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The Ninth in a 10 part series of tutorials by ΩhmLab using NI Massive exclusively to create...

Massive Tutorials

Making a Sequenced Space Synth in NI Massive with OhmLab – Part 9 (of 10)

The Ninth in a 10 part series of tutorials by ΩhmLab using NI Massive exclusively to create every component of a complete song. This installment focuses on creating a sequenced space style lead synth instrument for our project.

Part 1: Creating a Unique Background Element in NI Massive

Part 2: Harmony, Rhythm and Atmosphere

Part 3: Synth Creation From Scratch

Part 4: Drums in NI Massive

Part 5: Plucky Synth Blips

Part 6: Custom Feedback Synths

Part 7: Making a Harmonic Distortion Pad

Part 8: Making a Layered Digital Didgeridoo

Welcome back to part 9 of 10 in this ongoing series. Today we will make the last of our main sounds within Massive, and it will be a simple lesson. After this the only thing left to do is arrange, mix and master our song! All of which has been created entirely from scratch using Massive. So letʼs get started!

For this sound, we will only need one wavetable. We will also ignore a lot of the other panels on the screen. This will give you an idea of how complex a sound you can make with minimal while working in Massive. Starting in the OSC 1 panel, you want to choose Smooth Square from the drop down menu. Make the necessary adjustments to match up your settings to the ones seen in the images below.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.1.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.1]

Now moving to the FILTER 1 panel, pick Double Notch from the drop down menu.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.2.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.2]

Next, you want to move to the FX 1 tab and pick Chorus Ensemble from the drop down menu.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.3.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.3]

And from the FX 2 tab, select Delay Synced from the drop down menu.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.4.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.4]

We are now going to skip ahead to the controller tabs and revisit the INSERT panel once we have made these adjustments. It will be easier to hear the minute changes at this phase.

Start with the OSC tab. Click on the Rate box, set the Pitchbend values to 2.00 Up and -2.00 Down. For the Envelope sliders you want both the Attack and Decay set just to the left of center.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.5.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.5]

On the VOICING tab you want to make a few changes. Move the Pan Position slider to the Full Inv setting (far left) and click on the Chord box before moving on.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.6.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.6]

Now we will set up the four Envelope tabs. Starting with 1 ENV and moving to 4 Env make the necessary adjustments to reflect the settings you see in the images below.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.7.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.7]

And now for the four controller tabs. Starting with 5 LFO and moving towards 8 STEP set them up according to the images below. Again the differences in the two audio samples accompanying the two sets of controller images are very slight but will be brought out fully later when we apply them to the other panels along with the Macros.

Moving back now to the INSERT 1 panel, go ahead and select HP LP Filter from the drop down menu.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.9.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.9]

And for the last step in this tutorial, we will set up our Macros and apply the controllers to the various panels we have made changes to. Make sure you pay close attention to the settings seen in the images below. You will want to end up with something very similar to the audio sample below.

[audio:https://www.massivesynth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Tut9.10.mp3|titles=OhmLab NI Massive Tut9.10]

Well that wraps up this walkthrough. Check back again soon for the last installment of this ten part series, as we see all these sounds we have created get mixed and layered into a song. It takes a truly powerful and flexible program such as Massive to accomplish what we are doing in this project.

As always, I encourage you to play around with what you have learned in this lesson, and the ones that came before it, by applying the techniques to sounds you have already created within Massive to better understand how they work and how to get the most out of them!


[Download_feature href=”https://ohmlabmusic.com/Presets/OhmLab%20Space%20Synth.ksd” buttontext=”Download the OhmLab Preset”] Sequences Space Synth [/Download_feature]

More about Chris / ΩhmLab

With more than 20 years of experience making music and building communities backing the OhmLab project, you can be sure you will find something that fits your current and future projects alike.

With a unique approach to low cost royalty-free licensing and music production, OhmLab sets itself apart from the rest of the pack by consistently releasing high quality audio for the masses that is original, useful and constantly pushing the boundaries of the norm. OhmLab also offers a range of sound design and post production services including pod casting, custom environments, sound effects, field recordings, samples, loops and much much more. The OhmLab project is also well known for it’s custom training services and ongoing Artist Profile interview series featuring talented musicians from all around the world, helping to grow the community of independent artists on a global scale. You can learn more about OhmLab and keep up with all the latest buzz by visiting some of the links included below.

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