting a few oscillators, rather than just one like we have in the last two walkthroughs. Go ahead and select the Melofant wavetable from the drop down menu in the OSC 1 panel.

NI Massive Synth

Next, move down a bit to the OSC 2 panel and select the Polysaw I wavetable.

NI Massive Synth

And now for the third base sound, I have selected the Additivemix III wavetable from the OSC 3 panel.

NI Massive Synth

Our next task is to make a few adjustments to get the right sound before we begin manipulating it. Go ahead and take a look at the changes made in the image below.

NI Massive Synth

As you can see the tutorials are beginning to pick up in speed and expecting you to have become a bit more comfortable with the application and where things are located. If you have any troubles keeping up, please do not hesitate to revisit the first two to help familiarize yourself more with the surroundings.

Letʼs begin adding our filters. Starting with the FILTER 1 panel, I chose to go with the Daft filter. And for the FILTER 2 panel I picked the Lowpass 4 filter.

ni massive synth

ni massive synth

Now itʼs time to add some effects and give this sound some character. Move to the FX 1 tab and choose the Delay Synced effect form the drop down menu. Then set the FX 2 tab to control the Reverb effect.

ni massive synth

ni massive synth

The next few setting we make wonʼt be as obvious to the ear until we come back to them again later in the lesson. So do not be alarmed if your sound is not making drastic leaps for the next few minutes, it will in time.

Clicking on the 1 Env tab will bring up the first envelope panel. Do this now and set the various knobs to mimic what you see in the image below. Also set the Morph options to 1 over 1 and set the Loop value to 1. Now do this to both the 2 Env tab and the 3 Env tab.

ni massive synth

Moving now to the 4 Env tab we will create a different envelop which will change the sound completely. Notice the Loop value is set to OFF in this instance.

ni massive synth

Just a couple more quick stops and we will get the chance to set up the first Macros of the series. But first, letʼs make two minor changes. Click on the OSC tab and set it up the same as the picture below by clicking the Rate box, changing the Pitchbend Up value to 2.00 and the Down value to -2.00.

ni massive synth

Now move to the VOICING tab and turn on Pitch Cutoff and Pan Position then click the Chord box on.

ni massive synth

All that is left to do now is set up some Macros and add them to various parts of our newly created instrument. Take a moment to create the following controls and make the necessary adjustments. When you are done your screen should look like the image below.

I set knob 1 as WT-pos, knob 2 as Cutoff, knob 3 as RingMod (RM), knob 4 as FX, knob 5 as Damp, knob 6 as Color, knob 7 as Rate and knob 8 as LFO. I applied 1 to OSC1, OSC 2 and OSC 3. I applied 2 to FILTER 1 and FILTER 2. I applied 3 to MODULATION OSC (which I also set to Oscillator 3 and changed the Pitch value to 24.00). I applied 4 to FX 1, FX 2 and NOISE Amp (which I set to generate White Noise). I applied 5 to FX 1. I applied 6 to FX 2 Color and NOISE Color. I applied 7 to 5 LFO Rate. And I applied 8 to 5 LFO Amp.

ni massive synth

Download the preset for this sound here!

That wraps up the third installment of the series. Thanks again for checking it out. Number four will be out shortly, so check back soon!


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  • Wille

    Just a quick question, whats the point of turning the pitch cutoff and the pan position on in this tutorial? Do they actually affect the sound when the unisono is still set to 1?

    Thank you for a great tutorial, just got a little confused about that part!

  • OhmLab

    Hey Guys,

    Good questions! Basically, it allows be to take advantage of them at a later time.

    Willy, I can jump in real quick add voices through automation in my DAW (Logic Pro), which makes for a cool and unexpected effect that a lot of people never really think of doing once they have a sound made.

    Renato, pretty much the same thing, except in this case I have a good idea of how I want to be able to affect parameters for a certain effect, but I do not want it to be a part of the main sound for the project.

    Since these tutorials are all leading up to a complete song (of sorts), then I figured I should be transparent in everything along the way, and I often time do set myself up for extra flexibility later on during arrangement and mixing. Make sense? Hope this helps!!


    • Wille

      Yeah, makes sense! Actually never thought of automating the number of voices, thanks for the tip, will definitely experiment with that!

      Thanks again for the tutorial and for the quick answer!