Discover why understanding modulation separates the pros from amateurs
Learn step-by-step with Deadly Habit (Savory Audio, Shift Recordings, Tentative Recordings, Witness Records)
Eliminate hesitation and doubt with powerful modulation tactics and skills
Grab the beverage of your choice as Deadly Habit kicks off the videos with a journey through the world of envelopes. Massive has 4 Envelope tabs - —each one has its own ADSR selections with an array of options including “morphing” options. Each envelope can control just abut any parameter including themselves! Deadly Habit explains every move he makes as you discover:
An LFO is a low frequency oscillator. An LFO modifies any chosen parameters to change over time - at the shape and speed you set. Massive has perhaps the most advanced internal modulation routing capabilities and LFO's lie at the heart! In Video 2 you’ll get a closer look at:
Are you struggling to make most of NI Massive in your productions?
It’s time to raise your game!
You see, the real artistry in sound design comes from the producer’s skill with modulation.
Modulation in NI Massive is the use of the envelopes, stepper, Performer and LFO's to control pitch, filters and other tools to affect the delivery and evolution of sounds - even controlling the wave shape to alter the original signal. Think of the modulators as a near infinite set of hands, controlling what you want... when you want!
As you can imagine, there are a thousand different ways to do this, and Massive has a world class combination of tools for the job. Deciding which path to take can be confusing. Dubstep/DnB producer Deadly Habit takes you through this landmark tutorial series step-by-step, introducing you to some of the most powerful methods used by the top producers the world over.
Finally a proper video explaining this stuff. Most of the tutorials on youtube don't teach you anything that can be applied. Guy knows his shit
The Stepper is not your average step sequencer. Pitch change and parameter control is just the beginning. In Video 3 you’ll learn:
The Performer is like a powerful audio Swiss-army knife. Its main role is very basic. But it has a plethora of options that make it truly powerful. Plus, once you have determined your choices, there are a number of automation options that free you up for other tasks. You can “set it and forget it.”
Why learn all this modulation stuff anyway?
Modulation adds interesting layers to the sounds you produce. For example, a regular wave-table is enhanced dramatically when you modulate it with an LFO or envelope. On the same Oscillator you could also change the pitch, add interesting effects and many other options. Likewise, simple effects takes on more complexity when you can add modulation to their parameters.
In other words, it’s like icing on an already delicious cake. Modulation lets you “sweeten” a sound until it has a personality it could not develop on its own. MassiveSynth.com’s newest video series, “Modulation and Modulators in Massive,” presented by veteran dubstep producer Deadly Habit takes you on a tour of the wide variety of modulators in Massive. Deadly Habit shows you in real time tips, tricks and choices to cut through “producer’s block” to start laying down monster tracks.
While Deadly Habit helps you get a handle on Massive’s LFOs, envelopes, Stepper, performer, and endless automation options, he constantly encourages you to experiment and apply your creativity. It’s good to know technique, he says, but real learning takes place when you explore and try different things.
By the end of these videos, you’ll have a much greater appreciation of the modulation power inside Massive. When you combine your new found knowledge with your own creativity, your productions will improve by leaps and bounds.
Now that you are familiar with many of Massive’s potent modulation options, in Video 4 we’ll kick it up a notch and discover some advance skills with the modulators. Then we’ll take a look at setting parameters with your favorite DAW. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
The best way to learn is practice and experimentation. In the final video, Deadly Habit show you how to resample a Reese as an example of how to apply your own creativity and resourcefulness to create original sounds. You discover:
The main advantage of Massive is well, it is Massive: the range of modulation possibilities is literally endless. However, that’s also a disadvantage because it can be difficult to know where to start. These videos provide a “learned guide” to start you on the correct path.
Yes, you possibly could figure it out for yourself…eventually. In fact, random exploration and experimentation is encouraged. However, Deadly Habit gives you a base to work from, a starting point. You’ll be watching “over-the-shoulder” as he creates new sounds from scratch using solid LFO, envelope, Stepper and Performer settings you can put to work immediately in your own compositions.
Like you, Deadly Habit is an artist (specializing in Dubstep/DnB) with releases on labels such as 20/Twelve Netaudio, Savory Audio, Shift Recordings, Tentative Recordings and Witness Records to name a few. He’ll point out when you’ve acquired the basic knowledge and where you’ll benefit from some exploration on your own. This guided approach is much more productive than attempting to find all the possibilities in Massive modulation by yourself.
Part of the fun is watching a master producer put his immense talent to work. In video 5, for example, Deadly shows how to marry Massive’s modulation with your favorite Digital Audio Workstation to develop a new composition on the fly. He’ll indicate which functions are best handled by Massive and which are better handled by the DAW. You’ll also get a good look at his personal favorite VST plug ins as he smashes and mashes a sound into gritty submission.
Think of Deadly Habit as your personal guide and “Modulation and Modulators in Massive” as the guidebook. You’ll learn more, faster, and get more enjoyment out of every step of the journey!