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52 Reason / Record Tips - Week 44: Synth School with the Subtractor

posted 2011-01-20 at 22:52

As electronic music producers, we rely on synths as our bread and butter sounds for leads, bass lines, effects, textures, and so on. Knowing that, how crazy is it that so many of us don't REALLY know how to use them?! I mean, it's not our fault in some ways. The presets we get from the factory soundbank and ReFills are very good. Usually one of those with a couple random knob adjustments get us off and going just fine.

But imagine the power you'd have if you could sculpt a sound and control a sound with precise knowledge of what you're doing and the effect it will have. Imagine if you had your own folder of custom patches that you created; your own stash of secret sauce that nobody else has. Imagine if you could think of a sound you'd like to create and to know instantly how to do it.

I'm going to embark on a multi-week exploration of synthesis theory to do just that for you. This week we're starting with the most basic synth there is - the Subtractor. But don't let its simplicity fool you. It's capable of some amazing sounds.


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Comment posted by: kamilpolner - 2011-01-21 17:04

Hey James, can you send over .record file with that music plying at beginning? Or at least what kind of loops are playing in Rex devices (where can i find them)?


Comment posted by: SoftEnerji - 2011-01-22 12:13

Cool James, really looking forward to this series!