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Razor is becoming more popular with a wider range of musicians and producers, and this quick...

Reaktor Tutorials

Razor Moombahton Lead Synth Tutorial

Razor is becoming more popular with a wider range of musicians and producers, and this quick lesson in how to design a Razor Moombahton synth is a great example of what people are doing with it.

It can easily be argued that Razor is the most popular and widely used commercial additive synth for Reaktor. And with it’s recent surge in use, artists from all over the world have begun to show us what they can do with it. The fusion genre called Moombahton is one style of music that lends itself to this type of synthesis and many people are finding that a Razor Moombahton synth is perfect for grabbing their fans’ attention and getting them out on the dance floor. It is also a great sound for dubstep, electro, house and other mainstream genres. This particular tutorial is especially easy to follow along with because everything is explained in simple terms throughout the process.

To begin with, the synth is reset by selecting the initialize option from the errorsmith preset menu. The very first thing he does is to set up a LFO as a controller of the pitch parameter. This is necessary for the characteristic sound of a moombahton lead synth. The LFO will modulate the pitch by up to two octaves, and is set to operate in beat mode so it syncs to the bpm and is re-triggered each time a note is played. This helps to keep the delivery much more consistent.

A sawtooth waveform is used as the base of this Razor Moombahton synth, which is then run through a lowpass filter. Next, an Auto Pan effect is added to create a wider and more interesting sound. No glide is wanted when notes are played, so this parameter is turned down. The Safe Bass feature can help to intelligently shape your sound through a sine wave being introduced, and in this case the Slope setting is turned down a bit to keep it from being too much of a change in the high end, but still providing a stronger and fatter low end presence.

That’s really all it takes to make a nice Razor Moombahton lead synth in just a couple of minutes. Remember, if you have a tutorial request for us shoot us a message before you depart. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,
OhmLab

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