A Simple Step To Get Your own 'sound'
A really simple thing you can do to help you on your journey to your ‘own sound’
Either it’s Massive or any other synth….
Delete the factory presets!
The sounds that come with a synth are generally there to show of the capability of the synth, they are not really so great to drop right into a track – and the chances of finding what you’re after are almost impossible… probably why so many forums out there are full with ‘help me make this sound’ posts!
Not only will starting with a blank canvas set you on the path towards creating your own unique library and sound but this method will give you an invaluable insight into how the synth works. Also by creating your own library of sounds this will help you stand out from the crowd. It may seem a daunting prospect (hey you can always reinstall those presets!) – but try it for a week and see how you get on. Perhaps put aside a couple hours a week to creating your own sounds.
Start with the basics and work your way up – Play with combination of the OSCs, mess around with filter types and settings or try modulating some parameters. Try making some strings, stabs, pads… try making a kick drum or a hi hat pattern. It’s all to easy to pick a preset that kind of does the job… but spend some time creating it yourself and the door will be open to make the sound really yours!
Let me know your thought’s on this one – leave a comment!