NI Massive Formant Synth Tutorial
This quick and easy tutorial on how to design a NI Massive formant synth shows the steps necessary to achieve this flexible sound in no time at all. And it leaves plenty of room for customization, as there are several things left completely untouched in the making of the original sound. You may also have great success in swapping out different wavetables, filters and LFO waveforms to find new and unique vocal formant sounds. One more thing you may have luck with is modulating the pitch over a few octaves to create a more extreme movement in sound as it develops over time.
This NI Massive formant synth begins with a Square-Saw I wavetable loaded into OSC1, running in Formant mode. Then, a Deep Throat wavetable is loaded into OSC2, also running in Formant mode. The pitch value of both of these oscillators is lowered a total of two octaves. This sound is them routed through a Scream filter. An LFO, running a Sawtooth waveform, is set up and assigned to modulate the Intensity and Wt-position of OSC1, as well as the Cutoff and Resonance of the Scream filter.
A Parabolic Shaper is inserted to accentuate the rough edge of the sound. And a Dimension Expander is added to add just a touch of extra space to the sound. The total number of Unisono Voices on the Voicing tab is increased to nine, which adds a lot more volume and texture to this NI Massive formant synth. The last step is to set the Pitchbend parameter to what you think sounds best with your project. This feature allows you to use a the Pitch knob of keyboard or MIDI controller to manipulate the pitch on-the-fly.
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