NI Reaktor Razor PsyTrance Bass Synth Tutorial
With a nice deep throb and a high click in the initial delivery, this bass has no problem cutting through a mix and can easily play a major role in your music. The additive approach to synthesis used by NI Reaktor Razor is something that makes this process incredibly fast without any need for additional plugins to finish the sound. Of course, you can apply whatever effects you like to this PsyTrance synth and further shape it according to the needs of your specific projects. It really is an easy task to customize it and get right back to production. Let’s see how it’s made!
We begin by selecting the Errorsmith option from the Snapshot drop down menu and then click on the INIT (Initialize) option. This resets NI Reaktor Razor and allows you to start out with a basic Sawtooth-based synth. From here, our work is actually pretty straight forward and will move along quickly. So the first step in getting this bass set up is to drop the overall pitch value by one octave (you can choose to save this step for later if you find it easier to design sounds at a normal mid-range octave). By default a Lowpass filter is already loaded in this snapshot. Assign an Envelope to the Cutoff of this filter to modulate this parameter over time. This is what provides the nice click that gives way to the rounded bass character.
You can now apply Safe Bass to enhance the low end presence of this bass synth. This is a unique feature that NI Reaktor Razor offers, but you can easily muddy up your sounds if you use too much. So make sure you listen to your sound on a few different playback devices to ensure you indeed have the overall sound you are looking for. As a finishing touch you can add a Limiter to the end of the audio chain can give this bass a nice dirty edge, which instantly enhances the chunkiness of the sound. This also affects the shape of your sound wave quite a bit. So again, use good judgment and experiment to learn the effects of the various tools on your sounds.
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