At 3/24/12 03:56 PM, Lordboy54 wrote:
I also downloaded Massive, Absynth, and Kontakt. Is there anything else that i would need?
What I mean is - start with ONE synth. For me in the beginning it was just Redrum and Subtractor, then I added Thor (All within Reason) and then I used the U-N0-62 (One of my fav free VSTi's!) samplers and vocoding and more esoteric subtractive and FM synths. It's a slow process and there's not really any point in download synths to scroll through banks of pre-sets, you need to learn one and get into it. Then re-apply the knowledge every time you meet a new synth - it's a nice feeling to sit down with Massive, a Slim Phatty or a Nord Lead and be able to just dial in sounds without having used it before and still not really have to think about it.
Massive is exactly what it says on the tin - it's huge, maybe too big in a way. Start with simple 2 Oscillators, 1 Envelope and 1 Filter type setups. Try different ADSR setups, filter resonances, LFO's assigned to different things. Saws, Squarewaves, PWM, Sine. Try detuning one oscillator against another or having them 4ths, 5ths or octaves apart. Try using portamento, Mod wheel expression, arrpegiators. That'd be about the most basic stuff, synthesis is very broad. You're going to have to learn to identify and construct sounds by ear.
One excersize I definitely recommend is trying to immitate famous synth sounds - like a simple wobble bass, the stacked saw trance sound, a DnB bassline, a west coast Gangster Lead sound, a Parliament synth bass sound, some kraftwerk patches. Get a feel for what they're doing, and then take these sounds into your own pallete.