The Key To Making Your Synths Big, Full & Juicy
This NI Massive Video tutorial is not about how to make a certain sound, but how to make your sounds much bigger, deeper and fuller – in other words, much more professional and exciting.
Layering a high, mid and low end version of a sound, and EQing them properly, is one way to make your synths sound huge in the mix!
Ryan Enzed is back with yet another killer tutorial for all of you NI Massive users out there and this time he is kicking down some priceless knowledge on how to make your sounds bigger and badder! Really, it all comes down to best practices and a few tips and tricks that many of you may already know. But it is how you apply them and doing it consistently that can really help you elevate your music to a whole new level. If you have quick tips like these that you would like to share with the rest of the community, let us know and we will be happy to pass them along.
The first tip given in this video is adding a simple sub bass to a bass synth by layering the two sounds in the arrangement window of your DAW. After the two sounds are in place, make sure they have both had EQ applied to ensure that there are not competing or conflicting frequency issues. And that wraps up the first tip. It really is that easy. Just give it a try and you’ll see right away that it makes for a much fuller and deeper bass.
The second tip in the video is to add a high end layer to your main bass. This is easily accomplished by simply making a few tweaks to pitch, EQ and perhaps an effect or two to change the sound slightly as well as raise the octave it is delivered in. Now when this new sound is layer on top of the original bass, and the recently added sub bass layer, you have a much wider and richer sound overall. Adding the higher frequencies can make all the difference in the world between a cool bassline and a signature bassline. Remember to EQ out conflicting low end frequencies from this new high end layer.
The last tip shared in this video is about voicing, stereo spread, phasing and other parameters that affect how wide a sound can be perceived. The lower end layer needs to be more narrow in width, while the higher element can stand to be a bit wider then your mid range layer. There are many reasons for this, but the main function of this practice is to keep your track from becoming muddy, to help ensure you bass cuts through the mix ok and so the main bass element of your song is heard evenly and consistently throughout your song.
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