Making Psy Trance with NI Massive Part 3: Synth Sequencing
In this great tutorial, Jonny shares how you can use a mix of Performers and Steppers to create incredibly complex and beautiful Psy Trance synth sequences. After all, when using NI Massive, designing the sound is just the beginning. This particular sound starts off with loading a Multiplex wavetable into OSC1, which has been set to run in Bend+ mode with a pitch value of 0.06. Then, a Scrapyard wavetable is loaded into OSC2, with a pitch value of -11.94. And a default Square-Saw I wavetable is loaded into OSC3, with a pitch value of 0.04. This sound is then run through a Bandpass filter loaded into the Filter1 panel, and a Comb filter loaded into the Filter2 panel. On the Voicing tab, this synth is set to run in Monophonic mode. And on the OSC tab, the amount of Glide is set and the Restart Via Gate feature is enabled.
Now for all the fun stuff! It’s time to set this osund in motion. First, a Performer is set up and assigned to control the Amp parameter of each of the three main oscillators. Next a Stepper is set up and assigned to modulate the pitch value of all three main oscillators. A second Stepper is then set up and assigned to modulate all three knobs of OSC3 and the Pitch parameter of the Comb filter. A modulation envelope is set up and assigned to control the Cutoff parameter of the Bandpass filter.
A Chorus effect is loaded into the FX1 tab to provide our sound with more movement and depth. And a Synced Delay is loaded in the FX2 tab, which extends our sound quite a bit. A Sine Shaper insert effect is added to the mix, which really thickens the synth up and gives it an edge. The EQ is turned on and used to accent the high end of the sound. And for added interest, a Performer is set up and assigned to modulate the High parameter of the EQ over time.