Synth Secrets

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Morphing Arpeggios Like ‘Argente’ by Floating Points

In this Synth Secrets, we’re going to use Ableton Wavetable to show you how to create morphing arpeggios. We…

Recreating The ‘Roygbiv’ Bassline From Boards of Canada

In this Synth Secrets, we’ll build a thick, dusty bass lifted from an undisputed classic, Boards of Canada’s…

Subby Bass with U-He Ace

Synth Secrets is a series of programming tutorials in which we show how to make a range of…

Detuned Pad

Synth Secrets is a series of programming tutorials in which we show how to make a range of…

3 Quick Ways To Program Basslines On An UNO Synth Pro

We use the onboard sequencer on the desktop model of IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro to quickly whip up three house and techno basslines.

Drum ‘n’ Bass Foghorn Bass With Wavetable

In this Synth Secrets, we show you how to craft a bass sound that will both devastate dance floors and guide ships through a foggy harbour.

Pitched Percussion

Synth Secrets is a series of programming tutorials in which we show how to make a range of classic and…

303-Style Arpeggiator In Sylenth

This month we’re creating an arpeggiated 303-style acid synth using Sylenth.…

Ambient Sound Design With A Moog Grandmother

Restricting yourself to one synth can be a great way to improve your synthesis chops. We use a Moog Grandmother and Ableton Live to build up an ambient song piece by piece.

Lo-Fi Synth Lead

We show you how to make a gritty lo-fi analogue synth lead in the style of Mac DeMarco.

Pacific State-Style Pads

The pads in 808 State’s genre-defining ‘Pacific State’ are no doubt at the top of the list of the most iconic sounds in dance music. In this Synth Secrets, we replicate the Mancunian quartet’s synthesis secrets.

Modulating Risers with Additive Synthesis and Pitch Delay in Arturia Pigments 3

In this installment of Synth Secrets, we use the third and latest version of Arturia’s Pigments synth to build a pre-drop riser full of movement, automation, textures and effects.

‘80s Post-Disco Funk Synth

We go back to the ‘80s and synthesize some polysynth licks inspired by post-disco heat from Larry Levan and the New York underground.

Dub Techno Synth Chords

This Synth Secrets sees us synthesizing some dub techno chords. Tape echo at the ready.

Subby Garage Bass

In this Synth Secrets, we dig deep into analogue synthesis to make some dirty, subby garage bass in the style of Interplanetary Criminal.

808-Style Booms

In this Synth Secrets, we explore how to synthesize your own booms for techno, jungle and other kinds of bass music.

Modulating Vocal Textures With Wavetable Synthesis

In this installment of Synth Secrets, we’ll be layering a pad with slow and melodic vocal textures in Ableton’s powerful Wavetable synth.

Supermassive Pads With Valhalla

In this Synth Secrets, we create an ambient pad full of modulation and character using Valhalla’s free Supermassive reverb and delay plug-in.

8-Bit Video Game Samples

In this Synth Secrets we’ll be creating a variety of 8-bit video game loops and textures using the Kingston Chip Synthesizer in the Korg Gadget 2 app.

Mall Grab-Style Layered Pluck Lead

In this Synth Secrets, we create a Mall Grab-inspired layered pluck lead that emulates his fast-paced, rave-ready style.

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