How to Make a Skrillex Screech Bass in NI Massive
This is a well done and easy to understand NI Massive video tutorial that shows you how to recreate one of the most popular Skrillex sounds using NI Massive.
It moves at a very quick pace, but the information and ideas provided in this video are really good for the type of sound being designed. He does mention as he works that the program used by Skrillex to actually create these sounds is not Massive, but this is a good approximation and should work well for the dubstep or electro house music you are producing. YouTube user SitrepOfficial has been making some pretty good tutorials lately, so if you enjoy what he’s doing for the community make sure you support him by checking out his social profiles for more information about what he’s got going on.
This sound uses all three of the main oscillators, each running a wavetable at varying octaves. He loads a modern talking wavetable, scrapyard running in bend -/+ mode and a square-saw to create the base sound for this synth. He then explains how to make the sound louder, wider and bigger by turning up the decay level in the main amp envelope, turning up the voicing to four, turning on the pan position and spreading it out across the stereo field a bit and adjusting the wavetable position here before moving over and adding a classic tube amp and a dimension expander. He then loads a scream filter and routes the main oscillators through that, and then modulates the parameters with an LFO. The LFO curve is adjusted, along with the synced timing, to achieve the desired movement. This same LFO is then used to modulate various parameters on each of the main oscillators as well. This pretty much wraps up the sound! You can, of course, now begin making this your own by trying out different wavetables loaded into the oscillators, adding an inserts or another filter. You can also try introducing a bit of noise and feedback to take a little bit of that digital edge off.