Creating Custom NI Massive Vibrato Synth Controls
As Ryan points out in the beginning of this video, it is not about making a specific sounding synth or the midi programming. What it is about is designing a synth in NI Massive that can provide some extra control and flexibility with vibrato. When you build yourself a custom NI Massive vibrato Macro control like this, you can add in filter, effect, EQ, etc into this same control without too much work and the results can be absolutely amazing. So this video tutorial, more so than any other from Ryan, is more about the theory than the content being shared. You should be encouraged to try this same kind of thing out on some of your own synth patches after you have followed along with this lesson.
The synth he uses in this lesson is a fairly basic Square wave sound that has been filtered through both a Scream filter and a Bandpass filter to achieve the right feel, as it was being used in a remix of a specific song. A small amount of Sample & Hold is inserted to give the sound a pitched grittiness. A bit of Delay and Dimension Expander are used to spread the sound out and make it seem bigger. And a touch of EQ to accent the high end of this synth to finish. No we are ready to set up the custom NI Massive Vibrato control!
We will only need one Macro control to make this work. An LFO is set up and assigned to modulate the pith of the OSC1 panel. A Macro control is assigned to control the Amp knob of this LFO. Now anything else you want to build into the vibrato can be added as well. Like a small amount of extra Dimension Expander and a boost to Decay Volume of the main Amp Envelope. You can also get more creative with this NI Massive vibrato control and add in some small tweaks to the Intensity of OSC1 and the addition of some gentle Noise. It’s really up to you and the demands of your music how you go about customizing effect controls such as this.
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