Bring Down The House With This Massive Avicii Preset
[aside title=”Pro Tip!“]Using Parabolic Shaper is a great way to add more depth to your Supersaw sounds![/aside]
Whether you love him or hate him, Avicii has created, or used, some pretty unique sounds in his productions. In my opinion, he has a talent at making the familiar seem unfamiliar and by that I mean he can take a saw oriented sound and make it sound fresh. In his track Wake Me Up, he did just that. Without further ado, lets make this Massive Avicii preset.
First, lets get the structure of the sound out of the way so click on the Voicing Tab in Massive. Make sure Polyphonic is selected and you need to have 6 voices in unison. It’s also very important to select Pitch Cutoff in the Unison Spread section and move the slider up so you get that huge detuned saw sound. Follow the picture below to set up the routing properly. The items of note are the INS1 and INS2.
Lets now get the Oscillators out of the way. In Oscillator 1 Choose the Math II waveform and leave it on Spectrum. Tune it up to +12. Wavetable position, intensity and Amp should all be at 100. In OSC2 grab the Square-Saw 1 waveform and pitch it up to +12. Follow the pic below for the rest of the settings. In OSC3 use the Math 1 waveform and pitch it up to +24. Slide the WT and the Intensity up to 100 and have the Amp around 75% of the way up. Use the Modulation OSC to add some Phase to Oscillator 3. You can see the settings in the picture below. Note that in OSC1 I have modulated the pitch using an LFO. It can just be done using a standard sine LFO at medium intensity. This is just to add some more detuned feel to the sound. Also, OSC2 has a macro assigned to it modulated the pitch up to .51. Again, this just adds more depth to the sound.
The Envelopes are pretty straight forward in this Massive Avicii preset. In ENV 1 you want to have a real short decay time and in ENV 4 make sure to dial the release back a bit.
The next thing we need to do for this Massive Avicii preset is to set up the filters. In Filter One, choose Daft. Keep the resonance all the down and turn the Cut Off to about 35%. Now take the ENV 1 you just made above and modulate the Cutoff of filter to about 80%. In the Mix slider to the right, put it in the middle so we are using both Filter 1 and Filter 2. In Filter 2 select a Lowpass 2 and turn the Cutoff to about 65% and the Resonance up just a little bit. A picture is below so you can copy the settings.
The last thing we need to look at are the Inserts, Feedback and the Noise Oscillator. I used white noise to help make the sound have more top end presence and I used the P Shaper and the S Shaper to drive some frequencies in the sound. The whole goal of using these effects were to add some subtle nuances to the sound to make it more unique than your standard detuned supersaw.
I also added some reverb and delay, but nothing too special so you can add that to taste if you want to use this sound. I also EQ’d a little top end boost and added some low presence as well.
By now you should have the Massive Avicii preset (or something very close) heard in the demo!
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